High above the earth an Italian astronaut heats up lasagna. Below, from Rome to Milan, millions of people dance, kiss, bake bread and sleep in Italy in a Day, a moving portrait stitched together from more than 45,000 home-made videos.
Ice cream makers from around the world will gather in the Italian city of Rimini to exhibit their creations at the 'Gelato World Tour' this weekend, with three Germans in the finals.
The British parents jailed after taking their critically-ill son Ashya King from hospital enjoyed an emotional reunion with him at his bedside in Spain on Wednesday, an official said, although a custody row means the couple cannot removed their son from hospital grounds.
Police are introducing electronic road barriers that automatically test if drivers are over the legal alcohol limit.
Following in the footsteps of London and New York, Vienna is holding its first Open House weekend in September, giving people the chance to explore the city’s amazing architecture and peek into buildings they would never normally have access to.
Germany lost its lead over America in global competitiveness rankings released by the World Economic Forum late Tuesday.
A 26-year-old Australian died after hitting the mountainside during a wingsuit jump in the Valais Alps, cantonal police said on Wednesday.
Misunderstood by many tourists and admired by Spaniards, the biggest of Spain's Canary Islands, is commonly described as a miniature continent. The Local's Alex Dunham, a Tenerife native, offers ten breathtaking experiences off the beaten path.
According to the Korean News Service (KNS) of North Korea, a speech made by despotic leader and Manchester United fan Kim Jong Un to celebrate the birth centennial of his grandfather Kim Il Sung has just been published at a small publishing house in Vienna.
Last year women in their late 30s gave birth to more of France's annual crop of babies than at anytime since at least the 1940s. It's part of a change in who is having kids in France and when, that's been revealed by a new set of stats.
Sweden's Green Party manifesto focuses on tackling climate change and improving education.
A 61-year-old farmer who was seriously injured in August after being attacked by a nearly-grown calf has died from his injuries.
Revenge drama Das finstere Tal (The Dark Valley) is Austria’s candidate for best foreign language film at the Oscars 2015.
A Swedish zoo is celebrating the birth of a pygmy hippopotamus, which zookeepers say looks just like a mini Michelin man.
Favourite Nairo Quintana was taken to hospital after abandoning the Vuelta a Espana having crashed for the second day in a row, organizers said on Wednesday.
Italy's bid to rebuild after a humiliating World Cup faces its first test on Thursday in the shape of a Dutch squad also embarking on a new era.
The fall in Spanish salaries during the country's crisis, one of the largest in the OECD, could actually hamper the country's recovery by bringing on deflation and killing off consumer demand, the OECD has warned in a new report.
A new study has found that the Sinti and Roma people encounter more discrimination than any other group in Germany, with more than a fifth of Germans supporting their deportation.
A Stockholm woman who went into cardiac arrest while giving birth last week has passed away, with the hospital coming under fire for its lack of intensive care facilities.
Thursday marks 65 years since the 'invention' of the Currywurst, if dousing a sausage in ketchup and powdered spice can be so described. The ubiquitous snack has firmly carved its niche, and now most tourists won't leave Germany without trying one.
A 45-year-old woman with a suspected Ebola infection has been admitted to hospital in Vienna.
According to a report in Computerwelt, the Austrian Mobile Communications Forum announced that between January and June of 2014, there was a total of 1,746,785 emergency calls made via the mobile cell network, meaning around 9,704 calls per day.
Pope Francis on Wednesday attacked a German steel group's plan to slash jobs at a loss-making Italian plant, in comments likely to boost the pontiff's sometimes controversial image as a social campaigner.
A 37-year-old Muslim woman from Vienna has complained to police after being attacked by a woman whilst travelling on Vienna’s metro. She believes that the woman, who hit her in the face, did so because she was wearing a headscarf.
A man working as a chef in the southern suburbs of Paris has been sectioned and accused of killing and eating dogs after the mutilated bodies of two animals were found outside his home.
Police have found the missing person bringing the number of dead to three after a dynamite explosion in Geilo on Wednesday.
We've all giggled at the German signs that say "Ausfahrt", but German motorway signs offer a wealth of humour.
Police raided multiple addresses associated with an organisation that is suspected of selling stickers in support of Isis and using the proceeds to fund the jihadists.
France's Moroccan-born new education minister was the target this week of a far-right magazine who slammed the appointment of the "Moroccan Muslim" as a "provocation".
An Italian climber was killed after falling from a mountain on the Swiss side of the Alps.
Italian MEP Matteo Salvini on Wednesday praised the “splendid sense of community” in North Korea, but an expert from Human Rights Watch was quick to dismiss the political leader's visit as a "theatrical affair" orchestrated by the totalitarian regime.
France finally received a modicum of positive news about the economy on Wednesday. The country has halted its slide down an international ranking of the most economically competitive nations, though it still lags far behind the likes of Belgium and Luxembourg.
In his first remarks in court, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg gives up the nicknames of those he blames for remotely using his computer to hack into public database.
Madrid's Zoo Aquarium unveiled on Wednesday its newest and unexpected addition to the family: a 10-kilo (22 pounds) baby bottlenose dolphin which carers haven't named yet.
Archaeologists working in a cave on the tiny British enclave have unearthed the world's earliest hashtag, engraved on a wall by Neanderthals some 40,000 years ago.
The best beach in Spain is not in Andalusia, or in Majorca, or even in Canary Islands, the results of a new poll published on Wednesday show. What do you think of the winner?
