The winner of a 27.2-million-franc ($28.9-million) Euro Millions lottery jackpot who bought the lucky ticket in Switzerland has yet to step forward to claim the prize. (UPDATE BELOW)
Police in the Swiss capital remain tight-lipped as they continue to investigate the murder of a woman found dead at a bus stop early Wednesday.
Fifty years ago bullfighter Jaime Ostos was the victim of a horrific goring in the ring. On Wednesday, he shocked readers of Spain's La Gaceta newspaper by removing his trousers to show the damage to his groin half a century on.
Remarks by a right-wing MP comparing Italy's first black minister, Cecile Kyenge, to an 'orangutan' have sparked a storm in Italy. Prime Minister Enrico Letta called it a "shameful chapter" for Italy. The Local speaks to several experts about how Italy can stop racism.
Barcelona star Lionel Messi on Tuesday said he was unconcerned about accusations of tax avoidance on income generated from the sale of his image rights and was confident his lawyers will solve the case.
News that internet 'intelligence' collected by US spies was shared with the Germans gives foreigners here food for thought. This week's Local List suggests five ex-pat online postings you may not want Germans to see - and one you may.
A film shown by France's embassy in Sri Lanka on Bastille Day, and set during the country's civil war has sparked protests, with crowds accusing France of supporting Tamil rebels. The embassy said authorities cleared the screening.
British Tour de France leader Chris Froome strengthened his hold on the race on Wednesday, taking the 17th stage in an individual time trial between Embrun and Chorges.
Nestlé has chosen key market Poland to lead a drive to expand its pet-food operations in central and eastern Europe, where rising incomes have had a major lifestyle impact.
The German government Wednesday denied a report claiming that the nation's military knew for years about the US surveillance programme PRISM revealed by fugitive former intelligence analyst Edward Snowden.
Roberto Calderoli is to be formally investigated for defamation after comparing Italy's first black minister, Cécile Kyenge, to an orangutun.
A former top official for Spain's ruling Popular Party (PP) has justified handouts made by ex-party treasurer Luis Bárcenas in a TV interview by stating "it’s impossible" to work without bonuses.
Norwegian traffic authorities were called to the E6 motorway on Wednesday to clean up the bodies of dead birds, after a mile-long trail of dough by the roadside attracted flocks of hungry peckers to the curb.
Bulgarian anti-government protesters said thanks to the German ambassador for supporting their movement on Tuesday evening by building and tearing down a “Berlin Wall” outside his office, Der Spiegel reported.
A family of six from Tromso have been taken to hospital in Uppsala, following a collision near the central Swedish town that has left three of the four children with serious injuries.
A cat high on cocaine was found by police as they raided an apartment in the north-eastern town of Villorba, near Treviso, for drugs.
A new report advises France’s health minister to follow other European countries and lift a lifetime ban on homosexual men giving blood. Gay rights group 'SOS Homophobie' tells The Local why it's time to end the discrimination.
Sweden's biggest bank Nordea reported a 6.0-percent fall in net profits in the second quarter on Wednesday, blaming the drop on uncertain and volatile markets.
Two teenage girls were convicted for robbery by Lund District Court on Tuesday after stealing valuables at the home of a 30-year-old man who they gagged and bound naked to a chair.
A prominent Italian businessman and his two daughters were arrested on Wednesday and police are searching for his son in an investigation into insurance company Fondiaria-SAI, Italian media reported.
A former local politician suspected of having stolen millions of kronor of taxpayers' money in central Sweden has been charged with aggravated fraud following her arrest in Thailand in March.
Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone was on Wednesday indicted on bribery charges by German prosecutors and faces a trial in Munich which could end the motor racing magnate's 40-year-reign.
Thanks to an all but forgotten 45-year-old property law he found with the help of Google Translate, Englishman Keith Rule has provided hope to thousands of expats who lost money in failed Spanish property ventures during the credit crunch.
Police launched raids in Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland on Wednesday against six suspected members of a far-right "Werewolf" cell modelled on late-Second World War plans for a Nazi guerrilla resistance.
PICTURES - Volunteers have rallied since May to prepare Utøya island for this weekend's two-year anniversary of the terror attack, which left 69 people dead on the island where Labour Party youth have spent their summers for generations.
The captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship requested a plea bargain deal at his trial in Italy on Wednesday over a shipwreck that claimed 32 lives.
Police launched raids in Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland Wednesday against six suspected members of a far-right "Werewolf" cell modelled on late-World War II plans for a Nazi guerrilla resistance.
A bonanza payout to the former chairman of Novartis has been cut back radically, the pharmaceutical group said on Wednesday, reporting also a fall in second quarter profit.
Police have stopped the sale of fake 'Made in Italy' wine kits in the UK, as part of an operation involving Interpol, Italy's interior ministry and the country's food police.
Billions of euros in state subsidies received by Spanish shipyards must be repaid, the European Commission decided on Wednesday in a move industry players fear could sink the massive sector.
The body of French hostage Philippe Verdon, who was kidnapped in Mali in 2011 and found dead several weeks ago, was flown back to Paris on Wednesday, an airport source told AFP.
