He may be acclaimed in the art world and coveted by thieves but Edvard Munch is starved of recognition in his native Norway, where squabbles have delayed a new museum worthy of his oeuvre.
Angry demonstrators hurled projectiles and tore down the French flag at France's embassy in the Central African Republic capital Bangui on Wednesday, protesting at a lack of help to deter rebels who have occupied a large swathe of the country.
Paris will take in a "few dozen" Afghans who have worked alongside French troops in the war-ravaged country for 11 years and whose security is at risk at home, the defence ministry said on Wednesday.
The Local's features in 2012 have been as varied and colourful as the year itself. Whether stepping into an age suit or diving into a dumpster, or following the plight of asylum seekers arriving in Germany, there has been something for everyone.
German police have arrested seven men after a gangland fight left one man stabbed to death and his brother seriously injured in hospital.
The Green Party, the Sweden Democrats and the Christian Democrats all climbed in a recent voters' poll, with all three parties reaching their highest results this year, while the opposition parties maintained their lead over the Alliance government.
Bavarian police were on Wednesday still trying to figure out why a man and woman killed by a train on Christmas Eve were standing on railway tracks - and who they were.
The night between Christmas Day and Boxing Day kept Swedish police officers busy with plenty of drunkenness and several brawls.
The number of illegal drug-related deaths in Germany could in 2012 have dropped to the lowest number in 20 years, thanks to better help for addicts, figures released on Wednesday suggested.
Transport Minister Peter Ramsauer has admitted that the much-delayed new Berlin BER international airport may miss its October 2013 opening deadline, yet indirectly criticised the capital's mayor for the continuing fiasco.
Strong winds and plenty of fresh snow have caused Swedish meteorologists to raise the alarm for potential avalanches.
South Korea's Samsung Electronics said Wednesday it had filed a complaint to seek a US import ban on some Ericsson products in an escalating patent battle with the Swedish mobile giant.
Swedish police fear that a 17 year-old boy has drowned after a tractor went through the ice in western Sweden late Tuesday evening. His companion managed to get out safely.