Foreigners said Thursday they feared a spiral of looting and violence as rebels advance on the capital of the Central African Republic, wracked by turmoil since independence from France in 1960.
President François Hollande said on Thursday that Islamist groups holding French hostages in Africa were not trustworthy and should not be taken seriously after Al-Qaeda accused Paris of blocking negotiations for their release.
The woman arrested on suspicion of using bones as sex toys has reported the police who arrested her for misconduct and cited rough treatment and denigrating comments in her complaint.
France's public debt has declined slightly since late June and household confidence has risen for the first time since May, data released on Thursday by the national statistics institute INSEE showed.
German sportswear and equipment maker Adidas has achieved record sales of more than €14.5 billion ($19.3 billion) in 2012 and sales will rise further next year, its chief executive said Thursday.
With the new year approaching, ex-Londoner Paul Connolly takes a look at the best - and worst - Swedish music released in 2012, while pondering if his love of the Swedish pop charts might mean he's "going native".
Some Swiss people still regularly eat dog and cat meat, a newspaper investigation has shown - and the practice remains legal in the country.
Words inspired by Swedish footballer stars and cake-eating ministers are among the newest words taken up by the Swedish language this year, according to the much-anticipated annual list published on Thursday by the Swedish Language Council (Språkrådet).
A German amateur mountain climber and J.R.R. Tolkien fan was killed climbing a New Zealand mountain used as a set in Peter Jackson's new hit film The Hobbit, it was reported Thursday.
Customers of Swedish banking giant Nordea experienced problems on Thursday with internet payments and cash withdrawals, issues the bank has yet to explain or solve.
Former chancellor and German political sage Helmut Schmidt gave his successor Angela Merkel a damning end-of-year report for her European policy on Thursday, saying it was the opinion of an "age-old man."
German top-of-the-range carmaker BMW sold a record 1.8 million vehicles in 2012, chief financial officer Friedrich Eichiner said in a newspaper interview Thursday.
For the festive special of our new Swede of the Week series, we take a look at singer Sarah Dawn Finer who bagged the most sought after seasonal job on Swedish television.
One of the German capital's most famous tourist attractions could soon have a "b-side." A new gallery is being planned for the back of the East Side Gallery, the series of paintings daubed on one of the remaining stretches of the Berlin Wall.
Roland Jahn, the head of an archive of East German secret police files, wants the Rolling Stones to rock the roof of the Stasi authority.
President François Hollande said on Thursday that French troops would not interfere in the internal affairs of its former colony the Central African Republic, where rebels have seized a large chunk of territory in recent weeks.
Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici said on Thursday that France had a "duty" to reverse years of budget deficits.
Only one in five Swedish voters say they have confidence in Centre Party leader Annie Lööf, who now is the second least trusted party head in Sweden trailing only the Sweden Democrat leader Jimmie Åkesson.
Legendary German filmmaker Werner Herzog is taking a rare turn in front of the camera as a cold-blooded murderer in a new Tom Cruise thriller, portraying a character he calls "the epicentre of evil."
German Economy Minister and Vice Chancellor Philipp Rösler has suggested lifting visa restrictions for Russian and Turkish citizens, as a signal of "welcome and openness," a newspaper reported Thursday.
A new survey shows the majority of Swedish municipalities prioritize ploughing roads over bike paths after snowfall, despite experts warning that this can create even more danger for motorists.
India is on track to approve a bid by Swedish furniture giant IKEA to open its trademark blue-and-yellow stores in the country as it seeks big new markets for its flat-pack products, a minister said.
Freshly retired Germans tend to sleep better than their working counterparts, a study released on Wednesday suggested. But as old age sets in, getting good-quality shut-eye becomes increasingly difficult.
It was a bumper year for European sports fans, with the London Olympics and the Euro 2012 football championship - but it wasn't always a shining trail of glory for Germany's athletes. The Local looks back at the year's sporting highs and lows.
A woman from Stockholm on vacation in Dalarna, central Sweden, lost her dog over the Christmas period when a man mistook it for a wolf and shot it dead.
The Swedish government and the police have been accused of exaggerating their successes in the fight against organised crime, and now the prison service is under scrutiny about whether it uses the situation to get more funds.
Many thousands of Swedes flock across the sound to Denmark for work every day, but now Copenhagen is trying to tailor the country's labour market 'flexicurity' to a new reality of sluggish growth and rising unemployment.