Norway will cut its aid to Afghanistan in 2014 due to a lack of progress on women's rights and efforts to combat corruption, a senior Norwegian official said on Friday.
A handful of observant Stockholmers found themselves owners of their own piece of original artwork on Friday thanks to one local artist's "angry animal" protest against an "overpriced and elitist" art world.
Pope Francis on Friday advised married couples not to go to bed angry "even if the plates fly" in a light-hearted address during a pilgrimage to the sites associated with St Francis of Assisi.
Spain's government said on Friday there is a limited risk of a big earthquake shaking the eastern coast after a string of small tremors linked to a vast offshore gas storage plant.
One Swedish singer has decided that clicking "like" on a Facebook protest group against Russia's anti-gay policies wasn't enough and on Sunday his "Live and Let Love" project is set to raise the roof at Stockholm's Olympic Stadium.
A 61-year-old French hunter accidentally killed his own son in a tragic hunting accident this week after mistaking him for a wild boar. With a six-year-old boy also being killed in a separate hunt this week, there will be increased pressure for tougher safety measures to be introduced.
Three people were wounded in a shooting at a mosque in France on Friday. Initial reports say the three men, believed to be a father and his two sons, were shot at as they left Friday prayers at a mosque in Villers-le-Bel, north of Paris.
BREAKING NEWS: An Italian Senate committee on Friday proposed Silvio Berlusconi be expelled from parliament following his criminal conviction, dealing a further humiliating blow to the embattled billionaire. tycoon.
From world records, to gas explosions it was another eventful week for Germany. The Local takes a look back at the best photos from the last seven days.
About 15 men, some of them wielding axes and sledgehammers, burst into a luxury watch store in the heart of Paris in broad daylight on Friday and made off with a haul worth hundreds of thousands of euros.
Stockholm's first "pop-up" restaurant, Dill, served its last supper on Thursday, after a dirty little secret was revealed earlier this week. The Local's Katie Dodd tasted the Michelin-inspired fare before the gig was up.
Thousands of Germans are still driving an East German "travelling cardboard box". More than two decades after the Berlin Wall fell, 32,500 Trabants, are on the country's roads. Alex Evans examines their enduring appeal.
A Spanish art expert claims Velazquez's first version of his iconic Las Meninas painting is not hanging in Madrid's Prado Museum but in a palace in Dorset, England.
The leader of Spain's opposition socialist PSOE party on Friday accused the country's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of washing his hands of the Catalonia 'problem'.
Electronics giant Apple has dropped its case against an independent café in west Germany in a row over using the fruit as a logo. It gave no reason for suddenly ending the pursuit of Bonn-based cafe Apfelkind.
She's been locked in a room with Libyan dictator Colonel Gaddafi, at whom she then proceeded to hurl abuse, and she has life-long regrets for deserting her former husband Nicolas Sarkozy in his hour of need. This week Cecilia Attias, our French Face of the Week, opened up about her "Desire for Truth".
Archaeologists in northern Sweden have located the remains of a farm from the Bronze Age, a find which challenges the established history of the area around Umeå and the province of Norrland.
Sam Dunham chose Abruzzo to escape a frenetic London lifestyle. A decade on, the founder of the Life in Abruzzo guide tells The Local what she loves most about the central Italian region and reveals its best-kept secret…
UPDATE: Almost two weeks after winning the German elections, Chancellor Angela Merkel opened exploratory talks on Friday with her defeated centre-left rivals on whether they can jointly govern Europe's biggest economy.
Football fans and music lovers alike have found a common idol of late in Kevin Walker, a half-Irish half-Swedish footballer turned singer who survived a near-fatal poisoning and now has women swooning and the television heads grinning.
With the Nobel Prize announcements just around the corner, The Local finds out more about Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel and his controversial testament, which spawned the awards that have been handed to the world's finest minds since 1901.
An Italian Senate committee on Friday debated a motion to expel Silvio Berlusconi from parliament following his criminal conviction in a further humiliation for the embattled billionaire tycoon.
A transgender mafia turncoat on Friday accused her own brother in court of the grisly murder of British student Meredith Kercher in 2007 at the retrial of Amanda Knox and her Italian ex-lover.
A Spanish man was killed on Thursday when 5,000kg of grapes landed on top of him.
A schoolboy narrowly survived being stabbed in the chest, allegedly by a fellow 12-year-old pupil in a playground, police in North Rhine-Westphalia said on Friday.
Maverick Norwegian oil man Berge Gerdt Larsen has been sentenced to five years in prison for defrauding his own company, Larsen Oil and Gas, of 20.5 million kroner ($3.4m), and evading taxes.
A free trade agreement between the USA and European Union could create 160,000 jobs in Germany, a report claimed on Friday. Talks about a deal are set for Monday.
French officials on Friday offered temporary visas to a group of Syrian refugees, some of them on hunger strike, who have been camped out on a walkway at the ferry terminal in Calais for days. They have been demanding to join their families in the UK.
Switzerland’s financial regulator said on Friday it is investigating several unnamed Swiss financial institutions over “possible manipulation of foreign exchange markets”.
