An Italian immigrant is being detained by justice authorities for allegedly defrauding 20 or more Geneva prostitutes of around three million francs ($3.39 million), French-language public TV broadcaster RTS reported on Tuesday.
Zurich Insurance Group, still shaken by the suicide of its financial chief last August, said on Monday that it had hired competitor Swiss Re's CFO to take his place.
The Swiss-based International Cycling Union (UCI) has started disciplinary proceedings against Team Sky rider Jonathan Tiernan-Locke for a doping violation, the world governing body for the sport said on Tuesday.
A man and a woman were killed on Monday night while crossing the tracks when an Intercity train passed through the train station at Bümpliz, a district of the city of Bern, cantonal police said on Tuesday.
Swedish crime-thriller fans will be able to snap up a new installment of Stieg Larsson's Millennium series after David Lagercrantz agreed to write a fourth book, in a move branded "tasteless" by Larsson's surviving partner.
Do you feel like you spend too much time behind the wheel in France? You’re not imagining it. The average French motorist spends an estimated 47 hours stuck in traffic every year, and the jams cost France a whopping €6 billion per year, according to a new study.
Germany can expect high winds, mild temperatures and stormy weather over the Christmas break. Anyone hoping for a white Christmas will be disappointed, national weather service DWD said on Tuesday.
Spain's Supreme Court has given a divorced lesbian couple joint custody of the twin girls they had whi le married to each other.
A failed businessman was jailed for life on Tuesday for beating his former in-laws to death with a hammer when they refused to give him money.
A Catalan policeman who blew off the testicles of a suspect with a stun grenade will spend a year behind bars and have to pay the victim €168,000 ($231,000) in damages.
France will "soon" have military support from other European countries on the ground in strife-torn Central African Republic, the country's Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Tuesday. But he did not specify which countries would send troops.
Norwegian oil major Statoil said on Tuesday that it would sell a 10 percent stake in Azerbaijan's Shah Deniz gas field for $1.45 billion (1.05 billion euros), taking its holding to 15.5 percent.
Norwegian film legend Liv Ullmann has confessed that she was "shy", "no fun" and "Miss Nothing" as a teenager, as she attended a celebration of her life in Trondheim on Monday night.
A truck carrying 15 tonnes of liquid explosives blew up at a quarry in northern Norway on Tuesday afternoon, setting fire to nearby houses, scattering debris and spreading toxic smoke over a wide area.
German motorists are being warned to expect heavy traffic over the festive period as people set off on their winter breaks and go on last-minute shopping sprees.
PICTURE GALLERY: Several thousand Stockholmers say they will take to the streets of Kärrtorp on Sunday to protest racism anew, after a plethora of scrawled swastikas sprouted up again after last weekend's violent counter-demo by neo-Nazis.
The long-delayed "Geneva II" peace conference for Syria will open in the Swiss lakeside town of Montreux because of a lack of hotel space in Geneva, the United Nations said on Tuesday.
No need to be dead or iconic to be as kind as Jesus, Gandhi, or Mother Teresa? Not if Unicef Sweden's Christmas donation campaign is on to something in its new series of adverts.
US student Amanda Knox emailed the Italian court hearing her murder retrial saying she was afraid to attend and was not a "monster", in what the judge Tuesday branded an unusual move.
The number of foreigners accused of robbery in French towns and cities has surged in recent years according to new data published on Tuesday. The figures show that thieves from abroad are now implicated in over a quarter of all thefts and robberies in the country.
The birth rate in Spain's Catalonia region spiked after Barcelona football club lifted six trophies in 2009, medical researchers have proven.
It could be a scene from a comedy sketch, but this policeman's lapse of concentration is as funny as it is real.
Despite the buzz around the return of Burger King and the continued popularity of McDonalds, France is not actually addicted to US burger joints. When it comes to fast-food French boulangeries still rule the roost, a new survey has revealed.
Southern and central Sweden will miss out on a white Christmas this year, as the Met Office predicts most revellers will wake up to a mottled sky. Northerners, however, can pull out their sleighs and skis for Crimbo.
An Italian man has received a jail sentence for "fishing" hundreds of euros from a village church's charity box, local media reported.
The typical worker earns a higher salary in Norway than in any other country in the world, with Norwegian wage earners taking home more than double the median per-capita global income, a Gallup survey of household incomes published on Tuesday has revealed.
Taiwan has formally asked Switzerland to return $340 million in alleged ill-gotten funds linked to a controversial deal to buy French frigates two decades ago, a report said on Tuesday.
The South African Embassy and rights groups have raised concerns about a plan to name a square in central Berlin after Nelson Mandela. Some feel the square is associated with Prussian militarism and racism.
In Switzerland, as elsewhere in the world, Paul Walker may be more famous dead than alive, according to a report showing the late American movie actor to be the name most Googled by Swiss in 2013.
The chances of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy returning to politics continue to be undermined by legal hurdles. This time it is two of his former allies who are in hot water over a corruption probe. Sarkozy is expected to make his comeback next year.
Pope Francis has been named 'Person of the Year' by leading US gay rights magazine, The Advocate. The accolade comes on the pontiff's 77th birthday and less than a week after he was named Time magazine's 'Person of the Year'.
A captain piloting a tank ship loaded with 15,000 tonnes of flammable liquid to western Sweden has been too drunk to respond to questioning since the Swedish coast guard apprehended him on Monday.
