Extreme trail runner Kilian Jornet notched another stunning record on Wednesday by sprinting up and down Switzerland’s iconic Matterhorn in less than three hours after starting from the Italian village of Cervinia.
The opposition Social Democrats plan to take down the minority Centre Party in the ratings in order to weaken the government ahead of next year's elections, Swedish media reported on Wednesday.
In September Italian politicians will resume debate over an anti-homophobia law, just weeks after the suicide of a gay teen. The Local speaks to gay rights activists about what more can be done - and why some Italians stand opposed.
Madonna paid a surprise visit to the Rome branch of her gym centre, Hard Candy Fitness, on Wednesday evening - much to the delight of the singer's Italian fans.
Hundreds of thousands of bugs have driven a Bavarian family out of their home, forcing them to sleep in a tent in their garden.
A Los Angeles food stand and catering company offering traditional Spanish cuisine has become a Hollywood star and now counts Steven Spielberg, Paul Thomas Anderson, Katherine Bigelow and Lena Headey among its loyal customers.
Fire struck a historical Bahraini-owned urban mansion in the centre of Paris on Wednesday afternoon, sending spectacular billows of smoke dozens of metres into the sky above the French capital.
Being one of the most popular destinations in the world, the tourism industry in the south of France is not an easy market to crack. But here The Local speaks to two expat entrepreneurs who, thanks to quirky ideas, battled their way through red tape to stand out from the competition.
Gay rights activists have re-painted a zebra crossing outside Russia's embassy in Oslo in bright rainbow colours in protest against new anti-gay laws introduced in June.
There can be no better way to learn about Germany than working in the country, so for this week's Local List we have come up with ten top gap year jobs for those with time on their hands come September.
A socialist MP has proposed hitting criminals in the pocket with compulsory €10 fines that would help pay the costs of victim support. The mastermind of the scheme has labelled it a “civic-minded approach” to crime.
German taxpayers will have to brace themselves for higher rates to plug holes in the budgets of local authorities, according to research released on Wednesday.
UPDATE: A man who killed two people and injured five others in a shooting on Tuesday went on the rampage following an argument about utility bills.
Kids back to school this week? Need some new ideas for school essentials? Fret not for The Local's self-proclaimed style boffin Victoria Hussey knows just how to solve your school style problems.
Find movies playing in English in Germany with The Local’s cinema guide.
A school teacher in the northern Piedmont region has been arrested, accused of having sex with students under the promise of improving their grades.
A jogger in the town of Lecce in the southern region of Puglia has caused outrage after he was captured on camera flinging three puppies across a street. The man was arrested after the video appeared on YouTube.
French police have arrested a suspected member of the infamous Pink Panther gang of international jewel thieves who had been on the run since escaping from a Swiss prison near Lausanne in May.
Thieves in eastern Sweden have been left red-faced after their loot of Ben & Jerry's ice cream worth 9,000 kronor ($1,380) melted during their failed getaway.
A new tax on solar power introduced two weeks ago by the Spanish government has been described as "ludicrous" and "stupid" in two leading international publications.
Catastrophes cost global insurers more than $20 billion in just the first six months of 2013, including $17 billion for natural disasters alone, Switzerland-based reinsurance giant Swiss Re said on Wednesday.
Sweden's Foreign Ministry confirmed on Wednesday that a Swedish woman was shot and injured in Mogadishu, with additional reports that a Swedish man was killed in the attack in which a third man also died.
Even critics of Facebook will find it hard not to 'Like' this story. A French pensioner, fearing cancer would end her life prematurely, managed to achieve her dream of tracking down her two long-lost sisters, thanks to the social media site.
As the general election looms, Germany's Social Democrats seem unable to pull themselves out of the mire, hitting a yearly low in a poll released on Wednesday.
Football player Mario Balotelli has made it to the cover of US magazine Sports Illustrated, taking the opportunity to criticize Italy's "stupid" citizenship law.
French police have arrested a suspected member of the infamous Pink Panther gang of international jewel thieves who had been on the run since escaping from a Swiss prison in May.
International Cycling Union (UCI) president Pat McQuaid received a blow on Wednesday to his bid to win a third term in the role as the Swiss Cycling Federation withdrew its backing for his candidacy.
A US man who woke from a coma in a California motel room only speaking Swedish returned to Sweden on Tuesday, where he was reunited with a girlfriend he had in 1984.
