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Latest news from: The Local in Italy »
Sudanese 'apostasy' woman meets Pope

Sudanese 'apostasy' woman meets Pope

UPDATED: Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag, the Sudanese woman who was condemned to death for converting from Islam to Christianity, sparking a global outcry, arrived in Rome with her family on Thursday morning where she met with Pope Francis. The family will stay for a few days before flying to New York. READ »

Latest news from: The Local in Spain »
Missing Air Algérie flight 'has crashed': Reports

Missing Air Algérie flight 'has crashed': Reports

An aircraft owned by Spanish company Swiftair, crewed by Spaniards, and operated by Air Algérie has crashed with 119 people on board according to an Algerian aviation official. READ »

 
Latest news from: The Local in France »
France is among EU's biggest public spenders

France is among EU's biggest public spenders

The French government is the third biggest public spender in Europe, yet the quality of the health, pension and education services its paying for are significantly lower than other EU countries. A new government study explains why. READ »

Latest news from: The Local in Germany »
Four Germans on missing Air Algérie flight

Four Germans on missing Air Algérie flight

UPDATE: Four Germans were among the 116 people onboard a Air Algérie flight which crashed in Mali on Thursday, according to the airline which operated flight number AH5017. READ »

 
Latest news from: The Local in Sweden »
Stockholmers sound off on 'beautiful Swedes'

Stockholmers sound off on 'beautiful Swedes'

Following a Nordic survey in which Swedes were voted the "most attractive", The Local hit the streets to see what Stockholmers thought. READ »

Latest news from: The Local in Norway »
Norway terror warnings put nation on high alert

Norway terror warnings put nation on high alert

UPDATED: Norway’s security police have warned that people with connections to an extremist group in Syria intend to carry out a terror attack in Norway imminently. READ »

 
Latest news from: The Local in Switzerland »
Residents flee as river Emme floods village

Residents flee as river Emme floods village

Rega, the Swiss air-ambulance service, evacuated residents of Schangnau in the canton of Bern on Thursday morning as the river Emme broke its banks. READ »

Latest news from: The Local in Austria »
Doctor sentenced for benefits fraud

Doctor sentenced for benefits fraud

A doctor was sentenced in the Vienna Regional Court on Thursday for fraudulently claiming social benefits. READ »

 
Latest news from: The Local in Denmark »
Denmark to tax Danish airline staff in Ireland

Denmark to tax Danish airline staff in Ireland

The tax minister says newly-signed treaty with Ireland is part of its fight against "social dumping" and an effort to rectify "unequal tax treatment for Danish companies". READ »

 
 
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