An investigation is under way after seven cows were killed following a collision with a Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) passenger train in the canton of Glaris.
Switzerland's Roger Federer sent Andy Murray crashing out of the London ATP Tour Finals in humiliating fashion with a 6-0, 6-1 victory on Thursday that ensured Japan's Kei Nishikori would qualify for the semifinals.
Bergen officials are considering outlawing street musicians playing in the city's central square, it was reported on Thursday.
The canton of Ticino in southern Switzerland is bracing for further flooding after two weeks of rain with more precipitation forecast in the region for Saturday.
The head of a corruption probe into the awarding of the World Cup to Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022 says a report published on Thursday by the Zurich-based governing body for football Fifa is "materially incomplete and erroneous".
A French minister insisted on Thursday that France already has “strict rules” when it comes to EU migrants accessing welfare benefits, after an EU court ruling this week against so-called “benefit tourism”.
The total of funds invested by Spain in research and development in 2013 was equivalent to just 1.24 percent of GDP, or the same level as in 2006, official figures released on Thursday show.
What was set to be a key moment for the fresh-faced leader of Spain's main opposition party has turned into a public relations disaster after his new website was mercilessly mocked on social media.
A university professor accused of the deadly 1980 bombing of a Paris synagogue will be extradited to France, Canada's Supreme Court has ruled on Thursday after refusing to hear his final plea to avoid this fate.
Future video games produced in Sweden could be labelled according to whether or not they promote gender equality, as part of a new project by gaming industry trade organisation Dataspelsbranchen.
Environmentalists have accused Spain's ruling Popular Party (PP) of being in the pocket of big business after the government on Wednesday voted to postpone an end to shooting in areas where wildlife is protected.
A new report this week concluded the French are the worst at English in all of the EU. Given that native English speakers are not really in a position to point the finger at the French, we asked the natives and a local expert to explain the poor showing.
Far-right extremist and former informant for the security services Tino Brandt will face charges of serious sexual abuse of children.
The first French jihadist to stand trial after having returned from fighting in Syria has been sentenced to seven years in prison, despite claiming to have spent just 12 days in the war-torn country.
Denmark’s centre-left government and its two left-wing support parties came to agreement on the nation’s 2015 budget on Thursday.
Trying to make new friends in Austria? Here are 12 things you should know about Austrian manners - that may help you avoid making any enemies.
The death toll from the latest wave of storms to batter northern Italy rose to five Thursday as floods and landslides continued to wreak havoc across the region.
A 51-year-old man suspected of running a crystal meth lab in Vienna’s posh 1st district has been released without charge after being questioned by police.
A state-owned company sold two classic Andy Warhol pieces on Wednesday for more than expected, but critics say they should never have left public hands.
Spain's decision to shelve plans to declassify thousands of documents relating to the country's Civil War and the dictatorship of Francisco Franco is a mistake, a top historian has told The Local.
A group of young Africans were left sitting on a Canary Islands beach for five hours recently over fears they might have Ebola. Most were then driven away in a rubbish truck. Now they have spoken up about the experience.
A 70-year-old former mayor of Bangladesh who has been sentenced to death for mass killings and torture in the 1970s, is believed to be hiding in Sweden, according to Bangladesh's chief police commissioner.
Pope Francis has given the go-ahead for three showers to be installed within a public restroom under the colonnades of St Peter’s Square for homeless people.
A new Austrian campaign aimed at promoting integration and encouraging immigrants to feel more connected to their adopted country has been criticized as “alienating” foreigners.
A court sentenced four men on Thursday to spend as many as nine years in prison for plotting to detonate home-made bombs in a crowd on the orders of jihadist militant network al-Qaeda.
An 11-year-old boy and his two grandparents died in a house fire on Tuesday in the southern Spanish town of Arahal, while the sister of the young boy is in hospital in a serious condition.
Stuck for something to do this week? Never fear - The Local is here to offer you suggestions from all over Sweden - from sipping hot wine at the first Christmas markets to Sami Heritage jazz.
Afraid of heights? Then you probably don’t want to read this story about a new attraction coming to Denmark.
In the heart of Catalonia's cava country is one of the country's most amazing hotels — a unique way to get a first-hand look at the culture surrounding Spain's own answer to champagne.
UPDATED: Police and firefighters along with helicopter crews were called out to a town near Paris on Thursday after reports that a tiger had been spotted in a supermarket car park. Several other residents spotted the animal on Thursday afternoon.
Operators of a zoo near Lausanne are heaving sighs of relief after a bear weighing almost 300 kilograms was safely corralled after it briefly escaped from his compound.
Soldiers in Vienna have been carrying out anti-terrorism training exercises this week - but a report in the Kurier newspaper says that the majority of them didn’t have proper combat helmets or vehicles, and had problems with their radio equipment.
Pollsters have found that Swedes are becoming less happy with the new Red-Green coalition government and more keen on the country's centre-right parties, with the gap between the two blocs decreasing.
Michael Garcia, who conducted the inquiry into wrong-doing in the Russian and Qatari World Cup bids, says a report published on Thursday by Fifa is "materially incomplete and erroneous".
The European probe Philae was "working well" but was likely perched on a steep slope on its host comet, the mission head for France's CNES space agency said on Thursday, a day after the probe made its historic landing.
Rescue workers said on Thursday they had searched extensively for the passenger of a cross-channel ferry who fell overboard overnight off the English coast, to no avail so far.
