Man hunted by Norway police seized in Sweden
Norway

Man hunted by Norway police seized in Sweden

The suspected ISIS terrorist hunted by Norwegian police on Thursday has been arrested by Sweden’s Säpo security police at a refugee centre in Boliden in northern Sweden.

Federer knocks Nishikori from London Tour Finals
Switzerland

Federer knocks Nishikori from London Tour Finals

Switzerland's Roger Federer knocked Japan's Kei Nishikori out of the ATP Tour Finals tennis tournament in London and guaranteed top spot in his group with a 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 victory on Thursday.

Swiss makers defend Isis-backed phone app
Switzerland

Swiss makers defend Isis-backed phone app

The Swiss makers of an application recommended by the Islamic State (Isis) group as providing a safe way to communicate defended the technology on Thursday, saying that "total surveillance" was not the solution to stopping extremist violence.

Terror suspect ‘planned attack in Stockholm’
Sweden

Terror suspect ‘planned attack in Stockholm’

UPDATED: Police are questioning Moder Mothama Magid, a 22-year-old Iraqi man arrested on Thursday night, who is accused of planning to launch a terror attack on the Swedish capital.

Farmer finds trove of Roman coins in orchard
Switzerland

Farmer finds trove of Roman coins in orchard

More than 4,100 Roman coins from the third century have been unearthed after a farmer found some of them in his cherry orchard, the canton of Aargau says.

Norway tightens asylum policy to cut numbers
Norway

Norway tightens asylum policy to cut numbers

Norway will tighten its asylum policy to dissuade migrants from coming, the country's political parties agreed Thursday amid a record number of asylum applications.

Le Carillon: Shocked owners touched by support
France

Le Carillon: Shocked owners touched by support

Days after the gunman slaughtered several of their regular clients, members of the family who have owned Le Carillon bar for 40 years tell The Local of the trauma of witnessing what happened and how regulars are urging them to reopen when the time is right.

Big questions remain over Paris terror attacks
France

Big questions remain over Paris terror attacks

Almost one week after the Paris terror attacks, several large questions remain unanswered about the terrorists, their plans, and the whereabouts of those still on the run.

Petition to dig up Franco launched on fortieth anniversary of his death
Spain

Petition to dig up Franco launched on fortieth anniversary of his death

Campaigning lawyer Baltasar Garzón has called for late dictator Francisco Franco's remains to be removed from their official resting place, where he still lies next to thousands of his victims.

Weathermen warn of snowy weekend ahead
Germany

Weathermen warn of snowy weekend ahead

Although November has been relatively warm and dry so far, the weekend is likely to see snow at the lowest altitudes yet this winter.

Denmark’s budget aids elderly and car buyers
Denmark

Denmark’s budget aids elderly and car buyers

The Venstre government landed its first budget agreement on Thursday, with new large investments in healthcare and cuts to education, development aid and environmental initiatives.

IN PICS: 11 tributes to Paris worldwide
France

IN PICS: 11 tributes to Paris worldwide

The Local looks at some of the most stunning expressions of mourning and solidarity with Paris from around the world and in France itself after the attacks on Friday, November 13th.

The dark side of praying for Paris post attacks
France

The dark side of praying for Paris post attacks

An outpouring of support for the victims of the Paris attacks has been shown around the world, but some online stores are turning popular symbols of grief into profit.

Kids unearth forest cache of WW2 explosives
Germany

Kids unearth forest cache of WW2 explosives

Children playing in a forest in southern Germany stumbled upon a hidden munitions trove including hand grenades, ammunition and 17 kilograms of explosives, local media reported on Thursday.

Hapless junkie sends boyfriend’s lawyer heroin
Germany

Hapless junkie sends boyfriend’s lawyer heroin

A woman from Regensburg thought she'd found a foolproof way to smuggle heroin to her boyfriend in prison - but the plan backfired in a very literal way.

Sweden slides down world talent ranking
Sweden

Sweden slides down world talent ranking

A global ranking looking at how countries develop, attract and retain business talent has put Sweden in 11th place, down two spots on 2014 and well below its Nordic neighbours.

Copenhagen Airport bomb ‘jokesters’ jailed
Denmark

Copenhagen Airport bomb ‘jokesters’ jailed

The two Greek men behind Wednesday's evacuation of a Copenhagen Airport terminal face charges of inciting fear and may also be hit with charges related to flight delays.

Abaaoud: From school bully to terrorist plotter
France

Abaaoud: From school bully to terrorist plotter

Even Abdelhamid Abaaoud's own family prayed for his death, and on Thursday they got their wish when the Belgian jihadist behind the Paris attacks was confirmed killed in a French police raid.

