WSOP BIG ONE – Two Germans in the most expensive tournament ever
Germany

WSOP BIG ONE – Two Germans in the most expensive tournament ever

With one million dollar buy-in, the BIG ONE for ONE DROP is the highest buy-in poker tournament that has ever been set up in the history of poker. Tobias Reinkemeier and Philipp Gruissem dared to venture into this extraordinary event.

Police find boy’s body on North Sea island
Germany

Police find boy’s body on North Sea island

Police have discovered a child's body on the North Sea island of Amrum - in the same playground where a missing ten-year-old, identified only as Sebastian, was last seen on Sunday evening.

Ex-Bayern footballer convicted of arson
Germany

Ex-Bayern footballer convicted of arson

Former Bayern Munich player Breno Borges was sentenced to three years and nine months in prison on Wednesday for setting light to his rented villa last autumn. His psychiatric problems did not mitigate the crime, the court found.

Northern state mulls ‘drug quality test’
Germany

Northern state mulls ‘drug quality test’

The newly-elected government in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein is reportedly considering a quality control test for illegal substances, a local paper said on Monday.

Doubts cast over Belarus teddy bear drop
Sweden

Doubts cast over Belarus teddy bear drop

A Swedish group that claims to have dropped hundreds of 'pro free-speech' teddy bears over a Belarusian town early this morning has released a video that they say shows their stunt taking place. But no teddy bears have been found on the ground.

Foreign criminals get tougher sentences
Norway

Foreign criminals get tougher sentences

Police and justice officials are deliberately pushing for tougher sentences for foreign criminals in an attempt to convince mainly Eastern European crime gangs of the folly of breaking the law in Norway.

Bernadette Chirac hits a deer on the motorway
France

Bernadette Chirac hits a deer on the motorway

A car carrying former first lady, Bernadette Chirac, ran over a deer near her home in Corrèze, central France, last night.

Skype-founders launch Spotify rival in Sweden
Sweden

Skype-founders launch Spotify rival in Sweden

Swedish online music company Spotify will now see further competition on the home front after Rdio, a similar music streaming service, was launched in Sweden and Finland on Wednesday.

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France

Trial of 9-year-old boy thrown out by judge

A judge has thrown out a case of a 9-year-old boy insulting two of his teachers and kicking one of them, just the day before he was to have his hearing.

Five dead after police hostage raid
Germany

Five dead after police hostage raid

Five people were left dead after a hostage-taking during a home eviction in southwestern Germany Wednesday, including the presumed gunman, police said.

CIA terror deportee given residency in Sweden
Sweden

CIA terror deportee given residency in Sweden

Egyptian national Ahmed Agiza, who was flown out of Sweden to Egypt by the CIA in 2001 where he was imprisoned until 2011, has been granted permanent residency in Sweden.

How to join Scotland’s landed gentry
Norway

How to join Scotland’s landed gentry

Thousands of people from around the world are buying up plots of Scottish land - becoming Lairds, Lords and Ladies in the process – all thanks to a gift offering that promotes conservation and allows people to strengthen their ties with Scotland in a unique and novel way.

‘Red light king’ caught in brothel scam crackdown
Germany

‘Red light king’ caught in brothel scam crackdown

Pimp, gangster, docu-soap star and now jailbird. Bert Wollersheim, the Dusseldorf “Red Light King” is in police custody accused of drugging, blackmailing and stealing over €100,000 from punters at his brothels.

Man held for abducting teen girl he met online
Sweden

Man held for abducting teen girl he met online

A man from southern Sweden is suspected of handcuffing and kidnapping a teenage girl he met on an internet chat room and taking her to Malmö late Tuesday night.

How to join Scotland’s landed gentry
Switzerland

How to join Scotland’s landed gentry

Thousands of people from around the world are buying up plots of Scottish land - becoming Lairds, Lords and Ladies in the process – all thanks to a gift offering that promotes conservation and allows people to strengthen their ties with Scotland in a unique and novel way. 

How to join Scotland’s landed gentry
France

How to join Scotland’s landed gentry

Thousands of people from around the world are buying up plots of Scottish land - becoming Lairds, Lords and Ladies in the process – all thanks to a gift offering that promotes conservation and allows people to strengthen their ties with Scotland in a unique and novel way. 

‘I thought they had come to kill us’: Astrid Sehl
Norway

‘I thought they had come to kill us’: Astrid Sehl

Norwegian aid worker Astrid Sehl has spoken about how she feared for her life after she and three colleagues were abducted from a refugee camp in Kenya.

Cabinet to strengthen single dads’ rights
Germany

Cabinet to strengthen single dads’ rights

The German cabinet is due to put forward a new bill on Wednesday allowing unmarried fathers the right to gain joint custody of their children - even against the mother's wishes.

Sweden’s Green Party: moving to the city?
Sweden

Sweden’s Green Party: moving to the city?

In his latest dispatch from Almedalen, correspondent and commentator David Linden looks at why Sweden's Green Party resorted to having a well-known Swedish weatherman to take the stage.

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Switzerland

Chat-room rapist gets ten years

A 28-year-old man has been sentenced to ten years in prison for posing as a girl in internet chat-rooms, luring two girls to meet him and then sexually abusing them.

