The canton of Zurich's high court sentenced a 28-year-old man to 12 years in jail for brutally torturing his infant daughter because he was convinced he was not the child’s father.
Investigations are under way into two helicopter crashes in Switzerland that have left eight people dead over the last three days.
The Spanish words 'wasap' and 'wasapear' — both variants of the name of WhatsApp, the popular instant messaging service for smartphones — have been given the backing of one of Spain's language heavyweights.
Trading in RCS Mediagroup, the publisher of Italy's best-selling newspaper Corriere della Sera, was suspended on Monday after its price soared on the news that auto giant Fiat could become its biggest shareholder.
A 35-year-old mother of two has been named Italy’s 20th ‘Miss Mamma’, at a final in the seaside resort of Gatteo a Mare.
A Barcelona policeman has been locked up for 18 months prison and slapped with a €400 penalty after he fined four tow trucks in "retaliation" after his own parked car was towed away.
Two masked Pussy Riot members visited the Swedish political conference Almedalen on Monday, speaking with EU Affairs Minister Birgitta Ohlsson and hoping to discuss the plight of two colleagues still languishing in Russian jail.
Bundesliga side Hamburg have taken Swiss international defender Johan Djourou on a season-long loan from English Premier League outfit Arsenal, the German club confirmed on Monday.
France's medical ethics advisory council has voted against the legalization of ‘active’ euthanasia, as found in Swiss clinics such as Dignitas, it was announced on Monday. French President François Hollande has promised a law on the issue by the end of 2013.
Spanish officers in Santa Cruz have arrested a man for growing a marijuana plantation on land belonging to the bishop of Tenerife.
A senior Catholic cleric arrested as part of a sweeping probe of the scandal-plagued Vatican bank rejected accusations of money-laundering and corruption on Monday, Italian media reported.
Prime Minister Enrico Letta has expressed hope that US-led peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians would be fruitful, while on a three-day visit to Israel.
Australia's Simon Gerrans of the Orica-GreenEdge team won the third stage of the Tour de France on Monday in a sprint finish at the end of the 145-kilometre ride from Ajaccio to Calvi on Corsica. The race now moves on to mainland France.
Paris, or the City of Light as it is known, will never again look the same at night after a new nationwide law comes into effect on Monday which forces shops and other buildings to switch off their lights every evening, in a bid to save energy.
Research has shown that Germans and Danes lead the European contentedness league while 81 percent of Spanish workers are still "happy" or "very happy" with life on the job.
The slew of new laws that came into effect on Monday runs the gamut from outlawing sex-pest filming to the final nail in the coffin for Sweden's controversial transsexual sterilization law, a relic of the country's past eugenics programme.
The internship looked amazing on paper, but in real life you drag your feet to the office every day... fret not, The Local has ten top tips for making sure you and your boss get the best out of your internship in Sweden.
Sweden has been ranked as the second most innovative country in the world for the third time in a row, according to the 2013 Global Innovation Index.
The Georgian mafia is encroaching on Italian soil, posing a great threat to the country, Italian daily Il Fatto Quotidiano reported on Monday.
More than one in three Germans entitled to state benefits do not apply - saving the government billions - a new study showed. Shame and not knowing they are eligible are thought to be the most likely explanations.
Spanish police said on Monday they had busted two rival Chinese criminal networks that lured women and girls from China to Spain with the promise of high-paying jobs and then forced them into prostitution.
A man and woman in northern Sweden were cleared on Monday by the Court of Appeals over suspicions of being accessories to the attempted murder of exiled Uzbek regime-critic Obid Nazarov.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday urged nations to protect the integrity of diplomatic missions on their soil amid allegations that Washington spied on the European Union and other allies.
Annie Ojile Nerone moved to Italy from Minnesota in 2005 and now runs a scooter tour business with her husband in Rome. She tells The Local why the city's hidden gems are best found on two wheels and why it's the best way to avoid traffic.
They've adopted the nicknames of players in Italy's premier league squads, from Supermario to Nocerino, but behind the disguise 23 footballers who play for Stoccareddo have the same surname: Baù.
A petition has been placed filed with a court in Pakistan demanding that the government act against a Pakistani citizen who reportedly married his male partner in Sweden, according to a report in Pakistan's Express Tribune newspaper.
Switzerland remains the most innovative country on the planet for the third year in a row, according to a report issued on Monday by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
Two children have drowned after the two were swept away by the River Po in northern Italy on Sunday.
The European Union should offer safe haven to fugitive US leaker Edward Snowden, a leader of Germany's opposition Green party, former cabinet minister Jürgen Trittin, said Monday.
Italy's Foreign Minister Emma Bonino expressed confidence on Monday that the United States would provide the necessary details and assurances regarding reports of US spying on European institutions.
Audacious thieves in Paris impersonated police officers to rob a senior official from the Saudi Ministry of Youth and Sport shortly after his arrival in the French capital. The robbers made off with €200,000 in cash.
Nabilla Benattia, the French television personality and freelance model, is set to get her own TV reality show, inspired by her American idol, Kim Kardashian, according to reports on Monday.
Germany welcomed Croatia to the European Union on Monday, but said it expected the bloc's newest member to push forward quickly with reforms. The fight against corruption was, Chancellor Angela Merkel said, top of the agenda.
A French sect leader and ‘tantric sex guru’ is set to appear in court in Nantes on Monday, accused of raping a 14-year-old girl and a second woman. Gabriel Loison ran ‘new age’ courses in group sex for years until his arrest in 2011.
Norwegian house prices fell by 0.4 percent from May to June, but were still up by about 5.7 percent compared to the same period last year.
