France joined the rest of the world in mourning the passing of Nelson Mandela on Thursday. Here Jacqueline Derens, one of the leaders of the French anti-apartheid campaign, tells us about the day she met Madiba and her battle against France's powerful pro-apartheid lobby.
The Red Cross says it will need a record $1.3 billion (one billion euros) to cover its humanitarian activities next year, amid the soaring need for aid in places such as Syria.
A French report ruling out poisoning in Yasser Arafat's 2004 death has a glaring inconsistency, the co-author of a Swiss probe said on Thursday, sticking by his team's conclusion that the Palestinian leader was likely killed.
A Swiss magazine says it spent 24 hours snooping on the Alpine country's intelligence boss to give spies a taste of their own medicine.
A drug used to treat advanced breast and colorectal cancers has been linked to sometimes fatal skin reactions in patients, its Swiss manufacturer Roche and Canadian health officials said on Wednesday.
The Swiss Education Group (SEG), operator of five English-language schools in hotel management and culinary arts, announced on Thursday the appointment of tennis star Stanislas Wawrinka as its new ambassador.
Two teenaged Norwegian sisters who ran away from home in October, saying they wanted to help rebels in Syria, are indeed in the war-wracked country, a lawyer for their family confirmed Thursday.
The spate of armed robberies targeting luxury boutiques in Paris continued on Thursday when thieves targeted a jewellery store in the chic Place Vendôme making off with loot of around $1 million, sources told French media.
Jose María del Nido, president of Sevilla football club, has been sentenced to seven years in prison for embezzlement and perverting the course of justice, the club said on Thursday.
The speaker of Sweden’s parliament has stopped a vote called by Sweden’s opposition parties that would have led to a key government tax cut being blocked.
Bridges, roads, airports and schools were shut in Norway on Thursday, as powerful winds, at times hitting hurricane strength, battered the country's south-west coast.
No nation, it seems, divides opinion quite like France and the French. And when it comes to certain customs and cultures, no one is left on the fence. Where do you stand? Click here to find out if you're a lover or a loather.
Deaths on Germany's roads are expected to be lower than ever in 2013, initial figures on Thursday suggested. A total of 3,300 people died in traffic accidents - 10 percent fewer than in 2012.
Two Spanish ex-policemen have refused to be extradited to Argentina to stand trial for allegedly torturing prisoners decades ago during the Franco dictatorship in Spain, a Madrid court said on Thursday.
Public transport was cancelled and people were warned to stay indoors as storm Sven swept across the western coast of Sweden on Thursday afternoon, forcing a search for two sailors lost at sea to be scaled back.
The unique Ice Hotel in northern Sweden beat off competition from the new Abba museum to scoop the best travel experience in the country award.
David Duke, the former leader of the US xenophobic movement, the Ku Klux Klan, was told to leave Italy in early 2012 over fears he was planning "the extermination of black and Jewish races". The news only came to light after his appeal to stay was rejected by a court in Veneto on Tuesday.
Germany's Green Party has called on politicians to ditch their expensive cars for bicycles and smaller vehicles, after the government’s transport contractor reportedly hit financial problems.
The North Sea divers who risked their lives to build Norway's offshore oil industry have won a landmark compensation ruling at the European Court of Human rights in Strasbourg.
Fed up with the spiral of sex crimes among young Swedes, high school student Mårten Gasslander, 18, wrote an op-ed about the responsibility of assailants - and society. Our Swede of the Week warned of a generation of "gloomy girls and desensitized boys".
Switzerland’s best football player of the year is facing criticism from his homeland in Egypt after he kissed a presenter at an awards ceremony in Basel this week.
Passengers on board a Delta Airlines plane at Madrid's Barajas airport were given a fright on Thursday morning after technical problems forced the aircraft's pilots to carry out an emergency landing minutes after take-off.
Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards, who turned 50 on Thursday, is planning to jump again on New Year's Day in Germany – 25 years after finishing last at the 1988 Olympics and becoming a global symbol of the plucky underdog.
The world's oldest DNA has been discovered by scientists in northern Spain, part of a finding which could help rewrite the early history of the human species.
France's central bank on Thursday warned against the use of the virtual currency bitcoin, noting that it is not only highly volatile but also unregulated by authorities.
Four Catholic processions in Italy, which see obelisks marched through cities, have been added to UNESCO's world intangible cultural heritage list.
The lawyer who represented the Norwegian far-right terrorist Anders Breivik in his trial in 2011 has been appointed to head a new left-leaning think tank in Norway.
A woman in the southern Spanish city of Córdoba has been remanded in custody after she gave her soon-to-be ex-husband a beating and a biting to remember.
As many as 73 people could be charged with sharing and distributing pornographic images of children in Norway, after the country's biggest yet crack-down on web paedophiles.
US space agency NASA has asked none other than Breton food company Hénaff to team up with renowned French chef Alain Ducasse to design and package a “special occasion” menu of treats for astronauts heading to the International Space Station next summer.
Is a dildo pornographic? Judges at an appeal court in France clearly believe that it is as they confirmed on Thursday a ban on a Paris sex shop because it was located close to a primary school.
You don’t need to be a genius to aspire towards a Nobel Prize, British scientist professor Lord Robert Winston tells The Local. On Friday, the IVF pioneer will be in Stockholm, where he hopes to inspire the next generation of Nobel Laureates.
