Danish police make correction over submarine owner Madsen’s story

Danish police make correction over submarine owner Madsen’s story

Copenhagen police lead investigator Jens Møller Jensen moved on Wednesday to clarify the latest explanation given by submarine owner Peter Madsen over the death of Swedish journalist Kim Wall.

7 unmissable events to attend in Germany this November
Germany

7 unmissable events to attend in Germany this November

The nights are getting longer and the days colder but don't worry, it just means Christmas is on the way. Until then here are some fun things to do in Germany this month.

Spanish police arrest man accused of sexually abusing 15 minors
Spain

Spanish police arrest man accused of sexually abusing 15 minors

The 24-year-old lured underaged children through social media networks with threads about video games.

Is Cologne becoming a more dangerous place to live?
Germany

Is Cologne becoming a more dangerous place to live?

Statistics show violent crime in Cologne is on the rise. While some locals lay the blame at the feet of immigrants, others say the dangers are exaggerated and warn that refugees are being scapegoated for more fundamental problems.

Killers of French journalists in Mali ‘in Algeria’: campaign group
France

Killers of French journalists in Mali ‘in Algeria’: campaign group

A campaign group for two French journalists murdered in Mali four years ago said on Wednesday they had received information that "two or three" people involved in the killings may be in Algeria.

Charges dropped against driver accused of showing porn film on school bus
Sweden

Charges dropped against driver accused of showing porn film on school bus

"It was not a porn film, but an ordinary romantic comedy," explained police.

Rafael Nadal ends year on high with world number one ranking
Spain

Rafael Nadal ends year on high with world number one ranking

After a lengthy period out with injury, the 10-times French Open champion has reclaimed top spot in tennis.

German embassy in Paris accused of undeclared staff payments and wrongful dismissal

German embassy in Paris accused of undeclared staff payments and wrongful dismissal

Two former employees of the German embassy in Paris have accused it of using fake invoicing practices to channel money into a fund used to give staff undeclared cash salary top-ups.

EU reactions to Spanish crisis in Catalonia signal uncertain approach
Spain

EU reactions to Spanish crisis in Catalonia signal uncertain approach

EU leaders and influential figures have remained largely silent on the crisis in Catalonia, hoping it might somehow resolve itself without the need for their involvement. But with former Catalan leader Puigdemont in Brussels, the EU is again in the spotlight.

Why Sweden is home to 65,000 fallout shelters
Sweden

Why Sweden is home to 65,000 fallout shelters

The country is home to around 65,000 bunkers, fit to host seven million people in the event of war.

Women earn less, are more likely to face sexism at German startups: study
Germany

Women earn less, are more likely to face sexism at German startups: study

While working at a German startup offers better pay than in other European countries, women don't make the same as men. And while women are prominent in leadership roles, they are more likely to face sexism than they would do abroad, a study has found.

Norwegian, Danish women ‘stop being paid’ in November due to salary gap: report

Norwegian, Danish women ‘stop being paid’ in November due to salary gap: report

An analysis has aimed to demonstrate Europe’s gender pay gap by showing the date that women effectively stop being paid due to average salary differences compared to men.

What to know about the flu and getting vaccinated against it in Germany
Germany

What to know about the flu and getting vaccinated against it in Germany

Chillier autumn weather and the increasing use of your heater are unmistakable signs that the spread of influenza viruses is sure to soon arrive. Thinking of getting vaccinated? Here are some things to consider.

Pope Francis condemns terror attacks around the world
Italy

Pope Francis condemns terror attacks around the world

Pope Francis condemned on Wednesday recent terror attacks around the world, including in New York where eight people were killed, saying he was "saddened" by events.

Sweden’s 105-year-old blogger supports Me Too campaign
Sweden

Sweden’s 105-year-old blogger supports Me Too campaign

Sweden's oldest blogger, 105-year-old Dagny Carlsson, has spoken out in support of the global #MeToo campaign which has highlighted sexual harassment and led to allegations in Sweden as well as other countries.

