The 23-year-old man implicated in the killing of three people and wounding of five others in Turkey last week is not Swiss, a newspaper in Switzerland reported on Thursday.
Senior members of a professional body representing US diplomats have called on the country's Senate to reject George Tsunis, the nominee ambassador for Norway.
Four passengers were injured after a Swiss International Air Lines plane had to abandon take-off because of an engine failure at London's City Airport on Thursday, officials said.
A judge in Britain told convicted mafia boss Domenico Rancadore on Thursday that he was free to return to his life in the London suburbs, after prosecutors said they would not appeal a ruling that blocked his extradition to Italy.
With the crucial second round of voting in France's local elections just days away, The Local looks ahead, with the help of an expert in French politics, to what will happen. How well will the National Front do? How badly will it get for the left, and who will triumph in Paris?
Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that she hoped the threat of further sanctions would be enough to keep Russia in check in the Ukraine crisis. But she added Europe was prepared to act if necessary.
Britain and France will develop new anti-ship missiles in a €600-million ($830 million) project that stems from a major defence cooperation agreement, Britain's Ministry of Defence said on Thursday.
King Digital, game makers behind the addictive app Candy Crush, was shunned by investors for a second day on Thursday after suffering a 15 percent share price drop in its Wednesday debut on the New York Stock Exchange.
The driver of a 458 Italia Ferrari supercar, valued at a minimum of €240,000, crashed into a skip in the centre of the Spanish capital on Sunday night then abandoned the scene – and his car – according to witnesses.
An American football team in Bergamo, northern Italy, has taken a stand against homophobia in an ironic new video in which all the players pretend to be gay. Watch the video for yourselves.
NBC has announced dates for the US premiere of Welcome to Sweden, a romantic comedy about an American's move to Stockholm. The second episode, meanwhile, will hit Swedish screens on Friday with a cameo from a Hollywood giant.
Emergency services in Spain's Canary Islands have confirmed that the object spotted in the sea was a tug boat and not a downed passenger plane.
Protesters burned bins at a top Spanish university campus on Thursday and hundreds marched through the streets in a national strike against education cuts that has seen scores of arrests.
A Hamburg artist has set up an unusual "butcher's shop" that swaps pork and poultry for teddy bear sausages. A purveyor of shocks with a serious message, Miroslav Menschenkind is The Local's German of the Week.
Passenger numbers have hit record highs, yet Deutsche Bahn's profits slumped by over 50 percent in 2013. Germany's state-owned rail giant is blaming floods, soaring costs and the economic crisis for its losses.
Baselworld, the showcase for watchmakers, opened on a bright note on Thursday, with industry leaders seeing a rise in global demand despite a sharp slowdown for expensive watches in China.
US President Barack Obama has been given a warm welcome by Italy's leaders and Pope Francis, but The Local discovers that not everyone is impressed by the state visit - especially business owners forced to close ahead of his trip to the Colosseum.
Norway last year received less than half as many refugees per head as its more generous neighbour Sweden, according to the latest figures from the European Union, undermining calls from the anti-immigration Progress Party for a much tougher regime.
Swedish fashion giant H&M announced on Thursday it had achieved strong annual growth and good profits amid a push to create more online stores and an increased presence in Asia.
Pope Francis defended the right of doctors who refuse to perform abortions in the United States during talks with US President Barack Obama on Thursday, the Vatican said.
Bavaria’s capital constantly tops quality of life polls and is rated as the best city to live in Germany, but what in particular is so great about Munich?
The craze for installing doctored comedy signs has reached small-town Norway, with an art collective in Ørje on the Swedish border installing a pair of zebra crossing signs inspired by Monty Python's Ministry of Silly Walks.
A stern letter from Astrid Lindgren did not put a stop to Barbo Lindgren (no relation) in 1964. But it would take five decades for this week's Swede of the Week to get a final nod from the grave, as it were, from Astrid.
Student Marc Cots believes Catalans want an independence referendum so badly, they would turn out to vote even if Spain sent tanks to the region to stop them.
A church in Northern Norway has defended its ban on 'joiking', the traditional singing of the Sami ethnic minority, arguing that it is a relic of the "old religion" and inappropriate for a Christian place of worship.
Closer magazine has been ordered by a court to pay €15,000 in damages to actress Julie Gayet over its exposé of her affair with the French President François Hollande.
French police on Thursday swooped on a caravan of mobile billboards bearing a doctored image of China’s president Xi Jinping, giving the "up yours" salute. The protest stunt was planed to coincide with Xi's state visit to Paris.
PICTURES: Swedish high-end fashion has a reputation for edgy minimalism, but what about everyday shopping in the capital? The Local's Deepti Vashisht hit the streets of Stockholm to find out where to go.
A Swedish art professor has applauded Apple's promise to diversify its emoticon options, including figures wearing religious headgear such as the hijab.
The United States has offered a $3 million bounty for information which leads to the capture of Abdelkadir Mohamed Abdilkadir, the 'Norwegian Somali' believed to have played a role in planning the terror attack on Nairobi's Westgate Mall.
Money can break even the closest of families. This is what happened in Pavia, when a grandmother got into a scrap with her granddaughter over a €500,000 scratch card win.
A vengeful 93-year-old Frenchman who wanted "to teach a lesson" to an 82-year-old love interest for rejecting his advances went on trial this week for brutally stabbing and beating her to death.
Eccentric British comedian Eddie Izzard, famed for his love of languages and cross-dressing, is planning six exclusive stand-up gigs in Spain's capital in April.
