Serbian Novak Djokovic moved within touching distance of ending the year as the world number one after crushing Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka 6-3, 6-0 at the ATP Tour Finals tennis tourney on Wednesday night.
Norway slumped to a home defeat to Estonia on Wednesday, losing 1-0 at home and increasing the pressure on boss Per-Mathias Hogmo ahead of their Euro 2016 qualifier against Azerbaijan.
The man charged with this summer's Øyer murder returned to the apartment on Wednesday, where he admitted killing his stepfather.
Magnus Carlsen of Norway drew against Viswanathan Anand in the fourth game of the World Championship, to level the series at two points all, on Wednesday.
Norway has slipped down the world rankings as a global leader in English language proficiency, said a report released this week.
Switzerland trails behind 17 other countries in what is billed as the world’s largest ranking of English skills in non-Anglophone countries.
The French capital has a reputation among many of its 30 million annual tourists for being dangerous, but new figures released on Wednesday show crime against visitors is actually falling.
A Catholic priest in Vienna is under investigation for sexual abuse of a minor, according to Nina Bussek, spokesperson for the Vienna public prosecutor's office on Wednesday.
If you thought Spanish food was all paella and pinchos then think again. Get ready as The Local takes you on a mouth-watering tour of some of the country's lesser known but equally fabulous culinary highlights.
The French have the lowest level of English proficiency out of all the nationalities in the European Union, a damning new report released on Wednesday has concluded. How can that be?
Italians are less likely than ever to get married, according to new official figures released on Wednesday which revealed that the number of weddings per year fell below 200,000 for the first time in 2013.
The Local talks to 24-year-old Lucia Escolano from Spain, who moved to Vienna in January to improve her German and find work.
After married couple Linda and Erik Fridland fell in love with the same man, they decided he should move in with them - and their children. The Local caught up with Hampus Engström - their new partner - as the family's blog started to go viral.
Spain is continuing to see big gains in its English language skills, with the country reaping the rewards of increased investment into language education, a new study shows.
An American government official in Geneva on Wednesday said the United States does not condone torture under any circumstances, but acknowledged to a UN anti-torture watchdog that it had "crossed the line" following the September 11th attacks.
France insisted on Wednesday that there was no date set for the delivery of two Mistral warships to Russia. It comes amid further reports of Russian troops entering Ukraine.
French President François Hollande's under-fire chief of staff Jean-Pierre Jouyet won government backing on Wednesday, amid calls for him to step down over a scandal involving former leader Nicolas Sarkozy.
An Egyptian court has convicted three Germans of stealing samples from the Great Pyramid of Giza in a ruling that could affect a trial back home.
Austria has increased its position in the world rankings as a global leader in English language proficiency, according to a report released this week.
Danes are the best in the world at speaking English as a second language, a major report released this week concluded.
Russia can't afford to pay Fabio Capello his €9 million salary to coach the national team, an executive from the country’s football association confessed on Wednesday.
Stockholm is home to the EU's agency focused on fighting Ebola, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). The Local stopped by to find out how officials in the Swedish capital are working to solve a global problem.
Michael Schumacher's official website will be reactivated on Thursday to mark the 20th anniversary of his first Formula One title, his Swiss-based manager said, as he recovers from a skiing accident that almost ended his life.
Austrian rescue workers have recovered from a cave the skeleton of a skier who is thought to have fallen to his death in the Alps decades ago, police said on Wednesday.
Beppe Grillo, the leader of Italy’s Five Star Movement, said on Wednesday that the European Central Bank was a bigger enemy than either the Islamic militant group, Isis, or Russia.
The Green Party on Wednesday apologized to victims of sexual abuse for its support of paedophilic groups in the 1980s.
In our ongoing feature series on Denmark’s entrepreneurs, The Local speaks with Mark Thorsen, whose company helps its clients make educated decisions when taking out loans, finding the right green energy sources and purchasing a long line of other services.
