Anti-Nazi hacktivists vow to continue cyberwar
Germany

Anti-Nazi hacktivists vow to continue cyberwar

German hackers have pledged to continue their cyberwar against the far right - despite recent crackdowns against so-called 'hacktivists'. In an exclusive interview, one spoke with Brian Whelan.

Spotify CEO gives stock market the cold shoulder
Sweden

Spotify CEO gives stock market the cold shoulder

Despite a predicted turnover of six billion kronor ($887 million) in 2012, Spotify’s CEO Daniel Ek has revealed that a stock exchange listing is not on the cards for the Swedish online music company.

Germans back voluntary quotas for women
Germany

Germans back voluntary quotas for women

Most Germans would like to see firms adopt a voluntary quota to ensure that women hold a certain percentage of top management jobs – but only around one in four would like to see this enshrined in law, new figures show.

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Sweden

Girlfriend-strangler given 16 years in prison

A 52-year-old man from Ystad in southern Sweden, convicted of murdering his 25-year-old girlfriend, was sentenced on Friday to 16 years in prison.

Swedish town rocked by second child exorcism
Sweden

Swedish town rocked by second child exorcism

Another teenage girl in Borås, western Sweden, has been subjected to physical abuse such as kicks, beatings and electric shocks, as her parents tried to exorcise her from evil spirits.

Soldiers threaten actor over anti-war film
Germany

Soldiers threaten actor over anti-war film

The German army is investigating death threats sent to a young actor who was in a television film depicting the Bundeswehr as a bunch of buffoons, the army has confirmed to The Local.

France calls for EU nuclear power subsidies
France

France calls for EU nuclear power subsidies

Britain, the Czech Republic, France and Poland are calling for nuclear power to receive similar subsidies from the EU as wind and solar energy, a German newspaper said Friday.

Breivik lawyers to seek acquittal
Norway

Breivik lawyers to seek acquittal

Lawyers representing Anders Behring Breivik are set to request that their client is acquitted of terror charges when an Oslo court convenes to consider the case on Monday.

Baboons ‘recognize written words’
France

Baboons ‘recognize written words’

Baboons can recognize scores of written words, a feat that raises intriguing questions about how we learn to read, scientists reported on Thursday.

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France

Son kept dead mum’s body in cellar for a year

A 23-year-old man has been admitted to a psychiatric hospital after police discovered he had kept the corpse of his dead mother in the cellar for a year. 

Trier’s ‘Jesus tunic’ ready for half a million pilgrims
Germany

Trier’s ‘Jesus tunic’ ready for half a million pilgrims

The ancient town of Trier is expecting at least half a million pilgrims over the coming month to view a tunic, put on display Friday, that was reportedly worn by Jesus.

Scientists find runes on ancient comb
Germany

Scientists find runes on ancient comb

Archaeologists have found the oldest engravings of letters ever to be discovered in central Germany, officials from the area announced on Thursday.

Jens Lapidus: Sweden’s newest star crime writer
Sweden

Jens Lapidus: Sweden’s newest star crime writer

With an English version of his debut novel finally hitting bookstores, celebrity Swedish defence lawyer and best-selling author Jens Lapidus tells The Local's David Landes why defending criminals beats a full-time career as a writer.

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Switzerland

Easter bear snagged and tagged

The bear that has been roaming around since the Easter weekend stealing honey and mauling a goat has now been tagged with a tracking device.

 

Doherty: I had affair with Charlotte Gainsbourg
France

Doherty: I had affair with Charlotte Gainsbourg

The notorious former Libertines frontman Pete Doherty says he enjoyed a brief romance with singer Charlotte Gainsbourg after they worked on a movie together.

 

Germany slams Ukraine for political crackdown
Germany

Germany slams Ukraine for political crackdown

Germany's top human rights official Thursday slammed as "unacceptable" Ukraine's crackdown on former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and other opposition members after a visit to the country.

Swede speaks out on false NY sex crimes
Sweden

Swede speaks out on false NY sex crimes

One of the two Swedish businessmen who were cleared of sexual assault charges leveled by a teenager in New York has spoken out about the ordeal, labelling the accusations a “complete fabrication”.

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Switzerland

Peeping Tom filmed in girls’ changing-rooms

A Peeping Tom has been caught out trying to film young girls getting changed in the cabins at the Alpamare water park in canton Schwiez.