The murder of a Swedish sex workers' rights activist, who was stabbed by her ex when she went to see her children after losing custody because she "romanticized prostitution", has sex activists worldwide up in arms.
The Norwegian Trade Union Confederation (LO) has asked Ryanair employees to tell them if their employer sat in on interviews with the Air Traffic Agency, which on Tuesday cleared the Irish carrier of some allegations of poor treatment of staff.
The parents of murdered four-year-old French boy Grégory Villemin are considering suing the organisers of the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland after its promotional publication used an image of the toddler to promote its kindergarten.
A room with just five square metres (54 square feet) of floor space is being sublet in Geneva for 550 francs ($585) a month, raising concerns from both tenants' advocates and property owners.
The arrest of the notorious Norwegian neo-Nazi Kristian Vikernes in rural France on Tuesday has taken the country somewhat by surprise, with most people asking "who is he?" and "was he really a terror threat?"
A spat between two middle-aged brothers within Chancellor Angela Merkel's political party is causing red faces all round, with her party chairman calling for his younger sibling to be kicked out for running as an independent.
To honour the naming of Real Madrid football star Cristiano Ronaldo as Spain's sexiest sports star, The Local has put together a delicious gallery of the country's top ten hottest male athletes.
Eustachio Tarasco, an unemployed father of three, has been living in his car in Matera, southern Italy, for the past two years.
Norwegian medical ethics experts think it is time to open a registry to help children conceived with the help of a sperm donor to find their biological father and any half-siblings.
Police officers assisted in the roadside birth of a baby on Tuesday evening after the expectant couple were forced to stop on the motorway between Kiruna and Gällivare in northern Sweden.
Four disgruntled students have confessed to burning down a school in Rome after an afternoon drinking session at the beach.
Around 20 people were hurt on Wednesday morning, at least one very seriously, when a regional commuter train hit a car on a rail crossing, came off the rails and then turned over, landing in a garden in southern Germany.
A senior male member of the Sweden Democrats is facing accusations of rape after being reported to police by a female party colleague during Sweden's Almedalen political week on the island of Gotland.
Highly-acclaimed Spanish author Arturo Pérez-Reverte has coughed up more than €200,000 in damages after he was found guilty of copying a movie script.
Bouquets, rings, the bride taking the groom's name...? Sweden is the country where the church has publicly said it disapproves of fathers walking brides down the aisle. The Local's soon-to-be-wed-to-a-Swede Patrick Reilly gives us his top ten tips for planning a wedding in Sweden without going insane.
Swiss residents are European champions when it comes to putting aside savings, according to a new survey.
The Norwegian state liquor monopoly wants to take over the sale of wine and spirits in tax-free, saying that airport sales threaten the alcohol vendor's legitimacy and financing.
Berlin's internet start-up incubator Rocket Internet has pulled together more than half a billion euros this year in new investment and is going shopping in regions such as Latin America and Asia.
A 57-year-old office worker hit the jackpot after slotting just one coin into the Pharoah Golden Treasure machine at a Turin betting shop.
Embattled Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Tuesday told a group of Spanish business leaders it was necessary to bring down taxes in Spain but did not set a timetable for doing so.
A Norwegian black metal expert has said that Varg Vikernes, the Norwegian neo-nazi arrested by French anti-terror police on Tuesday, has built up a cult status among fans around the world.
Swedish-Finnish telecom firm TeliaSonera has posted a pre-tax profit of 5.5 billion kronor ($830 million) for the second quarter of 2013, indicating that business-wise the firm has emerged relatively unscathed from the Uzbekistan bribes scandal.
France is to launch a series of "modernisation" measures on Wednesday aimed at simplifying its dreaded bureaucracy and make life easier for the public. From driving penalty points to restaurant tickets, here’s a breakdown of the main changes.
Tour de France leader Chris Froome has slammed Spanish rival Alberto Contador after claiming the Spaniard used "dangerous" tactics in a bid to loosen his grip on the yellow jersey.
The trial of Italy's Costa Concordia cruise ship captain Francesco Schettino is set to get under way on Wednesday, with survivors of the 2012 nighttime disaster and relatives of the 32 victims expected to attend.
British race-leader Chris Froome is favourite to come out on top in Wednesday's stage 17 time-trial, but could well be caught out by a strong challenger or a rainy afternoon. See this video preview of the sprint from Embrun to Chorges
EU Industry Commissioner Antonio Tajani gave France some succour and Germany's Daimler cause for concern Tuesday in a row over new cars that Brussels fears were produced in breach of EU rules.
A daily dose of a medicinal product claiming to cure toothache and fever in infants, on sale in Sweden, has been found to contain extremely high levels of arsenic by Sweden's National Food Agency.
A Swedish-Ethiopian politician from Gothenburg, assaulted on a trip to Ogaden, has been safely housed at the Swedish embassy in Addis Ababa were immediate arrangements are being made for him and his family return home.
As part of our summer tour of Germany's UNESCO World Heritage sites, we take a look at the gorgeous Maulbronn monastery complex, between Karlsruhe and Heilbronn.
A second-half goal explosion secured hosts Sweden a place in the quarter-finals as they beat Italy 3-1 on Tuesday to maintain their unbeaten record in the women's Euro 2013 tournament.