In her last column for The Local, US-native Rebecca Ahlfeldt explains why she is saying goodbye to Sweden for San Francisco, and how having a bi-cultural family influenced The Decision.
Despite economic crises and dwindling aid, the UN says huge progress had been made towards meeting the so-called Millennium Development Goals, including its bid to slash world hunger in half between 1990 and 2015.
Political parties from across the divide in France demanded on Monday that Paris grant asylum to the fugitive former CIA operative Edward Snowden, as reward for his "courage" in blowing the lid off how the US had spied on French envoys in America.
Young people across Germany are embracing crocheting, thanks to two young men from Upper Franconia who have radically re-branded the craft. The revolution began online but has spread to schoolyards, train carriages and homes.
VIDEO - The driver of a Norwegian race car lost control of his vehicle on Sunday, plowing into the crowd at the Polonia Gran Turismo event in Poland and injuring a total of 17 spectators.
Nabilla Benattia, the Swiss television personality and freelance model in France, is set to get her own TV reality show, inspired by her American idol, Kim Kardashian, a French magazine is reporting.
Pope Francis will travel to the Italian island of Lampedusa next Monday, to pray for boat migrants who have died trying to make the crossing into Europe, the Vatican said in a statement on Monday.
In the latest instalment of My German Career, The Local spoke with Hannover-based software developer Krishna Edula.
Monday marks the final deadline for handing in Spanish tax returns, and failure to do so could result in extra charges.
Seven Swedes remained in hospital in Turkey on Monday morning following the coach crash that claimed the lives of a Swedish teenager and a Dane.
A British couple holidaying in central Norway drove off the road over the weekend as a freak June snowfall rendered the roads near impassable in the Hardangervidda national park.
Sweden is not meeting its targets for restoring the Baltic sea, and neither are any of the other eight countries bordering the sea, according to a report published on Monday by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
Norwegian households and companies have gone 6.4 percent further into debt in the past year, with the business sector leading the way in increased borrowing.
There was more bad news for the ailing French automobile industry on Monday as new figures revealed that sales had tumbled in the first six months of the year. The Peugeot group has been the worst hit of the French car manufacturers.
Spain's summer sales, or 'rebajas', season starts on Monday in many parts of the country, with retailers saying the average spend per person will be a crisis-affected €50 ($65).
The Russian coast guard off Murmansk has detained a crew of five Norwegian fishermen, who claim they were west of the maritime border.
Unemployment in Italy hit 12.2 percent in May, statistics agency Istat announced on Monday, the highest level since 1977.
Happy holidays once again courtesy of the EU, as a new, lower cap on was slapped on the cost of Europe-wide roaming mobile calls and internet from Monday.
Glasses manufacturers are benefiting from an increasingly old and sightless Germany. They are, analysts said on Monday, unexpectedly batting off competition from laser eye surgeons as specs become trendy.
France reacted angrily to reports over the weekend that the US had spied on its embassy in Washington DC as well as EU diplomatic missions. President François Hollande has told the US to "immediately stop" spying on French envoys.
The average blood alcohol content of Norwegian rape victims renders them "near unconscious", according to a Trondheim doctor whose research found that eight out of ten rape victims in Norway had been drinking before the assault.
It's been a year since Consolata Melis, who turns 106 on August 22nd, and her eight brothers and sisters made it into the Guinness Book of Records as the world's oldest siblings, with a combined aged of 818.
Norwegian oil and gas technology company Aker Solutions has won a 2.7 billion kroner ($4.5 billion) contract to supply one of the biggest subsea projects underway in the United Kingdom, the company's most important foreign market.
Home buyers in Switzerland face a sudden recent increase in mortgage rates that signals the end of the low-interest era, according to a media report.
Confederations Cup finalists Spain and Brazil are gifting autographed commemorative shirts to ailing South African former president Nelson Mandela, FIFA president Sepp Blatter revealed recently.
Italy is one of 38 countries caught up in the latest US spying accusations attributed to fugitive intelligence analyst Edward Snowden, the Guardian newspaper reported on Monday.
Brazil destroyed world and European champions Spain 3-0 to win a third straight Confederations Cup title with a dazzling display of football which left the Maracana Stadium in raptures here on Sunday.
The second half of 2013 brings a raft of changes to French consumers and taxpayers on Monday. From VAT and mobile phone charges to tobacco and health insurance, The Local breaks down what’s up and what’s down in France, starting on July 1st.
A man flying a small plane died on Sunday after attempting an emergency landing in southern Sweden when one of the aircraft's engines failed.
As part of our tour of Germany's UNESCO World Heritage sites, we check out the Zollverein mine in Essen, an industrial monument considered a leading example of the development of heavy industry in Europe.
Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday hosts EU talks on felling sky-high youth unemployment less than three months before German elections after coming under fire for championing austere spending cuts and helping to create a "lost generation".
“Gluten-free” may have become synonymous with choosing a healthy lifestyle, but research by scientists in Mainz suggested on Monday that shunning gluten may not be the answer.
A Swedish family of four was lucky to escape uninjured when a helicopter was forced to land in the Hudson river in New York on Sunday after it ran out of power just minutes into a tourist flight.
Italy's culture minister assured UNESCO on Sunday that efforts were being made to restore the long-neglected Roman city of Pompeii, after the United Nations organization urged the country to speed up repairs.
Sweden's biggest political event, Almedalen, began in Gotland on Sunday night, with Christian Democrat leader Göran Hagglund commencing proceedings by proposing a tax increase to improve daycare conditions.