Paris attacks plotter tried to recruit Spanish women using social media
Spain

Paris attacks plotter tried to recruit Spanish women using social media

The suspected organiser of the Paris attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, tried to recruit women living in Spain for the Islamic State group, Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz said on Thursday.

A hidden gem: Vienna’s St Marx cemetery
Austria

A hidden gem: Vienna’s St Marx cemetery

There are many beautiful places in Vienna, some famous and some with an almost mythical status, as well as those that are less well known. Yvain Guerrero explores one hidden gem that’s very accessible and worth discovering - the cemetery of St Marx, in a remote corner of the 3rd district.

PM: Sweden has been ‘naive’ about terror threat
Sweden

PM: Sweden has been ‘naive’ about terror threat

Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has said his country is stepping up security measures after being "naive" about the possibility of a terror attack.

Paris attack planner ‘spent time in Germany’
Germany

Paris attack planner ‘spent time in Germany’

Abdelhamid Abaaoud, believed to have been the planner behind Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris, regularly spent time in or passed through Germany in recent years, Der Spiegel reported on Thursday.

Italy’s singing nun to star in ‘Sister Act’
Italy

Italy’s singing nun to star in ‘Sister Act’

Sister Cristina, the Sicilian nun who took the world by storm in the singing contest, The Voice, last year, is now taking to the stage in Italy's version of 'Sister Act'.

Why beet juice could save you a dentist trip
Austria

Why beet juice could save you a dentist trip

A drink made from beetroot could help prevent tooth decay - that’s according to a research project by students from the University of Applied Sciences in Upper Austria.

Norway skiers hope for first snow on weekend
Norway

Norway skiers hope for first snow on weekend

Skiers in north west Norway are gearing up for the first decent skiing days of the year this weekend, after weather forecasters predicted up to 30cm of snow would fall from Trondheim up to the Lofoten Islands.

Suspicions grow over Russia-Qatar World Cups
Switzerland

Suspicions grow over Russia-Qatar World Cups

Swiss investigators examining World Cup corruption say they are looking into a growing list of suspicious financial transactions and want evidence from disgraced Qatari football powerbroker Mohamed bin Hammam.

Paris terror ‘commander’ confirmed dead in raid
France

Paris terror ‘commander’ confirmed dead in raid

The alleged planner and commander of the Paris terror attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, has been confirmed as one of the two terrorists killed in Wednesday's raid in northern Paris.

Shocked Parisians shun big stores after attacks
France

Shocked Parisians shun big stores after attacks

The number of shoppers visiting two of Paris' iconic department stores has dropped by up to half in the wake of last week's attacks in the capital, management indicated on Thursday.

Homage to replace Lyon’s Festival of Lights
France

Homage to replace Lyon’s Festival of Lights

Officials announced on Thursday that they had cancelled Lyon's annual Festival of Lights - one of the biggest celebrations in France - after the tragic terror attacks in Paris. Instead the city will pay homage to the victims of the attacks.

Isis claims attack on Italian priest
Italy

Isis claims attack on Italian priest

The Isis group on Thursday claimed responsibility for shooting and wounding an Italian priest in Bangladesh this week, the latest in a spate of recent attacks on foreigners claimed by the jihadist network.

Norway police hunt Sweden terror suspect
Norway

Norway police hunt Sweden terror suspect

Norwegian Police have put out a nationwide alert for the ISIS terrorist Sweden's security services believe is planning an imminent attack on their country.

Austrian band recovering after Paris attacks
Austria

Austrian band recovering after Paris attacks

The Austrian rock band who opened for Eagles of Death Metal at the Bataclan on the day of the Paris terror attacks have issued a statement to their fans saying that they are in good health but are mourning their merchandise seller, who was shot and killed.

Give tomcats the snip or lock ’em up: government
Germany

Give tomcats the snip or lock ’em up: government

The government is to ban un-neutered tomcats from prowling the streets, claiming that when they are allowed to follow their sexual urges without hindrance they endanger other cats and the environment.

World gets taste for paella thanks to brilliant Spanish emoji campaign
Spain

World gets taste for paella thanks to brilliant Spanish emoji campaign

The campaign, the brainchild of a Spanish rice brand, was one of the most successful advertising campaigns in Spain this year.

France set to extend state of emergency
France

France set to extend state of emergency

UPDATED: French lawmkers voted on Thursday to extend a state of emergency in the country for three months after the devastating jihadist attacks in Paris.

Airport passenger profiling could hold key to thwarting terror attacks
Spain

Airport passenger profiling could hold key to thwarting terror attacks

The controversial practice of passenger profiling could be the best way to prevent terror attacks, conclude experts at a conference in Barcelona.

