Former world champion Tyson Gay celebrated the Fourth of July by cruising to victory in the 100 metres in 9.79 seconds at Thursday night's Diamond League Athletissima meet in Lausanne.
Geneva plans to demolish its garbage incineration plant and build a more up-to-date replacement expected to be operational by 2022 at a cost of 255 million francs ($267 million), officials announced on Thursday.
Buenos Aires won the right to host the 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games after a vote by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) members in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Thursday.
According to some critics of the Almedalen political week the seminars and events are as whitewashed as many of Gotland's houses. Peter Vinthagen Simpson takes a look and wonders if something really is rotten in Visby.
Naming a chocolate cake after US President Barack Obama has helped a small bakery in Salento, a region in southern Italy with acute unemployment, defy the economic crisis. The move has been described as "cunning marketing".
Italy has rejected the asylum claim made by Edward Snowden, the US fugitive, Foreign Minister Emma Bonino said on Thursday.
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy resigned from the country's highest legal body the Constitutional Council on Thursday shortly after it confirmed he had breached spending limits during last year's presidential election campaign.
A Croatian court ordered eight banks on Thursday to recalculate home loans made in Swiss francs to the local currency kuna ruling that they failed to inform clients of risks when agreeing the loans.
The International Monetary Fund on Thursday cut its growth forecast for Italy and urged it to speed up reforms, warning that prospects remained weak, unemployment was "unacceptably high" and market sentiment was "fragile".
Dozens of people risked injury in a perilous treasure hunt on Wednesday after a rumour circulated that €3,000 ($4,000) in cash was buried in the ruins of a collapsed building in Catalonia.
The Melis family may seem like any other traditional Italians; going to mass, tending a vineyard and living on the same soil they grew up on. But there's something unique about the Sardinian brothers and sisters that has them breaking a world record.
German rider Andre Greipel out-sprinted rivals including Britain's Cavendish to win stage 6 of the Tour de France on Thursday. History was also made when Daryl Impey, an Orica-GreenEdge rider, became the first South African to ever wear the yellow jersey.
The latest spying revelations by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden provoked a Transatlantic row this week between France and the US. But as our top ten gallery of US-Franco wrangles reveals the two countries have a rich history of going toe to toe with each other.
Spanish shipyard workers, most in their blue overalls, demonstrated on Thursday in the Galician town of Vigo against the possibility that the EU will force shipbuilders to pay back billions of euros in state aid, a move they say would sink the sector.
Social Democrat Evin Cetin decided to pull a sartorial stunt to knock the air out of the Sweden Democrats' day at the political conference Almedalen. Wearing national costume, she declared she loved all Swedes, not just the blonde ones, making her "more Swedish" than the anti-immigration party.
The Catalan Government has announced plans to control the wearing of burqas and other face-covering attire in public spaces "for reasons of public safety".
Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta on Thursday urged his Libyan counterpart Ali Zeidan to reinforce controls to stop boats filled with migrants from heading for Italian shores.
The head of the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights (RFSL) has been threatened with lifetime imprisonment by a Pakistani court if the organization does not stop supporting the same-sex marriage involving a person of Pakistani origin.
Swiss banks paid just over $6 million last year to the heirs of people who left dormant accounts under a system created after a scandal over money left by Jews during the Second World War.
A conservative German politician has called on the judiciary to circumvent whistleblower Edward Snowden's asylum denial - by summoning him as a witness in a criminal case against US spy programmes.
A 26-year-old man has been sentenced to prison for his role in the unrest that plagued Husby and other Stockholm suburbs in May, making him the first person to be convicted in connection to the disturbances that sparked headlines across the globe.
Spain's medium-term borrowing costs rose in a debt auction on Thursday amid concern over political turmoil in neighbouring Portugal.
In France the internship or 'stage' as it is known here, has become a rite of passage on the way to landing a job. With thousands of young foreign professionals and students signing up for internships in France The Local is on hand to offer a breakdown of the good and bad points.
Just days after France reacted angrily to claims its Washington DC embassy was spied on by the US, French daily Le Monde published 'revelations' on Thursday that French intelligence services have been operating a similar mammoth spying operation in France.
A German court has rejected a US company's request for copyright on two pornographic films. Their "primitive" depiction of sex meant that they did not count as intellectual property, the judge decided.
Emma Bonino, Italy’s foreign minister, has responded to the ousting of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and warned against passing swift judgement on the military takeover.
A court official has warned that national strike by Italian lawyers could delay the start of the manslaughter trial of the Costa Concordia's captain, charged for the cruise liner's deadly shipwreck in January 2012.
Even Wimbledon's ultra-patriotic crowd discovered a soft spot for the 23-year-old Berliner Sabine Lisicki on Monday, when she defeated world number one Serena Williams. She's our German of the Week.
Swedes are guzzling more than twelve gigabytes of data from mobile devices per year, making them the most data hungry across the Nordic region.
The Stockholm metro has often been referred to as an art museum in itself, with many of the stations featuring either themed designs, vibrant colours, or traditional paintings on the walls. The Local's Elodie Pradet lists the best ten in the city.
Spain moves to a different rhythm to the rest of Europe with people working, eating and going to bed later than anywhere else. In The Local's latest opinion piece, we ask whether its time for a change to the country's habits.
The government has secured backing from the Social Democrats on a reworked proposal for a new housing law extending the rights of tenant-owners to sublet their properties.
El Greco's 400 year-old painting "Saint Dominic in Prayer" on Wednesday broke the record for a Spanish Old Master, selling at a London auction for £9,154,500 ($14,000,000).
Briton David White was charged on Thursday with the murder of his wife Susan, also a British national. Susan White was found dead on a roadside in rural Brittany on Monday, having suffered a fractured skull. Earlier her family had made a public appeal for information.
