Switzerland’s top court has refused a bid by a transsexual convicted of murdering his wife who sought to leave jail temporarily for a sex change operation and then continue his sentence in a prison for women.
Surgeons in Zurich have carried out a complex, multi-organ transplant, hospital officials said on Thursday, claiming the lessons learned would benefit patients with tumours that attack multiple organs.
The European Union is unhappy with Switzerland's practice of negotiating sector-by-sector accords, a policy which the EU says has reached its limits and should be reviewed.
France's attractiveness as a place to do business has plummeted in the eyes of US businesses active in the country after the change to a Socialist government, according to a survey released Thursday.
Sweden’s Queen Silvia appeared in a new video released on Thursday in which she offers her final comments on the investigation into her father’s alleged Nazi connections.
The Louvre said Thursday its new Islamic art wing helped cement its position as the world's most-visited museum with nearly 10 million visitors in 2012, over a million more than last year.
A French court Thursday upheld a 15-year jail sentence for a German doctor convicted of killing his step-daughter and forcibly brought back to France by the girl's biological father.
The first edition of Brothers Grimm fairytales was published 200 years ago on Thursday. The Local profiles the German brothers who changed children's bedtime forever - and gave Walt Disney a start in movies.
The Local's Eric Johansson spent what may be his last day on earth looking into why so few Swedes see any reason to worry about Friday, December 21st, which according to some interpretations of the Mayan calendar will be the end of the world.
German telecoms giant Deutsche Telekom said on Thursday that its chief executive Rene Obermann would step down early, at the end of 2013, and was being replaced by its finance chief.
Egyptian activist Aliaa al-Mahdy chose Sweden for her latest feminist protest as she bared all outside her country's embassy in Stockholm despite sub-zero temperatures.
A man in southern Sweden has reported a rampaging elk to the police after it charged and then chased him and his two dogs during a forest walk on the weekend.
In The Local's series spotlighting Swedes who have made headlines during the week, we talk to Jonas von Essen, the memory whizz who raked in three awards in London for his total recall.
Germany plans to borrow €250 billion ($331 billion) on the markets next year, or slightly less than in 2012, officials said on Thursday.
The government has finished its second revision of a much-scrutinized law that will ban taking "violating" photographs and video, after critics said the first draft could accidentally violate press freedom.
Swedish telecom group Ericsson said on Thursday it would book a charge of eight billion kronor ($1.22 billion) in the fourth quarter over its misfiring mobile chip venture ST-Ericsson.
A Swedish woman skiing out of bounds near Nandaz in the Swiss canton of Valais was killed by an avalanche on Wednesday.
German data protection advocate Thilo Weichert has launched an offensive on Facebook's core "real name" policy, demanding that users should be allowed anonymous profiles.
So how are the Germans preparing for Friday's Mayan-calendar inspired end of the world? While the hysteria is debunked by scientists and ethnologists, Ben Knight finds that many people really are unprepared for global catastrophe.
Children who have a first language other than Swedish don't get enough support in Swedish schools, according to a survey of teachers, many of whom are concerned that children of immigrants will fall behind in school.
This Fortnight's Highlights: Nefertiti in Berlin, “Winter Lights” in Frankfurt, a Christmas Carol in Munich, and a New Years Eve celebrations everywhere.
The buoyant Swiss residential property market is set to see a slowdown in prices if not a correction in the coming year, a study from Credit Suisse says.
Germany's national rail company Deutsche Bahn said on Thursday it had filed a court case against heavy industry giant ThyssenKrupp and other companies over alleged track pricing agreements.
Christmas dinner was spoiled at a restaurant in Sweden's far north after suspected food poisoning left over 70 diners doubled over with illness.
A militant Salafist group has released a video calling on followers to take German hostages to free Murat K., the Islamist currently serving a six-year prison sentence for stabbing two policemen in Bonn in May.
Hong Kong's de facto central bank on Thursday said it would probe UBS over possible rigging of the financial hub's interbank rate, a day after the Swiss giant agreed to pay a huge fine over the Libor scandal.
A German teacher who went into early retirement on a state pension after he was classified as too sick to work was found to be earning €9,900 a month in Switzerland. A court this week handed him a €20,000 fine for pension fraud.
A three-day-old French baby who was abducted from a maternity ward has been found safe and well and his alleged kidnapper detained for questioning, authorities said on Wednesday.
The Gotthard road tunnel was closed for seven hours following the collision of a car and a transport truck early Thursday that left one person dead and another injured.
French President François Hollande said on a landmark visit to Algeria on Wednesday he had not come to say sorry for crimes committed during colonial rule, but he sought to begin a new era in relations.
Swedish private equity firm EQT has agreed to purchase a majority stake in a troubled waste incineration business owned by E.ON, Germany's biggest power supplier.
A Düsseldorf bus driver saved the lives of his three passengers on Wednesday evening, after his bus broke down as it was crossing railroad tracks - with freight trains approaching from both directions.
Ailing Iraqi President Jalal Talabani left for Germany on Thursday for further treatment after suffering a reported stroke, his office said.
Swedish journalist and lecturer Sofia Mirjamsdotter thinks the Instagram riot says little about the modern age, and everything about ancient structures of bullying and sexual hypocrisy. But it could also herald change.
The four residents of Långflon near Sweden's border to Norway are about to see a 6,500-square metre mall built in their tiny village.
Archeologists have found what they believe to be the oldest water wells in Europe in eastern Germany. At 7,000 years old, they make their creators some of the earliest known carpenters.
Sweden Democrat MP Johnny Skalin, whose party describes unemployed immigrants as being "a burden on society", has lived on state benefits most of his adult life.