The launch of a controversial US dating site in France that seeks to pair up rich businessmen with hard-up young 'sugar babies' has prompted anger in some quarters with feminist groups calling it “disguised prostitution”. They have asked the government to take action.
UPDATE: The situation at Germany's main airports was returning to normal on Thursday afternoon after strikes by ground staff, baggage handlers and maintenance workers had earlier grounded hundreds of flights.
An 18-year-old Norwegian has found fame world-wide after deciding to tattoo a McDonald's receipt onto his forearm.
Foreigners, mainly British, have rushed to take advantage of a 30 percent fall in prices since 2010, leading to a 300 percent increase in purchases on the Costa Blanca compared with the start of the economic crisis, according to new figures released last week.
A disgraced German bishop who resigned on Wednesday after building costs at his new headquarters spiraled to at least €31 million, spent €213,000 on a fish tank. On Thursday he passed some of the blame onto his deputy.
Swiss authorities have rejected a request for asylum by Anna Hutsol, the founder of Ukrainian women’s protest group Femen, whose members are famous for baring their breasts to make political statements.
A new blog mocking media-savvy Matteo Renzi is gaining popularity in Italy, with the young prime minister riding a bicycle around the world and through famous Hollywood films.
A Swedish couple who lost their first baby, born with a snapped neck, lost in court on Thursday against the doctor who refused the mother a Cesarian despite a 55-hour labour.
Italy's navy said Thursday it had rescued 128 migrants from Egypt, Eritrea, Sudan and Syria from a boat crossing the Mediterranean which got into difficulty off the coast of Sicily.
Ana Botella, mayor of Spain's capital city, wants to "regulate" the right to hold public demonstrations in the centre of Madrid in the wake of police clashes with protesters after last weekend's "March for Dignity".
A Tupac-loving top aide to Vladimir Putin was in Sweden at the time an EU travel ban against him was announced, border police have confirmed.
The EU's digital commissioner has slammed German airports for charging up to €6 per hour for WiFi, calling the practise 'thievery.'
A British financial watchdog on Wednesday said it had fined Spanish banking giant Santander almost €15 million (£12.4 million) for mis-advising customers.
Bolivian and Spanish police have rescued a three-month-old baby and his 11-year-old brother from a group of drug traffickers who held them in a bid to extort money from their mother.
The sale of a contested Russian building in Sweden, forcibly sold to settle a businessman's dispute with Moscow, will not go ahead.
Commuters in Paris were left furious on Thursday when authorities closed no less than 13 Metro stations during the morning rush hour for citing security reasons for the state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping.
US tech giant Apple has reportedly backed down on its decision to ban a French book because of its cover which featured an image of a nude woman. The embargo had caused ire among the book's French publishers.
Swiss football club FC Basel must play their Europa League quarterfinal first leg clash against Valencia behind closed doors after being punished for the violent behaviour of their fans.
Switzerland's Roger Federer crashed out of the ATP Tour's Miami Masters tennis tournament in the quarterfinals on Wednesday while Novak Djokovic eliminated defending champ Andy Murray in straight sets.
Town hall staff in Helsingborg will soon have a clear channel to report suspected corruption, and bypass any boss who may be implicated in any potentially underhand activities.
Germany has raised the prospect of expelling EU citizens who fail to find work and have no job prospects in the country.
Pollution that clogged the air around Paris earlier this month is set to return to the French capital on Thursday, a government agency warned. Town Hall authorities have taken action to try to limit the impact.
Barack Obama will meet Pope Francis for the first time on Thursday for talks on a shared agenda to fight inequality which the US president hopes will help boost support at home.
Spain and Portugal are set to power back to growth this year, their central banks predicted Wednesday, as the eurozone's crisis-hit countries continue their recovery after a crippling recession.
Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi won a confidence vote on Wednesday called to force the Senate to push through a cost-cutting bill aimed at wiping out the country's provincial governments.
With a turnover of €53 billion in 2013, the 'Ndrangheta mafia from southern Italy made more money last year than Deutsche Bank and McDonald's put together, a new study said on Wednesday.
France and China signed €18 billion worth of deals on Wednesday including an order for 70 Airbus planes from Beijing. French President François Hollande said the deals mean "jobs, growth and prospects" for France on a day when the jobless rate reached a new record high.
A woman in eastern Sweden was convicted of assault and fined for slapping a man in the face after he allegedly pinched her buttocks.
Swedish football phenomenon Zlatan Ibrahimovic will see a new set of stamps launched in his honour on Thursday, with the French more eager than any to get a taste of the star striker.
The most comprehensive German biodiversity study to date has found that around one third of the nation's species are under threat.
South Korea's Son Heung-Min hit a superb late goal to help Sami Hyypia's Bayer Leverkusen claim their first win in ten games in Wednesday's 3-1 Bundesliga victory at Augsburg.
Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged Germany's support on Wednesday during a visit by South Korea's president for efforts to unify the Korean peninsular, saying its own reunification gave it a "duty" to help others.
While skiing enthusiasts are set to pack up their gear ahead of the big melt, the resort of Haute Nendaz in the heart of the Swiss Alps is revving up for the summer season. There’s outdoor activities set against an amazing Alpine backdrop, along with the chance to chill out completely thanks to a boutique chalet experience.
A 1.8-billion-franc regional rail line linking Geneva’s main train station to a suburb in France will not be operational until 2019, two years later than planned, authorities said on Wednesday.