A US judge Monday freed a former UBS executive on $9 million bail while he awaits trial on charges that he helped Americans avoid millions in US taxes, his attorney said.
The United Nations appealed in Geneva on Monday for a record $6.5 billion to help ever-growing numbers of victims of Syria's spiralling conflict next year, when refugee numbers are set to nearly double.
Tom Matlock, Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Bern, arrived in Switzerland this year following postings in South Korea and Sudan. While sharing typical expat concerns over the high cost of living and restrictive Swiss shopping hours, he tells The Local that new arrivals should make an effort to form friendships.
France’s former Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte is second only to Jesus in terms of importance in history, according to rankings based on a new software programme. Napoleon was deemed more significant than the likes of the Prophet Mohammed and Hitler.
Police have fined a driver in Spain's Canary Islands €40 ($55) for taking his eyes off the road to talk to a passenger in his vehicle.
Sweden's youthful labour force has been praised by the European Employment Service for being "loyal" and "punctual" after it emerged young Swedes are among the biggest beneficiaries of a continental job scheme.
Madrid's Barajas airport was among the ten most punctual in the world in November with only Munich performing better in Europe.
VIDEO: Three years after opening her dance school in Stockholm, Bangladeshi dancer Wahida Zennath catches up with The Local. Timing was in her favour, as South Asian "Bollywood-style" dance classes are all the rage in Sweden.
Italian police on Monday arrested four suspected mafia members who were forcing shopkeepers to buy Christmas flowers for up to €100 each to raise money for jailed mobsters.
Self-employed professionals in Italy saw their salaries fall over five years, with notaries and engineers among the hardest hit, national media reported on Monday.
Catania airport in Sicily stayed shut on Monday due to an ongoing eruption of nearby Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe, airport officials said.
Lovers of a 'Le Whopper' in Paris had a nice surprise on Monday when Burger King made its long awaited return to the capital earlier than expected. The new restaurant is just the start of Burger King's attempts to take a huge bite out of France's fast food market.
The bus appears to be the Germans new favourite mode of transport with an increase of 230 percent in the number of long distance journeys taken week since the start of the year. The market was deregulated at the beginning of 2013.
Solicitors sending out fines to German users of porn streaming site Redtube said over the weekend that they had set their sights on visitors to other popular erotic sites which would potentially snare tens of thousands of internet users.
Readers of the UK edition of Microsoft's MSN website have chosen "the entire population of Gibraltar" as one of their heroes of the year.
Police have arrested a man from Georgia for allegedly stealing gifts from under a family's Christmas tree along with jewellery and computers from their home in the northern Italian city of Livorno .
In an open letter to the Swedish education minister, Lund high schooler Saga Ringmar asks him not to fear China, despite Shanghai beating Sweden by 37 places on the recent Pisa ranking. Her test-loving school in Shanghai left her disillusioned and her kid sister depressed.
The chances of suffering a heart attack leap over the Christmas holidays, according to a German study released on Monday. Stress from family and work are behind the sudden jump, with men most at risk.
Christoph Franz, the CEO of the German airline, Lufthansa, has warned that the troubled Alitalia should "not be sold to the Sheikhs" as it would only become a "shuttle service towards the United Arab Emirates".
Norway's tax authorities have ruled that the virtual currency Bitcoin does not qualify as real money, meaning gains made by Norwegians on their holdings will qualify for capital gains tax.
A central Sweden court on Monday found a woman guilty of trying to kill her own children in an attempted car explosion, after she claimed they "should go with her" into death. Her violent past included shooting and killing her parents as a teen.
Is France set to push through another divisive social reform? After gay marriage and prostitution the next thorny topic on François Hollande's agenda could be euthanasia after a panel set up by the president recommended legalizing assisted suicide on Monday.
The sinister discovery of bones found off the French Riviera earlier this year continues to baffle French police. On Monday their investigation took a new twist.
Spanish police are investigating the Colombian promoters of charity football events starring Barcelona star Lionel Messi for possible laundering of drug money, sources said on Monday.
A Bavarian town failed to distance themselves from Hitler in a vote last week. The Nazi leader was made an honorary citizen of the area in 1933 but half of the council voted against disassociating the town from him.
Sweden's security police said they fear that terrorism could be imported by some 75 people who have left Sweden for Syria over the last two years to train or fight with al Qaeda-inspired groups.
Laurent Blanc's PSG side will be confident of making further progress in the Champions League after Monday's draw for the last 16 saw them paired with Germany's Bayer Leverkusen.
Seven people in central Italy were arrested on Monday for allegedly stealing people’s identities to set up contracts for smartphones and tablets in a scam totalling €200,000.
Two women from feminist movement Femen have been charged for trespassing after a topless protest in support of gay rights at the Russian embassy in Stockholm. It follows previous charges for an anti-sharia demo outside a Swedish mosque.
Spain and France were hit by another horsemeat scandal on Monday after it emerged meat from horses used for drugs testing had found its way into the food chain.
One person was killed and at least three injured on Sunday, after a runaway bus in Oslo collided with a passenger car, smashed down two traffic lights, and careered into a market stall selling Christmas trees.
