Norway man ‘drugged and abused daughters’
Norway

Norway man ‘drugged and abused daughters’

A worker for Norway’s Child Welfare Services has been charged with drugging his own daughters with sleeping pills and then sexually assaulting them over a period of six years.

VIDEO: This Norwegian magnet game is amazing
Norway

VIDEO: This Norwegian magnet game is amazing

Three Norwegian students have created, if not the coolest game ever, then at least the coolest game ever made using magnets.

Paris attacks: Wanted pair not among arrested
France

Paris attacks: Wanted pair not among arrested

Investigators revealed on Wednesday night that the suspected planner of the Paris attacks and a Belgian jihadist, believed to have taken part in the shootings, were not among those arrested after a police raid in northern Paris.

Jewish teacher stabbed in anti-semitic attack
France

Jewish teacher stabbed in anti-semitic attack

Police are hunting for three attackers who stabbed a Jewish school teacher in Marseille in what investigators say was an anti-Semitic attack. The assailants shouted support for Isis (Daesh) after the attack, reports say.

Subzero weather to end mild autumn conditions
Switzerland

Subzero weather to end mild autumn conditions

Mild, sunny conditions in Switzerland are set to give way to plunging temperatures and snow this weekend as a storm from northeastern Europe, packing strong winds, heads to the Alpine country, forecasters say.

Abdullah and Fischer meet over Syria
Austria

Abdullah and Fischer meet over Syria

Vienna and Amman believe it is too early to expect a speedy political transition in war-torn Syria, Austrian President Heinz Fischer said Wednesday after meeting King Abdullah II.

Norwegian hostage murdered by Isis
Norway

Norwegian hostage murdered by Isis

The Islamic State jihadist group said it had killed a Norwegian hostage Ole-Johan Grimsgaard-Ofstad, two months after it had demanded a ransom for his release.

‘Grieving’ Bataclan band breaks silence
France

‘Grieving’ Bataclan band breaks silence

Eagles of Death Metal, the US band whose audience was massacred in the Paris attacks, on Wednesday called for "love and compassion" and put its shows on hold.

Twin sisters were among the 129 Paris victims
France

Twin sisters were among the 129 Paris victims

As more stories emerge of the victims of the terror attacks, officials have confirmed that two twin sisters were among those gunned down at Le Carillon bar in the 10th arrondissement.

Fifa committee retains Blatter and Platini bans
Switzerland

Fifa committee retains Blatter and Platini bans

A Fifa appeal committee on Wednesday rejected a bid by president Sepp Blatter and Uefa chief Michel Platini to overturn their 90-day bans while Swiss police pursue a criminal inquiry.

AS IT HAPPENED: Police kill jihadists in raid
France

AS IT HAPPENED: Police kill jihadists in raid

AS IT HAPPENED: The French interior ministry has suggested a third terrorist may have been killed in Wednesday's raid in Saint-Denis, which saw seven arrested and five police officers injured.

Monsanto weighs fresh Syngenta takeover bid
Switzerland

Monsanto weighs fresh Syngenta takeover bid

Monsanto is weighing whether to launch another attempt to take over Swiss agrochemicals giant Syngenta, after the Swiss company snubbed an offer from a Chinese group, the Bloomberg financial news agency reported on Wednesday.

Man held in raid lent flat to two ‘from Belgium’
France

Man held in raid lent flat to two ‘from Belgium’

A man arrested on Wednesday during a police assault on the northern Paris suburb of Saint-Denis told AFP he had loaned his apartment to two people from Belgium as a favour to a friend.

False alarm: Suspicious bag sparks terror alert near Madrid stadium
Spain

False alarm: Suspicious bag sparks terror alert near Madrid stadium

Police cordoned off an area around the Plaza de Cuzco at the heart of Madrid’s financial district and close to the Santiago Bernebeu stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

The women shaking up Italy’s startup world
Italy

The women shaking up Italy’s startup world

A report by the OECD on Tuesday showed that less than half of Italy’s new business owners are women. But as The Local discovered, things have been slowly changing since the period from which the organization collated its research.

Grieving French father sends message to Isis
France

Grieving French father sends message to Isis

The husband of a woman who died in the Paris terror attacks has written a poignant and defiant message to the Isis terrorists who killed the "love of his life", insisting his 17-month-old son would be raised “happy and free”.

