Iran nuclear talks may resume in Geneva in October, the Swiss foreign minister said on Tuesday in an interview with Swiss public radio.
Switzerland topped a global ranking released on Tuesday of energy efficiency, access to resources and environmental sustainability.
An excursion boat ran aground on the River Aare in the canton of Solothurn on Tuesday forcing 148 passengers to board another vessel.
Crooks who claimed to be holding hostage the family of a man employed at a UBS branch in downtown Geneva on Tuesday demanded and obtained a reported ransom of one million francs from the bank employee.
Credit Suisse says it plans to close some clients' accounts as it focuses on high-value customers in some countries and pulls out of others altogether.
The spelling is ridiculous, the accents are impossible and then there are all those irregular plurals. Is it any wonder Spanish students learning English sometimes just want to give up?
Compact and bijou wooden huts measuring just ten metres squared are set to grace the university town of Lund in southern Sweden in a move to help to ease a perennial housing shortage and cut housing costs.
The 28-year-old fiancée of Silvio Berlusconi, Francesca Pascale, was a child when she decided to chase after the billionaire, she said in a magazine interview.
Passengers will not be compensated by airlines for delays caused by bird strikes, Germany’s top court ruled on Tuesday.
Voters abandoned Germany's Liberal party in their droves on Sunday after the party spent four years in coalition with the Conservative CDU. The result should be a stark warning to Britain's Liberal Democrats, argues The Local's Tom Bristow.
Cat-lovers are flocking to one place only these days – the Café des Chats in Paris, where customers can stroke a kitty while sipping a cappuccino. Curiosity got the better of The Local, so we had a peek around, and brought a camera with us.
The Swedish police have admitted that they "have badly handled" the situation regarding the existence of a registry of members of the Roma community, promising a full investigation into the matter.
The French President François Hollande headed to the UN in New York on Tuesday, where he will give his first major interview to an Anglo TV channel, when he answers questions for CNN. It has been seen as an attempt to reassert France’s position on the global scene.
Hospital budget cuts and new charges for medicine are blocking healthcare access to hundreds of thousands of people in Spain, including the seriously ill, a top health charity warned on Tuesday.
This eight-room villa in Gothenburg might just be the Seventh Heaven of modern Scandinavian style. And it's on the market, complete with pool and ocean views. Take a look inside.
Sweden's Volvo Group, the world's second biggest lorry manufacturer, announced Tuesday a 5 billion kronor ($780 million) restructuring plan over two years.
Much of the world seems to be under the impression that Sweden now allows public masturbation, likely due in part to a small but crucial error in a quote that appeared on The Local. Managing Editor James Savage sets the record straight.
French working culture was once again at the centre of debate this week after trade unions won a court battle to force cosmetics maker Sephora to close its flagship Paris store on the Champs-Elysées by 9pm, stopping staff from working longer hours for extra pay.
People wishing to use the toilets at Madrid's massive Atocha rail station will soon have to pay for the privilege, Spain's national rail infrastructure company announced on Tuesday.
The Israeli Holocaust museum, Yad Vashem, has honoured an Italian cyclist who risked his life to save Jews during the Second World War.
A Munich taxi driver molested an American tourist on Sunday night, as she travelled back to her hotel after a day's drinking at Oktoberfest.
The trial of six German naval sailors accused of mutiny by writing racist slurs on a superior officers legs after tying him to a table opened on Tuesday with a confession - it had all been a revenge prank.
Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez has defended his policy of signing the best players in the world for huge transfer fees by claiming they make the club money in the long run.
A well-established Swedish auction house owned by Sweden's Antiques Roadshow expert Knut Knutson is being investigated for trading illegal ivory.
US aluminium giant Alcoa is looking at selling two production sites in Spain and its sole plant in France, the head of the French facility said on Monday.
More and more mixed groups of 16 to 24-year-old guys and girls in Spain's capital are swapping discos for brothels, a new study shows.
A Madrid martial arts extravaganza featuring Austrian movie star and bodybuilding legend Arnold Schwarzenegger is under fire with Spain's sports authorities saying organizers haven't meet minimum safety requirements.
A doctor in Stockholm appeared in court on Tuesday to face charges that he sexually abused two boys and filmed the assaults which he has argued were medical examinations.
A French appeal court on Tuesday threw out a bid by former president Nicolas Sarkozy to have corruption charges linked to his 2007 election campaign dropped.
The proceeds of Norway's largest ever bank heist have been used to finance an enormous drugs smuggling network, the country's police now believe.
Authorities in the canton of Saint Gallen are planning to install surveillance cameras in the woods in a bid to capture stray dogs that are killing — and eating — deer and sheep.
A group of 75 Syrian refugees have disappeared from their emergency accommodation, days after German authorities caught them trying to cross into Denmark.
The daughter and son-in-law of a mafia boss who was once Silvio Berlusconi's stable keeper have been arrested in Milan.
