Around 6 p.m. on Thursday evening, a gas explosion ripped through the top floor of a residential building in Vienna's Margareten district.
The Geneva-based World Economic Forum unveiled a project on Thursday aimed at connecting governments, businesses, academia, technicians and civil society worldwide to brainstorm the best ways to govern the internet.
PSG were paired with Barcelona in Group F of the Champions League when the draw for the group stages was made on Thursday. France's other representative Monaco were handed a much easier draw, at least on paper.
Does life in rural France offer the peace and quiet that you've always dreamed about or is it a quick route to loneliness and isolation? Amaryllis Barton takes a closer look.
Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Thursday called Russian President Vladimir Putin to warn of "very serious consequences" after reports that Moscow has sent troops into Ukraine.
Residents in the historic Spanish city of Toledo are up in arms after their local fire-fighting squad charged a mother €90 ($118) for freeing her two-year-old son from some metal bars he had his head stuck in.
Mount Kebnekaise's southern peak will no longer be the highest point in Sweden by 2015, researchers predicted on Thursday, adding that the change will spell a major blow for tourism in the region.
UPDATED: 500 young Spaniards a year will soon be able to take advantage of Australia's Work and Holiday visa scheme to work in the Asia–Pacific nation, under a new agreement signed by Spain's foreign minister in the Australian capitial of Canberra.
Vienna’s Regional Court has had to redefine its “waste management” policy after a blogger found confidential documents relating to ongoing cases in a paper recycling container outside the court building.
Preschool managers in Gothenburg have decided to ban class photos at preschools in their municipality, citing the different financial situations of families as one reason for the change.
France's Interior Minister has dismissed the prospect of a new mass shelter in Calais to house homeless migrants trying to smuggle themselves into the UK. But the so-called top cop plans to ask British authorities to "accept their responsibilities" for the ongoing crisis.
Austria’s interior ministry says that it is no longer ruling out tent cities for refugees. On Thursday, the ministry told the Austrian Press Agency that the number of refugees has "massively" increased in the past few weeks.
When fashion queen Donatello Versace embraced the Ice Bucket Challenge, she probably didn't expect the male models tasked with dousing her to actually have minds of their own.
A foreign policy expert in Chancellor Angela Merkel's own party said on Thursday Russia was fighting a "war" in Ukraine. Despite dozens of phone calls to President Vladimir Putin, Merkel's policy of restraint seems to have completely failed.
A Norwegian brewery has removed all stock of one of its beers on Thursday after drinkers complained of its foul-smelling aroma.
Many consider Sweden a pretty safe place to live, but what if an icicle pierces your little toe or a ray of midnight sun sets fire to your kettle? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered when it comes to sorting out insurance in Sweden.
Four bare-breasted Femen activists threw eggs at the Spanish Interior Ministry headquarters on Thursday to protest against the recent shelving of a gang rape case in Malaga.
The food minister may have just notched his first victory in his proposed 'food revolution' as discount chain moves to drop prices on all fruits and vegetables.
A Romanian couple who forced a disabled Romanian man to beg in Vienna are on trial for human trafficking.
Travellers in southeast Berlin can expect disruption on the S-Bahn until Sunday morning after an arson attack damaged a cable duct on Thursday morning, affecting services on six lines.
The Local chats to UK funnyman Danny Robins about his new radio show The Cold Swedish Winter, which is making waves on BBC radio. He talks elk, moose, and what it means to be a Swedophile.
Celebrity couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie got married in secret in France at the weekend in a low key ceremony at their château. It was in stark contrast to Kanye West's and Kim Kardashian's pre-nuptial celebrations in Paris earlier this year.
Armed police officers searched throughout the city for a man reported as behaving suspiciously on the train. After finding him it turns out he was "completely clean".
Italians have overtaken Russians and Emiratis as the top buyers of luxury property in central London, with one expert telling The Local the UK capital is a “safe haven” for those facing economic uncertainty at home.
Italian designer Roberto Cavalli's fashion house is being sued by a group of graffiti artists in the US for allegedly copying their work.
