A 42-year-old British skydiver famous for performing a James Bond stunt at the London Olympics died on Wednesday while wingsuit flying in the Trient region of the canton of Valais in the Swiss Alps.
A 48-year-old Swiss man admits to shooting and killing his brother during a property dispute on Tuesday at the family’s estate in the canton of Solothurn.
A court in Perpignan, south-western France on Wednesday found three pro-Palestinian activists not guilty of discrimination and hate crimes, after they called for a boycott of Israeli products during a protest at a shopping centre.
While French ministers hailed new figures that showed France's economy had unexpectedly clawed itself out of recession, analysts told The Local that the good news could actually make things worse in the long run and was certainly not cause to celebrate.
Father Paolo Dall'Oglio has been killed by an Islamic group, more than two weeks after he went missing, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Wednesday.
She shot to fame in May for playing a blue-haired lesbian in the award-winning 'Blue is the Warmest Colour,' but this week, Léa Seydoux was at the centre of a 'lesbophobia' storm when she implied that lesbians were not as beautiful as straight women.
The head of Germany's national train operator has phoned railway signallers in a desperate bid to persuade enough of them to come back from holiday and stop transport chaos caused by understaffing.
A Sicilian politician and anti-mafia commissioner has lambasted restaurants in Denmark for naming pizzas and sandwiches after the notorious crime gang after stumbling across an Al Capone pizza in Copenhagen.
Insurance giant Swiss Life on Wednesday posted a near 30-percent rise in net profits for the first half of 2013 from the same period a year earlier, attributing the boost to a solid performance in all areas and to strict management of margins.
Silvio Berlusconi's lawyer said on Wednesday he believed the former premier would request and could be granted a presidential pardon following his tax fraud conviction, sparking a heated debate in Italy.
A British woman has died after a fall whilst walking in the French Alps. The death comes just a day after four climbers, two Italians and two French nationals, died in separate Alps accidents.
Months after allegedly mauling a policeman a French Minister's German Shepherd, named Dixie, was back in the dog house this week after biting a child playing on a beach. However Michèle Delaunay slammed the media for exaggerating the incident.
With August temperatures topping 40C, the president of Rome's zoo has called for animals to be fed refreshing watermelon. View The Local's gallery of feeding time at the zoo.
In scenes more akin to a Hollywood film, a 65-year old crime gang member was chased by police on the streets of Rome on Wednesday morning.
Due to the historic murders of Prime Minister Olof Palme and Foreign Minister Anna Lindh, Sweden has been labelled as a "high risk" country by a US security team in the lead-up to President Obama's official visit in September.
Lanzarote's town hall is rallying public opposition against Repsol's plans to explore for oil 40 kilometres off the island’s coast after the Spanish multinational admitted there was a “moderate” risk of a spill.
From registering an address to getting health insurance, those new in Germany will quickly discover that it is a country where bureaucracy and paperwork are still king. This week’s Local List offers seven crucial tips to stop it ruining your life.
A visit to the ever-popular Swedish sing-along show Allsång på Skansen causes German reporter Steffen Daniel Meyer to note that Swedes, just like Germans, cling to a dated family show, and wonder if trying to please everyone results in pleasing no one?
Legendary Swedish glass blowers Orrefors have failed to find a new owner, sealing plans to move production away from the country's "crystal kingdom".
Find movies playing in English in Germany with The Local’s cinema guide.
A British man has been found dead after allegedly attacking his ex-partner in the southern Spanish town of Mijas, an assault he believed ended in the woman's death.
The parents of a 23-year-old holidaymaker, killed in Sicily, were shocked to hear their son was buried in the southern Italian island without their knowledge, and after police assumed he was a "homeless African immigrant".
Zurich-based FIFA, football's world governing body, wants 2018 World Cup hosts Russia to explain in more detail its controversial new law banning "homosexual propaganda" after criticism from athletes and activists.
An Italian mother allegedly sent her three-year-old daughter to beg from tourists in the plush seaside town of Santa Margherita Ligure, in Liguria, while she chatted to friends in a bar.
Authorities warned travellers on Wednesday to expect delays over the coming days between Paris and Charles de Gaulle airport because of works taking place on RER line B.
The Swedish authorities could step in and confiscate a cat called Ove and try to get him to breed with a Stockholm woman's cat, after she reported a contract breach and fears her love-sick pet cat will start misbehaving soon.
Three areas in Bavaria will see their public holidays trimmed by a day next year - because there are not enough Catholics to justify them. Instead of having a day off, everyone in the affected districts will have to head into work.
Berlin is debating whether to protect the giant, Soviet-era, office blocks at Alexanderplatz. Some argue they are an important part of the city's history, despite being old and ugly. Should they be listed or demolished? Have your say.
