DiCaprio slams fossil-fuel industry at Davos
Switzerland

DiCaprio slams fossil-fuel industry at Davos

Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio slammed the "corporate greed" of the fossil-fuel industry after receiving a Crystal Award from the World Economic Forum for “working for a better world” at a ceremony on Tuesday in Davos.

Plastic to outweigh fish in oceans by 2050: report
Switzerland

Plastic to outweigh fish in oceans by 2050: report

Plastic rubbish will outweigh fish in the oceans by 2050 unless the world takes drastic action to recycle the material, a report warned Tuesday on the opening day of the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Goal-line technology pushed for Euro 2016
Switzerland

Goal-line technology pushed for Euro 2016

The Euro 2016 football tournament provides "a good opportunity" for Swiss-based Uefa to introduce goal-line technology (GLT), the European federation's chief referee Pierluigi Collina said on Tuesday, with a final decision expected this week.

Ex-banker jailed for ‘revenge killing’ of child
Switzerland

Ex-banker jailed for ‘revenge killing’ of child

A 49-year-old former Geneva bank executive who strangled and suffocated his seven-year-old daughter and later pretended it happened while the pair was playing a game of “who is the boss” was jailed on Tuesday for 16 years.

Frankfurt court bans app’s discount taxi rides
Germany

Frankfurt court bans app’s discount taxi rides

Taxi-hailing app mytaxi will no longer be allowed to offer customers 50 percent off trips, a court in Frankfurt has decided, saying that the deals represent unfair competition.

Giving refugees dignity at a transit camp in Styria
Austria

Giving refugees dignity at a transit camp in Styria

Angela Kamper volunteers with the Catholic charity Caritas and gave us an insight into life at a refugee transit camp in Styria, close to the Slovenian border - where refugees spend a few hours or sometimes weeks before continuing their journey or applying for asylum.

Italy aims to integrate Muslims and shape ‘Italian Islam’
Italy

Italy aims to integrate Muslims and shape ‘Italian Islam’

Italy's Interior Minister Angelino Alfano on Tuesday established a council for relations with the country's Muslims, an advisory body the government hopes will help the minority to better integrate.

Neiiiighbours offer help to Swedish riding adventurer
Sweden

Neiiiighbours offer help to Swedish riding adventurer

Suzanna Holmqvist, 28, is taking her horse and her dog on a massive adventure across Sweden and is being offered plenty of help along the way.

Police beg revellers not to dress as terrorists for Carnival
Germany

Police beg revellers not to dress as terrorists for Carnival

Police in the Rhineland have warned people not to dress up like a jihadist for upcoming Carnival street parties.

Refugees may bring new infections into Denmark
Denmark

Refugees may bring new infections into Denmark

Danish hospitals have been warned by authorities to be on the lookout for diphtheria, an illness that hasn’t been seen in Denmark for nearly 20 years but may have returned with asylum seekers.

Swedish man in China was ‘inciting opposition’
Sweden

Swedish man in China was ‘inciting opposition’

An apparent confession from a Swedish human rights activist detained in China has been published, amid claims of his "opposition to the government".

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Switzerland

French anti-terror steps curb key freedoms: UN

France's state of emergency and new electronic surveillance laws imposed following the November attacks in Paris impose "excessive and disproportionate" restrictions on key rights, UN experts said in Geneva on Tuesday.

Austrian army to toughen migrant border checks
Austria

Austrian army to toughen migrant border checks

Austria's army will carry out thorough identity and bag checks on every migrant arriving at the main border crossing with Slovenia from Wednesday, as part of new government measures heralding a tougher stance in Europe's refugee crisis.

Why has life expectancy in France taken a historic drop?
France

Why has life expectancy in France taken a historic drop?

The average life expectancy of people in France took a rare dip in 2015, which saw the highest annual death toll since World War II, new figures showed on Tuesday. But why?

Here’s why you’re going to want to visit Tivoli this year
Denmark

Here’s why you’re going to want to visit Tivoli this year

The Copenhagen amusement park Tivoli has given guests a sneak peek at what to expect when its new ‘3-in-1’ ride debuts in April.

Spain’s last cigarette factory shuts as sales go up in smoke
Spain

Spain’s last cigarette factory shuts as sales go up in smoke

Cigarette sales in the country have slumped in the last five years since the smoking ban was introduced.