A private plane crashed near Lyon on Tuesday, killing all four people on board. The aircraft burst into flames when it crashed into a field shortly after take off from an aerodrome near the city in central France.
The search for two bodies still missing 20 months after Italy's Costa Concordia cruise ship tragedy began on Tuesday off the island of Giglio, Italy's civil protection agency said.
Spain's Telefonica has reached a deal to raise its stake in the shareholding pact that controls Telecom Italia, increasing its grip on the beleaguered Italian phone company.
Spain's Telefonica has reached a deal to raise its stake in the shareholding pact that controls Telecom Italia, increasing its hold on the beleaguered Italian phone company.
A Norwegian man has been crowned the world's best disco dancer at the Disco Freestyle World Championship in Germany.
Sweden's first lobster haul snapped up 28,000 kronor ($4,300) per kilogramme at auction on Tuesday, a drastic drop from the first catch of last season which pulled in a record 102,000 kronor.
Some 44 kilos of gold bars, worth €1.5 million, are believed to have been stolen from a recent Air France flight from Paris to Zurich. The theft comes as suspicions mount that Air France staff were complicit in a recent €200 million cocaine smuggling operation.
Italy's president Giorgio Napolitano said the country is slowly recovering from its longest ever recession, Italian media reported.
America's credit union regulator has filed an anti-trust lawsuit against UBS, Credit Suisse and 11 other international banks as part of the global crackdown in the Libor rate-rigging scandal.
"Spain is out of the recession but not the crisis," Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy told US newspaper The Wall Street Journal on Monday in an hour-long interview about the state of the country's economy.
Seaweed yes, even jellyfish, but a three-metre shark is not what you’d expect to find washed up on a beach in Brittany, west France. But we might have to get used to it because sharks could become a more common sight off the coast of north-western France in the future.
Norway's Queen Sonja yesterday was in Scotland on Monday to open a new, architecturally inspiring, Norway-designed cancer centre.
Former minister Gunilla Carlsson, who resigned last week, had her monthly salary of 121,000 kronor ($19,000) paid for the last four years with money which was supposed to be spent on aid.
A schoolteacher went on trial in southern France on Tuesday, charged with manslaughter over an incident where one of her pupils, aged 11, was found hanged in the corridor, after she called him “useless” and sent him out of the classroom.
In this week's edition of My Spanish Career, The Local talks to Madrid-based English teacher Lena Williams about what qualifications you need, the positives and negatives of teaching in Spain and why the crisis means English teachers are more in demand than ever.
The FDP meltdown continued late on Monday as the entire party leadership announced they would step down following Sunday's historic defeat. Five outgoing cabinet ministers, including Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle fell on their swords.
An investigation is continuing into the mysterious theft of 50 kilograms of gold bound for Zurich on a plane from Paris.
A nightclub in northern Germany controversially held a “Lilliputian Action” evening, in which guests were invited to catch a dwarf hired to run around the dance floor.
In a bid to get their hands on the prized grapes used to produce Sangiovese, one of Italy’s most famous red wines, a trio of robbers from Puglia stole 25 tonnes of grapes from a vineyard in Bitonto, near Bari.
The number of child labourers worldwide has dropped by a third since 2000, the Geneva-based International Labour Organization (ILO) said on Monday, but it warned that progress was not being made fast enough.
Spain's top criminal court on Monday dismissed a lawsuit by the family of late Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya which accused Cuban secret service agents of involvement in his death.
The deal for Spanish two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso to rescue the financially stricken Euskaltel Euskadi cycling team has collapsed, both parties confirmed on Monday.
An anonymous group has threatened to unleash a campaign of mosque burnings across Norway, in an email sent last week to the World Islamic Mission Mosque.
France's Sikh community is ramping up a campaign for the turban to be allowed in state-funded schools amid moves to reinforce a 2004 law banning pupils from wearing religious symbols.
A special correspondent in Syria for the Spanish newspaper El Periodico has been kidnapped in the war-torn country, the paper announced late on Monday in its online edition.
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy's ex-wife Cecilia Attias, who was a key advisor in his victorious 2007 campaign but divorced him soon after, will publish a highly-awaited autobiography next month, her editor said this week.
Germany's first two lawmakers of African origin cheered their victory as trailblazers on Monday after winning seats in parliament in Sunday's elections.
The fear of being labelled "politically incorrect" keeps Sweden's main political parties from engaging in an honest debate about integration, and plays into the hands of the far-right, anti-immigration Sweden Democrats, argues contributor Ruben Brunsveld.
Top officials from 17 European nations signed a declaration on Monday against racism, showing support for Italy's first black minister Cécile Kyenge, the victim of a slurry of racist attacks.
German hackers said on Monday they have been able to get past the new biometric identification system contained in the latest generation of Apple's iconic iPhones.
A German court on Monday threw out an appeal by a British bishop convicted in a high-profile case for denying key facts about the Holocaust.
Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei was on Monday appointed to be on the jury of the Stockholm Film Festival even though he was unlikely to be allowed to attend in person, festival organisers said.