Switzerland's Roger Federer breezed past Argentina's Carlos Berlocq 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 on Thursday, taking another step closer to a first-ever US Open tennis showdown with long-time rival Rafael Nadal.
Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt eased to yet another comfortable 100-metre victory at the Diamond League meet in Zurich on Thursday.
Less than five years after moving its European headquarters to Switzerland from the UK, Yahoo is relocating the operations back to London and Ireland, the American internet company confirmed on Thursday.
Sweden has the world's tenth most efficient health care, according to a new study. While trailing several European neighbours, the average Swede can still expect to outlive an American by three years.
Geneva police nabbed a 42-year-old motorist driving a Ferrari in the Cannonball 2000 sports car rally for speeding at 195 kilometres an hour on the A-1 Motorway, the cantonal force said on Thursday.
France has already dispatched a warship and President Francois Hollande is talking tough about "punishing" Bashar al-Assad over a chemical weapons attack, but a poll on Thursday revealed the majority of French oppose military action by its armed forces.
Nervous nibbles alone do not explain the weight that people tend to gain when they give up smoking, Swiss researchers said Thursday, turning the spotlight instead on a bacterial shift in the intestines.
Actor George Clooney fell for Italy and the locals fell for him when he bought a villa in Laglio, on Lake Como, so much so he was made an honorary citizen. As he attends the Venice film festival this week, The Local takes a closer look at his love affair with Italy.
Is obesity caused by something other than the common explanations of a bad diet and lack of excercise? According to a new study carried out in France the probelem could be linked to levels of bacteria in the gut.
A domestic argument ended in tragedy when a father killed in son, leaving his daughter to find the body.
She's the outspoken astrophysicist who became the voice of Spain's 'brain drain' when she wrote an open letter to Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy recently. Meet Amaya Moro Martín, our Spanish Face of the Week.
Spain's struggling opposition socialist PSOE has been dealt a further blow with key MP Carme Chacón giving up her seat in Parliament to go and teach in the United States for a year.
Judges from Italy's supreme court who upheld a tax fraud sentence against Silvio Berlusconi said on Thursday that the billionaire former prime minister was no innocent victim as his defence had claimed.
A French court has ruled against a decision to set up a wind farm off the picturesque northern abbey island of Mont Saint Michel which could threaten the site's UNESCO World Heritage status, a lawyer said on Thursday.
A young seal has become a special attraction at a German zoo - she's escaped from her enclosure and is hanging out in the swan lake. She's been there for three weeks, happily eating fish left out for her, but refusing to be caught.
A turf war over gambling in Södertälje fomented gang rivalry, a drive-by shooting, one murder, plus a double homicide of two brothers - one a local football star. As Bernard Khouri is jailed for life, The Local draws up a timeline of the Swedish mafia war that terrorized the town of Södertälje.
Spain crisis-hit health care system has been named number one in Europe for spending efficiency by financial news giant Bloomberg.
An Italian court has ordered a priest and his parish to pay €700,000 compensation after he allegedly spent years sexually abusing a girl. The ruling has been hailed as a first of its kind in Italy by the family’s lawyer.
The French are known for being romantic, seductive and sexy, so it’s no wonder so many expats seek “l'amour” in France. But having a French lover is not always plain sailing, as our expat readers will tell you in this list of Top Ten complaints about having a French partner.
Comedian, TV mogul and political interviewer, Stefan Raab will be one of four hosts of Sunday's debate between Angela Merkel and her challenger Peer Steinbrück. The country's most famous former butcher is our German of the week.
Rome's MAXXI art museum said on Thursday it wanted a bigger role on the world stage with the appointment of its new Chinese-born artistic director Hou Hanru.
A group of anti-gay marriage ‘pilgrims’ have been barred from gathering in Paris this weekend. Police claim they were forced to resort to social networks to discover the group's plans. ‘The Watchmen’ have vowed to assemble anyway.
Liechtenstein's oldest bank revealed on Thursday the damage to profits from a deal to pay millions of dollars to settle a dispute over its alleged role in helping clients dodge US taxes.
Half-naked feminists took to the streets of Berlin on Thursday morning to protest outside the Ukrainian embassy.
The head of Södertälje's organized crime "Network" was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday, concluding the high-profile retrial that puts an end to one of Sweden's largest ever police investigations.
Spanish police said on Thursday they had arrested an 82-year-old man who fled Britain after being convicted of two counts of sexual assault and three of sexual activity with a child.
Siavosh Derakhti, a young Muslim from Malmö who has emerged as a leading figure in the fight against anti-Semitism and xenophobia in Sweden, picked up the first-ever Raoul Wallenberg Prize on Tuesday, making him our choice for Swede of the Week.
The town hall of La Línea, the Spanish municipality closest to Gibraltar, has set up a citizens' advice office for businessmen and shop owners who are losing money as a result of the ongoing dispute.
The Spanish Government is playing a game of wait and see on Syria but a top official hinted on Thursday that the country was likely to line up with its allies in the event of a military intervention in the war-torn country.
An artist who painted Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dimitry Medvedev in women's underwear has fled to Paris where he is applying for politican asylum from France, he claimed on Thursday.
As Södertälje's alleged mafia kingpin was jailed for life on Thursday, local authorities say police and social services have the recipe to fend off organized crime's re-establishment in the town.
UPDATE: A poll on Thursday showed Germans were against military intervention in Syria - as the government sought to tread a fine line between punishing the country's leadership for last week's gas attack and seeking a peaceful resolution.
Dubai police have arrested a former member of Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italy party.