France urged to cut ‘very generous’ jobseeker benefits
France

France urged to cut ‘very generous’ jobseeker benefits

A controversial report in France has called for cuts to the country’s famously generous unemployment benefits system, which can see some jobseekers pick up €6,000 a month for two years. Unions block their path.

David Hasselhoff lashes out at Swedish host’s putdown
Sweden

David Hasselhoff lashes out at Swedish host’s putdown

Veteran Baywatch star David Hasselhoff has lashed out at a Swedish television presenter after she appeared to poke fun at his appearance at the Nordic nation's version of the Oscars.

Norway court sentences Isis foreign fighters
Norway

Norway court sentences Isis foreign fighters

The Borgarting Court of Appeal on Tuesday sentenced three men to prison for having supported and fought alongside the terror group Isis.

Censorship backlash in Spain after Facebook bans the bulls
Spain

Censorship backlash in Spain after Facebook bans the bulls

Images of bullfighting are likely to be censored on Facebook from now on after the social network included the tradition on its 'offensive' list.

China troubles spook investors in Germany
Germany

China troubles spook investors in Germany

Worries about slowing growth in China and the ensuing global stock market turmoil are souring investor sentiment in Germany at the start of the new year, a leading survey showed on Tuesday.

Migrants flee Norway centre to avoid return to Russia
Norway

Migrants flee Norway centre to avoid return to Russia

Around 40 people have fled from the Oscarsgata asylum centre in Vadsø out of fear that they were set to be sent back to Russia.

Wawrinka takes easy route to second round
Switzerland

Wawrinka takes easy route to second round

Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka advanced to the second round of the Australian Open tennis tournament after his Russian opponent Dmitry Tursunov retired with an injury on Tuesday.

Terror suspect goes on trial over plot to bomb cycle race
Germany

Terror suspect goes on trial over plot to bomb cycle race

On Thursday the trial of a Muslim man accused of planning a terror attack against a cycle race in Frankfurt begins.

Honest taxi driver returns €14,000 to save family holiday
Germany

Honest taxi driver returns €14,000 to save family holiday

A Chinese family went to the police in desperation after losing a wallet containing thousands of euros in cash as well as their travel documents – only to be presented with a welcome surprise in double-quick time.

Police dog finds lost life savings in kitchen
Austria

Police dog finds lost life savings in kitchen

A police dog who specialises in sniffing out money came to the aid of a desperate elderly Viennese couple who had mislaid their life savings and feared they had been stolen.

The worst avalanches to ever hit the French Alps
France

The worst avalanches to ever hit the French Alps

A horrific start to 2016 in the French Alps has seen 12 people killed in separate avalanches, but the French Alps has witnessed numerous tragedies of this kind over the years.

Paella: Six reasons you have probably been doing it wrong
Spain

Paella: Six reasons you have probably been doing it wrong

Have you been eating truly authentic paella? It's harder to come by than you might think.

Seventy people injured in Sardinia tram smash
Italy

Seventy people injured in Sardinia tram smash

Seventy people were injured, two seriously, when two trams collided head-on in rush hour traffic in the Sardinian capital of Cagliari on Tuesday morning.

Phony psychics given €150k ‘to get sick dad into Heaven’
Italy

Phony psychics given €150k ‘to get sick dad into Heaven’

It was a future they perhaps failed to predict: two 'clairvoyants' have been charged with fraud for allegedly duping a woman out of a whopping €150,000 – payment made to them in return for guaranteeing her sick father’s place in Heaven.

Police tout ‘biggest cocaine bust in Denmark’s history’
Denmark

Police tout ‘biggest cocaine bust in Denmark’s history’

South Jutland Police announced on Tuesday that six people had thus far been arrested in an ongoing investigation into what police said was the biggest confiscation of cocaine ever in Denmark.

AZERTY keyboard at centre of battle to protect French lingo
France

AZERTY keyboard at centre of battle to protect French lingo

The French government wants to set in stone the AZERTY computer keyboard, claiming the French language is suffering because of all the variations.

French parliament to probe handling of 2015 terror attacks
France

French parliament to probe handling of 2015 terror attacks

Opposition lawmakers want to probe the government's handling of France's terror attacks last year.