A man stopped by police and found to be driving while heavily intoxicated has been cleared of drink driving by a Gothenburg appeals court as he was also fast asleep at the time.
A top Spanish architect has designed a house with football mad Leo Messi in mind — in the shape of a football.
Six out of ten Spaniards never actually get to try out the languages they are supposed to need in their job, a new study shows.
Five people have been arrested for using fork-like devices to steal money from cash machines in northern and central Italy in 35 separate incidents of alleged "reversal cash trapping".
Munich hospitals treat a drinker every 10 minutes during Oktoberfest. This time of year the city's accident and emergency departments become, for some, just another tent at the festival.
Just days after it was disclosed that a New Zealand businessman paid €2.94m for an Italian paradise isle, another of the country's gems is up for sale.
It emerged recently that Paris’s bike-share scheme Velib' is struggling to cope with record levels of vandalism and theft, which has left it a whopping 9,000 bikes down. The company that runs Velib' tells The Local that CCTV can help end the ‘unnacceptable’ vandalism.
Sweden's Migration Minister Tobias Billström is to face an insider trading investigation over his purchase of shares in a troubled mining firm just days after the confirmation of a bailout.
A Spanish woman living in London has complained to the British broadsheet about their choice of image for their recent article "Time's up for siestas", arguing she was "fed up with their insulting racism" directed towards Spain.
A hostage-taking incident at a brothel in the canton of Graubünden ended without bloodshed early Thursday morning, cantonal police said.
A controversial lesbian love story that won the Palme d'Or at Cannes in May, opens next week amid a bitter feud between its two female leads and the director, who is accused of having "disrespected" them in 10 days of filming for a graphic 10-minute sex scene.
The Spanish Government has officially offered its condolences in the wake of a tragedy off the coast of the Italian Island of Lampedusa which led to the death of hundreds of would-be immigrants.
Berlin mayor and vice-president of the Social Democrats said on Friday he would not be running for leadership re-election citing "personal reasons". He claimed it had nothing to do with the party's poor general election outcome.
Rome confirmed on Friday that an Italian was lynched by an angry mob on a Madagascar tourist island which also killed a French citizen and a local man in a grisly rampage.
Russia has stopped all adoptions to Swedish parents due to a court decision banning international adoptions to countries which afford homosexual couples equal marriage rights.
A new painting by Leonardo da Vinci of Renaissance noblewoman Isabella d'Este, which was stored in Switzerland, has been reliably authenticated with carbon dating, an Italian magazine reports.
The junior partner in Norway's incoming coalition is pushing for the incoming government to slash taxes by at least 50 billion kroner ($8bn), with inheritance tax scrapped and the threshold for income tax raised.
The words have been known to pass the lips of tourists, or even the French themselves, over the years: "I love Paris, but it would be better without Parisians." This video by two French film-makers depicts a post-apocalyptic City of Light, devoid of people - with eerie results.
A young Parisian woman was charged by anti-terrorist police in the French capital on Thursday for conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism. It is alleged she proposed sites in Paris to Al Qaeda over the internet that could be targeted in terrorist attacks.
An Italian weekly said in its Friday edition that a new painting by Leonardo da Vinci of Renaissance noblewoman Isabella d'Este has been reliably authenticated with carbon dating.
President Joachim Gauck said on Thursday Germany should take on more international responsibilities as it was not an island nation.
Locals on the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa fought back tears as they spoke of the desperate rush to haul dozens of drowning immigrants out of the sea as hundreds around them sank into the black waters.
Imagine yourself in the very centre of Leipzig on the viewing platform of the city’s tallest building, the MDR Tower. Over four kilometres to the southeast, the giant monument to the 1813 Battle of the Nations sticks out like an Aztec temple.
Champions PSG travel to Marseille this weekend, expecting a typically warm welcome from their bitter rivals at the Stade Velodrome. Monaco may be top of the table, but PSG v Marseille is still the biggest game of the season for the club from the capital.
A Norwegian gay health charity has nailed up bird boxes crammed with condoms on trees around Oslo's Ekeberg Forest, a popular locale for casual al-fresco gay sex.
St. Gallen came close but ultimately walked off the pitch 1-0 losers to Swansea, in a tough Europa League football match in the Welsh city on Thursday night.
Spain released on Thursday 14 members of Herrira, a support group aiding the armed Basque separatist group ETA, arrested in police raids earlier this week.
The leaders of the two parties forming Norway's new government have agreed to legalize use of the Segway, the two-wheeled self-balancing transporter, and to allow professional boxing.
Police carrying out a raid in southern Sweden were surprised to discover a two-metre long crocodile living in a residential greenhouse in Malmö.
As Sweden finds itself gripped in an autumn chill, contributor Joel Linde recalls a two-wheeled adventure undertaken in late summer that took him across Sweden's majestic Baltic island of Gotland.
Swedes love their cinnamon buns so much they even gave the baked goods their own annual day - kanelbullens dag - offering sweet-toothed Swedes something special to celebrate. The Local finds out more.