Denmark comes second in world talent report
Denmark

Denmark comes second in world talent report

Denmark has secured second place in the newly-released IMD World Talent Report, marking the tenth year in a row that the country has ranked in the top three.

Danish police join search for terror suspect
Denmark

Danish police join search for terror suspect

The Danish Security and Intelligence Service (PET) is assisting its Swedish colleagues in the search for a man accused of plotting an attack on Sweden.

Paris attacks ramp up Sweden security hires
Sweden

Paris attacks ramp up Sweden security hires

A Swedish security services company is stepping up recruitment in Europe in the wake of the Paris attacks and Sweden's raised terror threat level, its director general has said.

Third whooping cough baby death in Spain sparks vaccination review
Spain

Third whooping cough baby death in Spain sparks vaccination review

With the death of three babies from whooping cough within a month, Spanish health authorities are revising immunization policies.

Could mafia keep Isis out of Italy? Maybe, but…
Italy

Could mafia keep Isis out of Italy? Maybe, but…

An ex-spy has claimed mafia control of parts of the country could prevent terror attacks. But relying on one murderous mob to defeat another would be a dangerous game, an expert tells us.

‘Please, no fireworks’ at Bundesliga games
Germany

‘Please, no fireworks’ at Bundesliga games

Germany's football chief Thursday urged fans to refrain from setting off fireworks at matches after a bomb threat forced the cancellation of a friendly with the Netherlands this week.

Metro walker ‘wanted to see ancient city beneath’
Italy

Metro walker ‘wanted to see ancient city beneath’

A 30-year-old woman sparked panic on Milan's Metro when she stared walking along the track - simply because she wanted to see "the ancient underground city".

Why Sweden’s terror threat is a game changer
Sweden

Why Sweden’s terror threat is a game changer

Swedes are on high alert for a terror attack for the first time in history. While the move has barely grabbed global media attention, it's a big deal in what is one of the safest countries on the planet, argues The Local's Editor Maddy Savage.

The big stink: Residents baffled as mystery stench engulfs Barcelona
Spain

The big stink: Residents baffled as mystery stench engulfs Barcelona

Thousands of residents have taken to social media to complain about an unsavoury smell wafting over the city, the source of which remains a mystery.

New Belgium raids linked to Paris stadium bomber
France

New Belgium raids linked to Paris stadium bomber

Belgian police staged six raids on Thursday in the Brussels area linked to a suicide bomber who blew himself up outside the French national stadium last week during the Paris attacks, prosecutors said.

Hemingway’s Paris ode becomes unity symbol
France

Hemingway’s Paris ode becomes unity symbol

Ernest Hemingway's homage to Paris - "A Moveable Feast" - has hit the best-seller lists in France after an elderly woman sang the book's praises during an impassioned TV interview that went viral.

New asylum integration plan announced
Austria

New asylum integration plan announced

Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz has announced a new integration plan for asylum seekers, in which German-language learning is rewarded and radicalism is punished.

Eurovision pick is famed for anti-gay song
Germany

Eurovision pick is famed for anti-gay song

Public broadcaster ARD has named soul and R&B singer Xavier Naidoo as Germany's contestant for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm - despite his facing allegations of homophobia in the past.

Merkel reaches 10-year mark under a cloud
Germany

Merkel reaches 10-year mark under a cloud

Chancellor Angela Merkel celebrates ten years in power on Sunday, facing the fight of her political life over her liberal stance on refugees, which provoked a party revolt, and fresh fears sparked by the Paris carnage.

Italy hunting five terror suspects after FBI tip-off
Italy

Italy hunting five terror suspects after FBI tip-off

UPDATED: Italy is looking for five terror suspects after a tip-off from the FBI about possible jihadist attacks on landmark sites including St Peter's cathedral in the Vatican, Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said on Thursday.

70 years on: when the first Nazis were tried
Germany

70 years on: when the first Nazis were tried

It was the biggest trial in history. On November 20th 1945, 22 Nazi leaders went on trial in Nuremberg for atrocities committed by Hitler's regime. 70 years on, Germany's Nazi trials continue - but time is running out.

Swiss remain tops for business talent: report
Switzerland

Swiss remain tops for business talent: report

Switzerland is the best country in the world for developing, attracting and retaining talent, according to a new study from the IMD business school in Lausanne.

Italy set to shiver as temperature plummets
Italy

Italy set to shiver as temperature plummets

The balmy weather across Italy over the past few weeks is set to come to an abrupt end this weekend, with temperatures plunging by up to 15 degrees Celsius.