Paris suburb turns ‘war zone’ in seven-hour raid
France

Paris suburb turns ‘war zone’ in seven-hour raid

The hunt for those behind Friday's terror attacks saw the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis turn into a 'war zone' on Wednesday morning when a seven hour raid ended with at least two dead and left anxious residents in shock.

Brave Trollhättan teacher ‘millimetre’ from death
Sweden

Brave Trollhättan teacher ‘millimetre’ from death

A teacher who was left fighting for his life when a masked swordman stabbed him in the stomach is on the road to recovery, following the attack in which a pupil and a teaching assistant died.

Police try to verify location of ‘mastermind’
France

Police try to verify location of ‘mastermind’

The suspected mastermind of the Paris attacks, Belgian Abdelhamid Abaaoud, was the target of Wednesday's dawn raid by police - but it remains unknown if he was among those killed or arrested.

Woman blows herself up in Paris police raid
France

Woman blows herself up in Paris police raid

A woman blew herself up and a suspected jihadist was killed on Wednesday in a massive police assault in Paris targeting the possible mastermind of France's worst-ever terror attacks.

Bundesliga goes ahead under tighter security
Germany

Bundesliga goes ahead under tighter security

Hamburg has confirmed Friday's home Bundesliga match against Borussia Dortmund will go ahead as planned, despite the bomb scare in Hanover, while Cologne say they are raising their security.

Sweden on ‘high’ terror alert for the first time
Sweden

Sweden on ‘high’ terror alert for the first time

UPDATED: Sweden's terror threat level was raised to 'high' for the first time in history, as the head of security service Säpo revealed at a press conference that police were hunting a suspected terrorist.

Sarkozy tears into Hollande after attacks
France

Sarkozy tears into Hollande after attacks

French opposition leader Nicolas Sarkozy took aim at President Francois Hollande on Wednesday, claiming he had failed to take adequate security measures after the jihadist attacks in January.

IN PICS: France boosts campaign against Isis
France

IN PICS: France boosts campaign against Isis

France's biggest aircraft carrier is on its way to the eastern Mediterranean as part of efforts to amp up operations in Syria in the wake of the Paris attacks.

Bomb joke sparks delays for Nordic travellers
Sweden

Bomb joke sparks delays for Nordic travellers

UPDATED: Two men were arrested for joking about a bomb at one of Scandinavia's busiest airports, which sparked travel delays for passengers on Wednesday.

Engaging with Assad is ‘lesser evil’ insists Spain following Paris attacks
Spain

Engaging with Assad is ‘lesser evil’ insists Spain following Paris attacks

Spain's foreign minister has spoken out strongly in favour of engaging with Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad to deal with the terror threat in Europe, just days after deadly attacks in Paris.

German army ‘could join UN Syria mission’
Germany

German army ‘could join UN Syria mission’

Germany might send ground troops into Syria on condition that there is a UN resolution covering any mililtary intervention, Der Spiegel reported on Friday citing government sources.

Police dog killed by jihadists during Paris raid
France

Police dog killed by jihadists during Paris raid

A French police dog named Diesel was killed on Wednesday during a huge security services' operation against jihadists holed up in an apartment to the north of Paris, police said.

Norwegian ranked most fuel efficient airline
Norway

Norwegian ranked most fuel efficient airline

Norwegian Air been ranked the world's most fuel efficient major airline in a new study released on Tuesday, thanks to its growing fleet of fuel efficient Dreamliner aircraft.

Norway meets 2012 Kyoto target
Norway

Norway meets 2012 Kyoto target

Norway has finally met its commitments under the Kyoto Protocol’s first period, despite overshooting its emissions target by 6.5 percent, thanks to the purchase of a whopping 299m emissions credits.

Copenhagen Airport emptied over bomb joke
Denmark

Copenhagen Airport emptied over bomb joke

UPDATED: Two men were arrested for joking about a bomb at Copenhagen Airport, which led police to empty Terminal 3 for around 90 minutes on Wednesday.

Enel to hire 2,000 staff in Italy
Italy

Enel to hire 2,000 staff in Italy

The Italian energy company, Enel, said on Wednesday that 2,000 new staff will be hired in Italy as part of its plan for the period between 2016 and 2019.

Man in critical condition after Vienna stabbing
Austria

Man in critical condition after Vienna stabbing

A man is in a critical condition in hospital in Vienna after being stabbed on Tuesday evening in Meidling.

