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Latest news from: The Local in Italy »
Rip-off Rome taxi driver robs tourists' luggage

Rip-off Rome taxi driver robs tourists' luggage

A Rome taxi driver charged a German woman and her daughter €100 for a ride from the airport and then sped off with one of their bags, containing possessions worth €10,000, Italian media reported on Thursday. READ »

Latest news from: The Local in Spain »
Spain approves hotly disputed 'Google tax'

Spain approves hotly disputed 'Google tax'

Technology giant Google says it is "disappointed" after Thursday's decision by the Spanish parliament to approve the introduction of charges for aggregating news stories in search engine results. READ »

 
Latest news from: The Local in France »
Facing panic, French town bans 'evil' clowns

Facing panic, French town bans 'evil' clowns

A French village has banned teenagers from dressing up as clowns for Halloween after people kitted out as the colourful pranksters have sown terror and violence in several parts of the country. READ »

Latest news from: The Local in Germany »
Jihadist caught on German shopping trip

Jihadist caught on German shopping trip

An alleged jihadist will go on trial in Stuttgart next week after being caught on a shopping trip to pick up goods for Islamic fighters in Syria. READ »

 
Latest news from: The Local in Sweden »
Swedish women in two-year sex pill study

Swedish women in two-year sex pill study

Three hundred women from across Sweden are taking part in a study designed to demonstrate that modern contraceptive pills don't lead to decreased libido or mood swings. READ »

Latest news from: The Local in Norway »
Avalanche update: Mount Mannen more stable

Avalanche update: Mount Mannen more stable

The movements of rock masses that threaten to create an avalanche on Mount Mannen in south-western Norway have slowed down significantly due to the weather, said geologists on Thursday. READ »

 
Latest news from: The Local in Switzerland »
Former Coop Bank CEO faces three-year ban

Former Coop Bank CEO faces three-year ban

The Swiss Financial Supervisory Authority (FINMA) has banned former Coop Bank CEO Andreas Waespi from any managerial role for three years after it was found he manipulated share prices at the bank. READ »

Latest news from: The Local in Austria »
Conchita to perform for Ban Ki-moon at VIC

Conchita to perform for Ban Ki-moon at VIC

The Austrian winner of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest will perform live at the Vienna International Centre in the presence of the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, during the Secretary-General's visit to the United Nations in Vienna. READ »

 
Latest news from: The Local in Denmark »
Novo Nordisk profits rise from insulin sales

Novo Nordisk profits rise from insulin sales

The world's top insulin maker, Denmark's Novo Nordisk, reported on Thursday a slight profit increase in the third quarter as sales rose. READ »

 
 
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