The man on the missing Malaysian Air plane who was reportedly travelling to Sweden has illustrated the trade in stolen passports. Seven percent of asylum seekers to Sweden present false ID documents to the authorities.
A 45-year-old Briton remains in detention after being caught in the Swiss canton of Ticino at the Italian border with 5.1 kilograms of cocaine and €1,000 in cash, Italian authorities said on Tuesday.
Masked guards seized computers and storage devices from three Norwegian journalists on Tuesday and labelled them as spies as they attempted to leave the Crimean peninsula for mainland Ukraine.
The population of wolves in Sweden is growing, with experts announcing on Tuesday that there are currently an estimated 400 in Sweden.
With its maximum of three year’s worth of benefits and a cap of €6,100 per month in payments, France’s unemployment system is often thought of as one of Europe’s best places to be out of work, but is it true?
The Swiss government's eagerness to avoid graft accusations could explain why Switzerland cancelled plans for Swedish fighter jets to take part in an air show, reports from Stockholm said on Tuesday.
A key study suggests that an overwhelming number of women with unwanted pregnancies will resort to underground abortions in Spain and abroad if the country's strict new abortion law is passed in Parliament.
Swatch, Switzerland’s biggest watchmaker, has sued American discount retail giant Target for allegedly selling copycat watches.
A woman in Rome has accused doctors of abandoning her to give birth in a hospital toilet, allegedly because medical staff objected to her having an abortion.
A Spanish mayor has come under fire after he gave aprons and nail files to women at a race event to support International Women's Day.
Politicians in Bolzano, a city in Italy’s wealthiest province, South Tyrol, have come under fire after it emerged that sex toys were among some members' expense claims.
From food to fiestas, The Local has covered a great deal of Spain-related topics in its first year of picture galleries. Here is an easily accessible breakdown of our lists which doubles up as a crash course in everything Spanish.
For the second edition of French Property Face-off, readers have the tough choice between a cosy ski chalet in the French Alps and a pristine villa overlooking the Côte d'Azur on the French Riviera. Take a look through the slideshow and see which one you would go for.
Pear and parmesan has been named ice cream flavour of 2014, just in time for spring. Stallholders have raised eyebrows about this year's more left-field choice.
The father and mother of a three-year-old boy who died in a hospital in northern Norway last week were charged on Tuesday in connection with their son’s death.
Two Spanish Olympic sailing hopefuls have thrown caution to the wind by posing nude to raise their profile in the lead-up to the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro.
Ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy's was dealt a blow by France's top court on Tuesday, meaning his legal troubles stemming from a variety of scandals are set to continue and could harm his chances of a return to politics.
"Indisk" food is nothing more than a label in Stockholm, many Indian expats complain. They let The Local in on two major no-nos in the quest to quench the Indian tastebuds with authentic flavours.
Consumers are splashing out more than ever in Germany with spending reaching a new high of €1.6 trillion in 2013, a 2.5 percent boost on the previous year and almost a third more than in 2000.
Students whose school was bombarded with Nazi graffiti at the weekend were surprised on Tuesday to find the building had been "love-bombed" by Stockholm well-wishers.
UPDATE: Bayern Munich boss Uli Hoeneß faced a damaging testimony in a tax trial on Tuesday when an official charged the German football legend had withheld incriminating evidence for over a year and avoided €23.7 million in tax.
A three-bedroom Stockholm apartment offers the discerning buyer a perfect example of how an attic conversion can serve the needs of a modern family.
Switzerland, which led a push to block assets of ousted Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovych and others, has frozen the holdings of nine more individuals including one of his sons.
Italy's parliament on Monday night voted against introducing quotas for the number of female MPs, an amendment put forward as part of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's hotly-contested electoral reform.
US President Barack Obama called Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Monday evening to discuss the crisis in Ukraine. Obama also offered support on the tenth anniversary of a terrorist attack in Spain in which 191 people died.
Italy returned to growth in the fourth quarter last year after its longest post-war recession, official data from the Istat agency showed on Tuesday.
Lexicographers in Norway are savouring a sweet victory after the country’s language council ruled against a confectioner that wanted the Norwegian word for jelly babies purged from dictionaries.
Moving countries can be a daunting process, especially with a young family. The Local talks to mother-of-two Kimberly Vanzi, the American founder of the Firenze Moms 4 Moms Network, about expat parenting in Italy.
The Swiss government's eagerness to avoid graft accusations could explain why the Swiss cancelled Swedish fighter jets taking part in an air show, Swedish reports suggested on Tuesday.
Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is looking for struggling UK expat restaurant owners in Spain's Costa del Sol to take part in his latest series of Kitchen Nightmares.
Ten thousand staff at Berlin’s biggest hospital could go on strike on Monday as talks between a union and management over better conditions and training for employees break down.
