Documents relating to Michael Schumacher have been stolen, the Formula One star's management said on Monday, with the thieves claiming them to be medical records about his coma from a devastating ski crash in December.
If Europe adopted a style of farming that abstains from ploughing after a harvest, local temperatures could drop as much as two degrees, Swiss and French researchers said on Monday.
UN human rights chief Navi Pillay on Monday slammed Egypt's mass trials, which have led to at least 220 death sentences and seen journalists ordered to serve lengthy prison terms.
The Zurich Zoo has launched a competition to name its newborn elephant, whose arrival into the world last week was captured on video.
Norwegian Air Shuttle's Dreamliner nightmare resumed over the weekend, with a record 44 hour and 43 minute delay for the Boeing 787-8 flight from Orlando to Oslo.
The Danish-led mission to remove Syria’s chemical weapons is now complete, the defence ministry announced on Tuesday, with the defence minister praising the efforts of fellow Nordic countries.
A man climbing in the Grimsel region of Bern was found dead after falling in a crevasse, cantonal police said on Monday.
Buthaina Shaaban, a key aide to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has visited Norway in the first trip to Europe by a senior official in three years, her office said Sunday.
Dethroned champions Spain bowed out of the World Cup with a 3-0 win over Australia thanks to goals from David Villa, Fernando Torres and Juan Mata in Curitiba on Monday.
A violent hail storm hit Klagenfurt in Carinthia on Monday, downing trees, flooding basements, and halting train services.
Two brothers of Somali background were the first to be convicted under a new law against training for terrorist acts, but the Western High Court has shortened their sentences and released them.
Unpopular French president François Hollande and his strugglign Socialist government won praise on Monday for the tough stance they have taken towards General Electric's bid for French engineering giant Alstom and for not bowing to rail strikers.
Doctors and surgeons make more errors when operating on knee and joints, a new report has shown. Longer working hours and high pressure can cause mistakes, many of which go unreported.
Female genital mutilation is on the rise in Sweden, but the government hopes to halt the development with an online training programme for school and health personnel.
Olalla Oliveros, a famous Spanish model and actress, has revealed that she secretly quit showbusiness in 2010 after experiencing an 'internal earthquake' during a visit to a religious sanctuary in Portugal and has spent the last 4 years as a nun.
French film composer Alexandre Desplat - whose dozens of works include the scores for "The King's Speech" and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" - will head up this year's Venice festival jury, organizers said on Monday.
Spain fans are hoping their team will be motivated enough to avoid the embarrassment of exiting the World Cup without registering a single point when they face Australia on Monday.
They're not Norwegian blues, but African greys - and sadly, two of them expired, apparently from the fumes of over-heated Teflon pans, according to a story in Heute.
Sweden's Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin's planned one-day visit to Vienna.
The results of a study by the EU Commission on equal treatment of men has suggested a kind of "paternity protection" in Austria - similar to the established "maternity protection" which means an employer can’t force a woman to return to work straight after the birth of her child.
UPDATE: At least one person is dead after a plane crash in Sauerland on Monday evening. Emergency services are still searching for light aircraft's second passenger.
Italian police may have solved the murder of an American-Italian policeman who was killed in Palermo more than 100 years ago, it was revealed on Monday, as 91 mafia suspects were arrested in the Sicilian capital.
The Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin’s planned one-day visit to Vienna.
Parish newsletters don’t usually make for controversial reading, but a bulletin penned by a parish priest in northern Italy raised more than a few eyebrows when he suggested that cohabitation outside marriage was a worse sin than murder. He has since been forced to apologize.
The trial began in Linz on Monday of a 37-year-old man who is accused of the murder of his stepfather while high on crystal meth.
Stevns Cliff and the Wadden Sea are the country's first natural areas to be recognized on the Unesco World Heritage Site. Will a tourism boom follow?
An unidentified man thought to have attacked three people with a knife was run down on a motorway in western Germany on Monday. One of his victims is fighting for his life, the others are seriously hurt.
