An avalanche swept a 35-year-old mountain guide and a 39-year-old German woman hundreds of metres down a mountainside to their deaths on Monday while they were skiing near Zermatt in the canton of Valais.
If you're planning to take the career path less travelled, Spain is full of exciting one-of-a-kind possibilities. The Local takes a look at some of the weird and wonderful jobs you won't find anywhere else.
The defiant chef at a well-known restaurant on the French Riviera has blamed the recent loss of his prized Michelin star on his very un-Gallic, "alternative" menu, based around insects and worms.
Some good news for British expats in France. They will pay a third less for new passports after UK authorities slashed the price due to the "efficiency savings" they have made over the last three years, by closing passport offices abroad.
Norway's ever-creative NRK network has come up with yet another strange but surprisingly compelling 'slow TV' experiment -- Piip Show, described by its creator as a "reality TV show with wild birds".
The prices of some French wines have shot up more than 30 percent since the summer due to a historically weak grape harvest in 2013, that has left the good stuff in short supply, according to data released on Monday.
British expats in Spain will pay a third less for new passports in the wake of what UK authorities are calling "efficiency savings" over the last three years.
A baby boy, thought to be three or four days old and with its umbilical cord still attached, was found under the seat of a train in southern Italy on Sunday.
Paris authorities announced on Monday that driving curbs would be lifted after pollution levels in the city dropped. However earlier in the day police said thousands of motorists were issued fines for flouting the ban on vehicles that had even-numbered license plates.
A judge jailed a German man for eight years on Monday for killing his wife. He had concreted her body into a wall and convinced their children and friends for years that she had simply run off.
A German court threw out Monday claims from a number of institutional investors against Porsche in connection with its failed attempt to take over carmaker Volkswagen in 2008.
A new survey looking at how Swedes feel about their job has put one profession far down on the bottom rung of well-being in the workplace.
Former German tennis star Boris Becker failed to stop his holiday villa on the island of Majorca being confiscated by Spanish authorities after failing to pay a six-figure builder's bill.
The bill to cover the costs of Paris’s “dangerously” high pollution levels is at €16 million ($22.3 million) and counting with city chiefs admitting on Monday that the decision to make public transport free is costing authorities €4 million a day.
The North Korean ambassador to the UN in Geneva walked out of a Human Rights Council hearing on rights violations in his country when Japan took the floor.
As an expatriate - or future expatriate - in Sweden, learning the language is probably one of the first issues you have had to deal with when preparing your departure. Indeed, there is every chance that, at the time of departure, you will have no or hardly any knowledge of Swedish.
An English-language school has heeded the concerns of its pupils, after a student uprising against a new teacher at the multinational school who is also active in the anti-immigration Sweden Democrat party.
A team from Sweden's TV4 news channel was released on Monday afternoon after they were arrested by the Russian military in Crimea.
Anglos would be the first to complain if France's sensual, hedonistic approach to cuisine disappeared, the country's top celebrity chef Alain Ducasse has said, as he also acknowledged the creeping influence of modern Anglo eating trends.
Spain's controversial decision to shelve several high profile international human rights cases received its first test on Monday after a judge refused to close the file on the death of a Spanish cameraman during the US invasion of Iraq in 2003.
Former tennis star Boris Becker has had his holiday villa on the island of Majorca confiscated by Spanish authorities after not paying a builder's bill of €391,000 ($544,000).
A quiet price war between Germany's discount supermarkets is putting farmers under huge economic pressure, with sausage and meat products the latest to see prices drop.
A woman in central Italy was yesterday bludgeoned to death with a hammer by her husband, who left her body to be discovered by their two children, Italian media reported on Sunday.
German football legend and former Bayern Munich boss Uli Hoeneß is to go to jail for tax fraud after prosecutors said on Monday they would not appeal the verdict.
Armed with a Bic biro pen, a man managed to rob five banks in Rome. He was snared only when savvy staff at his sixth target realised the harmless 'weapon' was not a knife.
Passengers at a French railway station were left horrified when a high-speed TGV train arrived at a platform with the dead body of a cyclist stuck to the front of the train.
Italians in Venice and its surrounding region are voting this week on whether to break away from rest of the country and form their own country, organizers said on Monday.
Convicted mafia boss Domenico Rancadore won his fight to avoid extradition from Britain on Monday after a judge ruled that his human rights could be breached in overcrowded Italian prisons.
The mass expansion of internet domain names could cause havoc for the defence of trademarks in cyberspace, the UN's intellectual property body warned on Monday.
Norway has chosen the thick-set former bouncer Carl Espen to represent it at the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, betting on a piano-driven ballad rather than the usual frenetic Europop.
Out of all the impressive paper-maché statues built for this year's emblematic Fallas festival in Valencia, one stands out for its degree of political satire and wit.
