France's Mahiedine Mekhissi was stripped of his gold medal and disqualified from the European Athletics Championships in Zurich on Thursday after peeling off his shirt before he crossed the line in first place in the 3,000-metre steeplechase.
Despite heavy rain, safety checks found no evidence of risks on the section of a rail line in the canton of Graubünden where a landslide this week derailed a train carrying 200 passengers, Rhaetian Railway officials maintained on Thursday.
Dane rides five birdies to a first round tie in Aalborg. Fellow countryman Thorbjørn Olesen ended the day three shots off the pace.
A Lausanne criminal court on Thursday jailed a 23-year-old man for one year for a hit-and-run accident that left a four-year-girl and her mother in hospital after his speeding scooter struck them in a pedestrian crossing.
Liechtenstein police said Thursday that their German counterparts had found what was believed to be the body of a self-styled "Robin Hood" suspected of killing a banker in the Alpine statelet.
Switzerland's Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka both made the Cincinnati Masters tennis tournament quarterfinals on Thursday while world number one Novak Djokovic got knocked out.
People still have a lot to offer beyond age 70 says the employment minister, who plans to change current legislation to remove the possibility of forcing employees out on their 70th birthday.
From giant glacial sink holes and caverns to hidden wrecks, Germany's largest lake is gradually revealing its secrets under an unprecedented underwater cartography project.
Luis Suarez will start training with his new Barcelona team-mates on Friday after getting the green light from the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the Spanish giants confirmed.
According to initial estimates, so far the Russian import ban on foods from the EU has cost the Austrian agri-food sector €4.5 million.
Former EU commissioner Margot Wallström confirmed her long anticipated return to Swedish politics at a Social Democrat press conference on Thursday.
Berlin has ordered the alternative taxi service Uber to halt its taxi app in the city or face steep fines.
The Local France has been asking readers this week to squeeze their view of France into just 140 characters or less, in other words just one tweet. Here's what you came up with up for #FranceinaTweet.
Italy’s Interior Minister, Angelino Alfano, has denied that the expression he used to describe African beach pedlars was racist, dismissing the backlash as a “storm in a hypocritical teacup”.
Celtic, under Norwegian manager Ronny Deila, were given a boost after the club was officially reinstated to the Champions League on Thursday.
Wind generation of electricity rose by 66 percent in the first six months of the year before producer incentives were scaled back, energy officials said Thursday.
An international arrest warrant has been issued by Bulgaria through Interpol for fugitive Bulgarian banker Zvetan Vassilev, who is believed to be residing in Vienna.
The European Union's anti-fraud office estimates the EU lost €700 million ($940 million) in tax revenues from 2009 to 2013 as a result of tobacco smuggling through Gibraltar.
A Polish caver has been seriously injured and is trapped in Salzburg’s Tennen Mountains. A rescue team is on the scene but may not be able to free the man until the weekend.
Chiara Corazza, whose job it is to attract foreign investors to Paris, lists the reasons why international companies should back ventures in the French capital despite the country's economic woes. She also tells us about the things they complain about.
Tourists have a habit of misbehaving in Italy, judging from recent headlines. From the Australian caught jumping into the Trevi Fountain to the Frenchman having an orgy in the Pompeii brothel, we’ve singled out ten of the most stupid things tourists have done.
Spain's public debt has topped €1 trillion ($1.3 trillion) for the first time, the central bank announced on Thursday, despite years of government-imposed austerity.
Schönbrunn Zoo’s baby panda Fu Bao has celebrated his first birthday - by gobbling up his presents of sweet potatoes and carrots, and even clambering into one of the packages.
The handling of actor Robin Williams's death by the international press has provoked harsh criticism from top media players and health professionals in Norway on Thursday.
The mayor of the South Korean capital wants to have an even smaller version of Copenhagen's iconic sculpture for his city and he is offering to trade monuments.
Over 27 tonnes of food otherwise destined for the rubbish bin was collected at this year's Roskilde Festival and converted into meals for the needy.
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi might be under fire from EU leaders over the country’s “lack of strategy” but he has found an admirer in the Irish band U2’s frontman.
