The International Organization for Migration rejected on Friday allegations that an Italian operation to rescue migrants in the Mediterranean had inspired a surge in the numbers attempting the perilous journey to Europe.
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Police in Tyrol are investigating an attack on the Bürglkopf refugee centre near the market town of Fieberbrunn on Wednesday evening.
A last-minute objection by the Economy Ministry means that the agency which manages Spain’s airports will remain entirely in public hands at least until 2015.
Swiss authorities confirmed on Friday that three Iraqis arrested in March are suspected of having planned a terrorist attack in Europe on behalf of the Islamic State group.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is recovering well from the nagging heel problem that has stopped him playing for Sweden during its Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.
Police in Borgaro, north-west Italy, are to bolster security on one of the town's bus routes as an alternative to a controversial plan put forward by the town’s mayor to create a bus line only for Roma people.
An Irish court on Friday ordered an Italian man to pay a €2,500 fine for charity after "a sick joke" about Ebola during a flight.
The Norwegian cruise operator Hurtigruten has been bought out by Silk Bidco in a deal worth nearly 3,000 million kroner on Friday.
An insurance salesman who sawed off his own finger and thumb to claim insurance was given a suspended sentence by a court in northern Germany on Friday.
After a period of unusually warm weather across much of the country, Spain is now set for cooler temperatures with a cold front bringing rain by the bucketful and even the first snows of the autumn.
Two years after five young women were killed in Madrid Halloween party disaster, the mother of one victim makes a passionate plea for justice as the case judge also slams Spain’s court system.
Two sisters from Södertälje near Stockholm are celebrating getting more than 1.3 million hits on YouTube, with a video calling for peace in war-torn Syria.
First it was the pilots, then train drivers - now Germany's real estate agents are threatening to go on strike. But their call to arms has been met with sneers rather than sympathy.
A groundbreaking new service in the Spanish city of Valencia will let people watch the funerals of their loved ones online wherever they are in the world.
Catalonia’s breakaway president called for a popular consultation on November 9 with same questions on region’s status as had been planned for court-suspended referendum.
Former Spanish prime minister signed a contract with an energy company to clinch the Libyan’s approval for desalination plants, but war against the dictator frustrated the eventual sale.
Several Austrian parliamentarians paid a flying visit to the overflowing refugee camps at the border between Turkey and Syria this week.
Swedish "hactivist" Gottfrid Svartholm Warg has been sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison for hacking crimes.
UPDATED: Italy on Friday confirmed the end of its search and rescue operation "Mare Nostrum", which has saved the lives of tens of thousands of boat migrants in the Mediterranean.
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Germany finds itself in a complicated relationship with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). At home, police must investigate anyone who flies the flag, but in the Middle East they are the best hope of beating back the Islamic State.
The organisers of the Hypotopia model-city project staged a protest march on Thursday from a central square in Vienna to the national parliament building - carrying the weighty concrete blocks of their project with them.
Many Anglos have a dim view of customer service in France, but the French aren't happy either with how some shopkeepers treat them. Now a growing programme is labeling shopkeepers who you can expect to be friendly.
Sweden's Princess Madeleine is scheduled to appear at the Nobel Festival in Stockholm in December, after taking time out from her royal duties to focus on looking after her daughter.
Italy's former communications minister Paolo Gentiloni has been nominated foreign minister, his new deputy said on Friday.
A new survey of 1,000 Austrians shows that nearly three quarters agree that public hospitals in all Austrian provinces should be permitted to perform abortions.
The lawyer for a Viennese Jewish author found guilty of defrauding the government over property confiscated by the Nazis has requested that the case be reheard.
The Aarhus festival said that it has booked the one band that has been requested more than any other over the past three years: American rock duo The Black Keys.
A massive fire ripped through the Paris building that houses studios for some of France's public radio stations, prompted broadcasts to be abruptly cut off. It's unclear what sparked the blaze.
Both defendants in an historic hacking case received prison sentences on Friday. Swedish 'hactivist' Gottfrid Svartholm Warg will appeal against his sentence while his Danish co-defendant is already a free man.
With births in southern Italy at their lowest rate in over 150 years, The Local spoke to the head of a development organization about what needs to be done to help Italians have a family.
Germany is home to a plethora of haunted castles and has a huge stock of gruesome stories. How well do you know the spooky side of the Germans?
Italy's Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini stepped down on Friday, a day before she is set to take on the role of European foreign policy chief in Brussels.
Italy's unemployment rate rose against analysts' expectations in September, increasing the pressure on Prime Minister Matteo Renzi who is battling trade unions over measures to overhaul the job market.
Following a fight in Zurich city centre, police have rearrested a teenager with a history of violent behaviour whose costly therapy programme provoked public outrage earlier this year.
Commuters should brace themselves for travel chaos next week, with a train and Metro strike set for Tuesday, according to AFP. But it's not clear yet how big of an industrial action it's going to be.
The Swiss central bank reported a profit equivalent to 23.6 billion euros for the first nine months of the year on gains from currency trading and a rise in the value of its gold reserves.
A 13-year-old girl in western France has been told she must pay back the €10,000 that was given to her by the state after her sailor father was killed in an accident.
Doctors in Milan are battling to save the life of an unborn baby by keeping his mother's heart beating for another month, despite her being brain dead. An expert told The Local the case is "incredibly rare".
