French-Israeli tycoon Arcady Gaydamak was released from jail in Geneva after signing a financial agreement to resolve a dispute with former French football player Luis Fernandez, a newspaper reported online on Wednesday night.
A Brazilian woman and her three-year-old daughter have taken refuge in their country's embassy in Oslo after Norway's child welfare authority attempted to forcibly take the child into care.
One in every 20 residents of the canton of Schwyz in central Switzerland is a millionaire, according to recently published cantonal statistics.
Sven, a winter storm expected to hit Sweden on Thursday night, has prompted warnings for heavy snow and fierce winds as Swedes brace for what's being billed as the seasons' first major snowstorm.
Lawmakers in France's National Assembly approved a controversial bill on prostitution on Wednesday that will see anyone caught paying prostitutes for sex fined up to €1,500. The bill has provoked anger among sex-workers themselves, who say their lives will be more dangerous.
This time last week, the prospects for Silvio Berlusconi’s political future were looking decidedly dim as senators prepared to oust him from parliament. But now speculation is mounting that he could bid to become a member of the European Parliament - for Bulgaria.
France's highest appeals court made legal history on Wednesday, giving its blessing to the marriage of a woman from the south of France to her ex-father-in-law, according to reports.
Swedish health officials on Wednesday warned parents not share their beds with their new-born babies due to an increased risk of cot death, also known as sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
Surgeons in Spain successfully removed a giant benign tumour weighing 25 kilograms (55 pounds) from the womb of a 47-year-old woman, the hospital treating her said on Wednesday.
The Italian government is set to ban the burning of abandoned toxic waste. The news comes as anger is boiling over after revelations about toxic mafia dumps in Campania that have been blamed for rising cancer rates.
Germany's biggest bank has been fined a record €725 million for rigging interest rates. It was one of several banks fined a total of €1.7 billion by the European Union Commission on Wednesday.
French economist Christophe Barraud has shown it's possible to make it in America without ever setting foot there. The financial mastermind was named the world’s top forecaster of the US economy for 2013, by the American magazine Bloomberg Markets. But just how did he do it?
With southern Sweden bracing for the season's first big snow storm, The Local offers up some of the best (and worst) things about life with the white stuff.
Germany will review almost 750 unsolved murders, manslaughters and attempted killings dating back more than two decades to assess whether they were motivated by far-right extremism, officials said on Wednesday.
A British Council study last week placed Italian in the top 10 most useful languages for Britons to learn. The Local spoke to Vilma de Gasperin, a senior language instructor at the University of Oxford, to find out why, despite competition from the Asian economies, Italian is still a useful language to know.
Migrants in Germany would rather send their children to schools with fewer other migrants, a study published on Wednesday revealed. Parents fear that attending a school with too many other foreigners could hinder their children’s education.
Fancy taking a dip in a sea of Swiss francs, or scooping up fistfuls of coins? Your wildest dreams could come true thanks to a sale with a political edge.
Paul Aussaresses, a retired French general who led a "death squadron" that tortured people during Algeria's war of independence, has died aged 95, an association of former paratroopers said on Wednesday.
A Swedish man who laced his racist, threatening letters to journalists with his own faeces failed to show up in court on Wednesday.
Ikea's computer servers crashed in Spain after 20,000 people applied for jobs at a new store in the country, the Swedish furniture giant said on Tuesday.
Driving on the German Autobahn can be one of the greatest motoring experiences in the world. The Local’s List this week looks at the top five dos and don’ts on the country’s 13,000 kilometres of motorway.
A member of the Salvation Army in Norway has been barred from becoming a secretary in the organisation because he is gay.
Real Madrid's president plans to kick out extreme-right 'Ultra Sur' fans from its stadium and replace them with younger, better-behaved supporters.
A new Ikea store in Spain prompted so many job applications that the company's internet server crashed, forcing the Swedish furniture behemoth to suspend the hiring process.
Scientists in Sweden have reacted to the country's slide in global education ranking Pisa, pointing out that Swedish boys are now under-performing not only their female peers, but are less apt than male teens in other OECD countries.
Norway has received no assurances from Sweden that it will not monitor and record the country's phone and internet traffic, despite a high-level meeting on Tuesday.
A man in Spain has been fined €90 ($122) for looking at a painting that had been left on the street.
An 81-year-old Frenchman from southwestern France was handed a spell behind bars this week after a violent attack on his neighbour, whom he accused of stealing his wife’s garden gnomes.
A UN mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo has launched the organization's first drone, an unmanned aircraft, made by a subsidiary of Italian aerospace and defence firm Finmeccanica.
