A Swiss base jumper set a world record by plunging from a 4,060-metre high peak on the Jungfrau mountain in the Bernese Alps and landing in a valley far below, local media reported this week.
New Zealand shot put great Valerie Adams' dominance of the event continued Wednesday as she recorded the best throw of the season in Zurich.
After retrieving 2,400 wooden poles from Lake Geneva that served as stilts for wooden buildings from the Bronze Age, archeologists recently pitched all but 150 of them back in the water over a dispute with the cantonal government.
Jamaican sprint sensation Usain Bolt will headline a sparkling line-up for the Zurich leg of the Diamond League track and field event on Thursday.
The mayor of Milan has said he will use "all legal measures" possible to stop European far-right groups meeting in the city next month. The Local spoke to an extremism expert to find out if this is the best - and most democratic - response.
The daughter of mafia boss Totò Riina, who ordered the killing of prosecutors Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino in a 1992 bombing, has said she is "proud" to share his surname.
Some 20,000 revellers pelted each other with 130 tonnes (286 thousand pounds) of squashed tomatoes Wednesday in a rain-drenched annual Spanish food fight known as the Tomatina, but this year they had to pay to join the fun.
French prosecutors have opened a formal investigation into a recent flurry of homophobic tweets, after a French group fighting anti-gay hate speech filed a complaint against Twitter, legal sources revealed on Wednesday.
The Swiss government agreed on Wednesday to a new plan aimed at halting Washington's legal action against banks in Switzerland suspected of stashing cash for American tax dodgers.
The infamous Norwegian neo-Nazi Kristian “Varg” Vikernes, who was initially arrested in July on suspicion of preparing a terrorist attack, is set to face trial in France on charges of inciting racial hatred and glorifying war crimes.
This week, The Local talks to financial adviser and deVere Group Senior Area Manager for Spain and Portugal Andy Oliver about common mistakes expats make with their money, whether investing in Spain is a good idea right now, and the joys of having time for a proper family life.
Students sobbed while others expressed their anger on Wednesday over news that scandal-hit boarding school Lundsbergs would be closed temporarily in the wake of the most recent hazing scandal.
Italy's billionaire former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi said on Wednesday he will appeal to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg over a tax fraud conviction delivered this month.
A court in Paris has opened a formal investigation into the PRISM program of electronic surveillance run by the US National Security Agency, and revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden, it emerged on Wednesday.
A Spanish court on Wednesday postponed a hearing of a paedophile who was controversially pardoned by the King of Morocco, after the suspect's accuser disappeared, an official said.
Shocktastic Miley Cyrus is not the only one who can do morally questionable things to teddybears. As Stockholm Fashion Week wrapped up, Swedish designer Bea Szenfeld put her patent paw to outlandish fashion.
The German government made almost 2,000 requests to Facebook in the first six months of the year to get information about users of the social network.
The dating game can be a minefield, particularly in a foreign country. In this week's Local List we look at five reasons you should (and shouldn't) date a German.
Summer came to an electric end in Italy on Tuesday as 40,000 lightning strikes rained down on the country, an expert told The Local.
Find movies playing in English in Germany with The Local’s cinema guide.
Foreigners in Italy beware: playing bingo, snacking while sitting on the steps of a monument and feeding pigeons at Venice's St Mark's Square may seem innocent enough, but they carry hefty fines if caught.
France on Wednesday rejected a Swiss extradition request for a suspected member of the infamous Pink Panther gang of international jewel thieves who was arrested earlier this month.
A Swedish court has ruled that a man acted unlawfully when he strangled two women during sex until they fainted, even though the act was consensual.
The mother of two has already managed to collect 196,000 signatures for a campaign she hopes will make the Spanish government drop textbook prices and introduce book banks.
Of more than 70 French historical figures honoured with burial in the Pantheon in Paris, only two are women. As authorities prepare to pick the next, feminists are waging a campaign to have the remains of five great French women moved to the famous mausoleum.
A Dubai-based court dismissed a Kuwaiti sheikh's complaint that UBS failed to pay him $21.4 million as promised for helping the Swiss bank arrange an asset sale by telecom operator Zain.
On the final day of Stockholm Fashion Week, a designer presentation held in respectable art auctioneers Bukowkis in central Stockholm showcased an army of subtle sartorial elegance.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said, a month before elections, that struggling Greece should never have been allowed into the eurozone, blaming her political rivals for letting it happen.
A Spanish bullfighter has been whacked with a €3,200 fine for refusing to kill two bulls at an event in Andalusia.
Sweden's School Inspectorate (Skolinspektionen) has decided to close temporarily the scandal-hit boarding school Lundsbergs, after reports that two students were burned with an iron in a hazing ritual.
A British soldier died on Wednesday after falling 1,000 metres from close to the top of Mont Blanc, according to local media reports.
A possible French military intervention in Syria will be debated by French deputies next week during an emergency session on the crisis. President Francois Hollande has warned he is "ready to punish" those responsible for the recent chemical weapons attack.
A British climber died on Wednesday after a 1,000-metre fall from near the peak of Mont Blanc, Italian news agency ANSA reported.
John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Cate Blanchett and Michael Douglas are among the stars who will tread the red carpet at France's 39th Deauville film festival, which kicks off on Friday.