The dark months are coming, but fear not! The glow of German television promises to keep us warm, if not entertained.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Wednesday warned that he would not consider the option of a definitive independence referendum in Catalonia during his first public appearance since the region held an unofficial poll on self-rule on Sunday.
Almut B. took the Berlin fire service to court after they asked her for €13,000 for rescuing her terrier Skipper.
The trial of three people accused of killing two men with a hand grenade and a revolver in January has started in Vienna.
Sweden's Education Minister Gustav Fridolin has criticized parents and schools that allow children to go on holiday during term time, but said he was not planning to introduce tougher rules to limit the practice.
Chinese tourism giant Jin Jiang has signed a deal with US investment group Starwood to buy a string of French budget hotels, the two companies said on Wednesday.
Financial authorities in Switzerland, the US and the UK on Wednesday announced they had slapped Swiss banking giant UBS with penalties totalling 774 million francs ($802 million) to settle allegations of foreign exchange rigging.
Italy's supreme court has ruled that a baby born to a surrogate mother in Ukraine cannot be kept by the Italian couple who paid for it and must be put up for adoption, Italian media reports said Wednesday.
Skåne boasts unique history and diversity, and a spirit of innovation that makes for an exciting array of career opportunities. Six international locals offer up the secrets to a successful career in Sweden’s far south.
'Jimmy Jump', the Spanish pitch invader who famously tried to place a traditional Catalan hat on the football World Cup trophy in 2010, has sworn to return to action despite being bankrupt after years of paying fines.
How would you like to spend your days in a cozy cottage in the central French region of Centre-Val de Loire? Or perhaps a charming stone house down south in Languedoc-Roussillon is more up your street? Check out these two very different properties that are on the market.
Teen soccer sensation Martin Ødegaard is to feature in a computer game after his father gave parental consent, it was announced on wednesday.
A sapphire known as the Blue Belle of Asia set a new world record after selling for more than $17 million at a rare jewellery auction in Geneva, Christie's said.
Germany's "economic wise men" had harsh words for the coalition government led by Chancellor Angela Merkel in their annual report.
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An immigration centre in Rome has for two consecutive nights come under attack, with people throwing homemade bombs at riot police and setting cars ablaze.
A former executive with Spain's main copyright organization has been sentenced to prison for spending €40,000 ($50,000) in brothels using a corporate credit card, with a judge describing as "nonsense" the man's claims that the visits were work-related.
An Italian priest arrested at a drug-fuelled party in Milan, for allegedly dealing cocaine, is facing a fast-track trial.
The man who shot a 13-year-old girl in the pelvis on Halloween in Burgenland has been identified as the deputy chairman of a local branch of the right-wing Freedom Party (FPÖ).
Around 7,000 people across 15 cities in Norway turned out to protest against fur last weekend in Europe's largest anti-fur event.
The Left (Die Linke) party chief Gregor Gysi took refuge in a toilet after two activist journalists chased him down alleging that he called them anti-Semitic.
UPDATED: French lawmakers will vote later this month on a proposal urging the government to recognise Palestine as a state, a parliamentary source said Wednesday, as diplomatic tension continues to rise between Europe and Israel.
Sweden has been ranked tenth in a world study of different countries' global images.
Swedish grocery store chain Ica is buying pharmacy group Apotek Hjärtat, in a 5.7 billion kronor ($770 million) deal.
Market researchers GfK found that Germany has knocked the USA off the top spot for global image for the first time since 2009.
A lack of funds for staff has left Spain with five new prisons, built at a cost of over €1.1 billion ($1.4 billion) standing empty, including the world's largest vacant prison near Malaga which features a solar heating plant and a football pitch.
An asylum seeker from Bangladesh who has been waiting 18 years for Austrian residence has finally had it granted this week, according to a report on Austrian national broadcaster ORF.
The parents of a baby found dead next to an empty suitcase in Spain's Asturias province have been arrested in the city of León.
The Czech Republic has agreed to provide Austria with all the available information on its planned construction of a nuclear waste repository - which may end up located close to the Austrian border.