Skavsta airport evacuated over bomb scare
Sweden

Skavsta airport evacuated over bomb scare

Skavsta airport was evacuated at lunchtime on Wednesday following a scare over a suspected explosive device in a bag, which turned out not to be dangerous.

Charges of rebellion and sedition called for by Spain’s attorney general against Puigdemont and other Catalan officials
Spain

Charges of rebellion and sedition called for by Spain’s attorney general against Puigdemont and other Catalan officials

On Monday October 30th, the office of Spain's attorney general called for charges of sedition, embezzlement and rebellion to be brought against Puigdemont and other Catalan MPs who voted for independence. Both the National Court and the Supreme Court have admitted the charges and are looking to prosecute.

Homeward bound? Europe mulls fate of jihadist families
France

Homeward bound? Europe mulls fate of jihadist families

As the Islamic State group's self-proclaimed "caliphate" crumbles under an international military pounding, Europe's governments are grappling with a shared problem: what to do with returning jihadists and their families.

It’s Ok for Rastafarians to smoke weed to meditate: Italian court
Italy

It’s Ok for Rastafarians to smoke weed to meditate: Italian court

An Italian court acquitted a man found with 58 grams of cannabis in his possession because, as a Rastafarian, he was using the ‘sacred herb’ to meditate.

20-year-old detained for firing ‘high calibre weapon’ at Swedish police officer’s house
Sweden

20-year-old detained for firing ‘high calibre weapon’ at Swedish police officer’s house

A 20-year-old man has been remanded in custody suspected of attempted murder after firing shots at a police officer's house in Västerås.

Nørrebro residents ‘living in fear’ after one killed, two wounded in shooting
Denmark

Nørrebro residents ‘living in fear’ after one killed, two wounded in shooting

People living in Copenhagen’s Nørrebro district fear an escalation in gang shootings after the latest incident on Tuesday resulted in a fatality.

Religious freedom for Muslims: the AfD have picked their first fight in the Bundestag
Germany

Religious freedom for Muslims: the AfD have picked their first fight in the Bundestag

The new German parliament only met for the first time at the end of October and already the first impasse has been reached. The other parties are refusing to accept the Alternative for Germany (AfD) nominee for Bundestag vice-president. Is this petulance or principle?

Father of three gets 18 years in jail for stabbing wife to death
Switzerland

Father of three gets 18 years in jail for stabbing wife to death

A 42-year-old man was on Tuesday sentenced to 18 years in prison for murdering his wife by stabbing her 56 times.

Not so gender-equal? Swedish teens still plan careers according to gender, study shows
Sweden

Not so gender-equal? Swedish teens still plan careers according to gender, study shows

"Since Sweden is one of the most gender-equal countries in the world, we were hoping that maybe our 15-year-old girls would have moved past these stereotypes, but they're still alive and kicking!"

Puigdemont is ‘chaos’ Tintin, says influential EU figure Guy Verhofstadt
Spain

Puigdemont is ‘chaos’ Tintin, says influential EU figure Guy Verhofstadt

Guy Verhofstadt, head of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, responded to Puigdemont's call for the EU "to react."

Swiss researchers invent light-diffusing onesies to treat jaundiced newborns
Switzerland

Swiss researchers invent light-diffusing onesies to treat jaundiced newborns

Newborn babies born with jaundice are usually treated with phototherapy in an incubator, but now researchers in Switzerland have come up with a nicer way of delivering treatment that allows the infant to remain clothed and warm in a parent’s arms.

Germany overtakes UK as top location in Europe for real estate investors: study
Germany

Germany overtakes UK as top location in Europe for real estate investors: study

Thanks to Brexit, metropolises in Germany now have the greatest potential for development in all of Europe, according to a new study. But, while this might be good news for investors, it means that tenants face higher rents.

Scientists mine ‘star scar’ to unlock space secrets
France

Scientists mine ‘star scar’ to unlock space secrets

Since early September, the denizens of this normally hushed burg in central France have been serenaded by an industrial drill poking holes around town and pulling up cylinders of rock.