The work towards brokering peace between India and Pakistan that earned Malala Yousafzai a Nobel Peace Prize this year, faces belittlement after both nations' prime ministers refused to attend the Nobel Awards ceremony held in Norway next month.
An Italian construction engineer abducted in Libya four months ago has been freed and is on his way home, allegedly after kidnappers were paid a €1 million ransom.
A Danish man who contacted young women in Norway, pretending to be both a doctor and a representative for the energy drink company Monster in an effort to molest them, has been banned from entering the country, it was ruled on Thursday.
The Administrative Court of Hanover said on Thursday it will allow a hooligan group to move forward with a planned demonstration against fundamentalist Islam on Saturday.
Italians are getting better at speaking English, even pipping the French with their language skills, according to a study ranking English proficiency in 63 countries.
Almost half the population of Vienna - 49 percent - has an immigrant background and suffers discrimination in the work market according to Vienna’s Integration and Diversity Monitoring group.
A 25-year-old sex offender from Aarhus has been expelled from Norway and told never to return to the country.
In a statement on the Formula One star's re-opened website, Michael Schumacher's family said they were “confident and hoping for the best“ for him.
A truck driver who ran over and killed a five-year-old boy last year was convicted on Thursday of negligent homicide by justice authorities in the canton of Aargau.
Italy has taken a major step towards adopting a new electoral law aimed at ending the country's chronic political instability, commentators said on Thursday after a deal between Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and Silvio Berlusconi.
Travellers can expect flight delays across Norwegian flight paths on Thursday, with airports in Middle and West Norway hardest hit.
A Spanish medical organization has launched a website offering fake health 'bargains' like two-for-one lung surgery to boost awareness of the importance of healthcare spending and the future of the public system.
A Frenchman in the Spanish coastal town of Denía has found a novel way to complain about noise from a neighbouring restaurant — he has suspended a coffin on scaffolding outside his window.
Local authorities in several towns in France have said that they will refuse to implement new government plans which could see tax on second homes increase by as much as 20 percent.
An Italian man and his Colombian wife have been tortured and killed in Colombia, with their bodies abandoned by a roadside in what is thought to have been a gang robbery.
A 22-year-old Austrian man suspected of murdering his mother has been extradited from the US back to Vienna.
Keren Cytter’s ‘New Age’ is one of the more memorable films you’re likely to see at CPH:DOX, but perhaps not for the best of reasons. It’s elusive and inaccessible at parts, so much so that it’s possible to exit the theatre with no real understanding of what you’ve just watched.
Swedish people are the third best in the world at speaking English as a second language, a major fall from grace after two years in top spot, a major report released this week concluded.
Most Swedes believe their country did the right thing when it joined the EU, according to a new poll commissioned exactly twenty years since a narrow referendum in the Nordic nation.
After train drivers, pilots, pharmacists and farmers, and with doctors too set to strike over Christmas, now it's the turn of bosses in France to take to the streets in protest.
French authorities are trying to stamp out the craze of train surfing after two men filmed themselves clinging on to the outside of an RER train in Paris. Their video has since been viewed half a million times.
Police have arrested 15 in raids and confiscated 2.9 tonnes of the main chemical ingredient used to manufacture crystal meth , it was announced on Thursday.
A pearl necklace that belonged to Josephine de Beauharnais, a 19th-century queen of Sweden, has been sold for $3.42 million at an auction in Switzerland.
A majority of parliament is against the decision to eliminate the Danish National Chamber Orchestra but interfering with DR's internal decisions goes against the spirit of the public broadcaster's deal with the state.
A pearl necklace that belonged to Josephine de Beauharnais, a 19th-century queen of Sweden, sold at auction in Geneva on Wednesday for $3.42 million — more than twice its appraised value.
Updated: One of the officials wanted by Argentina in a human rights investigation says he is willing to face Buenos Aires judge over his role in a massacre of protesting workers, but Spain is unlikely to honour a request from Interpol to arrest 20 Spanish nationals.
The way she tells it, Regina Catrambone is just a regular Italian Catholic.
Murders in the French capital are thankfully rare but naturally do occur. A new study released this week has revealed who is the typical Parisian murderer, who are their victims and when do the crimes take place.
Rent caps will be introduced in German cities in the first half of 2015, but their arrival is having the opposite effect: A study has found that rents have been going up at an increased rate since the legislation was announced.
The Danish capital has a serious cigarette butt problem and city officials are now working on solutions to stub out all that litter.
Foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Wednesday warned there are signs that pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine are readying for major military clashes with troops of the Western-leaning government.
Italy's biggest trade union confederation on Wednesday called a general strike against the economic and social policies of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.
The success of Swedish poker ace Martin Jacobson, who pocketed $10 million at the World Series, could encourage gamblers to bet even more money, say addiction experts issuing warnings in Sweden.
Italy's bid to host the 2022 Ryder Cup was given a boost on Wednesday when Turkey pulled out as candidate for the biennial golf showpiece between Europe and the United States.
A court in the canton of Saint Gallen has overturned a ban issued by a school on the right of a 13-year-old girl to wear an Islamic headscarf in the classroom.
A random sampling of Danish and German pork sold in Stockholm supermarkets has revealed the presence of the resistant MRSA bacteria.
A bus driver in northern Sweden has been sacked for forcing black people off her bus, following a string of incidents in which foreign passengers were turned away.
Swedish pea soup is great comfort food for cold days, and the perfect budget option when you're short of cash after the holidays. Food writer John Duxbury shares his favourite recipe with The Local.