London and Paris have been squabbling like siblings recently over various claims to fame but when it comes to the world of cinema there would be one clear winner of the gong, our guest blogger Rory Mulholland claims.
A German jeweller whose shop was robbed and his staff bullied by armed men has hit back, publishing security camera pictures of their faces on Facebook - complete with a dramatic video of the robbery.
Swiss authorities have launched a criminal investigation into a company that allegedly imported three tonnes of steroids illegally into Switzerland.
Global property prices shot up 8.4 percent in 2014 but Spain is still down at the foot of the country table with recovery still a long way off, new figures show.
Five coffins containing corpses have been found in an abandoned room in a cemetery in the southern Italian province of Caserta. Police suspect the corpses were dug up and placed there as part of a "personal vendetta" against families of the deceased.
US authorities have asked Swedish telecom firm TeliaSonera to share information about its suspect business dealings in Uzbekistan, which have already seen heads roll at the company.
Norwegian music journalist Jostein Pedersen has mercilessly attacked Utøya survivor 'Mo' Abdi Farah for "cynically" milking his trauma on the island to try and win a place as Norway's entry to the Eurovision Song Contest.
The caretaker of a school in Messina, Sicily's third-largest city, was arrested over the weekend for allegedly abusing a six-year-old girl.
Sweden's Eurovision 2012 winner Loreen tweeted that her hit song Euphoria was about cannabis, but later retracted, claiming she only "did life", not cannabis, and blamed hackers for the wayward tweet.
A French widow, who says she was simply honouring her husband's dying wish by sharing a few glasses of champagne with family and friends at his graveside for his birthday, was fined by unsympathetic police for disturbing the peace, according to reports on Monday.
The US film giant Warner Brothers has bought the rights to turn Jo Nesbø's next book, Blood in the Snow, into a Hollywood blockbuster.
Insulting players from an all-immigrant football team on the pitch does not amount to racism, an Italian team has claimed, as their league was thrown into disarray after four teams quit in a xenophobia row.
The prime minister's attack on the main opposition party's shadow budget led to a row in a televised debate on Sunday, as the Social Democrat leader branded his opponent "cocky" and his claims baseless.
The nine-year-old girl who was held captive for seven months in the depths of the Amazon rainforest has been taken back to her home town in Catalonia, but not yet to her parents.
Leading Swiss People’s Party (SVP) politician Christoph Blocher says he is ready to launch a new initiative to ensure that Switzerland applies immigration quotas.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic baged a double as PSG beat bogey team Saint Etienne in Paris on Sunday to continue their march towards the title. Elsewhere Monaco can thank the referee for their win over Lyon in a controversial match. Catch up on the latest Ligue 1 action.
A six-year-old girl who fell into the Rhine in Cologne died on Saturday, despite the desperate efforts of two adults, one of whom is also feared dead after being dragged away by the current.
A Swedish artist's design for a memorial near Norway's Utøya island would be "impossible" to build, and faces opposition from locals who want to block a plan they says risks "scarring" the landscape in a tribute to the dead.
He's a British fictional detective famous for his knack of unravelling complex cases, but the person thought to have inspired Sherlock Holmes had Italian origins, a historian has claimed.
British mobile phone giant Vodafone has agreed to buy Spanish cable television and Internet provider Ono for 7.2 billion euros ($10 billion), it said on Monday.
Spain on Sunday deported a Moroccan man after he completed a 10-year jail sentence for obtaining the explosives used in the 2004 Madrid train bombings that killed 191 people, the government said.
World number two tennis player Novak Djokovic rallied to beat Switzerland's Roger Federer in a three-set thriller on Sunday to win his first title of 2014 at the Indian Wells ATP Masters.
Public service workers in areas such as transport, kindergartens and rubbish collection were set to go on strike on Monday across Germany, with further action planned for the rest of the week if their demands on pay are not met.
Hamburg escaped the Bundesliga's bottom three for the first time since January with a tense 2-1 win at home to fellow-strugglers Nuremberg on Sunday.
The planned memorial to those who died on Utøya will be impossible to build -- or would at least look nothing like the images that have spread around the world, a local geologist has declared, arguing the rocks are too soft and porous.
Stockholm-based think tank Sipri said on Monday that India is still the biggest buyer of arms in the world, with nearly triple the imports of closest rivals China and Pakistan.
Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored two first half goals in a win against Saint Etienne on Sunday, bringing his season tally to 40 goals and setting a club record in the process.
One group of ancient stones is under threat from another, fear authorities in Rome, as the Rolling Stones prepare for a huge concert among the "very fragile" ruins of Italy's capital.
Next year's Vasaloppet race sold out on Sunday in under two minutes, with over 15,000 racers putting their names down for the historic 90-kilometre competition.
IN PICTURES: A week on from a Nazi attack which left an activist fighting for his life, some 10,000 people swelled the streets of Malmö to protest against fascism. The Local’s Patrick Reilly joined their ranks.