Riders whizzed up and down Madrid's sunny avenues on white electric bikes on Monday as the Spanish capital launched its first shared-bicycle scheme. But is Spain's capital too dangerous to ride around on a bike?
A Frenchman is making his way from Paris to Warsaw surviving only on a diet of food he's salvaged from waste bins to show Europeans just how much they are throwing away. He tells The Local which countries' supermarkets have been more accomodating.
A Frenchman shot his son three times after mistaking him for a blackbird raiding the family cherry tree. The story is just the latest in a long line of tragic and freak shooting accidents in France.
France's nearly €600 million fund to pay the medical bills for poor, illegal immigrants went over budget by some €150 million last year, in part because of a combination of increased fraudulent claims and a growth in health tourism, media reports have said.
IN PICTURES: Four masked men are on the run after a botched robbery on a Stockholm jewellers. The men drove their car through a mall and into the window of the store, but didn't manage to get inside.
A record-breaking 21 million international tourists, including almost 5 million British and 3.5 million Germans, came to Spain between January and May this year, 8.2 percent more than in the same period in 2013.
A three-year-old boy died on Sunday after being hit by a hit-and-run driver in a town outside the northern Italian city of Ravenna.
From a bribery racket in Venice to accusations of contract rigging in Milan and mafia infiltration of the judiciary, Italy is engulfed by a wave of corruption scandals which have raised the spectre of depravities past.
The Local recently asked a selection of Germans to tell us what they think of their neighbours who live in the land of Mozart, Wiener Schnitzel, and Red Bull.
The French government unveiled a new plan to tax the lorries shuttling goods across the country on Tuesday, however it’s a greatly scaled back version of the so-called "ecotax" that prompted violent protests in Brittany last year.
A bank in central Sweden was hit by armed robbers on Monday, for the second time in only a few months.
All new mums look away! Here are the best photos from this year’s El Colacho baby jumping festival, held in a village in northern Spain since 1620.
Police cordoned off Gothenburg's central train station on Monday after receiving a call about an alleged bomb on board one of the trains. The package was destroyed by a bomb squad several hours later.
The prefect of Perugia is to be dismissed from his post after he reportedly said that “A mother who does not realize that her child is taking drugs has failed” and “should just commit suicide”, Italian media has reported.
The company hired to put on May's Eurovision contest overshot its budget by 70 million kroner ($13 million), leading to massive criticism and a huge bill for the public.
A special cultural guide advising Arab tourists on how to behave when visiting the popular holiday destination of Zell am See-Kaprun in Salzburg has been withdrawn after it was criticised by Austrian and foreign media.
Swedish police don't enjoy Midsummer weekend quite the way most Swedes do - and one decided to put his feelings in verse.
Artur Mas, president of the autonomous region of Catalonia, replied 'That's true' when asked by American broadcaster CNN if less than 50 percent of Catalans were in favour of full independence from Spain, but insisted that a referendum was the only reliable way to find out.
Spanish bank Santander will pay €700 million to buy GE Money Bank AB, the consumer credit arm of GE Money Nordic with activities in Sweden, Denmark and Norway, it said on Monday.
An American student had an embarrassing ordeal in southern Germany when he climbed into a giant sculpture of female genitalia and got himself stuck.
The gap between the top wage earners and those at the bottom at Switzerland’s largest companies continues to grow, with Nestlé showing the worst example, according to a union study issued on Monday.
A planned strike by air traffic controllers in France will not cause as much disruption as first feared after one of two unions pulled out of the six-day walk-out. However France’s civil aviation authorities have still asked airlines to cancel 20 percent of flights.
The trial of a police officer who became involved in an investigation into the Natascha Kampusch case has begun in Vienna.
Spain revealed plans on Monday for sweeping tax cuts to stimulate the economy and create new jobs in a nation still grappling with stubbornly high unemployment despite a return to growth.
A Rolling Stones concert in Rome on Sunday will go down as one of the most profitable in Italian history, boosting the city’s coffers by €25 million in a single day. Frontman Mick Jagger even made a few predictions for Italy's World Cup squad.
