The World Health Organization said on Wednesday that it had charted progress in the fight against tropical diseases but warned that dengue fever was spreading at an alarming rate.
Disgraced former Swiss People’s Party (SVP) MP Bruno Zuppiger was fined 1,500 francs and handed a suspended 13-month jail term after being convicted on Wednesday for embezzlement by a Zurich district court.
Bundesliga giants FC Bayern Munich have won the battle to secure the most wanted coach in football after convincing former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola to lead the Bavarian side next season.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will join the prime ministers of both Britain and Russia, David Cameron and Dmitry Medvedev, as top participants at this year's World Economic Forum in Davos, the founder of the annual winter meeting said on Wednesday.
Swiss accounts are among those targeted by the Hungarian government in a move to slap a hefty tax on foreign deposits by its citizens, according to a report.
Forget the Ritz Paris, or the Champs Elysee Plaza. In fact, forget the City of Light altogether. According to Tripadvisor's 2013 Travellers' Choice Awards, the top hotel in France is in fact the Cour du Corbeau in the eastern city of Strasbourg.
French troops engaged in close combat with Islamist fighters in Mali on Wednesday as Al Qaeda-linked fighters claimed to have seized 41 foreign hostages at a gas plant over the border in Algeria.
A French court has ordered a college to pay damages to a former teacher who developed lung cancer after being exposed to passive smoking at work.
The opposition Social Democrats have accused the government of being ill-prepared to deal with unemployment in the new year's first party leader debate in the Riksdag.
Swedish traffic officials have slammed a new law allowing trucks to drive without winter tyres, and speculated that it could have caused Tuesday’s chaotic 100-car pile-up that killed one and injured 46.
Swedish police have not been able to question the cleaning lady suspected of stealing a train and ramming it into an apartment block on Tuesday, as she is still being treated for her injuries.
An investigation is underway after a class in a French nursery school was left to watch a hardcore porn film for several minutes in what authorities on Wednesday termed an "extremely regrettable accident."
Fancy a slice of art in between flights? Culture vultures now have a chance to satisfy their on-the-go urges with a new museum in the heart of France's largest airport, showcasing collections from top art institutions.
Japanese giant Mitsubishi Corporation and Dutch power grid operator TenneT said on Wednesday they were teaming up to connect four off-shore windparks to the German national grid.
A man from southern Sweden appeared in court on Wednesday to face charges for trying to smuggle dual-use equipment to Iran that could be used to enrich uranium in violation of international sanctions.
Pilgrimages are never meant to be easy but five tourists bound for the famous French town of Lourdes appeared to have suffered a more arduous journey than most when their GPS led them to a village 800km away from the site of the holy shrine.
Swedish men thinking about having an affair say they hate ill-tempered women, while women detest their partners being lazy, according to a dating site's review of what Swedes hate the most in their romantic relationships.
Widespread black ice and snow resulted in chaotic scenes on the Germany's roads on Wednesday, claiming at least one life. Several main motorways were closed due to accidents, causing long traffic jams and delays for motorists.
The UK has taken a page out of Sweden's textbook and is surging ahead with the free school movement. The Local’s Christine Demsteader looks at the lessons that can be learned from Sweden's system of publicly-financed, privately-managed schools.
Three shipwrecks dating back centuries have emerged off northern Germany's shallow coast, offering marine archaeologists the unique chance to examine them before storms cover them up again.
Germany slashed Wednesday its estimate for growth this year by more than half, as Europe's debt crisis takes its toll on its top economy, but forecast a solid rebound in 2014.
Speculation is mounting that the Switzerland’s central bank may move to further weaken the franc as foreign exchange markets sold off the Swiss currency this week.
The mayor of Paris, who is himself gay and a vocal supporter of same-sex unions, has infuriated anti-gay marriage activists by demanding an eye-watering €100,000 clean-up bill after Sunday’s mass demonstration in the capital.
France's ground troops in Mali advanced on Wednesday towards the Islamist-held north in a bid to flush out jihadist fighters after days of air strikes, as the first Nigerian contingent of a regional force was expected to deploy.
Germany's main opposition party is sliding in opinion polls and seems set to offer Chancellor Angela Merkel an easy victory in September's general election.
Sweden's women's national football team suffered a crushing defeat during a friendly in Stockholm on Tuesday, with the country's top female players finding themselves shutout by an undermanned local boys team.
Discount supermarket chain Lidl has been fined €1.5 million for leaving dangerous, Listeria-contaminated cheese on sale for too long. One person died after eating the cheese and three more became ill.
A man judged "a danger to himself and others" has been sentenced to jail for posting bullets to several prominent French politicians, including Nicolas Sarkozy.
Foreigners well established in Switzerland should be called up for community service, the economic think tank Avenir Suisse says.
Parts of the French Pyrenees were put on ‘red alert’ for the first time on Wednesday due to the severe risk of avalanches burying roads and villages in the area.
Sweden was the lone EU member state to opt out of a petition the UN Security Council to take Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to the International Criminal Court (ICC), disappointing human rights observers who claim the move is "un-Swedish".
Home prices in Sweden continued to rise in 2012, despite concerns about growing unemployment and sluggish economic growth.
Somali Islamists said on Wednesday they have decided to execute the French intelligence officer they have held for more than three years and who was the object Saturday of a botched rescue bid.
Sweden has launched a new investment and trade promotion agency, Business Sweden, to replace two previous organizations that helped Swedish companies expand abroad and attract foreign investment to Sweden.
France has urged its embassy staff around the world to be "vigilant" and on guard for potential reprisals linked its recent military intervention in Mali, the foreign ministry said.
Surfing in Berlin? Two entrepreneurs are hoping to build a huge wave pool in the heart of the German capital, allowing surfers to get tubed at the city's former Tempelhof Airport.
While the snowfall that blanketed much of Sweden on Tuesday has dissipated, road conditions remain treacherous across much of the country as crews work to reopen motorways closed by a slew of accidents.
President Joachim Gauck has called on Germans to see refugees and immigrants as a chance for the country's future, saying they should be welcomed with open arms as they could help maintain living standards for coming generations.
Chancellor Angela Merkel has ruled out sending combat troops to fight Islamist rebels in Mali alongside France, but warned the northern African nation should not be allowed to become a failed state.