Motorists in Switzerland will be required to switch on their headlights or daytime running lights while driving during the day starting next year or risk a 40 franc fine.
The smell of wet dog would have most of us backing away. Not Sophie Gamand, though – for her, a dripping pooch represents an irresistible artistic opportunity. Entitled simply 'Wet Dog', her unique photography project has since gone viral around the world.
An Italian priest has been given a two-and-a-half year sentence by a court in the north-eastern city of Pesaro for having sex with a 13-year-old girl.
It will take Spain two decades, or until 2033, to see pre-crisis unemployment and growth levels, consultants PWC argue in a new report.
Italian police have cracked a criminal network of 56 paedophiles and confiscated 11,500 images and 3,500 videos, all involving children under the age of ten.
An American student who failed to find a rental apartment in the Swedish capital carried out a "cash drop" in central Stockholm in an effort to get people to notice her house-hunting announcement.
Long queues to see a doctor and get treatment in Sweden have dragged the country far down a European ranking of healthcare providers, with Sweden now the worst among its Nordic neighbours despite efforts to cut waiting times.
Social Democrat chief Sigmar Gabriel is on a major charm offensive, racing across the country to win over sceptics to the plan for a coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Perched on a slippery rock off Spain's rough northwest coast, Nando keeps one eye on the breaking waves and one on his prey: goose barnacles, a prized Christmas delicacy.
A woman who kept a huge wild boar as a pet was forced to say goodbye after it was shot and killed on Monday by a hunter in western Germany. She had raised three-year-old Lexa by hand since it was piglet.
Norway is set next week to vote in a ten-fold increase in the penalty for deported foreign criminals who illegally return to the country, VG newspaper has reported.
Days after Pope Francis slammed society's response to homelessness, the pontiff has reportedly been sneaking out of the Vatican at night to go and help poor people on the streets of Rome.
Sweden's two largest political parties suffered drops in voter support, the country's most-watched opinion poll revealed on Wednesday, while the far-fight Sweden Democrats solidified their position as Sweden's third-largest party.
Yasser Arafat's widow said on Tuesday that she was "shattered" by contradictory findings by French and Swiss experts over the cause of the former Palestinian leader's death.
The state of French President François Hollande's health was the subject of scrutiny in France on Wednesday after he was forced to confirm he underwent surgery after being given a health scare before he was elected head of state.
A British soldier has been arrested in Germany on suspicion of terrorism offences after a nail bomb was found in a house on Thursday.
Foreigna Affairs Minister Didier Burkhalter was handily elected Swiss president for the coming year on Wednesday by the federal assembly, a joint meeting of the upper and lower houses of parliament in Bern.
Norway's new foreign minister has condemned Israel's detention of Palestinian children as young as twelve as "completely unacceptable" and "a clear violation of international conventions".
A campaign against plans to drill for oil off Spain's Canary Islands has united politicians, environmentalists and personalities including the mother of Hollywood star Javier Bardem, a native of the archipelago.
The family of a British man, who was last seen in Paris, has appealed for help in France to help track him down so they can get him home for Christmas.
Spain will ban mobile phone use by train drivers except in cases of emergencies after a train flew off the rails and killed 79 people in July, the government said on Tuesday.
Germans are confident their highly-rated national team will win the football World Cup in Brazil next year, a poll released on Wednesday suggested.
The British government announced on Wednesday that it is to sell its lucrative 40 percent stake in cross-channel rail service Eurostar. With Eurostar's revenues on the up the sell-off is expected to bring in hundreds of millions of pounds for government coffers.
Spotify revealed how much it pays its web-streamed musicians this week, trying to fend off critics concerned that the company shortchanges artists on the world's most popular music-streaming company.
Sweden is set to test its new rape law on a high-profile teen gang rape case, as police and prosecutors warn that young Swedes' attitude toward sex has taken a turn for the worse.
British authorities have defended the decision to force a mentally-ill Italian woman to give birth by caesarean section, saying they acted in the interests of the mother and child.
Eight Greenpeace activists were taken into custody on Tuesday after an elaborate protest at a Geneva energy conference, including polar bears wading in oil-soaked snow and oil-spill cocktails served to conference participants.
A Romanian couple was jailed on Tuesday after forcing a young woman into prostitution in Stockholm and living the high life off the profits.
More than half of Germans want greater state control over websites, but about the same share are worried about surveillance of their own online activity, a survey on Tuesday revealed.
A man in northern Norway has been jailed for one and a half years for drugging and sexually abusing his half-sister.
Norway has brought a smattering of existential angst to America's Christmas, decking out the Christmas tree it puts up every year in Washington' DCs Union Station in a tribute to The Scream.