Princess awaiting sibling ‘really wants a hamster’
Sweden

Princess awaiting sibling ‘really wants a hamster’

Pregnant Crown Princess Victoria has denied rumours she is expecting twins and suggested that her daughter Princess Estelle is longing for a new pet alongside her future brother or sister.

Memorial to Madrid terrorist attack victims lies abandoned and unloved
Spain

Memorial to Madrid terrorist attack victims lies abandoned and unloved

The memorial to the victims of the 2004 Madrid train bombings has been left in a state of disrepair for several weeks.

Town councillor resigns over ‘shoot refugees in the head’ Facebook rant
Spain

Town councillor resigns over ‘shoot refugees in the head’ Facebook rant

A Spanish town councillor has been forced to resign after posting a vitriolic message calling for ‘refugees to be shot in the head’ on Facebook in response to the Paris terror attacks.

Bomb scare diverts Paris-bound US flights
France

Bomb scare diverts Paris-bound US flights

Authorities have given the all-clear to two Paris-bound Air France flights from the United States that were diverted on Tuesday after anonymous bomb threats, officials and media reported.

Olympic skier dies in car crash in Austria
Austria

Olympic skier dies in car crash in Austria

Slovenian alpine skier and coach Drago Grubelnik has died after the car he was in swerved off a mountain road and rolled down a steep hill in the ski resort of Sölden in Tyrol.

Five Swedish stars to know who aren’t Zlatan
Sweden

Five Swedish stars to know who aren’t Zlatan

Top striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was the name on everyone's lips after his double fired Sweden through to the Euro 2016 finals. But here's who else to keep an eye on as the Nordic nation moves on in the contest.

Stuttgart police found guilty of brutality
Germany

Stuttgart police found guilty of brutality

A court in Stuttgart has ruled the police used excessive force when they broke up a protest against a planned train station five years ago, injuring 100 people in the process.

Internet mocks German minister’s press dodge
Germany

Internet mocks German minister’s press dodge

Germans proved that the Teutonic sense of humour is alive and well on Wednesday, as people mercilessly mocked Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière's reason for protecting his intelligence sources.

Danish police raise alert level after Paris
Denmark

Danish police raise alert level after Paris

The Danish National Police announced on Wednesday that it has raised its internal alert level in light of last week’s attacks in Paris.

The secret society that’s all about cake
Austria

The secret society that’s all about cake

If you're feeling inspired to get baking by the amazing range of sweet treats in Austria, the Clandestine Cake Club might be for you.

Swedish hotels ban bacon from breakfasts
Sweden

Swedish hotels ban bacon from breakfasts

Sausages and bacon have been taken off the menu at some Swedish hotels after the owner of one of Scandinavia’s biggest chains yielded to the influence of his environmental campaigner wife.

Norwegian film changes name after Paris terror
Norway

Norwegian film changes name after Paris terror

’Louder Than Bombs’, the first English language film by Norwegian director Joachim Trier has changed its name to “Back Home” ahead of its launch in French cinemas next month following the terror attacks in Paris.

Teacher jailed for sexual abuse of students
Austria

Teacher jailed for sexual abuse of students

A female teacher from Styria has been sentenced to four years in prison for having sex with four of her teenage students.

Greens battle Tempelhof refugee shelter plan
Germany

Greens battle Tempelhof refugee shelter plan

Temporary refugee homes could appear on the grounds of Berlin's former Tempelhof Airport - if planners can overturn a recent law that prevents building on one of Berlin's most iconic public parks.

Swiss fashion chain to pay HQ staff in euros
Switzerland

Swiss fashion chain to pay HQ staff in euros

Telly Weijl, a Swiss fashion chain based in Basel, has decided to starting paying staff at its headquarters in euros instead of Swiss francs, according to media reports on Wednesday.

Danish smart toy unlocks the potential of play
Denmark

Danish smart toy unlocks the potential of play

A Danish company's intelligent building blocks have excited children, parents and tech watchers alike with their ability to break the barrier between modern technology and real-world play.

Winter is coming: Temperatures to plummet across Spain this weekend
Spain

Winter is coming: Temperatures to plummet across Spain this weekend

The warm weather in much of Spain is set to end this weekend as a mass of polar air sweeps across the country, Spain’s national weather agency has warned.

Aarhus man shot himself to death by accident
Denmark

Aarhus man shot himself to death by accident

Two men arrested in connection with a shooting death on Monday have been released after police concluded that the fatal incident was an accident.