Alessandro Bruzzi, a former right-wing political advisor, sparked a row in the city of Carrara on Wednesday after allegedly vandalizing a sculpture he deemed 'blasphemous' because it depicts a woman with her legs spread as she runs.
The youth wing of Norway's ruling Labour Party (AUF) has assembled for its first summer camp since the Anders Behring Breivik terror attacks two years ago, in which 69 people lost their lives.
Germany has had a dwindling birth rate for years, but 2012 saw a rare increase in the number of babies being born, official statistics released on Thursday showed. Deaths still outweigh births, though.
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle on Wednesday said the military intervention that toppled Islamist president Mohamed Morsi was "a major setback for democracy in Egypt" and called for "dialogue and political compromise".
The number of children born out of wedlock in Switzerland has virtually doubled in the past decade, but the rate remains well below the European average, a report released on Thursday shows.
Some 1.9 million passengers travelled with Norwegian Airlines in June, a 21-percent increase from last year.
The Stockholm Visitors Board launched a new and interactive version of its official tourist website on Thursday, with the board promising users an even smoother and more colourful guide to getting around the Swedish capital.
Another migrant boat carrying around 100 people was intercepted by the Italian coast guard today and taken to the port of Syracuse in Sicily.
Spain's foreign ministry is advising travellers to "very seriously consider" postponing any travel to Egypt amid fears of further violent clashes in the North African country.
Sometimes in football it's clearly better to take the punishment. PSG's Leonardo will be regretting appealing against a nine-month ban for shoving a referee after French football authorities on Thursday increased it to 12 months. (See video)
A unit of Swiss food giant Nestlé is cutting prices for baby formula in China by as much as 20 percent, it said after the government launched a investigation into alleged price-fixing by foreign firms.
As police continue to question a man being held overthe disappearance of a 20-year-old mother of two, divers have taken to the lakes and storm drains around Trollhättan, western Sweden, in the hopes of finding her.
A 67-year-old grandfather who sent pornographic letters anonymously to more than 160 women was fined 4,000 francs ($4,200) this week by the Baden district court in the canton of Aargau.
France officially rejected an application for asylum by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden on Thursday leaving the fugitive former CIA operative facing a narrowing number of options as he seeks to avoid being forced to return to the US.
The parliamentary committee chair for the intelligence service wants Norway to get to the bottom of whether the US surveillance programme has collected data about Norwegian citizens.
A late harvest and cold, wet, spring have pushed up the price of potatoes – Germany's favourite carbohydrate – by at least third since last year, it emerged on Thursday.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and EU leaders pledged action on Wednesday on tackling mass youth unemployment in Europe. But the opposition said her austerity policies were directly responsible for the problem.
Valencia's Academy of Language is demanding that the regional parliament dump a move by the Popular Party (PP) to have Valencian reclassified as a separate language from Catalan, warning against using language as a political tool.
Video: After a long and chaotic stage 5, won in the end by Britain's Mark Cavendish, attentions turn on Thursday to the 177-km stage 6 between Aix-en-Provence and Montpellier. See below for an preview of the day's race including an expert analyis.
A 19-year-old man has turned himself into police after he stabbed another man to death on the streets of central Stockholm last week.
Spain saw its Wimbledon hopes ended on Wednesday after Andy Murray pulled off a dramatic comeback from two sets down to beat Fernando Verdasco in the Wimbledon quarter-finals.
The Salvation Army has said there are fewer European migrants asking for money on Oslo's streeets this summer compared to figures last year that had certain observers warning of an "invasion of beggars", while others warned such talk was close to racist "propaganda".
A French firm launched a new revolutionary line of underwear this week that it promises will help men “change the world”. The 'Made in France' underpants from 'Le Slip Français' smell sweeter the more you sweat and are now on sale.
Fifty-seven out of the 60 elected councillors in the Campania region of southern Italy are under investigation for unjustified expenses ranging from hair dye to subsidizing private televisions.
The tiny British-held territory of Gibraltar complained to London on Wednesday that four Spanish air force jets entered its territory without permission, the latest in a string of disputes over alleged Spanish incursions into its territory.
Archaeologists are working to establish the age of Kalmar Castle in southern Sweden, which has long been accepted to have been built in the 1100s but could be significantly older, or younger.
Norwegian music lovers were barred entry from parts of the Hove Festival area after a man collapsed and died on the main stage.
Italian police on Wednesday arrested 24 suspected mafia members for alleged involvement in drug trafficking, including a local boss who officially worked as the director of a funeral home.
Norway's Justice Ministry is set to reply to a plea from the Norwegian PEN Society to review whether the country will accept US whistle-blower Edward Snowden's application for asylum, despite the former CIA contractor filing the documents from abroad.
The world's first consumer sales of a smartphone powered by the Firefox operating system have launched in Spain. The foundation is hoping to find a niche in the smartphone market alongside the dominant duopoly of Apple and Google.
As part of our tour of Germany's UNESCO World Heritage sites, we climb the massive spires at the country's most visited landmark, the Cologne Cathedral.
Air France might be in the midst of making job cuts to make up for recent losses but it can still afford to hand out free tickets for a Paris-New York flight to former first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. Trade unions have taken umbrage.
Sweden's Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt used part of his speech at the Almedalen political week to attack the Sweden Democrats (SD), underlining that the Moderates would not do business with them.
Sweden's Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has underlined the importance that democratic principles and "constitutional order" be followed in Egypt following news that President Mohammed Morsi has been arrested and the army has seized power.
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said on a visit to Greece on Wednesday that he believed the country was beginning to see a "silver lining" in its debt turmoil and urged international creditors to recognize its achievements.
Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke with President Barack Obama late on Wednesday to address mounting European concerns about broad US surveillance programs.