A 91-year-old French widower from south-western France, who planted a sign at the bottom of his garden to alert potential companions, has finally ended his quest to find a soulmate after an 86-year-old woman answered his plea.
The top diplomat who travelled to the Democratic Republic of Congo this week has said Norway's foreign minister Børge Brende may need to travel personally to Kinshasa to secure the release of the Norwegian jailed there.
An earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale could be felt in south-western Spain on Monday morning, but no damage or injuries have been reported.
In this week's My German Career, Tommi Raivisto, the vice president of a Nokia business, describes the advantages of being with one company for years and what he likes about working in Berlin.
Fog that cloaked parts of the Swiss plateau from Geneva to Zurich for the past two days is expected to persist until Thursday, making driving treacherous and boosting pollution levels.
A former teacher in the northern Italian region of Piedmont is seeking a combined €1,000 from two students who called him an "arsehole" on Facebook.
The vice-president of neo-fascist group Casapound has been arrested after climbing onto the European Commission building in Rome and tearing down the EU flag.
Amazon staff in Germany began fresh strikes on Monday in their ongoing fight for higher pay. More walk-outs are planned in the run up to Christmas in an attempt to hit the company during the busy festive season.
Chancellor Angela Merkel unveiled her third-term cabinet Sunday, with a long-time rival set to take the toughest job and a party rebel cast as a possible successor to the German leader.
France was rocked by another horsemeat scandal on Monday when it emerged that hundreds of horses that had been used for medical research were then illegally sold off to the meat industry, despite them not being fit for human consumption. Police have arrested 21 in a series of raids.
Around 2,000 protesters were met by riot police outside the Spanish parliament in Madrid on Saturday in a protest that turned violent against the country's tough new Citizen Security Law.
A runaway goat stranded for three weeks on a cliff above a Norwegian fjord has been rescued after local climbers mounted a dare-devil operation.
It is probably Sweden's worst miscarriage of justice. On Monday, officials decided that Thomas Quick will continue to receive mental treatment but with less restrictions. The Local contributor David Lindén explains how a self-confessed serial killer went on to be cleared of all eight murders.
Three people were taken to hospital on Sunday after they were injured by counter-demonstrators at an anti-Nazi demonstration in the suburbs of Stockholm.
The recent decision by the president of Catalonia to call an independence poll in 2014 was "tilting Spain towards full-blooded constitutional conflict", the UK's Financial Times said on Sunday
France witnessed yet another tragic hunting accident at the weekend when a 14-year-old boy mistakenly shot his father dead. Realising what he had done, the devastated teenager then committed suicide.
German police have launched an investigation after finding 67 urns in an abandoned house. A former undertaker was reportedly asked by families to bury their loved ones at sea, but hoarded the remains instead.
Swedish police were left scratching their heads on the weekend after a jewellery store in southern Stockholm was robbed by an apparent cross-dresser, while a suspected accomplice distracted other shoppers while dressed as Santa.
Firefighters in the north German city of Bremen were out in force on Sunday as two separate buildings went up in flames. Thirty three people were taken to hospital with injuries. A separate fire at a saw mill near Braunschweig caused millions of euros worth of damage.
The Norwegian frigate tasked with escorting Syria's deadly chemical weapons arsenal is now anchored at the Cypriot port of Limassol, awaiting orders to sail to Syria.
A far-right group launched a fraud lawsuit on Friday against Spanish King Juan Carlos's daughter Cristina, the latest twist in a case that has plunged his family into scandal.
Chancellor Angela Merkel was in a car crash on Sunday when an 82-year-old driver hit her limousine. The chancellor was in the vehicle at the time but avoided injury.
Italy's separatist Northern League party on Sunday named as its new leader Matteo Salvini, who said the European single currency was "a crime against humanity" and called for independence for northern Italy.
A former top UBS executive is due in US court for the first time on Monday after his extradition from Italy for helping thousands of Americans hide billions of dollars from the taxman.
Italy's main centre-left Democratic Party on Sunday confirmed the mayor of Florence, Matteo Renzi, as its leader in a major shake-up of the political scene after the sidelining of Silvio Berlusconi.
A video of Christmas shoppers in Ålesund battling Storm Ivar has been picked up by media across the world, including major titles such as Time Magazine and the UK's Daily Mirror.
EasyJet goes to court in France this week to fight two separate legal challenges by disabled passengers who it refused to fly, in the latest accusations of discrimination against the budget airline.
Students should be able to sing hymns at graduation, states a new government review, even though Sweden's school agency scrapped religious affiliation from the event 20 years ago.
The big match in Ligue 1 this weekend saw Lyon and Marseille draw 2-2 in a thrilling game. At the top of the table it was business as usual for PSG. Read about all the action here.
Injured Nordic skiing champion Dario Cologna was named Swiss sportsman of the year at the Credit Suisse Sports Awards in Zurich on Sunday night.
The eruption of the Mount Etna volcano in Sicily on Sunday forced the closure of nearby Catania airport because of the plumes of ash billowing into the sky, airport officials said.
A businessman convicted of laundering money for the Sicilian mafia will be extradited to Italy from Thailand where he was arrested in 2012 after many years on the run, an Italian prosecutor said on Sunday.