French–Russian air strikes ‘kill 33 jihadists’
France

French–Russian air strikes ‘kill 33 jihadists’

French and Russian air strikes in northern Syria have killed at least 33 jihadists with the Islamic State group in the last 72 hours, a monitoring group said on Wednesday.

Vatican interrogates journalist over leaks
Italy

Vatican interrogates journalist over leaks

One of the two Italian investigative journalists facing criminal proceedings for revealing Vatican secrets said on Tuesday he had been quizzed by Holy See prosecutors.

Teen sentenced for praising Isis
Austria

Teen sentenced for praising Isis

A 17-year-old from Lower Austria has received an 18-month conditional prison sentence for glorifying terrorist acts carried out by Isis - the Islamist group also known as Islamic State.

Spanish dictator Francisco Franco demystified 40 years after his death
Spain

Spanish dictator Francisco Franco demystified 40 years after his death

Forty years after the death of Francisco Franco and historians are still working to debunk myths that the Spanish dictator spun about himself to hold on to power for decades.

Sex scandal at teen care home near Stockholm
Sweden

Sex scandal at teen care home near Stockholm

At least six teenagers who were living at a centre for vulnerable young women are reported to have sold sex, with staff doing little to intervene despite being aware of their actions.

Italy’s landmark mafia trial goes to prison
Italy

Italy’s landmark mafia trial goes to prison

A trial hearing involving the alleged ringleaders of a mafia gang whose criminal tentacles reached into almost every department of Rome's City Hall took place in a prison on the outskirts of Rome on Tuesday.

Police arrest dozens in Spain over immigrant sham wedding scheme
Spain

Police arrest dozens in Spain over immigrant sham wedding scheme

Spanish police have arrested 36 people suspected of arranging fake marriages between Spanish and Moroccan nationals who paid for the nuptials to obtain legal residency in Europe.

Interior Minister ‘playing with public’s fears’
Germany

Interior Minister ‘playing with public’s fears’

The opposition accused Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière of playing with the public's fears on Wednesday after he refused to provide details about an alleged terror plot in Hanover. Read back on all the day's security developments here.

Murakami wins Danish literature prize
Denmark

Murakami wins Danish literature prize

Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami on Tuesday won Denmark's top literary award, the Hans Christian Andersen Prize, following in the footsteps of such writers as J.K. Rowling and Salman Rushdie.

Italian priest wounded in Bangladesh shooting
Italy

Italian priest wounded in Bangladesh shooting

Unidentified gunmen shot and wounded an Italian priest on Wednesday in northern Bangladesh, just weeks after two foreigners were killed in similar attacks blamed on hardline Islamists, police said.

‘Isis cell operating out of Winterthur mosque’
Switzerland

‘Isis cell operating out of Winterthur mosque’

The Isis (Islamic State) jihadist group has been operating a cell from the city of Winterthur, northeast of Zurich, according to a Swiss war correspondent and expert on Syria.

Schäuble moots ordering soldiers onto streets
Germany

Schäuble moots ordering soldiers onto streets

Soldiers from the Bundeswehr (German army) might be called on to support police inside Germany as a precautionary measure against terrorist attacks, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said on Tuesday.

Denmark’s failed Euro 2016 bid end for Olsen
Denmark

Denmark’s failed Euro 2016 bid end for Olsen

Morten Olsen's tenure as the Danish national coach ended Tuesday and his replacement should be named by the end of the year.

‘Four body builders moved my car’
Austria

‘Four body builders moved my car’

A man who facetiously complained to police that four large men had moved his car into a no-parking zone regretted his action this week when a €60 parking fine turned into a €5,400 penalty for lying to the police.

Earthquake strikes spot on Swedish west coast
Sweden

Earthquake strikes spot on Swedish west coast

A mini earthquake struck western Sweden on Tueday night, causing jitters in the town of Halmstad, but no damage or injuries.

Balotelli undergoes groin operation
Italy

Balotelli undergoes groin operation

AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli will undergo surgery in Munich on Wednesday on his troublesome groin injury, the Serie A club said in a statement.

Five great global bars and pubs in Stockholm
Sweden

Five great global bars and pubs in Stockholm

You don't have to stick to Swedish beer and snaps if you're on a night out in Stockholm. Here are The Local's favourite bars with a delicious international flavour.