Chuck Blazer was provisionally banned from the FIFA Executive Committee on Monday following a decision by the chairman of the FIFA Ethics Committee, Hans-Joachim Eckert.
Swiss ice hockey fans rejoiced on Monday as the national team won its third game in a row against a top-ranked opponent at the world championships in Sweden.
Pope Francis on Monday thanked the Swiss Guard corps for their "kindness" to him and to all the tourists in the Vatican as 35 new members of the ancient papal protection force were sworn in.
Hundreds of black balloons filled the sky over a Munich courthouse Monday as Germany's biggest ever neo-Nazi murder trial got under way, with anti-racism protesters noisily demanding justice.
Syrian rebels may have used the deadly nerve agent sarin, UN rights investigator Carla del Ponte said, although her team and Washington insisted Monday there was no "conclusive" proof.
Anti-crisis strategies put forward on Monday by the leader of Spain's opposition socialist PSOE party Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba received a very cool reception from Brussels with the European Union saying that any rescue money destined for Spain could only be used to clean up the country's toxic banking sector.
English midfielder Joey Barton was handed a suspended two-game ban by the National Ethics Commission (CNE) on Monday in relation to a string of insults he directed at Paris Saint-Germain's Thiago Silva last month via Twitter.
Sweden's Justice Ombudsman (JO) announced on Monday it will not investigate the alleged racial profiling carried out by Stockholm police in the city's public transit system during a push to deport illegal immigrants.
The black market for first-hand rental contracts in Stockholm is alive and well as Swedes desperate for a place to live won't report illegal sales to the police, an investigation has revealed.
One of Germany's highest-earning living artists, Georg Baselitz, saw his lakeside house searched by tax officials at the weekend after his name appeared in stolen files of people who allegedly used UBS Swiss bank accounts to avoid tax.
Departments of north-eastern France were placed under a high alert for flooding on Monday, with water levels expected to rise into the evening.
The father of Australia's top-ranked tennis player Bernard Tomic said on Monday he was acting in self-defence when he headbutted his son's training partner and broke his nose in the Spanish capital.
British holidaymakers in the Majorcan town of Magaluf continue to be the victims of pickpocketing schemes carried out by prostitute gangs operating in the early hours of the morning.
A notorious French Islamist militant has been handed over to Malian military authorities after his arrest last week, and could face extradition to his home country, it was announced on Monday.
A pair of incompetent Bilbao-based jewel thieves flogged off their stolen merchandise for far less than it was worth, police investigations have revealed.
As the start of Beate Zschäpe's trial made her the globally famous face of Germany's neo-Nazis, Der Tagesspiegel's Andrea Dernbach says the problem is so much bigger than one person, and even ten murders.
German men have more points on their driving licences than women, largely due to drink driving, but according to figures released on Monday both genders have totted up the most points from the same offence – speeding.
With the Abba Museum opening on Tuesday, The Local's Oliver Gee gets a sneak peak behind the scenes, has a quick word with Björn Ulvaeus, and tries to find out if Stockholmers are willing to sing their favourite Abba song on camera. Hint: they are.
The lack of men working in Sweden's preschools is cause for concern, according to Equality Minister Maria Arnholm, who has said she's open to altering employment rules to make it easier for men to enter the education field.
The international “Play Me, I'm Yours” project arrived in Munich at the weekend, putting 14 pianos in public places around the city for passersby to play as their hearts desire.
Since it's that time of the year again to tackle your tax return, The Local gets some sound financial advice from Siddalls France, specialists in tax, inheritance, investment and pension planning for foreign professionals in France.
Swiss direct democracy means voters get to have their say on almost everything – except who represents them in the seven-person government cabinet. Citizens are being asked to change this in a national vote on June 9th.
For years the French have suffered from the stereotype of bad hygiene and evil odours. But with a new range of sweet-smelling scented underwear, French men at least may finally be able to bid “adieu” to this myth, once and for all.
