France told to brace for stormy weather
France

France told to brace for stormy weather

Thunderstorms are forecast across France over the weekend with the meteorological office issuing orange alerts in 43 departments.

Nasri handed three match ban for Euro 2012 antics
France

Nasri handed three match ban for Euro 2012 antics

Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has been given a three match ban from the French national team as a result of his conduct during Euro 2012, with three other players also punished.

Fans slam Madonna after Paris concert
France

Fans slam Madonna after Paris concert

US singer-superstar suffered a stinging backlash on Friday after her Paris concert on Thursday left fans feeling short changed after a 45 minute show and no encore.

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Norway

Swedish police suspect Norwegian boy of rape

A Norwegian boy participating in a football tournament in Sweden is suspected of rape, while two teammates are suspected of sexually harassing three girls.

School child rapist jailed for six-and-a-half years
Germany

School child rapist jailed for six-and-a-half years

A man who broke into a Berlin primary school and raped an eight-year-old girl after threatening her with a knife and locking her in the toilet was jailed for more than six years on Friday.

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Switzerland

Swiss held by Gabon in Olympic football opener

Ten-man Switzerland shared the spoils with Gabon on Thursday as the teams played out a 1-1 draw in their opening men’s football Group B game at the Olympic Games.

Top cop ‘set to resign over Belarus contacts’
Germany

Top cop ‘set to resign over Belarus contacts’

The president of Germany's federal police force is set to resign, a newspaper reported on Friday. This would mean the heads of four German security authorities have rolled in recent weeks.

Cricket in Sweden: Q&A with Shahzeb Choudhry
Sweden

Cricket in Sweden: Q&A with Shahzeb Choudhry

The Local's Salomon Rogberg talks to Shahzeb Choudry of the Swedish Cricket Federation to review the state of the wicket in the Swedish cricketing world.

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Sweden

Norwegian boy suspected of Örebro rape

A Norwegian boy participating in a football tournament in Örebro, in central Sweden, is suspected of rape, while two teammates are suspected of sexually harassing three girls.

Gotland pic voted top in NASA ‘Earth as Art’ poll
Sweden

Gotland pic voted top in NASA ‘Earth as Art’ poll

The Swedish Baltic Sea island of Gotland came first in a survey to elect the best picture taken from US space agency NASA's Landsat program, which celebrated its 40th anniversary this week.

Student shatters Lake Constance glass ban
Germany

Student shatters Lake Constance glass ban

A German student has become a hero for picnickers and beer drinkers on the shores of Lake Constance after shattering a ban on glass bottles imposed by local authorities last year.

Swedes slow to cash in on electric car subsidy
Sweden

Swedes slow to cash in on electric car subsidy

The Swedish government's electric car subsidy has done little to stimulate sales of the environmentally-friendly vehicles, new figures published by the Dagens Nyheter (DN) daily show.

Bookie arrested in match-fixing probe
Norway

Bookie arrested in match-fixing probe

Norwegian police have arrested an official bookmaker as part of an investigation into alleged match-fixing involving two local third division games in which four footballers have already been implicated, police said.

Swedish bikini girl’s buxom body goes viral
Sweden

Swedish bikini girl’s buxom body goes viral

On Wednesday a 20-year-old Swedish woman posted a photo of herself wearing a bikini, by Friday afternoon the picture had generated over 70,000 likes, almost 4,000 comments, and over 2,300 emailed responses.

Swedish youth politician detained in Cuba
Sweden

Swedish youth politician detained in Cuba

Aron Modig, the Swedish youth politician involved in the car crash that killed Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya remains in Havana and it is unclear when Cuban authorities will let him leave, the Swedish foreign ministry said Friday.

Fugitive Sea Shepherd activist wanted in Japan
Germany

Fugitive Sea Shepherd activist wanted in Japan

Japan on Friday confirmed that it had asked Berlin to arrest and extradite Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson a few days before the marine conservationist jumped bail and fled Germany.

Negative rates mulled to lower Swiss franc
Switzerland

Negative rates mulled to lower Swiss franc

Switzerland's central bank could soon make investors pay for the privilege of depositing money in Switzerland’s banks.

Police suspect murder after Holmestrand fire
Norway

Police suspect murder after Holmestrand fire

Police in south-eastern Norway have launched a murder inquiry after a person was found dead near a burning outhouse in Holmestrand on Friday morning.

