A Norwegian man was rescued on Thursday by the local Stavanger sea-rescue service after his friend left him sleeping on a deserted island, stole the only boat, and rowed home.
A tense World Cup quarter-final saw Germany beat rivals France 1-0 in Rio de Janeiro. A 13th minute goal from defender Mats Hummels was the difference between the two sides, heading Germany into a record fourth consecutive World Cup semi-final.
Italian border police prevented a van from crossing the border from Austria after suspicions were raised that it was trafficking in migrants.
Seven-time champion Roger Federer demolished Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 on Friday to reach his ninth Wimbledon tennis tournament final, where he will face old rival Novak Djokovic for the 35th time.
Two men have been arrested by police from the Vienna Office of Criminal Investigation for stealing €130,000 through a sophisticated Internet attack, according to a report in the daily newspaper Kronen Zeitung.
A Pakistani citizen living in Barcelona was caught attempting to smuggle 13 kg of heroin into Austria from Istanbul.
France were knocked out of the World Cup on Friday after losing 1-0 to Germany in their quarter-final clash. An early goal from Mats Hummels proved enough to see off Les Bleus, who had their chances but couldn't find the net.
A new record has been set for applications to the three medical schools in Vienna, Graz and Innsbruck, as well as the new Medical Faculty at the University of Linz.
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Police are searching for an overweight, ‘older’ woman after a bank robbery in Kleinmünchen, Linz.
The 34-year-old school teacher who was stabbed to death in front her students in France on Friday was killed by the Spanish mother of a pupil, Spanish press are reporting.
According to a report in the Kronen Zeitung newspaper that was confirmed to the Austrian Press Association by the Vienna public prosecutor, the alleged written confession of the Kazakh murder suspect, former ambassador Rakhat Aliyev, is believed to be a forgery.
Funding for the European Spallation Source (ESS), the world's most powerful neutron source, has been completed, Education Minister Jan Björklund announced on Friday. The ESS will be built in Lund, Sweden.
YouTube sensation Martin Arvebro has turned the world on to the Swedish language with his funny videos. He tells The Local about his new-found fame, 'Jantelagen', and the north-south divide.
Germany wins against Algeria, refugees in Berlin score a victory for their cause and police in Cologne has to admit they messed up. This and more in The Local's pictorial review of the last seven days.
Thirty-three people were injured in southern Germany on Friday lunchtime when a regional passenger train collided with an articulated truck that was transporting a giant dumper truck.
UPDATED: A 34-year-old French school teacher was stabbed to death in front her students on Friday by the mother of a pupil, prosecutors said. President François Hollande described the killing as a "horrific tragedy" and pledged support for children and staff at the school.
Scientists in Vienna have developed antibodies which can be used to treat cancer in dogs.
Just in case you haven't heard, France play Germany in the quarter finals of the World Cup on Friday. Here, The Local France squares up against The Local Germany to argue over which team deserves to win, before a ball has even been kicked.
A Madrid association is aiming to change Spanish law under which abandoned pets can be put down just ten days after being picked up from the streets.
Got a foreign-sounding name? Your chances of getting a job in Austria just declined substantially, according to a report from the ORF.
Angelino Alfano, Italy's interior minister and leader of the New Centre-Right (NCD) party, has said he is open to discussing making civil partnerships for gay couples legal in Italy.
Sweden's "cocaine king" was released from charges last week in Sweden. But freedom was fleeting, as the court decided on Friday that he will remain imprisoned while awaiting transfer to courts in Spain.
Three Labrador puppies have been found abandoned on Vienna’s Donauinsel (Danube island).
A daredevil Frenchman, known for sneaking into high-security places undetected struck again this week when the self-dubbed "poet climber" slipped through security checks at a Paris airport. His stunt came on the same day tighter security restrictions were announced.
A mother whose first-born child died tragically over 30 years ago has appealed for the safe return of a portrait of her late daughter which was stolen from her Swedish summer house.
Police on Friday attempted to quell online hysteria after reported sightings of a mysterious hooded figure near a school in southern Germany.
Local producers for the hit TV series Game of Thrones have been met by a horde of fans wanting to participate in scenes to be filmed in Andalusia.
Most if not all Danish eyes will be on 29-year-old Astana rider, Jakob Fuglsang for the 101st edition of the Tour de France which will feature around 200 super-fit matchstick men all prepared to endure endless bruising, fatigue, pain, cramps, mountains and whatnot in their quest for the Yellow Jersey.
Selected gigs by bands including Morcheeba and London Grammar will be live streamed over the internet from the Montreux Jazz Festival, which starts today.
Parts of the north of the Spanish region of Navarre are on high alert after the Baztan River broke its banks on Friday, the latest example of wild weather in Spain in recent days.
The head of France's world famous Avignon Theatre Festival cancelled two productions set to open the event on Friday due to a strike by festival staff. A larger strike from performers threatens to cripple the month-long event.
The number of children suffering from cancer in Italy's "Land of Fires", an area where toxic waste has been dumped by the mafia, is significantly higher than elsewhere in the country, a new study has found.
Children born in Germany to foreign parents from outside the EU will for the first time be able to permanently hold dual citizenship, according to new rules agreed on Thursday.
Abortion may be legal in Catholic Italy but more and more doctors are refusing to terminate pregnancies, with many women now having to resort to procedures carried out in secret, The Local's Angela Giuffrida discovers.
