Switzerland's Roger Federer made a winning return after a two-month absence from the court as he cruised to a 6-3, 6-3 win over Radek Stepanek to move into the third round of the Madrid Open on Tuesday.
Brazil's Roberto Azevedo has beaten Mexican veteran Herminio Blanco in the race to become the new leader of the Geneva-based World Trade Organization, sources close to the process say.
Police launched an investigation into the death of a 48-year-old Norwegian who died while base jumping this week in the Lauterbrunnen area of the Bernese Oberland.
As French workers get ready to enjoy two public holidays this week, questions have been raised over the heavy cost to the economy of the enforced days off. But union leaders insist they must remain to maintain France's work-life balance.
A man has suffered severe burns to his lips, mouth and throat after a friend who worked at his local bar decided to serve him a glass of acid rather than wine as part of a “joke”.
Bob Dylan’s pot-smoking, peacenik antics during the 1960s and 70s may have put him out of the running to be given France’s highest award, the Légion d'honneur (Legion of Honour), according to claims in the French media on Tuesday.
Two Munich police officers out on their regular evening jog ended up having to call a spider man - after finding an escaped tarantula and managing to capture it in a beer glass.
Two Swedes have launched an app that lets even the most tone-deaf user feel like an accomplished music composer, revolutionizing the way melodies can be created and saved.
Norway on Tuesday lowered its growth forecast for this year to levels that will still see it outpace its European neighbours, but which could weaken the current government ahead of September's election.
A high-tech advertisement by a Spanish charity which fights child abuse has become an internet sensation around the world.
More than three quarters of a million Germans are making moves to go to London to see Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final at Wembley on May 25.
Germany is attracting ever more migrants as conditions at home worsen and the German job market continues to be strong, official figures revealed.
A Spanish court on Tuesday spared King Juan Carlos's youngest daughter Cristina from being questioned "for the time being" in a corruption probe that has plunged the royal family into scandal.
Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour and Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho have won Sweden's 2013 Polar Music Prize, organizers said on Tuesday.
As Germany and France clash over how to move Europe's economy forward, the French Finance Minister told Germany's counterpart, Wolfgang Schäuble, that committing to fiscal discipline must not stall growth.
With Bruce Springsteen playing to sell-out crowds at Stockholm's Friends Arena, political scientist Stig-Björn Ljunggren explains why Sweden's old-school social democrats recognize themselves in The Boss's attempt to balance a political commitment with living in a consumer society.
One of the leaders of north African branch of Al-Qaeda issued a call on Tuesday for Muslims around the world to launch attacks against French interests in retaliation for France's military intervention in Mali.
An Irish nudist was warned by police this week to pay a bit more attention to where he was walking, after a ramble through the rolling hills of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence led him a little too close to a community of nuns at a nearby priory.
Foreign buyers are helping keep Spain’s property market afloat, but new rules including a crackdown on illegal home rentals and a legal requirement to declare overseas assets could hurt the market in years to come.
Scientists at a conference in Bergen expressed alarm on Monday over the rapid acidification of the Arctic Ocean caused by carbon dioxide emissions, which could have dire consequences on the region's fragile ecosystem.
Organic food sales are booming in Germany, but domestic farmers miss out as much of the fruit and veg is imported, even thought it could be home-grown. A study said on Tuesday there was not enough land designated for organic farming.
First quarter net profits for Swiss-based Adecco, the world's biggest temporary staffing group, dropped 40 percent to 67 million euros ($87.6 million) from a year earlier, due to restructuring costs and plummeting activities in its main market, France.
Germans can buy cannabis in the Netherlands again - but only in Maastricht - after a local court there lifted a ban on selling soft drugs to foreigners.
It’s often said that the taxman will chase you to your grave, but French authorities have taken this to the extreme, sending a tax bill to the cemetery and specific tomb of a man who had been dead for months, it was reported on Tuesday.
Belgium's chemical group Solvay and its Swiss competitor Ineos on Tuesday announced the creation of a joint venture destined to become one of the world's three leaders in PVC production.
Italy's new premier on Monday used a joint press conference with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to urge the European Union to act quickly to tackle the problem of high youth unemployment.
