Museum of Bavarian Kings opens its doors
Germany

Museum of Bavarian Kings opens its doors

The Museum of Bavarian Kings opened in Schwangau on Friday. The new museum traces the history of the Wittelsbach dynasty, which ruled the southern German kingdom until 1918.

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Norway

Melting glacier drops Dark Age jacket

A 1,700-year-old coat is the latest artefact from Dark Age Norway to be freed by the fast-melting Breheimen glacier.

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Norway

Norwegian oil fund’s stock dips

Sticking to a financial plan can be challenging, even if you are the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund.

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Switzerland

Sion battle to keep Europa League place

Celtic will be forced to wait until September 13th before learning if their reinstatement to the Europa League will stand after Swiss club Sion filed an appeal, it was confirmed Friday.

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Sweden

Doc accused of snapping pics of naked patients

A Swedish woman who had just had a rectal examination was surprised when her doctor whipped out his mobile phone and showed her pictures he had taken of other patients in various states of undress.

Chief ECB economist Jürgen Stark to resign
Germany

Chief ECB economist Jürgen Stark to resign

European Central Bank chief economist Jürgen Stark resigned in a shock announcement Friday, sending the euro and European stock markets into freefall as fears about the debt crisis deepened.

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France

French police probe Facebook call to cut Muslim throats

French police were on Friday trying to identify a Facebook user who urged people "to cut Muslims's throats instead of sheep" during the Eid al-Adha feast, sparking the ire of Muslim and anti-racist groups.

Tram wreck injures 28 in Gothenburg
Sweden

Tram wreck injures 28 in Gothenburg

Twenty-eight people were injured when two trams collided in central Gothenburg on Thursday afternoon. Police and emergency service still don't know what caused the accident.

Dogs bite five people before being shot
Germany

Dogs bite five people before being shot

Two aggressive German Shepherds went on a biting rampage in Lower Saxony, attacking five people, before being shot by the police, the authorities reported on Friday.

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France

Crew of French yacht missing off Yemen

A German warship has found a French catamaran adrift in pirate-infested waters in the Gulf of Aden off Yemen with no crew aboard. Their fate is unknown, France said on Friday.

Swiss student blames plagiarism on biology teacher ex-lover
Switzerland

Swiss student blames plagiarism on biology teacher ex-lover

A Swiss high school student who had a romantic relationship with his biology teacher has taken legal action against a Lausanne school after his final year thesis was rejected on plagiarism grounds.

Mini-zoo uncovered after wolfdog bites
France

Mini-zoo uncovered after wolfdog bites

Police in Brest on the north-west tip of Brittany made an odd and malodorous discovery when they entered a house containing at least 85 animals, including two rare wolfdogs.

Saab to appeal creditor protection rejection
Sweden

Saab to appeal creditor protection rejection

Saab will submit on Monday an appeal against a Swedish court's rejection of its request for protection against bankruptcy, the parent company Swedish Automobile announced.

‘We were all Americans, at least for a while’
Sweden

‘We were all Americans, at least for a while’

The terror attacks of the September 11th, 2001, which claimed nearly 3,000 lives, rocked the United States, but also had a profound effect on Sweden. To mark the tenth anniversary of the attacks, The Local has talked to eight Swedes and Americans to ask how the attacks affected them.

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France

Villagers revolt against unlikely marriage

Residents in the small southern village of Puy-Saint-Pierre are in uproar after an implausible union between an attractive 42-year-old Parisian estate agent and a gap-toothed 67-year-old local man.

Apple wins key iPad patent case against Samsung
Germany

Apple wins key iPad patent case against Samsung

Apple won the latest battle in a global legal war with Samsung on Friday when a German court banned the Korean firm from selling a tablet computer in Germany, ruling it had copied the iPad.

EU commissioner proposes deterrents for deficit sinners
Germany

EU commissioner proposes deterrents for deficit sinners

Günther Oettinger, Germany’s EU commissioner, suggested Friday that the flags of EU countries breaking debt and deficit rules could be flown at half mast outside the bloc's institutional buildings. He also said European civil servants could take over Greece's public administration.

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Switzerland

Franc peg irks Norway and Canada

Switzerland's moves this week to stem the rise of the franc were criticized on Thursday by Norwegian and Canadian officials concerned about the impact of the franc-euro peg on global currency markets.

Merkel urges vigilance in face of terror threat
Germany

Merkel urges vigilance in face of terror threat

A day after police in Berlin detained two men on suspicion of planning a bombing attack, Chancellor Angela Merkel warned on Friday that terrorism remained a clear and present danger.