Mammoth projects to make Norway’s fish farms eco-friendly
Norway

Mammoth projects to make Norway’s fish farms eco-friendly

Norway's fish farming industry says it is determined to resolve environmental challenges after being taken to task in the past.

Belgium charges two over 2015 Thalys train attack
France

Belgium charges two over 2015 Thalys train attack

Belgium on Tuesday charged two men over the 2015 attack on a high-speed train bound for Paris in which an Islamic State group extremist shot and seriously wounded a passenger before being overpowered.

Axed Catalan leader in Belgium summoned to Spanish court
Spain

Axed Catalan leader in Belgium summoned to Spanish court

Spain's top criminal court summoned Catalonia's axed separatist leader for questioning, hours after he appeared in Brussels insisting he remained the "legitimate president" of a region now under direct rule from Madrid.

Norway’s Telemark Winter Olympics hopefuls reveal bid plan
Norway

Norway’s Telemark Winter Olympics hopefuls reveal bid plan

Plans to bring the Winter Olympics to Norway’s Telemark county were revealed in full at an official announcement on Tuesday.

French football chief ‘very careful’ over threat against coach Deschamps
France

French football chief ‘very careful’ over threat against coach Deschamps

French football federation president Noel Le Graet said he was adopting a "very careful" approach after a photoshopped image of national team coach Didier Deschamps emerged accompanied by threats from Islamic State sympathisers.

Protestants, Catholics mark 500 years since Reformation in Wittenberg service
Germany

Protestants, Catholics mark 500 years since Reformation in Wittenberg service

Catholic and Lutheran leaders on Tuesday asked forgiveness for violence sparked by the Reformation, as worshippers celebrated 500 years since the religious revolution that created the Protestant church.

French foreign minister to visit Iran soon
France

French foreign minister to visit Iran soon

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Tuesday he will soon travel to Iran to prepare a visit by President Emmanuel Macron and raise concerns about Tehran's missile programs and regional role.

Seven-year-old runaway sneaks on to plane at Geneva airport
Switzerland

Seven-year-old runaway sneaks on to plane at Geneva airport

A seven-year-old girl managed to get through security and board an EasyJet flight at Geneva airport without ever showing a boarding pass or identity card, local media has reported.

Italian rugby players probed over bar brawl
Italy

Italian rugby players probed over bar brawl

Two Italian players are facing sanctions after a punch-up at a bar on the sidelines of the rugby league World Cup in Australia, officials said on Wednesday.

Pope admits to snoozing while praying
Italy

Pope admits to snoozing while praying

Pope Francis has confessed he sometimes nods off while praying and claims saints too have been known to grab some Holy shut-eye.

Swedish Church faces backlash over ‘taco Jesus’ tweet
Sweden

Swedish Church faces backlash over ‘taco Jesus’ tweet

The Swedish Church has faced criticism after it sent out a tweet celebrating the country's tradition of eating tacos on Fridays along with a GIF of Jesus wriggling his fingers in anticipation.

Dual German, Swiss exhibitions lift veil on Nazi-era art hoard

Dual German, Swiss exhibitions lift veil on Nazi-era art hoard

Portions of the spectacular art collection hoarded by the son of a Nazi-era dealer will be shown for the first time since the Second World War in parallel exhibitions in Switzerland and Germany starting on Thursday.

Swedish police officer investigated for sending picture of his genitals to a suspect’s partner
Sweden

Swedish police officer investigated for sending picture of his genitals to a suspect’s partner

A police officer in Norrköping is being investigated suspected of sexual harassment after he sent pictures of his penis to a suspect's partner.

Gothenburg woman cheats death after brother puts gun to her head but it fails to fire
Sweden

Gothenburg woman cheats death after brother puts gun to her head but it fails to fire

A man in his 40s has been arrested in Gothenburg after trying to shoot his sister but failing because the gun did not fire.

Twelve Christmas markets to look forward to in Sweden this year
Sweden

Twelve Christmas markets to look forward to in Sweden this year

With the holidays just around the corner, The Local guides you through some of the best Christmas markets Sweden has to offer in 2017.

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