There are more red faces at Vienna’s Regional Court after it emerged that a convicted thief was employed as one of the cleaning staff - only a week after revelations that court staff threw confidential documents in a public rubbish bin.
Numerous schools around France were kept closed on Wednesday as local mayors defied a government reform to extend the primary school timetable to a five-day week. The education minister said the mayors' action was "unacceptable".
The World Economic Forum ranks Denmark as the world's 13th most competitive nation - an improvement over last year but still far from the number three ranking just five years ago.
Two people have been quarantined in the northern Italian city Padua over fears they have the deadly Ebola virus.
Quarantining migrants infected with tuberculosis "make no sense", a director from the World Health Organization told The Local on Wednesday, after Five Star Movement leader Beppe Grillo called for strong action to stop the disease spreading in Italy.
Saying it wants to end things with a bang, the festival announced that it is changing its schedule beginning in 2015.
A cow escaped from a Munich abattoir on Tuesday, goring a 28-year-old woman who was jogging around the Theresienwiese, where Oktoberfest will take place later this month.
Super yacht "Ulysses", owned by a New Zealand billionaire, was launched in Norway at the weekend. Watch the spectacular moment the sea-vessel slipped into the waters at Kleven Verft in Ulsteinvik.
A four-year war between two titans on the global luxury products battlefield, Hermès and LVMH, ended with a truce on Wednesday, driving down Hermès shares and leaving LVMH with a big profit.
Two German tourists who ventured up into the Alps in Tyrol, totally unequipped for a mountain adventure, had a lucky escape after getting lost in a snowstorm 3,000 metres above sea level.
Swedes are more willing to risk conflict with Russia by helping Ukraine than people from any other European country, according to a global opinion poll.
Disgraced former Catalan leader Jordi Pujol has asked the region's parliament to delay his parliamentary appearance until after Catalonia’s national day and the passing of a bill which would allow the November 9th independence referendum to take place.
A group of 48 Syrian asylum seekers were intercepted on a train from Italy into Tyrol, Austria on Tuesday, Austrian police said.
A project using custom-made 360-degree cameras mounted on the backs of climbers scaling the Eiger in Switzerland's Bernese Alps has captured a unique and dizzying view of the mountain's infamous north face.
The UK's Conservative Party has made a bid to woo expat voters by pledging to end the controversial "15-year rule" that prevents millions of Brits abroad from being able to vote, but one Spain-based campaigner told The Local the move doesn't go far enough.
Rail services in south-east Norway face disruption after 600 tonnes of grain held in a mill silo burst open and landed on the train line in Vestby, Akershus on Wednesday.
Outlawed in Germany, the smartphone app that seeks to replace taxis with private drivers has seen a surge in demand in Austria's capital city.
For the first time ever, Danish and German police officers have been given authorisation to cross the border between the two countries in their work.
A young French mother whose daughter had been smuggled out of the country by her father, who is believed to have joined the jihadist cause in Syria, arrived home with the two-year-old girl on Wednesday after they were reunited.
The Austrian housing market varies hugely, depending on which region you buy property in. The most expensive area is the popular ski resort town of Kitzbühel in Tyrol. A town house here will set you back €1 million, on average.
Online retail giant Zalando plans to go public on the Frankfurt stock exchange, hoping to do so before 2014 is out. The exact date has not yet been set, nor has an initial share price been announced.
Switzerland remains the world's most competitive economy for the sixth consecutive year, says a report released on Wednesday by the Geneva-based World Economic Forum that shows the United States rising to third position just behind Singapore.
Nearly 15,000 illegal immigrants who have been told to leave Norway are continuing to stay in the country, causing a potential crisis for the over-stretched immigration services and a security problem for police.
A group of 48 Syrian asylum seekers were intercepted on a train from Italy into Tyrol on Tuesday, according to police.
Japanese police have obtained an arrest warrant for the Spanish former general manager of the Grand Hyatt Tokyo on suspicion of sexually assaulting a female customer, reports said on Wednesday.
The municipal council of Baden has stripped the mayor of his responsibilities after he refused to resign following revelations he sent nude “selfies” from city hall to a woman chat partner on the internet.
Sweden's government has pledged to invest an extra 1.3 billion kronor in the military as Russia ramps up its activities in the Baltic Sea area.
A new poll shows that while most Germans fear military escalation between Russia and the Ukraine, only half want to see Nato intervene ahead of the alliance's summit starting on Thursday in Wales.
The Swedish Security Service (Säpo) says it has stopped two terror attacks being planned by violent Islamist extremists living inside the country.
Sweden and Norway have agreed to start planning a direct train connection between the Norwegian capital and Sweden's second-biggest city.
Extracts of a new tell-all book by President François Hollande's ex-partner Valérie Trierweiler were published on Wednesday in which the ex-"first-lady" describes the moment she "cracked" on hearing of his affair with an actress and how the president tried to get her back.
Ellen Margrethe Løj, the Dane recently appointed as the head of the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan, arrives amid broken ceasefires and the urgent threat of famine.
Fed up with the lack of help from British authorities in the ongoing migrants' crisis in Calais, the town's mayor has threatened to block the Channel port in order to send a strong message to London.
Germany's agriculture minister warned on Tuesday that European farmers hit by a Russian food import ban would not receive full compensation, ahead of talks with his French and Polish counterparts.
Switzerland's Roger Federer set up a quarterfinal blockbuster US Open quarterfinal against eccentric French star Gaël Monfils after advancing in the tennis tournament on Tuesday.
Police officers from both countries will in the future mount joint patrols in frontier areas, both in uniform and in plain clothes, it was agreed on Tuesday.