Agency forces amputee to prove leg still gone
Sweden

Agency forces amputee to prove leg still gone

Even though ten years have passed since Fredrik Jansson from Skellefteå in northern Sweden had his leg amputated, he must still prove his leg hasn't grown back in order to keep his disabled parking permit.

Thieves use wheel loader in cash machine heist
Sweden

Thieves use wheel loader in cash machine heist

Thieves driving a wheel loader through the entrance of a supermarket near Gothenburg, in western Sweden, early on Friday morning, scooped a cash machine straight out of the wall before disappearing from the scene with their loot.

French court sets date for Noriega ruling
France

French court sets date for Noriega ruling

A French court will decide on September 23rd whether or not to release former Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega so he can be extradited home to face imprisonment there, his lawyer said on Thursday.

Apartment prices rocket in Paris
France

Apartment prices rocket in Paris

Figures published on Thursday showed apartment prices in the capital up by 5 percent in the second quarter and a full 22.5 percent over the last year, the highest annual rise for 20 years.

Obama picks foreign policy expert to be US ambassador to Sweden
Sweden

Obama picks foreign policy expert to be US ambassador to Sweden

US president Barack Obama has nominated Washington DC-based lawyer and foreign policy expert Mark Brzezinski to be the next US ambassador to Sweden.

Hamburg looks back a decade after 9/11
Germany

Hamburg looks back a decade after 9/11

A decade after the 9/11 attacks, Hamburg remains stigmatised by perceptions it was a breeding ground for Islamist terrorists, according to the director of the city's domestic intelligence service. Hannah Cleaver reports.

Earthquake shakes the Rhineland
Germany

Earthquake shakes the Rhineland

An unusually strong earthquake rocked western Germany on Thursday evening, causing alarm but no damages. The quake was especially noticeable around the epicentre near the Lower Rhine region but was also felt through the Ruhr Valley.

Disasters cost insurers dear in 2011: SwissRe
Switzerland

Disasters cost insurers dear in 2011: SwissRe

This year will rank as the second most expensive in history for catastrophic insurance losses, with more than $70 billion (€50.5 billion) already incurred in charges, reinsurer SwissRe said on Friday.

Strauss-Kahn just ‘horny’: Lagerfeld
France

Strauss-Kahn just ‘horny’: Lagerfeld

Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld on Thursday described his friend Dominique Strauss-Kahn as charming and "sweet" -- unless you're a woman.

World champ Blake races to Zurich 100m win
Switzerland

World champ Blake races to Zurich 100m win

Newly-crowned Jamaican world 100m champion Yohan Blake raced to victory on Thursday in timing a personal best 9.82sec at the Diamond League meeting in Zurich.

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France

Total announces major gas find in Caspian

French oil giant Total said on Friday it had found a major gas field in the Caspian sea off the coast of Azerbaijan.

Coca-Cola in swift U-turn over France tax row
France

Coca-Cola in swift U-turn over France tax row

Coca-Cola has backtracked from its announcement on Thursday that it was cutting a €17-million ($23.6m) investment in production facilities in the south of France after the government slapped a tax on sugared drinks.

Forecasters promise another harsh winter
Sweden

Forecasters promise another harsh winter

While Swedes are still enjoying the relatively clement weather of early autumn, weather experts are already forecasting another freezing winter to follow the last two.

Swedes jailed in Ethiopia could get life: expert
Sweden

Swedes jailed in Ethiopia could get life: expert

The two Swedish reporters jailed in Ethiopia after travelling around the off-limits Ogaden area and recently charged with terrorism crimes will face a lengthy prison sentence if they are convicted, according to a legal expert.

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Sweden

Man arrested after death of baby daughter

A Swedish man from Örebro, in central Sweden, has been remanded into custody under suspicion of aggravated assault after one of his two months old twin daughters died two weeks ago.

Volkswagen and Porsche delay merger
Germany

Volkswagen and Porsche delay merger

A merger of German automakers Porsche and Volkswagen will not be completed in 2011 as planned, but the two companies said Thursday they still intend to create a tie-up.

Sunny, warm weekend to offer summery respite
Germany

Sunny, warm weekend to offer summery respite

This weekend could offer a summery break from the recent chilly weather in Germany, as temperatures reach upwards of 30 degrees in parts of the country amid abundant sunshine. Just don't wait until Sunday for your picnic.

Germany’s top ten tech inventions
Germany

Germany’s top ten tech inventions

The last century would have been very different if it hadn’t been for the German genius for technological innovation. The Local rates the top ten Teutonic inventions that have changed your life.