A new law will tackle head-on the issue of violence against women, according to the Italian government. But as the number of victims continues to rise, is Italy really doing enough? The Local spoke to some Italian campaigners to find out.
Switzerland, which prides itself on its humanitarian principles, is facing a barrage of criticism over its treatment of asylum seekers, including charges of segregation and inhumane living conditions.
Far-right groups from across Europe are set descend on Milan for a weekend of "debate, concerts and tattoos".
Norway's food standards authority has banned a fisherman from displaying live crabs because they might get "sea-sick".
A Labour party veteran has unleashed a political storm in Norway, describing Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg as "evasive" and unreliable in a venom-filled autobiography released just weeks before the general election.
Catalonia's Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya (ERC) party has sent a letter of support to Gibraltar's Chief Minister in the wake of the territory's row with Spain.
Patriotic French consumers might be willing to pay a little extra for “Made In France,” products but at what price? A new study suggests that replacing cheaper foreign-made products with Gallic goods would cost households hundreds of euros more each month.
Bees and wasps near Koblenz missed a trick early on Wednesday when a truck carrying honey spilled 2,000 litres of the sweet stuff all over the road. Busy firefighters managed to clear it away before dawn, denying insects a feast.
A Valencia man who posed as a secret agent managed to convince his budding recruits they could join the service in return for sexual favours, money and jewellery.
While one-third of 16-year-old boys in Sweden has reported watching more porn than they would like to, one in ten of their peers says they access pornography every day, a new study has found.
Comments by Israel's ambassador to Sweden comparing recently-released Palestinian prisoners to Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik has left relatives of victims of the Utøya massacre seething.
A 56-year-old Chinese woman who ran two massage parlours in Geneva remains in custody for alleged encouragement of prostitution, money laundering, violation of the law on foreigners and other charges.
Computer games may have cut youth crime in Norway by as much as a quarter over the last decade, social research outfit Nova has argued on the release of Norway's latest crime statistics.
Almost every expat who comes to Paris tells of the same woeful tale. Ridiculous paperwork, lack of apartments and unscrupulous landlords are just some of the reasons why finding a flat in the capital can be a nightmare. Here's some top tips to help ease the pain.
Israel's ambassador to Sweden has been attacked by victims of Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik for comparing the release of Palestinian prisoners to setting the far-right terrorist free.
The driver of a bus which crashed in southern Italy last month, killing 39 people, had not taken any drugs or alcohol, an autopsy has found.
Germany has led the troubled eurozone out of recession after recording faster than expected economic growth, figures released on Wednesday suggested.
A Swedish man made headlines on Wednesday after he managed to film a tornado framed by a rainbow over the Baltic Sea, but admitted with disappointment that the natural phenomenon was "definitely not" a Sharknado.
Switzerland’s Roger Federer made a comeback at the Cincinnati Masters tennis tournament on Tuesday after dealing with back pain in recent weeks.
Swedish parliamentarians access their email through three US-based servers, allowing American surveillance authorities access to all their correspondance.
A study by a French internet watchdog should spark concern for web users across the world after it revealed that around one fifth of online sites provide users with no information about how their personal data is being protected from online fraudsters.
German discus hero Robert Harting defended his title on Tuesday night to take his third world title in a row with a throw of more than 69 metres at the Athletics World Championships in Moscow.
Angry French poultry farmers laid down an ultimatum to the government on Tuesday. If the price of eggs does not rise in two weeks, they will resume a rampage that saw them smash 200,000 eggs in a matter of days earlier this month.
Former high officials of Spain's ruling Popular Party (PP) on Tuesday admitted to Spain's High Court they had failed to control party funding but denied any knowledge of an illegal slush fund.
An 18-year-old man from the Baltic island of Gotland has been convicted after sending a friend request on Facebook.
Siv Jensen, the leader of Norway's anti-immigration Progress Party, ￼has received an unlikely endorsement -- from the country's global hip-hop sensation Madcon.
It looks like President François Hollande was right after all. The head of state was ridiculed last month for suggesting the French economy was finally on the move, but figures released on Wednesday confirmed his instincts.
The German care industry is so large, complicated and is growing so fast that it has become a danger zone for corruption, Transparency International warned on Tuesday.
Barcelona went against type by playing their trump card in the transfer market early this year and securing the services of Brazilian star Neymar for 57 million euros ($75.7 million, £49.5 million) back in May.
It's August, the end of summer is near, and Swedes have only one thing on their minds - crayfish.
A sperm whale trapped for a week in a bay near Bergen has been freed after residents mounted a dramatic rescue mission.
A politician who helped steer East Germany's communist party into democracy after the Berlin Wall fell, Lothar Bisky, died on Tuesday aged 71.
A pastor from central Sweden has been convicted of buying sex from a prostitute after being nabbed when police broke up a major pimping operation.