An 84-year-old man was swept away to his death by flood waters on Friday as violent storms hit parts of southern France. Severe weather warnings were in place for some 31 departments as the rough weather is set to spread across the country.
Fitness instructor Tom Hoel set the world record by holding a plank for three hours and eight minutes. Now he wants thousands of Danes to join him in setting a new record. The Local spoke with the Plank Master
Spain's Civil Guard police force has smashed a major airborne cannabis-smuggling organisation operating out of Cádiz, Spain's southernmost province, just across the Strait of Gibraltar from Morocco.
A closer alliance with the French military is a natural choice for Denmark, the defence minister said.
Peter Sunde has asked to be moved to a different prison in Sweden, saying he has lost weight behind bars as the food on offer isn't suitable for his vegan diet.
A train passenger caught by transport police in possession of hash is requesting his confiscated cannabis be returned after a judge ruled that the authorities didn’t have the right to search him.
Norway's justice minister Anders Anundsen has warned that Norway faces the threat of terrorist attack from fighters returning from conflicts abroad.
Italy's former football coach Cesare Prandelli will on Monday start coaching footballers of Galatasaray club in Istanbul, it was announced on Thursday.
Tensions between Germany and Italy mounted on Thursday after Jens Weidmann, the president of Germany's central bank attacked Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's calls for greater flexibility on EU budget rules.
Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt's speech at Almedalen on Thursday night was praised for its rhetoric, drive, and charisma - with political experts hailing the Moderate leader's performance but doubting it could save him from electoral defeat.
France’s young upstarts take on a seasoned and wily German side in the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Rio di Janeiro on Friday, quietly confident they can pull off an upset. Their fans back home hope their team can exorcise some ghosts of World Cups past.
Sensational reports of UFO activity in the skies, that gripped Norway in the 1950s, are explained 60 years later.
Germany coach Joachim Löw says the best is yet to come from his mis-firing team ahead of Friday's World Cup quarter-final, even though half of the players have been hit by cold and flu-like symptoms.
A heavy metal fan was found to have bleeding in the brain a month after a night of headbanging at a Motorhead concert, doctors in Germany reported on Friday.
Two teenagers have died after the car they were travelling in overturned on the road between Fräschels and Chiètres, in the canton of Fribourg, on Thursday evening, cantonal police have said.
Festival organisers pulled a major coup by getting the rock icon to replace hip-hop artist Drake on two days' notice.
President Heinz Fischer wants the government to achieve a fast agreement on when a tax reform should take place.
Police in Lower Austria have shot a man, who they believed to be armed and dangerous, while attempting to arrest him after a failed robbery.
Semi-naked protesters from feminist organization Femen silenced the Prime Minister, screaming "lobbyists go home" during his Almedalen address, before being dragged away.
Spain should follow France's lead and tax drinks more heavily to improve public health, a top public health agency said on Thursday.
While Italy may be famed for its sunshine, Italians often despair at the arrival of summer. The Local picks out the top ten things that make Italians' blood boil alongside the temperature.
After missing a year because of a protest by Madrid’s gay community over a prohibition on putting bars in the streets during the city’s 2013 Gay Pride week, Thursday night saw the return of the event's classic high heels race.
Denmark's record levels of personal debt are well-known, but a new analysis shows that average net worth is increasing while debt levels stabalise. That puts the nation in a better position than its neighbours, the national mortgage banks association argues.
Italy, which is staggering under a massive inflow of would-be refugees, took in another 800 on Friday after they were rescued by its navy off Malta.
Thirty-one bank accounts at banks in Horn in Lower Austria have been completely emptied, including overdrafts, by high-tech pirates operating from Vietnam. More than €100,000 was stolen.
Two men were handed lengthy jail terms in Australia on Friday for their part in the "world's largest" ecstasy seizure where police found 4.4 tonnes of tablets hidden in tomato cans smuggled from Italy.
Spain's traffic department is gearing up for the first wave of summer traffic on Friday with around four million trips expected this weekend as Spaniards set off on their annual holidays.
A 19-year-old in central Sweden climbed onto a freight train in the early hours of Friday, and died of high-voltage currents.
An annual report in France has shown a climb in poverty and a growing gap between the rich poor as the crisis-ravaged economy continues to produce casualties. Here are five key stats to show France's ever-increasing divide between the haves and the have-nots.
France will boost airport security after the United States raised concerns that extremists had developed new explosives that pass through security procedures undetected. Passengers can expect to see increased random checks before boarding.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel heads to China this weekend for her seventh visit, eager to deepen trade and investment ties between the export powerhouses of Europe and Asia.
UPDATE: Media reports on Friday said that an employee of Germany's foreign intelligence service is suspected of spying for Washington on a parliamentary panel probing US surveillance.
The Vatican has formally recognized the International Association of Exorcists, giving its blessing to a group of 250 priests in 30 countries who claim to save the possessed from Satan.
Konrad Adenauer and Charles de Gaulle signed a reconciliation pact between France and Germany in 1963. Berlin's first French-German Festival happened the same year - and yet Felix Reimer isn't sure this sugary Volksfest was quite what the two statesmen had in mind.
A director on the boards of multiple companies was found dead in his house in southern Stockholm on Thursday evening. Police suspect the man was murdered.
Tyson Gay's hopes of returning from a one-year doping ban with immediate victory were dashed at the Lausanne Diamond League meet on Thursday by fellow-American Justin Gatlin.