Germany's top human rights official has sharply criticised the British government for its crackdown on the Guardian newspaper over its publication of US security secrets leaked by Edward Snowden.
The youth wing of Spain's ruling Popular Party (PP) has opened an internal investigation after several of its members were photographed performing Nazi-style salutes and posing with fascist flags.
Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano on Wednesday recounted the terrifying minutes last month when he felt he was drowning in his spacesuit after it sprang a still unexplained leak during a spacewalk.
Around 200 people have been forced to flee from yet another forest fire raging on the Spanish holiday island of Majorca, local authorities reported on Wednesday.
A late summer BBQ in the south of France ended in horrific circumstances on Tuesday night, when a man in his 50s was reportedly burned alive in his apartment after an accident with his balcony grill.
A divisive bill that affects France’s legion of self-employed “auto-entrepreneurs” will be presented to government ministers on Wednesday, amid concerns the changes will put many out of business.
A mayor in the northern Italian region of Abruzzo is spearheading a campaign to bring sex boxes to Italy, allowing prostitutes to ply their trade away from the streets.
Madrid Town Hall has declared the capital's central district an "acoustic protection zone" in a bid to protect city dwellers from mediocre melodies played by amateur street musicians.
Officials in Basel were forced to clarify an announced ban on high-speed electric bikes in the city centre starting next year.
Staff at a correctional services psychiatric facility in Växsjö are grappling with a surge in narcotics after inmates gained the right to use mobile phones.
Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to resign was inspired by God, an anonymous source quoted the pontiff as saying. The revelation was apparently made in a private conversation a few weeks ago.
The MP for the ruling Popular Party government in Madrid, Cristina Cifuentes, is in critical condition after being knocked off her scooter by a car.
The parents of a German intern who died after allegedly working a 72-hour shift at a London bank have paid tribute to their son describing him as their "sunshine".
Norway's Progress Party has warned that the centre-right's refusal to join them in a coalition risks keeping the left-wing in government.
Nationalized Spanish lender Catalunya Banc plans to lay off 2,453 workers, nearly a third of its workforce, under a eurozone bailout deal for Spain's banks, a union source said on Tuesday.
Germany's breweries have allegedly been conspiring to fix beer prices for the past 20 years in a scandal more widespread than initially thought, a report has revealed. They could now face hundreds of millions of euros in fines.
Forty years after a Swedish hostage drama gave rise to the term "Stockholm Syndrome", the phenomenon is still being used, and misused, to explain the reactions of kidnap victims.
Five government ministers headed to the crime plagued city of Marseille on Monday, pledging action and reinforcements to tackle the rampant gun violence that claimed yet another victim this week.
Staff at Milan’s luxury phone shop Vertu stopped a ten-year-old in an Inter Milan football shirt stealing a handset worth €7,900, local media reported.
Ryanair has threatened to sue a Swedish newspaper for publishing allegations about poor working conditions for pilots at the budget airline.
Tuscan bread will now join Italy’s exclusive band of D.O.P products whose names are protected by EU law – a status which guarantees the authenticity of speciality foods from a specific geographic origin.
The crime season in the Mediterranean resort of Cannes continued this week when thieves helped themselves to a €70,000 diamond ring from an upmarket jewellery store.
A Catholic priest has admitted to abusing a 15-year-old girl in Bergen in the latest sex scandal to hit the church in Norway.
With summer drawing to a close and temperatures starting to drop, The Local offers up a list of Stockholm pubs where you can sample some of very best British, Irish, and home-grown pub grub to warm your cockles in the Swedish capital.
A Chechen man held for stealing luxury cars made a dramatic cuffed get-away on Tuesday, breaking loose from police outside the courtroom and then leaping onto a waiting motorcycle.
Angela Merkel became the first German chancellor to visit the former Nazi concentration camp Dachau on Tuesday but critics slammed her decision to include the stop on an election tour - and head to a beer tent afterwards.
Sweden's justice minister on Tuesday met with activists who convinced thousands of women to wear headscarves this week to protest an alleged attack on a Muslim woman who wore a hijab.
Joshua French, the Norwegian who found his jail-mate Tjostolv Moland dead on Sunday, has paid moving tribute to his friend in an interview with Norway's Dagbladet newspaper.