Back in 1985, physiotherapist Nicole Walthert invented an exercise platform. So when Nintendo released its Wii Fit console, 23 years later, complete with a balance board, she was given "a shock". Now aged 75, she is suing the company for €20 million in damages for an alleged breach of patent.
Some of the best ways to escape speeding fines in Germany include driving a foreign car, living abroad and having an odd address. Figures from Hamburg show foreigners often get away scot free.
Hundreds of people descended on the Champs-de-Mars by the Eiffel Tower on Wednesday night as part of a huge flash mob. Find out what it was all in aid of.
In Stockholm, Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary on Thursday dismissed complaints from pilots about poor working conditions at the budget airline, as a new report emerged listing Ryanair as the worst in Sweden at repaying disgruntled customers.
Tourists at Barcelona's emblematic Parc Güell will have to pay an €8 ticket fee to gain access to the monumental area where most of Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí's work is found.
A thief in Harstad, near Tromsø, stripped a set of brand new tyres from a car, only to replace them with worn, but still functional tyres, presumably to make sure the owner could still drive home.
Volvo has revealed its latest model, boasting a touch-screen music streaming service and a sleek new look the company claims offers a "contemporary design with a Swedish twist".
A second German tourist has died following a drinking session in Indonesia – more than a week after his brother also died. But despite suggestions their booze could have been toxic bootleg, local police say they will not investigate.
Swedish defence policy suffers from a deep credibility crisis that has nothing to do with Russia, argues Uppsala University professor Stefan Hedlund, in response to reactions to a previous op-ed about Russia and the Swedish military.
Zurich Insurance Group said on Thursday its chairman had resigned with immediate effect following the suspected suicide death of the company's financial chief this week.
Spain's ruling Popular Party (PP) will kick out members who display fascist symbols or perform nazi-style salutes, the party announced on Wednesday.
Swiss tennis star Stanislas Wawrinka got off to a nervous start in the US Open on Wednesday but succeeded in fending off a challenge from Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic in three sets.
British secret services have been tapping into German telecommunication cables, giving them wider access to internet connections across Germany than previously thought, a newspaper reported on Wednesday night.
Swedish cheap'n'chic fashion giant H&M will open its first store in South Africa in 2015, its first foray into sub-Saharan Africa, the company announced on Thursday.
Over one hundred people responded when a Swedish radio station published a fake ad from a 14-year-old Swedish girl called Emma offering sexual services in exchange for money.
Bergen police are hunting the mystery arsonist behind 14 separate fires which were lit in the city on Wednesday night and Thursday morning.
Vive la France! Despite the talk about the French wanting to quit France it appears to be a popular country after all. After announcing a 14 percent rise in people gaining French nationality, the government wants to make it even easier.
A Bishop is up in arms after a group of women in skimpy outfits paraded behind a Cathedral in Abruzzo.
Tjostolv Moland, the Norwegian found dead in his cell in the Democratic Republic of Congo, most likely committed suicide, an investigation by Congolese authorities has concluded.
Spain's two-year, job-wrecking recession eased in the second quarter of 2013, official data showed on Thursday, as Madrid anticipated an imminent, export-powered end to the downturn.
German companies may punch above their weight in the world economy, but their names are often impossible to export globally - and they are ditching their umlauts to fit in.
The Italian government made more than 1,700 requests to Facebook in the first six months of the year to get information about users of the social network.
Barcelona lifted the first silverware of the Spanish season on away goals after a 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid in the second-leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Wednesday night.
Norway's most notorious Islamic militant has told supporters to back Norway's Labour Party in the coming election, in what must rank as one of the most unwelcome endorsements in the country's political history.
An anti-aircraft frigate from the French Navy was dispatched in the direction of Syria on Thursday morning according to reports as the West appears to be preparing for a military strike against Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
The crowds inside and out were a tell-tale sign this was a biggie. The line-up's last and streamed live, Tiger served up a bit of Scottish punk. Feeling that autumn chill? One of Sweden’s most established of brands ensured a packed-out, hot and sweaty tent.
Italy's bickering coalition clinched a deal on Wednesday to scrap an unpopular property tax, staving off the prospect of a government collapse under pressure from Silvio Berlusconi.
Nato-member Norway has ruled out taking part in any attack on Syria unless it is backed by a mandate from the United Nations.
A teenager has successfully persuaded Germany's highest court to slap down a judge who said he should be put on the national sex offenders register - because he groped his teenage girlfriend and left a love-bite on her neck.
The launch pad for the bombing of Libya, Italy is now marking itself out from key allies with a stand against participation in military action in Syria.
For most people in France the miserable cold and wet spring is a just a distant memory thanks to the return of the sun in July and August. But it is still a source of frustration for the country's wine growers who are facing one of the worst harvests in decades.
The principal of the elite Swedish boarding school Lundsbergs was sacked on Wednesday night and school's entire board resigned in the latest fallout following a hazing scandal in which two students were burned with irons at the weekend.
The Norwegian neo-Nazi who was arrested in July on suspicion of preparing a terrorist attack, could face expulsion from France on charges of inciting racial hatred and glorifying war crimes, French magistrates said on Wednesday.
Five of Germany's 29 main airports have "serious safety defects", the country's pilot union said on Wednesday. Among the worst offenders were Weeze, near the Dutch border, and Memmingen near Munich.
Skype, the internet messaging service co-founded by Swedish IT entrepreneur Niklas Zennström, has shrunk the world in ways few people anticipated, evolving into an essential part of life for those who live far away from family and friends.
Swedish construction firm Skanska has been named in the builder blacklist scandal currently making its way through the British courts, with disgruntled builders demanding compensation after being denied jobs due to union affiliations.