Red card for ‘sexist’ ref who asked player out mid-match
Spain

Red card for ‘sexist’ ref who asked player out mid-match

A Spanish referee is embroiled in a sexism row after trying to get a date with a female player during the match.

Iran poised to build oil refinery on Spain’s southern coast
Spain

Iran poised to build oil refinery on Spain’s southern coast

Iranian investment could help fill the void and create jobs in Spain, said the Spanish foreign minister.

Bomb threat at expat school in Stavanger
Norway

Bomb threat at expat school in Stavanger

UPDATED: Armed police and ambulances responded to the British International School of Stavanger on Tuesday morning after a bomb threat was called in.

Live like Michelangelo: Artist’s Tuscan villa is up for sale
Italy

Live like Michelangelo: Artist’s Tuscan villa is up for sale

Art lovers take note: a sprawling villa once owned by the artist and sculptor Michelangelo Buonarroti is on the market. And if you have a few million to spare, the masterpiece could be yours.

Yogurt tycoon seeks firms’ aid for refugees
Switzerland

Yogurt tycoon seeks firms’ aid for refugees

Yogurt empire founder Hamdi Ulukaya rallied the corporate world to aid refugees on Tuesday, as the world's rich and powerful gathered in Davos to discuss how to resolve some of the world's greatest challenges.

Germans prefer contentment to career and money
Germany

Germans prefer contentment to career and money

The vast majority of Germans say that having a good working environment and a secure job is much more important to them than more money or the chance of getting ahead in a career, a survey has found.

Flat ‘queue jump’ scandal sparks corruption probe
Sweden

Flat ‘queue jump’ scandal sparks corruption probe

UPDATED: After claims she was given special treatment to secure an apartment in Stockholm, Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallström could be questioned as part of a corruption investigation.

Former Danish PM didn’t ‘save the children’
Denmark

Former Danish PM didn’t ‘save the children’

Journalist Peter Kenworthy argues that Helle Thorning-Schmidt was a strange choice as Save the Children, given her anti-immigration position and her party’s support of a new immigration bill, that has been criticized by the organization itself.

Miniature model of Geneva goes on display
Switzerland

Miniature model of Geneva goes on display

A stunningly detailed scale model of the city of Geneva is going on public display, more than 30 years after work started on the intricately crafted project.

Children safe after bomb threat at international school
Sweden

Children safe after bomb threat at international school

UPDATED: The British International School of Stockholm was evacuated after receiving a bomb threat on Tuesday morning, officials told The Local.

Sweden’s gruesome bunker trial: what you need to know
Sweden

Sweden’s gruesome bunker trial: what you need to know

In September 2015, a 38-year-old Swedish doctor admitted plotting to keep a woman locked up in a bunker. His trial doesn't start until next week, but here are the questions already hooking the global media.

‘Integration and learning to speak the language is vital’
Spain

‘Integration and learning to speak the language is vital’

In this week's instalment we chat to Robert James Parfett, an Englishman living in Murcia who has just published his first book.

Renting: How far would your money go outside Paris?
France

Renting: How far would your money go outside Paris?

New figures have revealed the glaring differences when it comes to rental prices across France. See how much more you can get for your money outside Paris.

Suicide bid sparks fresh calls for Italy cyberbullying law
Italy

Suicide bid sparks fresh calls for Italy cyberbullying law

Fresh calls have been made for Italy to rush though legislation to combat cyberbullying following the attempted suicide of a 12-year-old girl who was insulted and abused by her peers online.

Weird new glow-in-the-dark ninja shark discovered
Spain

Weird new glow-in-the-dark ninja shark discovered

The shark, discovered by a Spanish research team, has its very own flashlight built into its cells to find its way through the murky depths.

‘Swedes, stop being shocked foreign graduates move here!’
Sweden

‘Swedes, stop being shocked foreign graduates move here!’

Swedes should be proud so many foreign graduates are choosing to relocate here, rather than being shocked by our decision to brave the cold, argues The Local's Editor Maddy Savage.

Luftwaffe jets grounded at night by software bug
Germany

Luftwaffe jets grounded at night by software bug

Since the beginning of the year the German Luftwaffe (air force) has been taking part in the military conflict with Isis. The only problem? Its jets can’t fly at night.

Norwegian cop dances like a boss to Rihanna
Norway

Norwegian cop dances like a boss to Rihanna

Stig ‘Tonish’ Tonsjø is a proud Norwegian police officer and a big fan of Rihanna, so he and a colleague decided to post a video of his fancy footwork to show the human side of Norway’s finest.