Norway's national team coach is set to use an advanced video surveillance system to snoop on everything his players do during training and matches as a means to improve performance.
The Danish Defence Intelligence Service has released its new long-term risk assessment which reveals that Russia carried out an "offensive" military exercise aimed at a heavily-populated target.
A 19-year-old woman from Kosovo who claims she was forced into prostitution and kept as a sex slave in a cellar in Switzerland for almost three years has sought asylum in Austria.
Norwegian sports officials have said they want to co-host the winter Olympics with Sweden in 2026. But there has so far been no official response from Sweden.
While the number of religious people in Switzerland is on the decline, nearly two thirds of Swiss believe in the supernatural, according to a new survey.
A 19-year-old woman from Kosovo who was forced into prostitution and kept as a sex slave in a cellar in Switzerland for almost three years has sought asylum in Austria.
German shoppers cut back on their spending in September at the fastest rate for seven years, official data showed on Friday.
Top Norwegian sports officials want to make a joint bid for Norway and Sweden to host the 2026 Winter Olympics.
There are many of tales of ingenious and well-thought out escape plans from people desperate to flee from East to West Berlin. Wolfgang Engels’ wasn’t one of them. It was, however, one of the most daring.
Spending time outdoors this autumn will help you survive a cold, dark Swedish winter. Baba Pendse, Head of Psychiatry at Lund University shares his top tips for battling the seasonal blues with The Local.
After a year of unprecedented electoral success, Marine Le Pen’s anti-immigrant, anti-EU National Front party is attracting more members than ever before in the 42-year-old party’s history, French media has reported.
The days of whatsapping while walking could be over in Switzerland if some politicians get their way. Members of the Swiss People’s Party (SVP) are calling for people who walk about the streets with their eyes on their smartphones to be punished, saying they are a danger to themselves and others.
After years of investigation Vienna state police and Europe’s crime fighting agency Europol say they have succeeded in smashing an international drug trafficking ring.
The UK chain Poundland has entered the Spanish market with its formula of top-brand products at rock-bottom prices now available in Alicante, Torremolinos and, as of Friday, Madrid.
Over a quarter of residents in Italy faced poverty or social exclusion last year, but the number of people at risk of poverty is falling across the country, new statistics show.
A former bullfighter was arrested by police on Thursday after he appeared at the offices of his lawyer bearing a hoe and spraying insults.
In what could be a small but important change in the nation’s drug policies, a political agreement to distribute nearly one billion kroner in research funds sets aside money to study the medicinal effects of cannabis.
Kazakhstan's former ambassador to Austria is about to face charges of double murder, according to a report on national broadcaster ORF on Friday, which quoted a leaked 14-page opinion by prosecutor Bettina Wallner.
Morocco said on Thursday it has arrested two jihadists inspired by French terrorist Mohamed Merah who were planning to attack banks and multinational companies in France and in the North African country.
A mummified body, believed to belong to a patient who went missing in 2011, has been found at Baggiovara hospital in Modena, northern Italy.
An ultimatum for the remaining refugees and their supporters to leave an occupied school in Berlin, which has been the scene of protests for months, will expire at midnight on Friday.
A place of fear, legend, inspiration and exploration, Paris's skull and bone-lined Catacombs still draw thousands of visitors each year, many of whom queue for hours to explore the ghoulish burial site.
A teenage boy who painted anti-Israel slogans and symbols on the Concert Hall in Gothenburg has been convicted for the damages he caused, but he walked free from racial agitation charges.
Police are investigating pupils at a school in Saxony-Anhalt for incitement of the people and use of banned symbols after teenagers allegedly made the Hitler salute.
French researchers will conduct trials with prototype Ebola diagnostic tests in Guinea in November, with results expected within weeks for speedy deployment, the head of France's Ebola task force said on Thursday.
With porn becoming "more acceptable", a new large survey reveals that half of the adult population watches porn, with most preferring the free stuff.
A cook and security guard were stabbed at Rome’s gourmet Italian food store, Eataly, on Thursday afternoon, allegedly by a colleague who reportedly “went wild” following a row with the cook.
Sweden's Foreign Minister has told The Local she respects Israel's decision to recall its ambassador after Sweden officially recognized the State of Palestine, and laughed off comments about IKEA furniture made by her Israeli counterpart.
Police in Spain's Catalonia region said on Thursday they have crushed a major heroin smuggling ring with the arrest of 36 people and the seizure of 2 million ($2.5 million) worth of heroin.
A judge in Spain has launched judicial investigations into 26 suspects including governing party politicians and businessmen in a bribery probe that has seriously embarrassed the government, according to written rulings released on Thursday.
The European Union will "fully play its role" to implement the gas deal signed by Ukraine and Russia on Thursday, Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Francois Hollande said in a joint statement.
Passengers at German airports can expect a controversial full body scan in the future.
Like to be ahead of the game when it comes to the next big thing on the silver screen? We find out more about the Swedish nominees for the Rising Star award to be presented at Stockholm's International Film Festival next week.
FC Bayern Munich star David Alaba was voted Austria's Sportsman of the Year for the second year running on Thursday evening.
Norway's Prime Minister, Erna Solberg, will visit Aurland in West Norway - weather permitting - to see the extent of this week's flood damage for herself, it was announced on Thursday.
The number of wolverines across Norway has risen 15 percent this year, highlighting a boom in the endangered species, says a top animal protection group.