Finance Minister Michael Spindelegger has said the US rating agency Moody's decision to downgrade Austria's banks over the Hypo affair is "inexplicable".
The man whose bomb threat shut down central Stockholm last Thursday said the move was a protest against Sweden's asylum process, after his application for refugee status was declined.
Dry conditions are sparking concerns about forest fires in several Swiss cantons after blazes broke out over the weekend.
Reports indicate that the Infanta Cristina, sister of Spain's King Felipe, will be summonsed to court this week to face charges of money laundering and cooperation in the fiscal crimes allegedly committed by her husband, Iñaki Urdangarin, for which she could face up to 11 years in prison.
French authorities escorted five people off a bus at the Chamonix end of the Mont Blanc tunnel on Sunday and sent them back to Italy.
Spain's Justice Ministry has decided to allow women to abort in cases where the foetus is malformed, as part of a stringent abortion bill which has been slammed both at home and abroad.
The Danish prime minister has repeatedly said that she is not interested in a top EU post, but by meeting with Angela Merkel, François Hollande and José Manuel Barroso she did little to quell the rumours.
Thousands of jubilant Algeria fans took to the streets of towns and cities across France on Sunday to celebrate their team’s victory over South Korea. But in several cities the celebrations turned violent and riot police were forced to intervene.
We've already looked at how the Austrians see the Germans. The Local has now asked a selection of Germans to tell us what they think of their neighbours who live in the land of Mozart, Wiener Schnitzel, and Red Bull.
In America things are not only bigger, but better. So says Henrik Fogh Rasmussen, the son of the former Danish prime minister, after 14 years of living in the United States.
UN cultural agency Unesco granted its prized World Heritage status to a prehistoric cave in southern France that contains the earliest known figurative drawings.
Two climbers fell to their deaths in the German alps over the weekend, in separate incidents.
The French government were claiming victory on Sunday after clinching a deal to become the main shareholder in Alstom. That move will pave the way for General Electric to buy the French group's energy arm, which had seemed unlikely back in April.
Austrian bearded lady Conchita Wurst, winner of Eurovision 2014, is set to inaugurate the 16th annual Stockholm Pride festival in July.
Amateur footballers in France believe they have broken the world record for the longest match after playing 73 hours non-stop from Thursday to Sunday to raise awareness about the rare medical disorder Crigler-Najjar.
The Danish Air Show was aerobatics at its finest. We've got the photo highlights.
Norway's controversial equality minister Solveig Horne was met with loud booing when she opened Oslo's Europride festival on Friday.
Three Swedes died in traffic accidents over the long weekend, which saw fewer fatalities than usual for the Midsummer break.
German customs officials have seized two containers filled with account details from a Swiss private bank's subsidiary in the Cayman Islands, a news report said on Sunday.
Four-time champions Italy admitted they are struggling with the weather conditions ahead of their clash with Uruguay in Natal on Tuesday where they will try to avoid being eliminated in the first round at successive World Cups.
Germany's defence ministry has temporarily halted new orders of its military's standard assault rifle while it probes complaints the weapon doesn't shoot straight, a news report said on Sunday.
Italian police dressed as priests have ensnared two would-be blackmailers who were threatening to publish wiretaps of an erotic conversation with a clergyman, local media reported.
Some of Norway's most eminent lawyers have backed a proposal from Oslo University's law professor Terje Einarsen to give the Nobel Peace Prize to Edward Snowden, praising it as "particularly well-argued and solidly reasoned".
A senior politician from Norway's Progress Party is facing possible expulsion after she declared that refugees "smell bad" and "beat their own children", during a debate on asylum.
"Little" Switzerland still have "big dreams" at the World Cup despite their meltdown against France, according to midfielders Blerim Dzemaili and Granit Xhaka.
A Formula 1 motor race was held in Austria for the first time in more than a decade on Sunday, with the victory going to the Mercedes team.