Germany will get 15 golds, say scientists
Germany

Germany will get 15 golds, say scientists

No need to watch the Olympics - Germany's athletes will get 15 golds, 19 silvers and 20 bronzes, and a solid fifth in the medals table, a sports research institute has predicted. The Local checks out the medal hopes.

Sweden’s H&M to shut Hong Kong store
Sweden

Sweden’s H&M to shut Hong Kong store

Swedish fashion retailer H&M has announced that it is closing its flagship downtown Hong Kong store due to high levels of rents being demanded in the city.

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Sweden

Swedish couple in the clear after lakeside romp

A Swedish couple has been told that they will not face charges of sexual molestation after having had sexual intercourse in the broad daylight near a popular family swimming spot in Säffle in central Sweden on Wednesday.

Swiss shoemaker keeps Schumacher well-heeled
Switzerland

Swiss shoemaker keeps Schumacher well-heeled

Motor racing champion Michael Schumacher is earning five million francs ($5.1 million) a year from an advertising deal with Swiss fashion brands Navyboot and Jet Set, business magazine Bilanz reports.

Volkswagen-Fiat fight changes up a gear
Germany

Volkswagen-Fiat fight changes up a gear

A fight exploded this week between German auto giant Volkswagen and Fiat boss Sergio Marchionne after he said VW's low prices were wrecking the industry – and VW called for his removal from head of the European car lobby.

Maybe not so clever – Marlboro pulls adverts
Germany

Maybe not so clever – Marlboro pulls adverts

Tobacco giant Philip Morris has pulled a series of adverts for Marlboro cigarettes which have adorned bus stops and walls across Germany, after authorities complained they were aimed at young people.

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Switzerland

Swiss pilot killed in mystery plane crash

Investigators are puzzling over the crash of a light plane in the canton of Fribourg on Thursday afternoon that killed a 57-year-old pilot.

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Norway

Boys in undies flee angry mountain bear – or cow

Two young boys camping in the mountains of western Norway fled in their underpants in the early hours of Friday morning after hearing what they believed was a roaring bear.

Thalidomide makers ‘ignored defect warnings’
Germany

Thalidomide makers ‘ignored defect warnings’

The German makers of thalidomide knew about birth defects years before it was withdrawn, yet Australian distributors used pregnant women as test subjects, court papers based on newly released documents alleged on Friday.

Missing man found in freight train wreck
Germany

Missing man found in freight train wreck

Rescue workers on Friday afternoon found the body of a railway worker who was buried in the wreckage of a train collision in eastern Germany. He was thought to have been inside a signal box building destroyed by three carriages full of gravel.

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Sweden

Gunman shoots himself after police chase

A man who shot at his wife and her daughter, set alight to the family home and then fled from police in western Sweden on Friday morning, finally turned his hunting rifle on himself is now in hospital recovering from gun shot wounds.

Man kills father, brother in Alp village shooting
France

Man kills father, brother in Alp village shooting

A 23-year-old man killed his father and 8-year-old brother, and left his 17-year-old brother in a coma after a shooting spree in the village of Bozel in Savoie in eastern France.

‘Super-Jas’ costlier than expected: report
Sweden

‘Super-Jas’ costlier than expected: report

The Swedish Armed Forces will have to cut back on billions of kronor by next year if they want to afford putting the new super jet JAS Gripen into production, according to a report by national broadcaster Sveriges Radio (SR).

France threatens to break up Roma camps
France

France threatens to break up Roma camps

French Interior Minister Manuel Valls threatened to dismantle illegal Roma camps on Thursday, raising the spectre of controversial expulsions and prompting expressions of concern from rights groups.

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France

New job losses hamper French economic revival

France's economic woes deepened on Thursday after the announcement of thousands of new job losses in the car, telecom and airline industries.

Man steals dog, drags it to death after car
Sweden

Man steals dog, drags it to death after car

Police in county Småland in southern Sweden are searching for a man in his fifties who tied a dog to his car and dragged it after his vehicle for over an hour.

Ten German Olympic moments
Germany

Ten German Olympic moments

With the excitement about to bubble over into a volcano of sport in London, we dive into the lava with a special Local List of Germany's most memorable Olympic moments. Some tragic, some triumphant, some just terrific.