Italian farmers brought pigs to parliament on Thursday in an unusual Christmas season protest against foreign food imports used to make classic Italian products such as pasta, mozzarella cheese and prosciutto ham.
The parents of murder victim Lucie Trezzini were dealt a fresh blow on Thursday when Switzerland’s top court issued a judgment overturning a life sentence against the 30-year-old killer of their daughter.
Italian police on Thursday arrested eleven people in connection with an alleged Chinese immigration racket in and around the Tuscan town of Prato, where seven people died in a Chinese-run clothes factory on Sunday.
The distinctive southern Swedish dialect has been accused of scaring off potential visitors from the rest of the country according to a new report.
A video of the collision on Venice's Grand Canal which killed a German tourist in August was made public on Thursday, as prosecutors continue to determine how the accident happened and who is responsible.
The priest of the small Spanish village home to an infamous 'restored' fresco of Jesus Christ was on Thursday remanded in custody on sex and fraud charges.
Swedish Defence Minister Karin Enström said on Thursday that it was not surprising that Sweden cooperated with the United States' National Security Agency (NSA) in spying on Russia.
People living in Germany are most at risk of having their houses broken into on a weekday evening during the winter, figures released on Thursday revealed. Built-up areas in western states are particular hotspots.
Spain's expats are a varied crowd. From jet-setters in Marbella to hipsters in Barcelona, it really does take all sorts. But what kind of Spain expat are you? Read on to find out.
A man working at a mental health hospital south of Oslo is being investigated for having sex with a mentally-ill patient, helping her to escape the hospital, and even aiding her in a suicide attempt.
A Swedish TV show which teaches children bodily functions has been used as the latest tactic by Russia to ward off pro-EU Ukrainians branding the programme as "singing genitalia" and an example of western decadence.
Swedish clothing giant H&M has pulled a line of children's garments after a small Swedish fashion house complained the outfits had almost exactly the same design as their own.
We’ve all heard it said that politicians lack courage, but on Wednesday it was the turn of several dozen actual chickens to mob the gates of the French parliament in Paris. Find out what it was all about.
Aussie expat John Fraser is retiring as CEO of global asset management at UBS after 12 years in the role, the bank said on Thursday.
A €7-billion expedition wants to put humans on Mars within the decade. Thousands have applied to go to the red planet and the would-be-spacemen who want to swap Germany for life on Mars are The Local's Germans of the Week.
Italy's ageing population has led to an increase in the number of dementia sufferers, in turn prompting new ideas to help people cope. The Local visited a gallery in Rome to find out how art can help people hold onto their memories.
Almost half of France’s primary teachers were on strike on Thursday, union leaders said, leading to the closure of schools across the country. The industrial action is the latest protest against divisive school reforms.
UPDATE: Hurricane Xaver hit northern German late Thursday morning and its strength surpassed expectations. Water levels are expected to rise far high than initially thought, putting cities like Hamburg in danger of flooding.
Police in Spain arrested a man with one of the biggest collections of child pornography ever seized there, with more than 800,000 images of violent abuse including bestiality, authorities said Wednesday.
Germany's Social Democratic Party (SPD) is investigating a string of threatening phone calls to members warning them of negative consequences if they voted against the “grand coalition” deal with Angela Merkel's Union.
Ratings agency Moody's raised its rating outlook for Spain to "stable" from "negative" Wednesday, citing signs of real improvement in the economy and government finances.
A $1.3 billion joint venture between iconic French carmaker Renault and Chinese firm Dongfeng has finally been approved by Beijing, Dongfeng announced on Thursday, as France's Prime Minister arrived in the country for a five-day visit.
Italy's top court on Wednesday ruled that the country's electoral law, which has long been widely criticized across the political spectrum, is partially unconstitutional.
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has attacked the "simply unacceptable" economic and political pressure put on the Ukraine, in a thinly veiled jab at Kiev's Soviet-era master Russia.
Italy's first black minister Cecile Kyenge, who has been deluged with racist slurs since her appointment in April, urged Europe's leaders on Wednesday not to spread populism or use it to win votes.
In his latest bid to embrace life in Sweden's far north, former Londoner Paul Connolly joins his first-ever elk hunt, only to find that the search for the king of the forest has left him with a splitting headache.
Italian tycoon Diego Della Valle on Wednesday called for a vast plan to restore monuments and support tourism to boost the economy, as he announced the long-delayed start of an overhaul of the Colosseum.
Norway's Crown Prince and Princess have moved to dispel rumours of an impending split, posting up the first photo of themselves together since Princess Mette-Marit took sick leave in October.
Thousands of damaged gravestones for British and Canadian soldiers who died in the Normandy landings during World War II are being replaced for the 70th anniversary of D-Day, officials said on Wednesday.
Swedish national team goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has signed a seven-year contract extension to remain with the National Hockey League's New York Rangers, the club announced on Wednesday.
PSG's nine month unbeaten run came to an abrupt end on Wednesday when they were beaten 2-0 away to minnows Evian. Paris Saint-Germain's lead at the top of Ligue 1 is now only one point. Catch up on all the action here.
Police are continuing to scour the grounds of a guesthouse where a police detective allegedly killed a man he met on a cannibal website and buried his body parts.
Sweden helps the United States National Security Agency (NSA) spy on Russia, leaked documents from whistleblower Edward Snowden reveal.