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An Italian judge in the southern city of Naples on Friday postponed a decision on whether or not to try former premier Silvio Berlusconi for allegedly bribing a senator.
If anyone could unite arch-enemies on the football pitch, it was legendary goalkeeper Bert Trautmann, a German who played for Manchester City and helped win the 1956 FA Cup with a broken neck. He died on Friday aged 89.
Portugal's Costa grabbed his stage second win of the 100th edition of the Tour de France on Friday after leading a solo charge to the line during the 204 km race. Yellow jersey leader Chris Froome survived the relatively smooth stage with his lead in tact.
The Spanish Government is looking at barring single women, lesbians and older couples from access to assisted reproduction technologies like IVF in the country's hospitals.
Spain's trade deficit narrowed sharply in May largely due to booming exports, the government said on Friday, in good news for the recession-struck nation struggling with soaring unemployment.
A Milan court on Friday found three of Silvio Berlusconi's associates guilty of procuring prostitutes - including the then underage Ruby - for racy parties held at the former Italian premier's villas.
An Italian court is preparing to rule on plea bargains for five suspects in the Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster, including the Indonesian helmsman who misunderstood the captain's orders in the moment of the crash.
Mysterious murderers are claiming countless victims in Bavaria's forests – and nobody is doing anything about it. Now one group is calling for a new crack police team to catch the culprits.
Swiss President Ueli Maurer is facing controversy in Switzerland for becoming the first western leader to visit a tank division in China, where he is on a four-day official visit.
The Swedish government has rejected a European Commission proposal to set up a European Public Prosecutor's Office, with Justice Minister Beatrice Ask calling the plan to prevent fraudsters avoiding prosecution by fleeing to another EU country risky.
Graffiti paintings of Disney’s fairytale princesses brandishing guns and knives have been mysteriously appearing on walls around Stockholm, garnering global attention after photos went viral on Facebook. The man behind them is a Swedish Street Artist known only as “Herr Nilsson”.
Former Tour of Italy winner Damiano Cunego was among 28 people connected to the Lampre team charged with doping-related offences, the Padua prosecutor's office said on Friday.
Germany's beer industry sees its glass half empty this year, with terrible sales during the first half of the year creating what have been described as 'landslide losses'.
Kazakhstan has launched legal proceedings on suspicion of graft in a passport counterfeiting case against a wanted oligarch's wife who was expelled from Italy in May, officials said Friday.
Former Algerian finance minister Ali Benouari said he wants to "run for president" in his country's 2014 elections, according to an interview with a Swiss daily on Friday.
It’s this time of year when holiday fever hits the high temperatures but consider a place where you can vacation all year around. Activity-packed, with a backdrop of devastating beauty, there’s even more reasons to book a holiday to Gran Canaria and discover it’s capital Las Palmas.
There's no need to head down to the French Riviera in search of sun and sand. The annual summer 'Paris Plage' opens on Saturday and with a heatwave set to see temperatures soar into the high thirties, the timing could not be better.
Industrial orders in Italy rose for the third month, official data showed on Friday, in a tentative sign that nearly two years of recession could be nearing an end.
Callous, opportunistic thieves from Brétigny-sur-Orge, where a train derailed killing six people last Friday, threw stones at police and rescue workers and stole possessions from accident victims, an explosive new police document has alleged.
Norwegian environment authorities have placed a partial ban on salmon fishing following reports of fish stocks down by 60 percent in certain areas.
Chancellor Angela Merkel said "Germany is not a surveillance state" and insisted she only learnt of sweeping US online snooping through press reports, during a lengthy election-campaign press conference Friday.
Beach bums in Malmö have been left out to dry after high levels of bacteria caused the city to impose bathing bans at two of its popular swimming spots.
Colleges in Norway with ties to job-finder The One, who employed the woman jailed after reporting a rape in Dubai, are set to cease all cooperation with the company.
Swedish police have confirmed that the blood samples found in an apartment and stairwell in a building in Trollhättan in late June belong to a 23-year-old missing mother of two.
Norwegian health authorities fear a patient at Oslo University Hospial has died from rabies, the first suspected case of the virus in the country for nearly two centuries.
VIDEO: Heading for Normandy this summer? Just be careful where you go for a stroll. Authorities have had to issue warnings after a huge section of cliff collapsed onto the beach. The spectacular sight was captured on video by a witness.
Barcelona is gearing up for the world aquatic championships which start on Saturday with teenage US star Missy Franklin hoping to emulate swimming legend Michael Phelps by winning eight golds.
Spanish clothing company Blasphemia T-Shirts have got themselves into hot water after a religious group sued them for superimposing a picture of the Virgin's face on the body of the queen of pop, Madonna.
Swedish home appliance maker Electrolux reported a fall in second quarter profits in the second quarter on Friday, citing difficulties in European markets.
Shoppers will be spoiled for bargains over the coming few weeks, with the annual summer sales expected to see half of Germany's retailers slashing prices by up to 70 percent.
The main opposition were left reeling on Friday by a poll predicting a crushing defeat in the Bavarian state election, which comes just a week before the national election.
Allegations of aggressive techniques used by TV-fee collection staff on foreigners in Sweden are on the rise. Meanwhile, the targeting of PC, tablet and smartphone owners to cough up the licence fee cannot continue, argues Moderate Party MP Lars Beckman.
