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Chaplin coffin-theft film premieres in Venice

Chaplin coffin-theft film premieres in Venice

Charlie Chaplin's son attended the Venice film festival on Thursday for the premiere of The Price of Fame, a movie based on the true story of two immigrants who dug up the silent-film legend's coffin for ransom money. READ »

Latest news from: The Local in Spain »
Tarifa: child migrants 'hid under camper van'

Tarifa: child migrants 'hid under camper van'

Police found two Moroccan children aged eight and nine clinging to the undercarriage of a camper van as they tried to stowaway to Spain, authorities said on Thursday. READ »

 
Latest news from: The Local in France »
French cities struggle with bedbug infestations

French cities struggle with bedbug infestations

The infestation of French cities by bed bugs is worse than ever before with hygiene services overwhelmed, according to reports. READ »

Latest news from: The Local in Germany »
Pilots' strike grounds 116 flights

Pilots' strike grounds 116 flights

UPDATE: Pilots at Lufthansa's budget airline Germanwings are striking until midday on Friday, grounding 116 flights and up to 15,000 passengers. READ »

 
Latest news from: The Local in Sweden »
How immigration became a key election issue

How immigration became a key election issue

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt's recent comments about meeting the rising refugee costs have sparked a furore about making immigration an issue in next month's general election, writes the AFP's Tom Sullivan. READ »

Latest news from: The Local in Norway »
Arendal becomes first town to ban begging

Arendal becomes first town to ban begging

Arendal in the heart of South Norway became the country's first municipality to introduce the begging ban on Thursday. READ »

 
Latest news from: The Local in Switzerland »
Geneva group seeks ways to govern internet

Geneva group seeks ways to govern internet

The Geneva-based World Economic Forum unveiled a project on Thursday aimed at connecting governments, businesses, academia, technicians and civil society worldwide to brainstorm the best ways to govern the internet. READ »

Latest news from: The Local in Austria »
Gas explosion destroys Vienna rooftop apartment

Gas explosion destroys Vienna rooftop apartment

Around 6 p.m. on Thursday evening, a gas explosion ripped through the top floor of a residential building in Vienna's Margareten district. READ »

 
Latest news from: The Local in Denmark »
Jailed Danish activist in coma in Bahrain

Jailed Danish activist in coma in Bahrain

Less than a week in to his new hunger strike, Abdulhadi al-Khawaja has reportedly fallen into a coma. The family plans to appeal to Denmark for help. READ »

 
 
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