The woman that has photographed the world's biggest style icons has herself fashioned a pioneering career. Little wonder then that Annie Leibovitz was tasked with capturing the mood to launch Marks and Spencer’s new campaign.
Under suspicion since his wife and beauty queen daughter disappeared weeks ago, Francisco Benitez hanged himself on Monday. Later, a dark revelation about his past provided a chilling development in a saga which is dominating headlines in France.
Is Spain just being belligerent towards Gibraltar? Or is there more to the latest dispute between the two neighbours than meets the eye? In this week’s opinion piece, The Local examines why Spain wants Gibraltar back.
Italy adopted a draft law on Thursday to crack down on violence against women in the wake of an escalating trend of attacks by husbands and lovers.
Italy's upper house of parliament approved a law on Thursday to reduce the number of criminals sent to jail in a bid to tackle chronic overcrowding in prisons.
Norwegian neo-Nazi Kristian 'Varg' Vikernes is planning to sue France for falsely arresting him in July on suspicion of planning "a major terrorist attack". He was realeased without charge after police found no evidence to back up their suspicions.
Carlo Cracco's life as a TV host and head chef in Milan is a far cry from his early thought of entering the church. The Local takes a look at the chef's years of culinary creations and his award-winning approach to Italian ingredients.
Former playboy model Mirja du Mont seriously risked breaking a nail when she agreed to travel like an asylum seeker for a controversial reality-documentary – a journey we say makes her German of the Week.
A German toilet attendant faces tax evasion charges after investigators found her garage was knee-deep in €40,000 worth of small change.
Find movies playing in English in Germany with The Local’s cinema guide.
France coach Didier Deschamps named Eric Abidal and Samir Nasri in his squad for the friendly match against rivals Belgium next week. Former French international player Louis Saha also announded his retirement from football on Thursday.
US President Barack Obama's upcoming visit to Sweden is a diplomatic coup for Fredrik Reinfeldt and his government, but the real winner is Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, argues historian and commentator David Lindén.
London is Europe's top destination for Italians to spend the upcoming 'ferragosto' holiday weekend, according to the flight website, Skyscanner.
This week's Swede of the Week is Aron Anderson, a 25-year-old man who became the first person to ever reach the top of Mount Kebnekaise, Sweden's tallest peak, with a wheelchair.
A bedridden old lady from Extremadura in western Spain has lost a leg after her grandson's dogs attacked her.
Corsica’s top politician Paul Giacobbi stirred up a hornet’s nest in France this week by proposing new rules to limit non residents from being able to buy property on the island. Here Giacobbi tells The Local why the move is vital for the future of Corsicans.
The 220 jobs under threat at the Ilford Imaging works in Marly, in the canton of Fribourg, may be saved under a new rescue plan.
A baby girl had a high-speed start to life on Thursday morning when her mother gave birth on a train in eastern Germany. The lucky new-born will be able to travel for free in the area for the rest of her life.
Champagne-lovers had cause to celebrate on Thursday, as official statistics predicted a massive 56-percent rise in production of bubbly in France this year.
Norway's major political parties now unanimously support plans to consider a new climate bill, green campaign group WWF has announced.
If you're self-employed in Spain and feel like you´re working harder than people on a salary, you could well be right, new figures show.
A 19-year-old man has been charged in connection with fires that broke out in Tønsberg on Tuesday night.
Bayern Munich boss Uli Hoeness said on Thursday he will take legal action over allegations he hid more than a hundred million euros in a Swiss bank account, which he says amount to slander.
Amateur photographer Andre Sørlie captured a painful drama when he photographed an otter with a crab attached to its eyebrow by a claw.
Wildfires in Sardinia have forced 100 people from their homes and destroyed at least 2,000 hectares of vegetation.
Sweden plans to curtail venture capital firms running publicly funded, privately managed free schools, Education Minister Jan Björklund said on Thursday.
An Italian mafia boss has been arrested in London after nearly two decades on the run, British police said on Thursday.
Bayern Munich boss Uli Hoeneß said on Thursday he will take legal action over allegations he hid more than a hundred million euros in a Swiss bank account, which he says amount to libel.
More than 300 migrants have been rescued in the Mediterranean and taken to Italy but two perished during the perilous journey, Italian officials said Thursday.
Spanish police have arrested a Malaga man who was filming beachgoers at a nudist beach with a DIY version of Google Glass.
Sweden is set to decide how it will allocate 8 billion kronor ($1.2 billion) earmarked for Afghanistan, with International Aid Minister Gunilla Carlsson telling The Local that Sweden will retain its focus on women in the war-torn country.
Three people, reportedly including a brother and sister, have been killed after a plane carrying tourists crashed on Thursday in the town of Vertaizon in central France. The nationalities of the victims are not yet known.