Lightning killed a second person in France in just a week on Thursday when a 47-year-old man died on a beach near Saint Tropez during a thunderstorm on the French Riviera.
The verdict in a trial against three of Silvio Berlusconi's associates for allegedly procuring prostitutes for the former Italian premier - including the then underage Ruby - is expected later on Friday.
Manuscripts written by the late Italian writer Giovanni Verga, worth €4 million, have been recovered by police in Rome and the northern town of Pavia, Italian media reported on Friday.
In an ad on its website, the low-cost airline pokes fun at Interior Minister Angelino Alfano, who is at the centre of a row over the illegal deportation of the wife and daughter of a Kazakh dissident in May.
Norwegian oil company Statoil has asked the military to help remove a 300-kilogramme mine from a pipeline transporting gas to Germany, it was revealed on Friday.
It was supposed to be a bit of harmless fun, but a beer drinking festival in Spain had a sickening finale on Wednesday after the winner downed one glass too many.
An advert for Renault Clio cars featuring scantily clad women has been banned in Britain because it was deemed too sexist. However a similar advert featuring bare-chested, gyrating men was given the green light. Double standards? Judge for yourselves.
The Norwegian foreign ministry has depleted its annual emergency aid budget after a 150-million kroner ($25 million) payment to ease the humanitarian consequences to the conflict in Syria.
A Catalan organization which helps provide disabled people with sexual relations is pushing for “disability” prostitutes to become legal in Spain.
L'Espresso, the Italian weekly, alleges that Monsignor Battista Ricca, who was recently appointed to a key position at the bank, had gay relationships during his time at the Vatican embassy, or nunciature, of Montevideo in Uruguay.
Sweden could see the costs of tap water rise in the future, said Rural Affairs Minister Eskil Erlandsson, as the government investigates how to secure a plentiful flow under the threat of climate change.
A would-be mayor of Frankfurt disgraced himself by throwing a high-ranking city official over a piano he was using to disrupt a prestigious award ceremony in the city hall.
One in two Norwegians do not think their country's emergency response system has become better at handling a would-be terror attack, according to a new survey published just days before the anniversary of July 22nd, 2011.
Barcelona-based economist and "thinking machine" Edward Hugh believes rumours of the end of Spain's crisis are greatly exaggerated. In this interview, he tells us why.
Swedish fashion giant Hennes & Mauritz has seen brand awareness soar in recent years with its one-off offerings of designer clobber. The Local's Victoria Hussey delves into the brand's past partnerships and what the future holds for its cheap and chic collaborations.
French mum Jacqueline Tiarti is into the 11th day of a hunger strike. If she continues she could soon be in a coma. Here she tells The Local how her fight for a better life for her 7-year-old autistic daughter has driven her to such extreme action.
Swiss watch exports may be declining in Asia but purchases by Chinese tourists are driving up sales in many parts of Europe, a spokesman for the industry says.
Concern is rising in Berlin that the much-delayed and over-budget BER new international airport could be even later than expected after an expected partial opening seemed likely to be put back by several months.
Norwegian rescue services have found two German women, aged 22 and 25, who got lost in the Setesdal region of southern Norway twice in 48 hours, after shunning compass and map to set out on well-marked routes that they nonetheless strayed from.
The palatial Miami villa where fashion icon Gianni Versace was shot dead in 1997 is to be sold at auction and is expected to fetch more than €38 million, the company managing the sale said on Thursday.
Get The Local flavour of Germany with our series offering an insider's take on their hometown. This week, Ibrahim Asghar Shah shares the kicks he gets out of Kassel.
A 64-year-old man from Bari lived off disability benefits for 30 years by claiming he was blind.
UN rights experts urged Italy Thursday to do everything possible help the wife and daughter of a Kazakh dissident who were illegally deported in May to return to the country.
Two Spanish aid workers kidnapped almost two years ago in Kenya and then held in Somalia have been freed, their employer Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said late on Thursday.
A former CIA station chief in Milan, sentenced to nine years in jail for the 2003 abduction of an Egyptian imam, has been arrested in Panama, the Italian justice ministry said on Thursday.
The Norwegian neo-Nazi Kristian 'Varg' Vikernes was released by French police late on Thursday after spending two days in custody. Despite the French government describing him as "dangerous" police found no evidence he was planning a terror attack.
The peloton faces another tough day in the Alps on Friday as stage 19 of the 100th Tour de France sees riders race from Bourg-d'Oisans to Le Grand-Bornand. See below for a video preview of what promises to be another dramatic day.
Swedish defence firm Saab has reported a dramatic decline in profit, posting a net profit of 11 million kronor ($1.66 million) in the second quarter, down from 732 million in the corresponding period of 2012.
As part of our summer tour of Germany's UNESCO World Heritage sites, we explore the old city of Regensburg in south east Germany, now a vibrant university town steeped in medieval history.
Swedish experts have warned that a newly discovered flu virus in China shows worrying signs that it could spread around the world this autumn.
World number one Serena Williams survived a late second set hiccup to move into the quarter-finals of the Swedish Open with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Georgia's Anna Tatishvili.