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Latest news from: The Local in Italy »

Sing-along saint: Showbiz world gets papal inspiration

Pope John Paul II's extraordinary life is being set to music in Rome, with audiences enjoying a flourish of theatre shows about the former playwright and future saint ahead of his canonization on Sunday. READ »

Latest news from: The Local in Spain »

In pictures: Spain's Holy Week 2014

As Spain's Holy Week draws to a close, The Local showcases some of the best images from a week of drama, pageantry and mystery. READ »

Latest news from: The Local in France »

Orient Express offers journey back in time

The Orient Express lets out a whistle and a chug, just as it did 130 years ago when it pulled out of Paris's Gare de Strasbourg on its inaugural journey to Istanbul. READ »

Latest news from: The Local in Germany »

Bayer regain fourth in battle for Champions League spot

Bayer Leverkusen regained fourth place in the Bundesliga on Sunday with a 4-1 romp at Nuremberg in their battle to retain their Champions League place for next season. READ »

Latest news from: The Local in Sweden »

Eco-conscious Swedes in hen house trend

Fresh eggs from the hen house at the bottom of the garden is the latest eco-friendly fad being pursued by Swedish urbanites ready to run the risk of a little neighbourhood friction to keep their Saturday pancakes organic. READ »

Latest news from: The Local in Norway »

Norway teen has lived in cave for a year

A 19-year-old girl from the most fjord-filled region of Western Norway has been living a cave for almost a year with little but a high-grade sleeping bag to get her through the gruelling Norwegian winter. READ »

Latest news from: The Local in Switzerland »

Wawrinka defeats Federer in all Swiss final

Stanislas Wawrinka defeated Swiss compatriot Roger Federer 4-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-2 on Sunday to win the Monte Carlo Masters tennis tournament. READ »

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