Famed French conductor dies at 92

Famed French conductor dies at 92

French maestro Georges Pretre, who regularly conducted the renowned Vienna Symphony Orchestra, died Wednesday aged 92, the Austrian capital's Philharmonic society said.

‘Radio burst’ came from a distant galaxy, researchers conclude
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‘Radio burst’ came from a distant galaxy, researchers conclude

Strange flashes in space known as fast radio bursts came from a distant galaxy, according to a new study.

‘Heroic’ farmer faces prison for helping migrants into France
France

‘Heroic’ farmer faces prison for helping migrants into France

While some call him a hero, he risks five years in jail.

Typical Parisian ‘has had 19 sexual partners’
France

Typical Parisian ‘has had 19 sexual partners’

The sex habits of Parisians have been laid bare in a new survey.

Passengers furious as Ryanair flight from Sweden delayed by 24 hours
Sweden

Passengers furious as Ryanair flight from Sweden delayed by 24 hours

The flight from Skavsta to London Stansted had yet to take off a day after it was due to leave.

Fifa calls in lawyers to help resolve staff disputes
Switzerland

Fifa calls in lawyers to help resolve staff disputes

Fifa has called in two lawyers to act as mediators in conflicts with staff amid mass changes at world football's governing body, based in Zurich.

State leaders rip into Berlin’s plan to centralize security powers
Germany

State leaders rip into Berlin’s plan to centralize security powers

After the German Interior Minister put forth a bold plan on Tuesday to centralize the country's security apparatus, conservative leaders at the state level have hit back.

Swiss stars down under: Federer beaten as Wawrinka progresses
Switzerland

Swiss stars down under: Federer beaten as Wawrinka progresses

Federer loses to German teen in Perth as Wawrinka reaches quarters in Brisbane.

Spain tightens security to keep crowds safe at Epiphany
Spain

Spain tightens security to keep crowds safe at Epiphany

Authorities across Spain have implemented unprecedented security measures ahead of the Three King parades to avoid attacks like those in Berlin and Nice.

Norway nets record salmon sales in 2016
Norway

Norway nets record salmon sales in 2016

Norway made a record amount on its salmon sales last year, helping to partially offset a drop in oil revenues, the main engine of the country's economy, data showed Wednesday.

See Denmark’s queen take her annual gold carriage ride through Copenhagen
Denmark

See Denmark’s queen take her annual gold carriage ride through Copenhagen

Queen Margrethe II took to the streets in style on Wednesday, riding in a gold-plated horse-drawn carriage through Copenhagen.

Innsbruck targeted for New Year sex attacks
Austria

Innsbruck targeted for New Year sex attacks

Austrian police are investigating an unprecedented number of sexual assaults carried out by a group of men on New Year's Eve in the western city of Innsbruck, an official said Wednesday.

Italy’s populist leader: Public should decide whether news is fake
Italy

Italy’s populist leader: Public should decide whether news is fake

The Five Star Movement leader has accused Italian media of creating 'fake news' and called for public juries to determine the veracity of the news.

Norway’s housing market had historic boom in 2016
Norway

Norway’s housing market had historic boom in 2016

Never before have house prices in Norway risen so much in one year.

Reverse culture shock: the troubles of leaving Germany for home
Germany

Reverse culture shock: the troubles of leaving Germany for home

If you've just returned from a trip back home, you may have experienced a bit of reverse culture shock after living in Germany. So maybe you can relate to some of these experiences.

Biopic about jazz legend ‘Django’ to open Berlin film festival
Germany

Biopic about jazz legend ‘Django’ to open Berlin film festival

The Berlin film festival will open next month with the premiere of a biopic about Gypsy-jazz great Django Reinhardt focused on his family's persecution by the Nazis, organisers said Wednesday.

Young, uprooted and unpredictable: Germany’s ‘Nafri scene’
Germany

Young, uprooted and unpredictable: Germany’s ‘Nafri scene’

Events in Cologne and other western cities over New Year showed that security concerns about young immigrants from North Africa haven't gone away.

Brit thrill seeker ‘died trying to climb on roof of Paris Metro’
France

Brit thrill seeker ‘died trying to climb on roof of Paris Metro’

A police source has said a British free runner died in an attempt to climb onto the roof of a Paris Metro carriage.

47 rescued puppies now available for adoption
Austria

47 rescued puppies now available for adoption

A large selection of adorable puppies are preened and ready for their potential new homes throughout Austria.

Denmark still worst country in the Nordics for cancer
Denmark

Denmark still worst country in the Nordics for cancer

For at least two decades, Denmark has more cancer cases and lower survival rates than its Nordic neighbours.

Sweden needs more games developers, experts warn
Sweden

Sweden needs more games developers, experts warn

The country risks losing its spot as one of the top nations in the field if it can't find more talent, according to a trade organization.

Mexican wrestler brothers brawl at Leoben police station
Austria

Mexican wrestler brothers brawl at Leoben police station

Professional wrestling brothers from Mexico resist arrest and wreak havoc at Leoben police station in the early hours of New Year's Day.

A trip to the land of endangered ancient olive trees
Spain

A trip to the land of endangered ancient olive trees

Should the trade in ancient olive trees be restricted?

Record visitors drop anchor at this Stockholm museum
Sweden

Record visitors drop anchor at this Stockholm museum

One of Sweden's most popular attractions welcomed a record number of visitors in 2016.

Five must-see French films for 2017
France

Five must-see French films for 2017

Ready for some French cinema?