Every fifth Thai massage parlour in Malmö, southern Sweden, accepts requests for sexual gratification at the end of a session, a Swedish newspaper reported on Thursday.
Who says Parisians have no sense of humour? The city of Paris this week launched a public exhibition of cartoons, intended to poke fun at the foibles and follies of life in the capital city, mocking natives, tourists and expats alike.
Need a break from the kids? Whether you simply fancy a night out or are looking for short or long-term childcare solutions, care 4 kids provides babysitters and nannies with various language skills for families in Switzerland.
Swiss food giant Nestlé says it suffered from weak consumer confidence in developed countries in the first six months of the year and from slowing growth in emerging economies.
Germany's youth might be falling out of love with apprenticeships, new figures suggest. Despite the country having 146,000 free apprenticeships, 200,000 youngsters are unemployed.
Spain's economic and political heavyweights have attacked a European Commission official with a six-figure salary for backing a proposal to slash Spanish wages by 10 percent.
Switzerland is on the alert after sightings in neighbouring France and Germany of the Asian tiger mosquito that can spread dangerous tropical diseases.
A high-profile American doctor proved unable to use his medical skills to save the finger of a Florence statue after he accidentally broke it off.
France's Minister of Justice has reacted angrily after it emerged hundreds of convicted criminals could be set free on a technicality after a blunder by a previous administration. The minister has vowed not to release anyone dangerous on to the streets.
Over half of Norway's kindergartens are now run by private companies, according to the latest figures from Statistics Norway, with a sharp increase since the coalition government took power in 2005.
Online identity theft has exploded in the past months, with a growing number of thieves using social networks, online banking or shopping sites to steal from German bank accounts – often without anyone noticing.
Spanish Police had to board a plane at Ibiza airport on Saturday after 30 drunken men terrorized passengers and crew during a three-hour flight from Glasgow Prestwick.
It began with a gruesome and explicit “murder confession” made to a telephone operator that had police units across France scrambling to find a brutal killer. However, the story looks likely to end with a 24-year-old prankster behind bars.
Politician Renato Brunetta has slammed Oscar-winning film director and comedian Roberto Benigni for joking that protesters were paid to attend a rally in support of Silvio Berlusconi.
Switzerland’s much loved air rescue service, Rega, has flown into a storm of controversy over the remuneration the charity pays its management.
A 19-year-old French youth who was shot in the head after a banal road dispute over right-of-way was pronounced dead in hospital on Wednesday. A suspect has now been charged with his murder.
Norwegian neo-Nazi Kristian 'Varg' Vikernes is planning to sue France for falsely arresting him in July on suspicion of planning "a major terrorist attack".
German sports clothing giant Adidas could finally be running out of steam, latest profit figures suggest.
With US President Barack Obama soon to head to Sweden, political science PhD candidate Annelie Gregor pens an open letter to the president listing five things he needs to know about Sweden before arriving.
Norwegians are harbouring some 35,000 snakes illegally in their homes, defying a national ban on keeping the animals as pets, a report by the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research has revealed.
Unemployment benefits are seen as a stigma in German society with a new study comparing prejudice faced by the jobless with racism in the United States.
Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, the world's oldest surviving bank and Italy's third biggest, said Wednesday that it cut its net loss to 380 million euros ($507 million) in the first half of the year.
With Pep Guardiola at the helm, Bayern Munich aim to continue European domination when the new Bundesliga season starts on Friday with rivals Borussia Dortmund out to knock the Bavarians off top spot.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said on Wednesday that he would not be addressing the Swedish sexual assault and rape allegations against him in his run for office in Australia, as "Australian men don't like to talk about their private lives".
A 40-year-old British woman gave birth Wednesday to the biggest baby ever born naturally in Spain — a girl weighing 6.2 kilos (13 pounds).
A Rolex watch belonging to the late Sopranos star James Gandolfini was allegedly snatched from his hotel room in Rome hours after he died.
Bundesliga players will undergo blood tests for the first time this season, it was announced late on Wednesday.
Two of those caught in this week's Gudvanga tunnel fire are still suffering acute cyanide poisoning, leading to shortages of the antidote at the hospital where they are being treated, VG has reported.
The school rebel is more likely to be a successful entrepreneur in later life, according to a German-Swedish study.
A long-lost silent film directed by Orson Welles in 1938 has been recovered from a warehouse in north-eastern Italy, where it will be screened in public for the first time in October.
Celtic progressed to the play-off round of the Champions League on Wednesday following a goalless draw with Elfsborg in the second leg of their third qualifying round tie.
Ecstatic organizers of a Swedish music festival said that Syrian singer Omar Souleyman has finally been granted a visa after an initial application was refused by Swedish authorities.