A teacher at a nursery school in the Lazio province of Viterbo has been placed under house arrest after being caught “hitting, insulting and threatening” a class of three-year-olds.
Spanish authorities found 62 bales containing close to two tonnes of hashish that washed ashore on Monday on a beach in one of Spain's exclaves in North Africa, police said.
Police in the canton of Thurgau have collared the young thieves of an electric wheelchair belonging to a disabled member of the Swiss parliament.
A well-known Al-Qaeda linked website called on "lone wolf" terrorists to assassinate President François Hollande and attack France in revenge for the country’s military interventions in Africa.
As part of an effort to fight "dangerous" levels of air pollution in the French capital, police in Paris have handed out around 13,000 speeding fines to drivers in recent days, authorities said on Tuesday.
Italian food company Eataly has sold a 20 percent stake to Tamburi Investment Partners (TIP), as part of a plan to list the rapidly-expanding retailer on the stock exchange in 2016/2017, the buyer said on Monday.
Cross-channel rivalry bared its claws again this week, this time in the world of dogs, with figures showing that Brits now prefer French bulldogs to the treasured British variety, because they are more intelligent and have less health problems.
All eyes are on France's far-right National Front party in the upcoming local elections as it puts forward its largest ever number of candidates. Is the anti-EU, anti-immigration party set for its big breakthrough and what will it mean for France?
Astronomers in Hawaii will soon have the chance to view the clearest image of the sun yet, thanks to a huge €216 ($300) million telescope designed and developed by a Spanish consortium.
The more power the EU Parliament gains, the less interest voters have in it. The introduction of “top candidates” for parties in May’s elections is supposed to change this, but who is going to vote for them, asks Michael Wohlgemuth.
Millions of foreign visitors flocked to Paris last year helping the French capital to maintain its title as the world's most popular tourist destination. However the French themselves seem to have fallen out of love with the City of Light.
The husband of politician Alessandra Mussolini, granddaughter of the Italian fascist leader Benito Mussolini, is embroiled in an investigation into underage prostitution in Rome, Italian media reported on Tuesday.
Roger Federer and his wife Mirka are expecting twins for the second time, according to a Swiss newspaper.
Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate have hired a mysterious Spanish 'supernanny' to look after their eight-month-old baby Prince George, it emerged on Monday.
One of the passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 travelling with a stolen passport was an Iranian going to Germany, probably to see his mother, police said on Tuesday.
Three ex-Soviet Baltic states can count on the security provided by their membership of Nato and the EU, Germany said on Tuesday amid East-West tensions over the crisis in Ukraine.
A 17-year-old girl from the Sicilian province of Trapani, committed suicide after learning how to load a gun on the internet.
A man believed to be travelling with a fake passport on Malaysian Airlines flight 370, which went missing last week, was on his way to seek asylum in southern Sweden, his relative said on Monday.
Zurich Insurance Group announced on Tuesday a three-year restructuring plan that could result in the cutting of up to 800 jobs around the world.
Families of Holocaust victims in the US continued their fight this week to force France's state owned rail firm SNCF to pay compensation over its role in transporting Jews to Nazi death camps. US lawmakers are threatening to derail an SNCF bid for a major public contract.
Swedish reporter Nils Horner was killed in Kabul on Tuesday. The journalist was reportedly shot in the back of the head while carrying out street interviews.
Spain has approved plans to host an expanded US Marine Corps force that is designed to respond to crises in Africa and rescue American diplomats in emergencies, officers said on Monday.
Spain marks the 10th anniversary of the Madrid train bombings on Tuesday, but Antonio Gómez plans to stay away from the commemorations.
The mysterious disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines flight in south east Asia, has been likened to the tragic 2009 crash involving an Air France flight on its way from Rio di Janeiro to Paris. But there are differences between the two cases.
The number of unemployed Swedes has sunk in official statistics compared to a year ago, a new review revealed on Tuesday.
UPDATE: The death toll following an explosion in an apartment block in northern Germany on Monday morning has risen to four. Fifteen other people were also injured.
A three-year-old girl was caught driving a motorbike in southern Germany on Sunday afternoon, landing her father in trouble with the police.
A Malaysian aviation official came under fire on social media Tuesday for evoking black Italian footballer Mario Balotelli when discussing two passengers who boarded a missing jet with stolen European passports.
As Germany's government gets down to business on its election pledge for a national minimum wage, fierce lobbying is also under way to limit any such measure as much as possible.
A Swedish scientist revealed on Monday that a natural compound in spinach prevents food cravings and could be a key factor in reducing obesity.
When my seven-year-old daughter asked me if she was Swedish or Iranian, I chose to dodge the question. She soon let me know what mistake I had made, writes Iranian-Swedish local politician Sepideh Erfani.