A young man who underwent a complex knee operation might never be able to walk properly again after doctors refused to give him the prosthesis needed for his recovery. The reason: his family didn't have the €152 it cost.
A routine traffic stop got out of hand on Saturday after Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo refused to stop for police, a decision which saw him being showered with death threats by the fan of an opposing team.
A Philippine doctor's tale of how watching Abba on a small black and white TV 30 years ago turned his life upside down, leaving him no choice but to cross the planet for the opening of the Abba museum in Stockholm.
Lufthansa has been thrown into a tailspin by the resignation of its designated chief just a day before he was due to take over, leaving the company scrambling to find a replacement before Tuesday's shareholders' meeting.
France may sell some of its stakes in several large semi-state bodies such as Air France and SNCF, in order to pave the way for future investment, French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has announced.
Volunteers have pulled 25 tonnes of dead carp out of a lake in eastern Germany - there are so many, locals are running out of boats. Regional officials have admitted they are baffled - only carp seem to be dying in the lake.
Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt surprised listeners on Monday by spontaneously calling into a radio talk show to answer criticism about Sweden's nuclear anti-proliferation policy.
The masses of people lining up at unemployment offices in Spain shrank slightly in April to fewer than five million, raw data showed on Monday, a result hailed by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's government.
Paris Saint-Germain director of football, Leonardo, vented his frustration with a post-match shove on the referee, after his side failed to clinch the Ligue 1 title in a 1-1 draw with Valenciennes.
A new "queen of the queens" was crowned in the Valais mountains as the national cow-fight championships attracted a record turnout of 16,000 spectators at Aproz over the weekend.
A Basque man was arrested last week after offering visitors at Bilbao’s emblematic Guggenheim museum a waist down striptease while singing the left-wing anthem La Internacional.
Fewer than one in ten Swedes want to replace the krona with the euro, in an overall EU-confidence dip that political scientists tie to the financial crisis.
A 21-year-old man in eastern France has been caught – quite literally – with his pants down, after falling for an elaborate online extortion racket and being filmed performing a striptease for his virtual girlfriend.
A mystery man came to the rescue when a 7-year-old boy was run over and wedged beneath a car in eastern Stockholm on Sunday evening, with police labelling the unknown rescuer a hero.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will on Monday defend his revised time frame for deficit cuts before the National Executive Committee of the country's ruling Popular Party.
World number one Serena Williams got her Madrid Open title defence off to a battling start on Sunday, beating Kazakh qualifier Yulia Putintseva 7-6 (7/5), 6-1 but China's Li Na fell at the first hurdle.
Laurent Fabius, France's Foreign Minister called for "a political solution" to the "human and political disaster" in Syria on Monday, after al-Assad's regime was suspected of using chemical weapons following two Israeli raids on the country.
Swedish political party leaders clashed on primetime TV on Sunday night, with Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and opposition leader Stefan Löfven butting heads over labour policy.
Australia officially made Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg its first honorary citizen on Monday in recognition of the thousands of Jews he saved from the Holocaust, many of whom came to live Down Under.
A French M51 submarine-launched ballistic missile has self-destructed during testing off the coast of Brittany. The incident marks a rare failure for such a missile, estimated to cost around €120 million.
Uli Hoeneß is set to announce on Monday that he will temporarily resign as Bayern Munich president after the Champions League final until the investigation into his tax affairs is concluded, according to a report.
Foreigners often get a nasty shock along with their first German payslip - hundreds of euros deducted from their take-home wage. Don't panic - the latest in The Local's JobTalk series looks at German social security payments.
German scientists have solved the mystery of how millions of Monarch butterflies navigate several thousand miles every year to their winter dwellings - even though each one is taking the journey for the first time.
Having thrown down the towel in Swedish class, new Stockholmer Paul Davies picked up a brush and razor to build His Swedish Career on trendy Swedish men's new-found love of a full beard.