Swiss set record trade surplus as imports slump
Switzerland

Swiss set record trade surplus as imports slump

Swiss exports stagnated last month but a drop in imports left Switzerland with a record balance of payments surplus of 4.2 billion francs, the federal customs administration (FCA) reported on Thursday.

Terrorists leave French Muslims fearing backlash
France

Terrorists leave French Muslims fearing backlash

The barbaric murder of 129 young people in Paris by terrorists from Isis has left Muslims in France once again fearing a backlash as their religious leaders tell The Local they have to do more to root our dangerous "fascist" radicals.

French PM warns of risk of chemical attack
France

French PM warns of risk of chemical attack

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has warned of the risk of a chemical and biological attack on France, saying the macabre imagination of terrorists knows no limits.

Overly generous Munich pays its bills twice
Germany

Overly generous Munich pays its bills twice

The city of Munich has paid many contractors twice for work they have done for the town. But the answer isn't to be found in the famously generous Bavarian spirit.

Veiled Muslim woman attacked in southern France
France

Veiled Muslim woman attacked in southern France

A young woman wearing a veil was attacked in Marseille on Wednesday by a man who reportedly called her a terrorist.

‘Draconian measures’ for El Clasico amid safety fears after Paris attacks
Spain

‘Draconian measures’ for El Clasico amid safety fears after Paris attacks

“Draconian security measures” will be in place for ‘El Clasico’ between Real Madrid and Barcelona on Saturday in the wake of the Paris attacks

Dutchman appeals after decade in Spanish jail as DNA implicates Brit
Spain

Dutchman appeals after decade in Spanish jail as DNA implicates Brit

A Dutch man who has spent ten years in jail for rape has finally had his appeal accepted by Spain's Supreme Court, after new DNA evidence implicated a British suspect.

Elk return to Denmark after 5,000 years
Denmark

Elk return to Denmark after 5,000 years

Elk will once again roam the Danish nature after an absence of millennia and wild beavers have also been spotted in Denmark for the first time in 1,000 years.

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Switzerland

China claims progress against torture claims

Chinese officials told a UN hearing in Geneva on Wednesday that their country was working hard to root out torture, but experts and activists accused them of dodging tough questions and insisted the practice remained commonplace.

France to allow off-duty police to carry arms
France

France to allow off-duty police to carry arms

In a move to boost security in the light of the heightened terrorist threat France is set to take steps to make sure all of its police are armed, including those in small towns and villages and officers who are off duty.

Hanover ‘terror plot involved several bombs’
Germany

Hanover ‘terror plot involved several bombs’

According to a secret document seen by Bild newspaper, security services cancelled a football match between Germany and the Netherlands on Tuesday over a suspected multi-bomb attack on the stadium.

False alarm clears Geneva train station
Switzerland

False alarm clears Geneva train station

Five platforms at Geneva’s main train station were evacuated on Wednesday after a large black bag was left in the zone for trains departing to and arriving from France.

France bans two Paris climate change rallies
France

France bans two Paris climate change rallies

The bloody terrorist attacks in Paris continue to have a knock on effect in France with authorities moving to ban two climate change rallies scheduled to be staged during the COP 21 summit.

Greenland’s icy homage to UN climate talks
Denmark

Greenland’s icy homage to UN climate talks

Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson will bring 12 giant blocks of Greenland ice to Paris and let them melt ahead of the COP21 climate talks.

UN calls for help over mystery Swedish death
Sweden

UN calls for help over mystery Swedish death

The United Nations on has pressed demands that the United States and Britain release secret files on the mysterious death of its former secretary-general, Swede Dag Hammarskjöld.

Police seek ‘tips’ after suspect’s photo shared
Sweden

Police seek ‘tips’ after suspect’s photo shared

UPDATED: Police say they're hoping a leaked photo of a man suspected of planning terror crimes in Sweden will lead to fresh tips about his potential whereabouts.

Three stylish design exhibitions in Sweden
Sweden

Three stylish design exhibitions in Sweden

Scandinavians are world famous for design and November is the perfect time to check out three exhibitions in Sweden showcasing Nordic talent. Here's our top pick alongside our regular arts and entertainment listings.

‘We can’t go out without our dads and mums now’
Sweden

‘We can’t go out without our dads and mums now’

Four weeks after a masked man attacked pupils and staff in Sweden's first school massacre since the 1960s, children in Trollhättan say they're still scared, while community leaders are fighting to restore the town's peaceful reputation.

FBI warns Italy of terror plots against monuments
Italy

FBI warns Italy of terror plots against monuments

Italy has increased security at its historic monuments in the Vatican, Rome and Milan after a warning from the FBI of possible jihadist attacks, media reports said on Wednesday.