What was once Europe's biggest department store could become Berlin's newest branch of Primark, after Dutch investors bought the building. Architects are thought to be drawing up plans already.
Former AC Milan player Gennaro Gattuso is under investigation for match-fixing in Italy's Serie A, Italian media reported on Tuesday.
Just one Spaniard rates among the 100 most important people in history, according to a new software programme which ranks millions of online pages.
Swedes became more ethnocentric this year - googling snus, fly fishing, recycling, and domestic celebs. The annual search-term data released by Google on Tuesday also found the English terms "Yolo" and "swag" up high.
A man in the northern Italian city of Vicenza was alarmed to discover a First World War bomb, which experts said could still explode, hidden in the home he recently inherited from his aunt.
Almost half the number of Italians suffering from severe illnesses prefer not to take time off work over fears they will lose their job, according to figures from the Associazioni dei malati cronici (association of the chronically sick).
A well-known Spanish food company has launched an advertising campaign which features a flurry of Spanish celebrities changing their nationality. The viral video has been met with mixed reactions.
US publishers might see the benefits of putting their catalogues online for free if they travelled to Norway, where every book ever published will soon be available at the click of a mouse, the man leading the country's digitisation process has told The Local.
The Franco-Swiss prisoner suspected of murdering his female therapist during an outing approved by a Geneva prison last September admits to killing the woman, a Geneva newspaper reported on Tuesday.
Spaniards earn more than three times the global median income of $2,920 (€2,120), new research shows, but still pocket a median of only $7,284 a year.
VIDEO: What was supposed to be a cheery Christmas film based on a Swedish best-selling novel has become decidedly controversial following accusations that the film's elephants, including one named Gandhi, were abused.
German sports stars have called on Chancellor Angela Merkel to attend the Winter Olympics in Sochi after President Joachim Gauck said he would avoid the event.
The Italian political system costs each taxpayer €757 a year, although the prime minister's office costs just €15, the latest report by the Italian Labour Union (UIL) has found.
Are you feeling the pressure to buy French gifts for your families and friends this Christmas? To help you out we have come up with a top ten list of original Gallic gifts that are guaranteed to please, surprise and perhaps shock your loved ones.
The German parliament elected Angela Merkel to her third term as chancellor on Tuesday morning. Merkel won 462 of the 631 votes from the members of parliament.
VIDEO: More than half of the 26 people arrested in Sunday's neo-Nazi riot in Stockholm are younger than 20. Experts warn attempts to denazify Sweden are failing, as a new generation of "social outcasts" emerges.
UPDATED: Citing lower than expected inflation, Sweden's central bank on Tuesday announced it would lower the country's repo rate by 0.25 percentage points - hitting a low 0.75 percent. Riksbank members have tussled over the rate and its effect on employment for months.
A couple fell to their deaths from the balcony of their home in the northern Italian province of Novara as they put up Christmas lights on Monday afternoon.
The European Commission will on Wednesday launch a formal investigation into seven Spanish football clubs, including Barcelona and Real Madrid, after complaints they accepted illegal state aid, Spain's foreign minister said.
US-native Greg Poehler tells The Local why he turned his Swedish life into a TV show, that comparisons to his comedian sister Amy are inevitable, and why Swedes should be known for their sense of humour.
The French government has been forced to defend the meagre rise in the minimum wage, which will see workers' pay packets boosted by just €12 a month in 2014.
International creditors who rescued Spain's tottering banks said on Monday the sector was on the way to recovery but warned Madrid to be vigilant as the bailout winds up.
An extensive investigation is under way into the deaths of two sisters struck by an Intercity train at the Wankdorf train station in Bern, cantonal police said on Monday.
An American tourist who bit off a man's bottom lip during a fight at Munich’s Oktoberfest was given a suspended sentence by a German court on Monday.
A spectacular eruption of the Mount Etna volcano in Sicily in southern Italy died down on Tuesday, allowing the nearby airport of Catania to re-open after a two-day stoppage that disrupted dozens of flights.
François Hollande clearly needs to keep finding new ways for his army to intervene abroad, as once again France's decision to send troops in to a country has seen the beleaguered president's approval ratings rise.
The body that regulates French TV has asked the government to grant it power to keep tabs on popular video-sharing websites such as YouTube, Dailymotion and online download stores such as Apple's iTunes, and make them contribute financially to the French culture industry.
Professor Michael Wohlgemuth, director of think tank Open Europe Berlin, looks back on the last four months since Germany’s election campaign began and argues there are no great expectations of the “grand coalition”.
Online retailer Amazon has played down strikes by hundreds of workers in Germany in the run up to Christmas, claiming there had been no impact on deliveries. It put the number of employees involved far below union estimates.
Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said on Monday that people buying sex in Sweden should be sent to jail as the law suggests, rather than being slapped with fines.
The heady years of artistic experimentation and cosmopolitan life in Rome in the 1970s are the subject of a new exhibition that opens in the Italian capital on Tuesday.
Norway's intelligence services work with the United States to monitor Russia, targeting its oil and gas industry and military operations in the Arctic Kola peninsular, Norway's Dagbladet newspaper has reported.
Swedish researchers at Lund University have confirmed once and for all the Rudolph the red nose reindeer lives up to his name after studying the behaviour of reindeer using high-tech equipment.