As the Swedish Security Service warns that the number of Swedes fighting in Syria is on the rise, the Liberal Party has called for legislative changes making it a crime for Swedes to participate in terrorist training abroad.
Swedish national rail operator SJ announced on Thursday that it was planning to slash prices and review its ticketing system in a bid to boost stagnant revenues.
Police in Salzburg are being investigated after they charged a female driver for driving under the influence and damaging property - not realising that she had suffered a stroke.
French customs officials on Thursday announced the seizure of 14,000 “dangerous” crocodiles at the Charles de Gaulle international airport in Paris. The bright-green inflatable beach toys had to be put down.
A Malaysia Airlines cabin crew member has been detained in France over allegations that he sexually assaulted a passenger who was scared of flying with the disaster-prone airline.
A Swedish diplomat visited imprisoned US citizen Kenneth Bae at a North Korean labour camp on Monday, soon after the alleged evangelist complained of feeling 'abandoned'.
A long-running battle over the future of French holiday-resort group Club Med took a twist on Thursday after an Italian businessman made a higher offer, forcing a French and Chinese bidding group to withdraw.
Efforts remained underway on Thursday to retrieve one of the carriages of a passenger train that derailed in eastern Switzerland following a landslide injuring 11 people, five seriously.
New awareness of Germany's Church tax and outrage at lavish clergy spending have triggered a rapid exodus from the Church – much to the upset of institutions that could lose millions in revenue.
Spanish coastguards were shocked on Tuesday to discover a baby girl, just months old, alone without her parents aboard a 'toy boat' in the waters off Spain's south coast.
Nine jihadists belonging to a recruitment cell for the terrorist group ISIS were arrested on Thursday in the north of Morocco with the help of Spanish security forces.
A 23-year-old man who unearthed treasure worth up to €575,000 with a metal detector is facing embezzlement charges after trying to claim his windfall as his own.
An 84-year-old man flew into a jealous rage when his 52-year-old wife arrived home very late one night. After a furious argument that culminated in her hiding in her bedroom, he grabbed his shotgun and fired two shots at her through the door, seriously injuring her in the thigh.
Festival-goers in western Sweden got a surprise when razor-sharp remnants of a fermented herring can exploded around them. Swedish police are now investigating the fishy incident.
Copenhagen area shoppers can trade reviews for food at the Freemarket. The concept's founder tells The Local that it's about making the shopping experience "more fun and alive".
Skin cancer treatment times could be cut dramatically if doctors adopt a new method developed by Swedish researchers to identify cancerous growths with the help of their smartphones.
Did you know there are five official minority languages in Sweden? The Local's Isabela Vrba finds out what they are, how they're protected, and what rights their speakers have.
Chinese tourists have once again proved rich pickings for thieves in Paris when one visitor tothe Chateau de Versailles lost a staggering €10,500 when thieves rifled through his pockets. Chinese tourists have been warned not to carry wads of cash.
A 40-tonne construction platform that broke free of its moorings and drifted down the river Rhine on Wednesday is back on dry land.
This year's Perseid meteor shower was almost obscured by the 'supermoon' but one photographer still managed to capture a stunning image of the event.
At the height of his popularity, footballer Miroslav Klose has announced his retirement from the national game. With a staggering internationally scored 71 goals under his belt, he is The Local's German of the Week.
When Kiersten Pilar Miller moved to Rome to work on a TV series, she never thought she would end up staying - let alone opening a store selling products for new mums. The New Yorker speaks to The Local about life at The Milk Bar.
A dog has been hailed a hero after saving a five-year-old boy from drowning in the sea along Italy’s Adriatic coast, but minutes later died himself.
François Hollande and co came under fire on Thursday after new figures showed the French economy has ground to a halt. But an economist tells The Local that the stagnation is not just France’s problem.
Austrian police are warning elderly people to beware of a ‘nephew’ scam in which criminals call up victims and typically pretend to be a nephew or grandson who needs money for an emergency.
A judge in the Catalan city of Tarragona has ordered an investigation into the possible health impact of the area's chemical industry after discovering that only six per cent of local men have fully mobile sperm.