As the daylight hours shrink and temperatures drop, it can be tempting to just hibernate until the end of winter. But rather than do that, take a look at what our friends at Scandinavia Standard suggest as the best activities for those dark and dreary days.
Italy's Constitutional Court will make a landmark ruling on gay adoption, prompted by the case of an American-Italian lesbian couple and their two children.
Ever wished your toilet was just that little bit closer to the cooker? How about right by the sofa? Thanks to a new law passed in France, the dream can become a reality.
A 14-year-old Norwegian girl has organized a torchlight procession through the centre of Oslo to raise awareness to the suffering of victims of bullying, it was reported on Wednesday.
A website considered by terrorism experts to be one of the major francophone platforms for recruiting jihadists was recently closed by Swiss authorities, French-language national TV broadcaster RTS reports.
Norwegian Felix Stephenson lost out in the final match at the World Series of Poker Championship in Las Vegas, but it was enough for him to secure second place and prize-money of 35 million kroner on Wednesday.
Updated: Thirty-two people including politicians and public officials were arrested in anti-corruption raids in Spain on Tuesday as another graft scandal rocked the country.
A ten-month-old baby was rushed to hospital on Monday after ingesting a lump of cannabis belonging to her father, in the south-eastern French town of Vienne.
Spanish police on Tuesday said they had seized nearly 600 kilos (1323 pounds) of cocaine from a Czech-registered sailboat sailing in the Atlantic.
Sweden's teaching crisis will continue unless local authorities do more to encourage young people to stay in the profession, according to a new survey for Sweden's teaching union, Lärarförbundet.
BBVA, Spain's second-largest bank by market value, will close half of its branches in Portugal and lay off a quarter of its staff in the country, a source familiar with the plan said on Tuesday.
Update: robot probe Philae, controlled from Cologne, landed on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko at 5:03 pm on Wednesday, the European Space Agency said.
Catalan authorities suffered a massive cyberattack while the region was voting in an independence ballot outlawed by Madrid, the region's president said on Tuesday during a press conference outlining his future strategy on Catlan independence.
The death of an eco-activist in France prompted Greek anarchists to storm AFP offices on Tuesday in a bid to publish a message relating to the Frenchman's death, which initial reports suggested was linked to a police concussion grenade.
Poker ace Martin Jacobson pocketed a cool $10 million on Tuesday after winning the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
UPDATED: A man was killed by a landslide outside his home in Crevacuore, a town in Piedmont, amid torrential rain in northern Italy on Wednesday morning. The bodies of two pensioners were also found on Tuesday night after a landslide engulfed their home in Liguria.
Eight men have been arrested after investigations against them turned up evidence that they supported terrorist organisations, including Islamic State (Isis), Cologne state prosecutors announced on Wednesday.
A long battle to control French holiday firm Club Med took another turn on Tuesday after the French stock market authority announced Italian businessman Andrea Bonomi had made an improved offer.
The employment minister and Danish MEPs praise the European Court of Justice's ruling that immigrants from other EU nations can be refused unemployment benefits.
A long battle to control French holiday firm Club Med took another turn Tuesday after the French stock market authority announced Italian businessman Andrea Bonomi had made an improved offer.
Two men in Hagen have been charged with destruction of property after their rampage in a sex shop left the store owner with broken, unsellable vibrators.
The Copenhagen School of Design and Technology (KEA) will host the first university TEDx to ever be held in Denmark.
Initial results were negative for an employee of TV2 who had reported a fever after returning from west Africa but Hvidore Hospital says additional testing may be needed.
The murdered wife of bisexual British millionaire businessman Shrien Dewani sent him desperate emails just days after their marriage questioning his "feelings" for her, a South African court heard on Tuesday.
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Sweden’s tech scene is one of the most-exciting on the planet right now. Take a peek at five recently-funded tech companies that are emerging, as selected by digital analysts, Strategy Eye.
Photo evidence of a new Russian fighter jet caught flying just outside Finnmark in North Norway were released by Norwegian security forces on Tuesday.