Update: A father and son with a keen interest in explosives have died in what appears to be a tragic accident after they blew up a building in southern Styria on Monday evening.
As the ski season begins to get under way in Switzerland, the country’s accident prevention bureau (BFU) is renewing its warnings to skiers and snowboarders against using mini-cameras strapped onto helmets.
The federal roads office is investigating how a seven-tonne boulder broke away from a hillside and ended up on the A13 highway in the canton of Graubünden.
Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen drew their latest match in Sochi on Monday, in what was the second longest game in the history of the world championship.
A high-profile journalism school in Paris has been left red-faced after its executive dean was accused of plagiarising material from other media and using it in her other job as a columnist – despite the strict anti-plagiarism guidelines the school vigorously enforces on its students.
The district chairman for the right-wing Freedom Party in Tulln, Lower Austria, has resigned after a photo surfaced of him and two friends appearing to make a Hitler salute.
Paris City Council has voted against the construction of a controversial triangular tower, however the ballot may be thrown out over concerns that some councillors violated the secret vote.
UPDATED: The family of a French 19-year-old girl found dead in a Barcelona hotel room on Sunday with knife wounds had reported the young woman missing, telling police she was depressed and displaying suicidal tendencies, Spanish media are reporting.
The Italian Embassy in Kiev has denied reports that its consulates in Russia have started issuing Schengen area visas to Crimeans with Russian passports via Moscow.
The Archbishop of Granada on Monday suspended a number of priests who are among at least twelve people being investigated for suspected sexual abuse. The Pope has personally phoned one of the alleged victims to pledge his support.
Sweden says it will not open an embassy in Ramallah even though it has officially recognised the state of Palestine - the first major EU nation to do so.
Spain boss Vicente del Bosque has demanded his players put on a show as his rejuvenated side prepare to welcome Germany, the team that succeeded them as world champions, in Vigo on Tuesday.
Year after year, the town of Wunsiedel was the unwilling host to a march of neo-Nazis who would make their way through the town to the grave of Rudolf Heß. When digging up the body didn't deter the unwanted guests, the town came up with a new plan.
The German economy, Europe's biggest, will continue to show little sparkle at least until the end of the year, the central bank (Bundesbank) predicted on Monday.
A policeman has been seriously injured after a brawl broke out at a traditional Perchtenlauf procession in Landeskron, near Villach.
The leader of Spain's radical new Podemos party has said he would like a referendum on whether Spain should leave Nato, although he admitted the move would be "far from simple".
A recent report ranked Austrians seventh in the world when it comes to speaking English as a foreign language, but that doesn't mean they don't still make mistakes. Here are The Local's top ten mistakes that Austrians make in English.
Public sector unions' federation DBB reports that 170,000 government posts are currently unfilled, saying the quality of public services is at risk.
A peacebroker accused of helping to fund Sri Lanka's separatist war acknowledged Monday that Tamil rebels had been induced to engage in the peace process but said payments were made with the government's blessing.
Federal investigators said on Sunday that attacks against refugee housing had increased dramatically in 2014, but refugee organizations warned against panic.
Several masked and heavily armed men drove into a jewellery shop near Gothenburg on Tuesday lunchtime, stealing treasures on sale in the store.
More than one fourth of Denmark’s municipalities saw their populations grow over the past six years due to immigrants and refugees, according to an analysis from online journal Ugebrevet A4.
Israel has blocked Norwegian doctor Mads Gilbert from entering the country and thereby accessing the Gaza Strip, but denied on Monday it had imposed a lifelong ban on the outspoken medic.
Lawyers for Shrien Dewani, the British millionaire accused of organising the murder of his Swedish bride during their honeymoon in South Africa, have called for the charges to be dropped.
A defector from the rebel group Isis has told a Scandinavian broadcaster that his former organization has terrorist sleeper cells in Sweden awaiting orders.
A whopping 40 percent of French youths feel that they don’t have enough money to lead a dignified life, a study showed on Monday, with as many as 29 percent saying they were considering moving to another country in order to escape France’s bleak financial situation.
A student returning home after celebrating her birthday claims she was attacked by a mob of angry taxi drivers after choosing the rival private chauffeured car service Uber over their services, French media reported Monday.
Spain's Duchess of Alba, the eccentric 88-year-old with more titles than any other aristocrat in the world, is showing signs of recovery after being hospitalized on Sunday with pneumonia.
A Spanish woman has been ordered to serve a six-month prison sentence after she refused to allow her former husband, who was jailed for 21 months for domestic abuse, to visit their daughter.
Belgian prosecutors charged a Swiss subsidiary of British bank HSBC on Monday with fraud and money-laundering worth hundreds of millions of euros, mainly for diamond dealers in the industry's international hub of Antwerp.
A man who took four people hostage in a day-long standoff at Ingolstadt city hall was sentenced to more than eight years in prison on Monday.
