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Switzerland

Students hurt as bus ploughs into barn

A Fribourg public transport bus carrying 80 teenaged school children crashed into a barn in Grenilles, a village in a rural area of the canton on Thursday, injuring more than half the occupants.

Boy who sewed lips shut to stay in Sweden
Sweden

Boy who sewed lips shut to stay in Sweden

The 15-year-old boy from Afghanistan who sewed his mouth shut after his residency application was rejected will not be deported from Sweden after a previous decision was reversed on Thursday.

TV crew in Stavanger to shoot last ever episode of The Killing
Norway

TV crew in Stavanger to shoot last ever episode of The Killing

The celebrated team behind Danish crime drama series The Killing is in Stavanger on Norway’s west coast this week to record the last ever episode of the hugely successful show.

GEMA faces march of the angry clubbers
Germany

GEMA faces march of the angry clubbers

Thousands of club and disco owners took to the streets on Thursday to protest a proposed hike in charges by Germany's music royalty organization GEMA - which sent an angry email to its members in response.

ECB unveils new bond-buying scheme
Germany

ECB unveils new bond-buying scheme

The European Central Bank unveiled a new bid to save the euro on Thursday, with a fresh programme to buy bonds from indebted eurozone countries. German Chancellor Angela Merkel travelled to Spain to reassure Prime Minister Rajoy.

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Sweden

Swede among victims of French Alps massacre

A Swedish woman was among the victims when four people were fatally attacked by a gunman in the French Alps, the prosecutor in charge of the case said on Thursday.

Belgian minister eyes citizens’ Swiss accounts
Switzerland

Belgian minister eyes citizens’ Swiss accounts

There are "some 30 billion" euros held by Belgian taxpayers in Swiss bank accounts, Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders said on Thursday as he advocated a possible deal to claw back one third.

‘Swenglish’: the definitive guide and top ten
Sweden

‘Swenglish’: the definitive guide and top ten

"Swenglish" is a bi-lingual language phenomenon unique to the nearly 10 million Swedes roaming the planet. But what exactly is it and why is it so funny? The Local's Oliver Gee finds out more.

Rain eases as Germany catches last rays
Germany

Rain eases as Germany catches last rays

Germany is basking in a late-summer glow as September rolls in, with sunny days and steadily cooling nights. The rain should hold off over the weekend for most of the country, the national weather service DWD said.

Hiring foreigners ‘good for business’: study
Sweden

Hiring foreigners ‘good for business’: study

Employing foreign workers can mean a boost for businesses in terms of increased trade and competitiveness, a Swedish study has found.

Bring back your empties, Munich brewers beg
Germany

Bring back your empties, Munich brewers beg

In a last-ditch bid to prevent a slowly unravelling catastrophe to rival the ongoing euro crisis, Munich brewers have called on the city's beer lovers to return their empty bottles, as shortages have left supermarket shelves dangerously empty.