Gun used by Amri matches Berlin Christmas attack weapon
Italy

Gun used by Amri matches Berlin Christmas attack weapon

The man presumed to have carried out the attack in Berlin in December was fatally shot by police in Milan.

This Swedish psychiatrist tried antidepressants as an experiment
Sweden

This Swedish psychiatrist tried antidepressants as an experiment

Having prescribed antidepressents to many people in his job, Christian Rück decided it would be good to try them for himself.

Italy sees annual deflation for first time since 1959
Italy

Italy sees annual deflation for first time since 1959

Consumer prices have fallen in 2016, official data shows.

Israel PM slams ‘futile’ Paris conference
France

Israel PM slams ‘futile’ Paris conference

Israel's premier Tuesday denounced the international Middle East conference in Paris on January 15th as "futile", saying he feared decisions taken there could spark a new UN resolution against Israel.

Italy to step up deportations after migrant death protest
Italy

Italy to step up deportations after migrant death protest

Riots broke out at a centre MPs had previously described as a "ticking timebomb", prompting calls for mass deportations.

Five Swiss events to help you shrug off the January blues
Switzerland

Five Swiss events to help you shrug off the January blues

The Local rounds up a few events to get you off the sofa and out and about this month.

Violent storm brings floods to north, snow to south Germany
Germany

Violent storm brings floods to north, snow to south Germany

The storm Axel brought fierce weather to Germany early on Wednesday morning... but the worst is yet to come. We'd followed the storm live.

Truck used in Berlin Christmas market attack could go to museum
Germany

Truck used in Berlin Christmas market attack could go to museum

A museum in Bonn is considering adding the truck used in the Berlin terrorist attack to its collection, joining other historical objects relating to terrorism.

Madrid to hold major Picasso exhibit for ‘Guernica’ anniversary
Spain

Madrid to hold major Picasso exhibit for ‘Guernica’ anniversary

Madrid's Reina Sofia museum will stage a major Pablo Picasso exhibition to mark the 80th anniversary of his famed "Guernica" painting, a universal symbol of the cruelty of war.

Sweden hits back at Trump over UN criticism
Sweden

Sweden hits back at Trump over UN criticism

"Do we have fun in the UN? Do we have a good time? Yes, but we also work very hard."

Severe weather warnings halt trains throughout Austria
Austria

Severe weather warnings halt trains throughout Austria

Weather conditions in the first week of 2017 predict heavy snowfall and immense wind speed, putting Austria under red alert.

105-year-old French cyclist breaks world record
France

105-year-old French cyclist breaks world record

A 105-year-old French cyclist set a new one-hour record for his age Wednesday -- although Robert Marchand was already in a class all of his own.

Facebook apologizes for censoring ‘sexual’ Italian statue
Italy

Facebook apologizes for censoring ‘sexual’ Italian statue

The sea-god Neptune is known as the 'Giant' in Bologna - and the size of his genitalia has been causing controversy for centuries.

France moves to suspend Vitamin D supplement after baby dies
France

France moves to suspend Vitamin D supplement after baby dies

France has moved to suspend sales of a vitamin D medication following the death of a baby who had been given the supplement, health authorities said Wednesday.

France seeks Chilean ‘killer’ of Japanese student
France

France seeks Chilean ‘killer’ of Japanese student

The woman went missing in southern France last month.

Spain’s banks recover but toxic assets remain
Spain

Spain’s banks recover but toxic assets remain

Hit by a severe crisis several years ago, Spain's banking sector has recovered but at a cost as thousands are laid off and it struggles to get rid of toxic assets.

Norway prepares for yet another Breivik trial
Norway

Norway prepares for yet another Breivik trial

Domestic terrorist’s prison conditions to once again be the centre of national discussion.

Police raid potential ‘contacts’ of Christmas market attacker
Germany

Police raid potential ‘contacts’ of Christmas market attacker

Federal prosecutors are set to release more information on Wednesday about two men suspected of being in contact with Isis terrorist who killed 12 people in Berlin Christmas market attack.

Video: Swiss government sings ‘Bernhemian Rhapsody’
Switzerland

Video: Swiss government sings ‘Bernhemian Rhapsody’

This brillant video inspired by the Federal Council's official photo is doing the rounds on social media.

Suspected Isis scout for Berlin attack sites goes on trial
Germany

Suspected Isis scout for Berlin attack sites goes on trial

An alleged Isis jihadist accused of scoping out potential targets for an attack in Berlin, including the Brandenburg Gate and Reichstag building, goes on trial on Wednesday.

Greece investigates Swiss pharma Novartis over bribery claims
Switzerland

Greece investigates Swiss pharma Novartis over bribery claims

Greece's justice minister has promised a "swift and thorough" investigation into suspected corruption by civil servants and Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis.

Denmark awaits South Korea extradition request for ‘Rasputin’ daughter
Denmark

Denmark awaits South Korea extradition request for ‘Rasputin’ daughter

20-year-old Chung Yoo-Ra is being detained in Denmark pending an extradition ruling.

Man killed in Malmö shooting
Sweden

Man killed in Malmö shooting

UPDATED: Malmö police are investigating after a man died in a shooting in the Fosie district of the city.

Big freeze is back! Sweden on heavy snow alert
Sweden

Big freeze is back! Sweden on heavy snow alert

Just days after the warmest New Year's Eve on record, the snow is back with a vengeance.

A year in Sweden in 12 incredible Instagram pictures
Sweden

A year in Sweden in 12 incredible Instagram pictures

The Local's work experience intern Ella Arfors shares her favourite Instagram pictures showing a year in Sweden.