Vienna's public transportation network Wiener Linien has commenced work on initial construction for the U5 subway extension, and has made one of the most important choices - the colour scheme for the new line.
Despite a disappointing summer, the coolest since 2005, Austria had record tourist numbers from May to July, with 31.9 million overnight stays.
The Spanish region of Catalonia is finalizing plans to legalize medical marijuana, a move authorities say will not only aid patients but also help the region to crack down on its booming cannabis club scene.
A lightning bolt has hit a chapel frescoed more than 700 years ago by Italian painter Giotto, raising fears that the priceless work may have been damaged.
Cyclists taking part in Spain's La Vuelta tour are having to endure such high temperatures in the summer heat they’re averaging 4.5kg (10 pounds) a day in weight loss through all the sweating.
In his new book the ex-Paris cop who guarded Princess Diana’s corpse the night she was killed, says the “icon” had an inadequate “DIY” security detail which contributed to the tragic outcome.
Unemployment in Germany remained steady in August, official data showed on Thursday, as clouds continue to build over Europe's biggest economy and the eurozone as a whole.
Spanish consumer prices fell again in August, dropping by 0.5 percent on an annual basis, preliminary figures from the national statistics institute showed Thursday, heightening concerns about deflation risk in the eurozone.
The teachers' union will ask 850 more teachers to strike, bring the total of teachers striking in Norway to 9,000, it was announced on Wednesday.
The nationalised Hypo Alpe Adria bank made overall concern losses of €1.67 billion (US$2.2 billion) as of the end of June 2014, according to its half-year balance published on Wednesday. The losses are far higher than any predictions or expectations.
A 57-year-old man who passed himself off as a 12-year-old girl in online chatrooms in order to obtain naked photos of children was sentenced to four and a half years in prison by a Zurich district court on Wednesday.
After two failed attempts, Berlin is trying again to sell the sprawling estate and villa once known as Joseph Goebbels' illicit love nest, but so far, nobody's buying.
A 34-year-old man has been arrested during the shoot for Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible 5 in Vienna after storming onto the filming location on Wednesday night and lashing out at people.
A Spanish musician has mocked the country's finance minister Cristobal Montoro with a message he told his relatives to inscribe on his headstone.
Germany on Wednesday announced new measures to stop EU citizens from abusing its social welfare system, a move which could have serious consequences for thousands of Spaniards looking for work in the country.
The French language has a plethora of words that if you translated literally into English could cause a fair bit of confusion and hilarity for language learners. From "throat support" to "mouth fun", we've picked out some of the best. Let us know of any more.
Armed police officers are currently looking for a man who displayed "suspicious behaviour" at Nørreport Station. "No indications of a concrete threat," police inspector says.
Swiss private bank Lombard Odier has published its first results since its foundation over two centuries ago, as the ultra-discreet sector puts its books in the spotlight.
What looked like just another ALS ice bucket challenge video has become a political statement after the leader of Germany's Green Party Cem Özdemir confirmed he filmed his clip next to a cannabis plant.
A Swedish allergies association has asked Stockholm public transport officials to set aside certain carriages on the metro for those with allergies - banning nuts, animals, and strong fragrances in transit.
Kate Gaines is a 35-year-old clarinettist and music teacher from Kentucky, USA, who has been teaching at the Danube International School in Vienna for three years. She spoke to The Local about the challenges and joys of working abroad.
With a record number of students accepted to university this year, the need for affordable student housing is as pressing as ever.
In the second of a two-part series on Berlin’s future, The Local looks at the major developments in former East Berlin. From palaces to bridges, what’s next for the East?
A police car hit and killed a 22-year-old man who was lying in the middle of the A1 motorway near Bussy in the canton of Fribourg in the early hours of Thursday morning.
Can happiness be learned? And can you measure how happy certain people are? An international conference in Innsbruck is looking at these questions.
Agence France-Presse (AFP) reports that the European security body OSCE will hold a special meeting in Vienna on Thursday to discuss developments in conflict-torn Ukraine, following reports of Russian troops on the ground there, the US mission to the organisation said.