A treatment programme for a 17-year-old violent offender in Zurich allows him to live in a four-room apartment while receiving lessons from a Thai boxing champion with a 10-person support team at as cost of 29,000 francs a month.
Spain's ruling Popular Party (PP) has vetoed the opposition's attempts to have Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy testify in court in a corruption case involving former party treasurer Luis Bárcenas.
A life-threatening, flesh-eating bacteria is spreading in northern Stockholm, where hospital staff have recorded an immense spike in the number of cases in recent years.
A Syrian refugee gave birth at sea on her way to Italy as the number of arrivals fleeing the war-torn country this year rose to nearly 3,000 people, officials said.
Staff at a German auction house have reacted with shock over the “preposterous” arrest of their director, accused of stealing hundreds of precious volumes from one of Italy’s most treasured libraries.
A senior police officer has attempted to get a court to recognize an illness called “temperature shock” after he fell ill hunting for a peeping tom in a sauna.
Norway's Conservative Party has jumped on the rainbow protest bandwagon, with party activists filling in the zebra crossing outside Oslo's Russian embassy in gay colours.
A gang of angry drunken elk barred a man from entering his home in suburban Stockholm on Tuesday, leaving the frightened homeowner no choice but to call police for help.
Researchers from Lund University in southern Sweden have confirmed the existence of an element - the 115th on the periodic table - which is "super-heavy" and still nameless.
Spain's two-time basketball Olympic silver medalist Pau Gasol will be part of the final presentation team from Madrid's 2020 Olympic Games bid team, it was announced on Tuesday.
Norwegian state oil company Statoil has made a third discovery off Newfoundland, raising hopes that the area could become a major new province for the company.
The Tour Montparnasse, the most famous skyscraper in the French capital, has been hit by new asbestos fears with workers having to be evacuated and companies deserting its office space.
A Spanish mayor has stirred up the Gibraltar affair after posting on his Facebook profile a photoshopped image of Spanish troops and planes invading the diminutive British territory.
Staff at a German auction house have reacted with shock over the "preposterous" arrest of their director, who is accused of stealing hundreds of precious volumes, some of which date back to the sixth century, from one of Italy's most treasured libraries.
A Juventus supporter stole thousands of euros from a bank in Puglia after telling his wife he was off to a football match.
A holiday-maker in south-western France got an unexpected ‘blast from the past’ this week, after a bomb dating from World War II detonated and left him with burns to his body.
The Local's Richard Orange gets activists from the three main parties to say what they could do for foreigners living and working in the country (although, unless you're a Norwegian citizen, you won't actually be able to vote).
A child and four adults died in a light aircraft crash in western Germany on Tuesday afternoon. Three other children survived the accident.
Spain's economy performed more poorly in 2012 than previously reported with the country's national statistics institute (the INE) revising down its gross domestic product (GDP) growth figure to –1.6 percent.
A 14-year-old Norwegian girl trapped in the Gaza strip has surprised foreign minister Espen Barth Eide on his visit to the region, begging him to lobby Israel to let her return home.
Norway's Conservatives plan to make those receiving welfare payments do menial jobs like shovelling snow, chopping wood, and collecting rubbish, under a new plan to make the jobless work for their money.
Germany's finance minister said on Tuesday that in a "strong" Europe every country must do its "duty" and not ask its partners to stump up more money.
The number of jobseekers in France rose for the 27th consecutive month in July to reach a new record, but the Socialist government described the moderate 0.2 percent increase on the previous month as "encouraging".
Over half of German women are unhappy with the level of gender equality in their country, a survey released on Tuesday revealed.
A Norwegian former member of the Church of Scientology cult has claimed that she auditioned to become the new wife of Mission Impossible star Tom Cruise.
The French Prime Minister put an end to all the speculation on Tuesday when he unveiled his long-awaited programme to reform the country's debt-ridden pension system. The announcement is unlikely to go down well with many unions.
German car manufacturer Mercedes was celebrating on Tueday after France's top administrative court overruled a contentious government decision to ban the sale of some top-end models on environmental grounds.
An "ideal city" inspired by Renaissance humanism off the beaten track in the Tuscan hills is finding new fans with 15th century urban planning that still appeals to today's city dwellers.
The Venice film festival kicks off Wednesday with the arrival of movie stars on water taxis for a dark line-up flush with fiendish tales of abuse, betrayal and survival.
Day care, (dagis in Swedish), can be a minefield of tears, tantrums, and transformations - and that's just the parents. The Local's Patrick Reilly draws on his own experience as a father to provide the top ten tips to surviving.
Whyred's love of contrasts was evident on Tuesday, not in the differences between men and women – as the collection was, as to be expected, largely androgynous – but in a smart vs. casual approach for the boys with undertones youth discontent.
Swedish prosecutors have decided to charge a 22-year-old man for honking his horn outside the Fittja mosque in Stockholm, citing his intention to disturb the Muslim congregation.
AstraZeneca said on Tuesday that it has agreed to buy US-based cancer drugs company Amplimmune, as the Anglo-Swedish pharmaceuticals group seeks to bolster its flagging pipeline of new products.
The interim Czech government said it plans to renew its lease of JAS Gripen fighter jets, while a parliamentary committee in Switzerland said yes to a proposed 23 billion kronor ($3.5 billion) purchase of the Swedish-made warplanes.