Hollande’s rap video goes viral
France

Hollande’s rap video goes viral

French presidential campaigns are often conservative affairs, but a new campaign video shows Socialist presidential candidate François Hollande hanging with youths in the French banlieues to the rap track "Niggas in Paris" by Jay-Z and Kanye West. 

 

Swedish terror suspects plead ‘not guilty’
Sweden

Swedish terror suspects plead ‘not guilty’

The three Swedish citizens and one Tunisian citizen resident of Sweden who are charged with being behind the planned terror attack on the Jyllands-Posten daily denied all charges when the trial finally begun in Copenhagen on Friday.

Norway to expel foreign beggars
Norway

Norway to expel foreign beggars

The Norwegian government plans to expel foreign beggars in a move intended to tackle human trafficking.

Playboy mags, seals and drivers ‘stuck’ in traffic
Sweden

Playboy mags, seals and drivers ‘stuck’ in traffic

Unwanted Playboy magazines, recalcitrant seals and an enormous glue spill - The Local's News in Brief tackles the smaller offbeat news stories from around Sweden this week.

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Switzerland

Swiss travellers ‘suffer due to Roma reputation’

Hostile attitudes towards Roma people in Switzerland are making life difficult for the Jenische people, an entirely separate travelling ethnic group with a long history in the country, community leaders say.

Protesters drop golden turd by Athens embassy
Germany

Protesters drop golden turd by Athens embassy

Ten German protesters were arrested in Athens on Thursday after leaving a giant golden turd on the doorstep of the Berlin embassy in the Greek capital.

Rossmann must ‘beware of saturated market’
Germany

Rossmann must ‘beware of saturated market’

Germany's number two drug store chain, Rossmann, should look before it leaps into the gap left by the demise of rival Schlecker, German retail analysts have warned, saying the domestic market is nearly saturated.

Massacre survivors seek ‘only justice’ for Breivik
Norway

Massacre survivors seek ‘only justice’ for Breivik

They lost brothers, sisters and friends, some suffered grievous injuries themselves, yet survivors of last year's Norway massacre want to see the killer have a fair trial - no more, no less.

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France

Assad ‘insincere’ about ceasefire – Sarkozy

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Friday that he did not believe in the sincerity of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, nor in the UN-backed ceasefire aimed at halting 13 months of bloodshed.

Stoned Swedish nurse ignored suffering patient
Sweden

Stoned Swedish nurse ignored suffering patient

A Swedish night shift nurse has been fired from a Gothenburg hospital for being high on cannabis and failing to notice a patient's rapidly deteriorating condition.

Sarkozy lashes out at Financial Times
France

Sarkozy lashes out at Financial Times

French President Nicolas Sarkozy, in the midst of a re-election campaign, has taken aim at the British Financial Times daily, accusing it of blindly supporting the "Anglo-Saxon model" of economics.

Train hits digger, kills three, injures 13
Germany

Train hits digger, kills three, injures 13

Three people were killed and 13 others injured in central Germany early Friday morning, when a regional train smashed into a digger working on the train line.

Swedish gang member in garden gnome drug bust
Sweden

Swedish gang member in garden gnome drug bust

A 26-year-old man with ties to a Hells Angels branch in central Sweden was sentenced to prison Wednesday after being fund guilty of selling large quantities of synthetic drugs imported from China and hidden inside garden gnomes.

Sweden in narrow escape from loo roll shortage
Sweden

Sweden in narrow escape from loo roll shortage

The looming toilet paper dearth in Sweden following threats of a solidarity strike among Swedish paper workers is over, after retail and stockroom employees on Thursday agreed to the mediators’ bid.

Peru not to ‘negotiate with guerillas’: minister
Sweden

Peru not to ‘negotiate with guerillas’: minister

The Peruvian government Thursday ruled out negotiating with a leftist guerrilla group demanding a $10 million dollar ransom for 36 workers kidnapped from a Swedish construction firm.

Yvonne the runaway cow to be a moo-vie star
Germany

Yvonne the runaway cow to be a moo-vie star

Yvonne the runaway cow who became a German media sensation last summer will be charging onto the silver screen when she stars in her very own feature film – “Cow on the Run”.