The conflict against religious minorities in Iraq has more officials speaking out in support of exporting arms to the marginalised groups.
The Swedish government is mulling the construction of a fourth-generation nuclear reactor along the south coast - though the final decision won't be made until after elections.
New figures show the unemployment rate in Switzerland rose to 4.4 percent in the second quarter of this year — a slight increase over the same period last year.
A court in Naples has ordered a woman to take down photos posted on Facebook from her honeymoon after her husband complained that he did not give his permission for her to post them. She may even have to pay damages.
The Arctic Race of Norway, and one of professional cycling's most gruelling challenges, returns for its second edition on Thursday.
The far-right Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) has tabled a question in parliament about the alleged situation with possibly tens of thousands of Turkish residents who illegally retain their Turkish citizenship after becoming Austrian citizens.
The president of the Austrian Jewish Community, Oskar Deutsch, this week led a delegation of ten Austrians on a mission to the south of Israel to show their support.
The government is preparing to invest one billion kroner into quicker diagnoses of cancer, but there are already concerns that the plan is not enough to combat Denmark's record-setting cancer rates.
French police have urged the country’s taxpayers to be on guard after fraudsters sent out thousands of emails asking recipients for their credit card details in return for a fake “tax refund”.
Pop diva Lady Gaga has lost her battle to stop an Austrian man from calling his energy drink GaGa.
Mo Farah resumed normal service as the world and Olympic 5,000-metre and 10,000-metre champion emerged from months of illness and disappointing form to win the 10,000-metre title at the European Athletics Championships in Zurich.
The German economy tripped up in the second quarter, registering negative growth of 0.2 percent, some way behind the 0.6 per cent growth clocked up by Spain in the same period.
Thursday marked the 200 year anniversary of the Convention of Moss, a historic peace treaty between Norway and Sweden. The Convention put a bookend on the last war between Sweden and Norway - and Sweden's last war.
Consumption of new clothes has declined in Sweden as the interest in retro and second-hand fashion continues to boom, according to a new report.
City authorities ordered the closure of 49 cannabis clubs in Barcelona on Wednesday, the latest move to tighten a legal loophole that has given the city a global reputation as a 'pothead's paradise'.
Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi admitted on Wednesday that EU funding to Italy has been misspent but shrugged off criticism from the economic bloc that Italy is “a country without strategy”.
The Agriculture Ministry in Schleswig-Holstein has found that meat tainted with Listeria was imported to the north German state.
The Norwegian coastal town of Moss celebrates a historic chapter in Norway's and Sweden's past on Thursday.
Franck Ribery, who retired from international football this week, was supposed to be the natural heir to Zinedine Zidane for Les Bleus, but despite a promising start he failed to live up to expectations.
A right-wing Spanish public sector union filed a lawsuit Wednesday against a revered ex-president of the autonomous region of Catalonia, accusing him of graft involving up to €18 million ($24 million).
The number of asylum seekers from Eritrea went from a monthly average of ten to over 500 in July, leading the justice minister to put a halt to granting asylum to Eritreans until human trafficking concerns can be addressed.
The French government recognised on Thursday that it's economy had "broken down" after new data showed there had been zero growth so far this year. In more bad news for the eurozone new figures also revealed the German economy has contracted.
A German man had a lucky escape after getting himself stuck while tying himself up in his kitchen. Police are treating it as an "auto-erotic accident."
UPDATE: The German economy, Europe's biggest, stalled in the second quarter, data showed on Thursday, casting a cloud over recovery in the crisis-battered region.
The August exodus from Rome can certainly be felt in parts of the city, with many shops, restaurants and bars having closed for their annual holiday. But some are breaking from tradition and staying open, The Local has discovered.
Gothenburg is struggling to maintain its image as a welcoming city after sending home more beggars than ever before in 2013. Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has meanwhile rejected calls to ban begging.
Switzerland’s Roger Federer became the first man to win 300 matches at the ATP Masters 1000 level, beating Vasek Pospisil 7-6 (7/4), 5-7, 6-2 on Wednesday in Cincinnati.