Best-selling Swedish book The 100-year-old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared will be made into a Disney movie by the end of the year.
A Swedish appeals court has reduced a lower court's eight-year prison sentence for a 17-year-old boy found of guilty fatally stabbing his sister more than 100 times after she fled a forced marriage in Iraq, in what the court referred to as an "honour killing".
Spanish bullfighter Alejandro Talavante has surprised the highly traditional world of the bulls by producing a self-funded promotional video which advertises his appearance at an upcoming event.
French banking giant Société Générale revealed on Tuesday it would cut at least 1,000 jobs worldwide, in an effort to find almost €1 billion in savings by 2015. The announcement comes as the bank's first-quarter profit fell by half.
Name brand fashion designers may soon have a new tool in their fight against pirated knockoff garments thanks to an "invisible thread" developed at Chalmers University of Technology in western Sweden.
Switzerland's unemployment rate dropped for the third month in a row last month, according to figures released by Bern on Tuesday.
Global attention was trained on a Munich courtroom on Monday as Beate Zschäpe and four neo-Nazis faced charges relating to a series of racially motivated killings. The Local's media round-up presents some of the reaction.
In the latest instalment of My Spanish Career, we talk to American consular agent Maritheresa Frain about working with US convicts in Spain, running a Seville-based study abroad company, and how she's managed to shake off old Spanish habits in the workplace.
French teenagers are acquainting themselves with alcohol earlier and earlier in their lives and getting drunk in worryingly high numbers, according to a study published on Tuesday, the latest to suggest that France has a growing alcohol problem.
Despite Basque separist group ETA officially having ended its armed campaign French authorities continue to hunt down its members. On Tuesday six suspected members of the organisation were arrested in raids across France.
Sweden is the second best country in the world in which to be a mother, according to a new ranking which looked at pregnancy risks and infant health.
Students in Ticino schools should be required to learn the Swiss national anthem, the Italian-speaking canton’s parliament decided on Monday.
The healthy number of annual public holidays in France might mean good news for French workers but it is certainly not positive for the country’s economy, with a report claiming the days off will cost €2 billion euros this year alone.
A third of all Madrid's public and shared telephones contain traces of fecal matter, a study has found.
German authorities arrested Monday a 93-year-old alleged former guard at the Nazi death camp Auschwitz on charges of complicity in the mass murder of prisoners. He claims he was only a cook.
Italy's supreme court on Monday turned down an appeal by former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's defence team to move sex and fraud trials against the media magnate from Milan to another city, Italian media reported.
Maria Sharapova survived a sticky start to move into the second round of the WTA Madrid Open on Monday with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Alexandra Dulgheru of Romania.
A man who was facing eviction in Spain was found hanged inside his apartment on Monday, the latest in a string of suicides linked to evictions in the country which is struggling with record unemployment and a double-dip recession, officials said.
Parents who suck on their infants' pacifiers may reduce their children's chances of developing allergies, a team of Swedish researchers has found.
Three German tourists and their Filipino tour guide were crushed to death when one of the Philippines' most active volcanoes spewed a giant ash cloud and a hail of rocks on Tuesday, authorities said.
Giulio Andreotti, a Machiavellian seven-time Italian prime minister who dominated the political scene for decades, died on Monday at the age of 94.
Curious about living in France, but unsure about your career path? Not an EU citizen, and need a back door into the country? Working as a English teaching assistant in the TAPIF programme might be just what you need.
French President François Hollande pledged this week to launch a series of reforms that would "change the face of France". Hollande insisted his government had achieved a lot in his first year, but conceded there was more to do.
A teenager has become the youngest person to ever win a prize at the Society of German Nature Photographers (GDT) awards - with a picture of a young fox emerging from his urban den.
While a reunion of Swedish super group Abba may never happen, a new museum opening on Tuesday in Stockholm offers the next-best chance to witness the foursome on stage.
Police in central Sweden made an unusual discovery on Monday evening when they found two large rubbish bags containing a recently stolen sceptre and crown used in the sixteenth-century funeral of Sweden's King Johan III.