How to join Scotland’s landed gentry
Sweden

How to join Scotland’s landed gentry

Thousands of people from around the world are buying up plots of Scottish land - becoming Lairds, Lords and Ladies in the process – all thanks to a gift offering that promotes conservation and allows people to strengthen their ties with Scotland in a unique and novel way. 

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Switzerland

Scot jailed for theft of Basel diamond

A 56-year-old Scot was sentenced on Tuesday to 18 months in prison for stealing a diamond from the Baselworld watch and jewellery show. 

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Switzerland

‘Hidden’ ice blamed for fall that killed five

The five members of a German climbing party who fell to their deaths probably slipped on ice hidden by fresh snow, said the mountain guide who spoke to them before their ascent of Switzerland's Lagginhorn summit.

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France

Microsoft facing French tax dodge probe: report

An alleged tax dodging scheme by Mircosoft’s French subsidiary has been revealed following an inspection at the end of June, at which the head of the tax office and 37 judiciary police were present.

Introducing… Ernst Kirchsteiger
Sweden

Introducing… Ernst Kirchsteiger

Introducing... is The Local's guide to Swedish celebrity. In this instalment Rebecca Martin finds out more about Ernst Kirchsteiger - the softly spoken interior decorator-cum-philosopher who annually invades TV screens all over Sweden.

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France

Toulon website man held over ‘al-Qaeda funding’

A Tunisian administrator of a French website was in custody Wednesday after being charged in connection with financing and recruiting for Al-Qaeda and other Islamist extremist groups, prosecutors said.

Rodents make vole hills out of Swiss mountains
Switzerland

Rodents make vole hills out of Swiss mountains

An extraordinary invasion of voles has caused extensive damage to farmlands in the Jura, damaging crops and testing the patience of local farmers.

Voeckler injury sees French Tour hopes fade
France

Voeckler injury sees French Tour hopes fade

French hopes of seeing another heroic Tour de France performance from Thomas Voeckler appear slim this year after he complained of further knee injury misery.

Sweden leaves key interest rate unchanged
Sweden

Sweden leaves key interest rate unchanged

Sweden's central bank, the Riksbank, has left the country's benchmark interest rate, the repo rate, unchanged at 1.50 percent, but warned that the Swedish economic growth remains sluggish.

Five hikers dead after 400-metre fall in Alps
Germany

Five hikers dead after 400-metre fall in Alps

Five German tourists, including a 14-year-old girl, have fallen to their deaths while walking in the Swiss Alps, a newspaper reported on Wednesday. A member of the group survived, watching the accident from below.

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France

France hands Afghans control of key province

The French military officially handed over control of the key Afghan province of Kapisa to local forces on Wednesday.

New French government wins confidence vote
France

New French government wins confidence vote

France's new left-wing government under Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault on Tuesday won a vote of confidence in the National Assembly.

Mother and daughter die in fishing accident
Norway

Mother and daughter die in fishing accident

A 42-year-old woman and her one-year-old daughter were found dead on Tuesday evening after the fishing boat they were travelling in capsized in a fjord in northern Norway.

Scientists reveal ‘God particle’ find
Switzerland

Scientists reveal ‘God particle’ find

After a quest spanning nearly half a century, physicists on Wednesday said they had found a new sub-atomic particle consistent with the Higgs boson which is believed to confer mass.

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Sweden

Man beats rape rap after victim found to be a man

A man who attempted to rape a woman has been cleared of the charges by a Swedish court after it turned out that the woman he tried to rape was biologically a man.

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Switzerland

Foreign clients fume at Swiss banks

Swiss bank clients who live outside the country lodged more complaints in 2011 than before, according to a report released on Tuesday, with higher bank charges the main bugbear.

Swedish girl’s message in a bottle gets reply
Sweden

Swedish girl’s message in a bottle gets reply

After an 8-year-old girl dropped a message in a bottle into the Baltic Sea, she was stunned to receive a reply from foreign shores within two months.

IMF: German economy will recover this year
Germany

IMF: German economy will recover this year

The conditions are in place for the German economy, Europe's biggest, to recover this year - and lead the eurozone back to growth - unless the crisis intensifies further, the IMF said on Tuesday.

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Sweden

‘Major’ rise in ADHD meds for Swedish tots

The number of Swedish children under six taking prescription medications to treat symptoms of ADHD has tripled in the past five years, according to new statistics.

Olympics take back seat for German tennis duo
Germany

Olympics take back seat for German tennis duo

Germany's 15-year wait to see two men in a Grand Slam quarter-final was ended by Florian Mayer and Philipp Kohlschreiber at Wimbledon on Tuesday, an embarrassing turn of events for their country's Olympic chiefs.

File shredding scandal leads to security reform
Germany

File shredding scandal leads to security reform

Germany pledged root-and-branch reform of its security services on Tuesday after the domestic intelligence chief resigned over a botched probe of serial killings now blamed on neo-Nazis.

Swedes launch teddy bear ‘assault’ on Belarus
Sweden

Swedes launch teddy bear ‘assault’ on Belarus

Hundreds of pro-free speech teddy bears carried in a plane piloted by Swedes parachuted down on the Belarusian capital of Minsk early Wednesday morning in a show of support for the country's pro-democracy movement, according to a Swedish PR agency behind the stunt.