How to take on the Danish winter like a true Viking
Denmark

How to take on the Danish winter like a true Viking

Relocation expert Melanie Haynes offers some tips for newcomers and long-time residents alike to get through the dark and cold Danish winter.

Renault ‘to recall 15,000 vehicles’ for emissions tests
France

Renault ‘to recall 15,000 vehicles’ for emissions tests

French carmaker Renault will bring in 15,000 vehicles to ensure their engines meet emissions standards, said France's environment minister.

Spain: Inequality leaps as rich get richer and poor get poorer
Spain

Spain: Inequality leaps as rich get richer and poor get poorer

The wealth of the 20 richest people in Spain rose 15 percent last year, while the assets of the 99 percent remaining population fell by the same percentage.

Far-left terrorists’ last-gasp spree ‘to fund their retirement’
Germany

Far-left terrorists’ last-gasp spree ‘to fund their retirement’

Police have confirmed that DNA from three far-left terrorists who have been on the run for decades was found at the site of two robberies in 2015.

Hunt for sapphire snatched in Milan takes mysterious turn
Italy

Hunt for sapphire snatched in Milan takes mysterious turn

When Geneva-based jeweller Ronny Totah received an offer last November to view a rare Kashmir sapphire set for auction with an asking price of up to $12 million (€11 million), his jaw dropped.

Geneva jeweller tracks stolen sapphire to US
Switzerland

Geneva jeweller tracks stolen sapphire to US

When Geneva-based jeweller Ronny Totah received an offer last November to view a rare Kashmir sapphire set for auction with an asking price of up to $12 million, his jaw dropped.

City fires new salvo in Denmark’s ‘meatball war’
Denmark

City fires new salvo in Denmark’s ‘meatball war’

Public institutions in Randers will be obliged to serve pork, local politicians decided on Monday night in what was the latest battle in what has been dubbed the ‘meatball war’.

Switzerland Innovation launches five tech parks
Switzerland

Switzerland Innovation launches five tech parks

Switzerland rolled out its answer to Silicon Valley on Monday: a network of five technology parks designed to boost industry, science and technology across the country.

Time up for work shirkers as Italy declares crackdown
Italy

Time up for work shirkers as Italy declares crackdown

Italy is preparing to tighten the law against time clock cheats after a series of stings which found people clocking-in for friends and a traffic cop punching-in in his underpants.

Paris Ritz hotel hit by blaze weeks before grand reopening
France

Paris Ritz hotel hit by blaze weeks before grand reopening

A fire engulfed the top floor of the famous Ritz hotel in Paris on Tuesday morning.

Ex-Vatican accountant cleared of corruption
Italy

Ex-Vatican accountant cleared of corruption

A former Vatican accountant known as "Mr 500" for his cash-rich lifestyle was acquitted by an Italian court on Monday of corruption and attempted money-smuggling.

Here’s how snow is causing chaos for Swedish travellers
Sweden

Here’s how snow is causing chaos for Swedish travellers

UPDATED: South-western Sweden was facing heavy delays at airports and on railways and busy roads during the Tuesday morning rush hour after more than 10 centimetres of snow fell overnight.

Artists finish life-size replica of Lascaux cave paintings
France

Artists finish life-size replica of Lascaux cave paintings

After three years of painstaking work, artists in France have finally finished the true-to-life replica of the famous Stone Age cave paintings hidden away in southwestern France.

Nanny goes on trial for grisly murder of parents in Paris
France

Nanny goes on trial for grisly murder of parents in Paris

It started with a nannying job and ended with the parents chopped up in the bathtub: a Chinese couple go on trial in France on Tuesday for a double murder worthy of a film plot.

Police search for clues to Swedish mystery deaths
Sweden

Police search for clues to Swedish mystery deaths

Police were investigating suspected murder on Tuesday after two people were found dead inside a house in a quiet residential area south-west of Västerås in central Sweden.

Police camera teams to film Akademikerball protests
Austria

Police camera teams to film Akademikerball protests

Austrian police have said they will have 29 camera teams in action on the night of the controversial right-wing Akademikerball (Academics Ball) in Vienna on January 29th, to help them collect evidence in the event of violent clashes.