More travel chaos could be on the way now that Air France pilots have said they will strike for at least a week in September over their concerns about a reorganization of the international carrier.
France’s gritty port city of Marseille will be the setting for a Netflix original series that will bear a strong resemblance to the streaming service’s massive hit "House of Cards". The news comes on the eve of Netflix’s arrival in France.
An Italian senator is seeking an exorcist after being "cursed" by evil African spirits in revenge for calling Italy’s first black minister an orangutan.
A trailer loaded with more than 2,000 chickens caught fire on Wednesday evening on Austria's A9 motorway in Traboch, Upper Styria. Hundreds of the birds are reported to have died.
Who said there were hard feelings between the oft-confused Swiss and Swedes? A new survey shows that Swiss people would rather have the land of Abba as their neighbour over anyone else in the EU.
UPDATE: Investigators now believe a fire which damaged a mosque in Berlin earlier in August was started deliberately.
A campaign is underway in Venice to rid the city of tourists’ love locks, with one Italian telling The Local they are “absolutely disgusting” and have nothing to do with Venetian culture.
President François Hollande declared on Thursday that Syrian ruler Bashar al-Assad is not a partner of the West in the battle against Islamist extremists in Syria and Iraq, but an ally of the jihadists.
Despite a campaign launched by the Swedish to help Chinese people tell the difference between them and the Swiss, it turns out Switzerland and Sweden feel akin after all. Swiss people would rather have the nation of Ikea and ABBA as their neighbour than any other EU country, according to a new survey.
Spain's economy grew by 0.6 percent in the second quarter compared with output in the previous three months, the fastest rate since 2007, the national statistics office said on Thursday in a further sign of recovery from recession.
Four terrorists connected to Isis were responsible for the recent terror alert in Norway, claimed a media report on Thursday.
A listeria outbreak and salmonella fears have led to numerous product recalls and up to 12,000 people are suspected to be carrying the MRSA bacteria, but the government's budget calls for a 140 million kroner cut in food safety controls and research.
The Freedom Party's (FPÖ) spokesman for science is warning that Austria is unprepared in the event of the deadly Ebola virus appearing in the country.
Third-seeded Stan Wawrinka bulled his way into the third round of the US Open on Wednesday with a 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7/1) victory over Thomaz Bellucci to become the first men's seed into the third round.
While the gap between the red-greens and the Alliance is decreasing, the opposition is still far ahead, scoring 48.8 percent of support in a fresh poll. The Alliance came in at 37.7 percent.
Could France soon ditch its sacred, but oft-ridiculed 35-hour work week? New Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron says he is in favour of at least making the rules more flexible.
UPDATED: A 38-year-old from Guinea quarantined in Barcelona on Wednesday over fears he may test positive for the Ebola virus has been cleared of the disease.
Germany has sent six soldiers to northern Iraq to coordinate deliveries of aid and military equipment to Kurds fighting Islamist terror group Isis.
Malmö overpowered Salzburg on Wednesday night to become the first Swedish team to reach the Champions League since 2000.
Matteo Renzi's Twitter hashtag summed it up: #ciaovacanze (#byebyeholidays).
For the first time in the capital city's history, Mohammed is the most common name for boys and men, said a study on Thursday.
If the last days of the month come through as predicted, summer 2014 will be the fourth sunniest summer on record.
UPDATE: Germanwings pilots have ended their six-hour strike which grounded 116 flights and up to 15,000 passengers of Lufthansa subsidiary Germanwings on Friday.
Members of Sweden's royal family have revealed that they boycotted the Polar Music Prize ceremony on Tuesday, due to Chuck Berry's past conviction for human trafficking.
The European Commission on Wednesday pledged to launch a new migrant rescue operation in the Mediterranean, as Italy struggles with a surge of migrants trying to reach the continent by boat.
A Berlin property firm has set a city-wide record for the most expensive apartment sold, closing a deal for €5.7 million on a centrally-located penthouse.
Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini is poised to become the next EU foreign policy chief, several European sources said on Wednesday.