The majority of Italian women are unsatisfied with their sex lives, often due to inadequate and sporadic relationships, a new survey has found.
Vienna's Schwechat airport has been found to be the fastest in the world for boarding passengers, according to a study from popular travel site Kayak.com released over the weekend.
Around a third of Austrians have struggled to pay their bills in the last six months and are having a hard time making ends meet, according to a poll carried out by credit management service Intrum Justitia.
The Islamic Association in Denmark says it has been wrongly included in a list of groups labelled as terrorist organizations by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) over the weekend.
A road in Norway has been deemed the world's most treacherous track of tarmac.
Following unconfirmed reports that a Russian plane entered Swedish airspace on Saturday, the Swedish military has told The Local that the aircraft actually came from France.
In a new feature, The Local will look into a successful entrepreneur's life each week - the story behind their successes, major challenges and how being an entrepreneur changed their life forever. Kicking things off from Berlin this week AUPEO! co-founder and CEO Holger Weiss.
The Islamic Association of Sweden says it was "shocked" to be included in a list of groups labelled as terrorist organizations by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) over the weekend.
Criticism from the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and a long line of human rights organisations has led Denmark to change the wording – but not the underlying content – in its proposal to restrict family reunification for refugees.
A defector from the rebel group Isis has told Norwegian broadcaster NRK that his former organization has terrorist sleeper cells in Europe awaiting orders.
At least one man died and 40 others were injured in a fire at a centre for asylum seekers in the canton of Geneva at around midnight on Sunday.
French prosecutors on Monday confirmed that a French national can be seen among the Isis militants who beheaded at least 18 Syrian soldiers in a gruesome video that appeared online at the weekend and which also claimed the killing of US aid worker Peter Kassig.
The union representing train service staff (EVG) is threatening to break its long silence over the strikes by train drivers' union GDL against rail operator Deutsche Bahn (DB).
Investigators say a short circuit could be responsible for a huge fire which destroyed a meat products factory belonging to Spanish food giant Campofrío in Burgos on Sunday.
The UAE government has listed the names of dozens of groups it considers terror organizations, including one in Norway. But terrorism experts scoffed at the move.
Public transport workers in Geneva have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a one-day strike on Wednesday to protest over budget cuts and the elimination of 100 jobs.
Spanish clothing giant Inditex, which owns Zara, has restricted customer purchases to five items per month in its stores in Venezuela as it struggles with a massive upswing in demand.
At least five people were killed as storms lashed southern France between Friday and Saturday, including a mother and her two young sons after their car was swept away in severe floods. Killer storms were also reported in Italy and Switzerland.
If you have an Austrian ATM card and plan to withdraw cash whilst travelling outside of Europe and the US you will soon be asked to authorise your card before travelling, in an effort by banks to prevent card fraud.
If Italians go down to the woods today they might be in for a big surprise: bears. And in a country no longer used to big predators, it's no picnic.
What do you do when personal circumstances bring you to corruption-hit Spain? Set up a business ethics consultancy of course. At least that’s what this Madrid-based Brit decided to do.
Several thousand people demonstrated in Madrid on Sunday in support of independence for the disputed territory of Western Sahara, a former Spanish colony in northwestern Africa.
Despite elaborate holiday displays and the import of the American shopping phenomenon Black Friday, Danes aren't expected to spend any more on Christmas in 2014 than they have the past two years.
Politicians in Frankfurt city hall are opening up the debate to legalising cannabis in the city on Monday. Will other cities soon follow suit?
Former England and IFK Gothenburg manager Sven-Göran Eriksson is poised to land his second big-money contract in the Chinese Super League (CSL) after leaving Guangzhou R&F following just one full season, according to reports.
Ugly flare-throwing incidents at Milan's storied San Siro stadium deflected the glare from under-par Italy on Sunday as they scraped a precious Euro 2016 qualifying point at home to impressive Group H leaders Croatia.
The stage version of cult 1951 musical 'An American in Paris' will this week make its world premiere in the City of Love where it is set, before hitting Broadway next year.
As beetles scurry across the cracked and worn floor in the "Best House Rom", it is not hard to see why Italy has got into trouble with the EU over its treatment of ethnic Roma.
Several municipalities across Sweden have had to scrap their annual Lucia celebrations as they are struggling to find candidates, with experts saying the tradition is increasingly becoming a thing of the past.
A summit of Nobel peace laureates scheduled to be held in Cape Town has been moved to Rome after the South African government failed to issue a visa to the Dalai Lama, organizers said on Sunday.
A French tourist was arrested Sunday for scaling the Brooklyn Bridge, apparently to take photos, police said, in the latest such incident at the iconic New York landmark.
Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday called on the West not to lose hope in what may be a long struggle with Russia over Ukraine, but vowed that the Kremlin "will not prevail".
A father blew himself up in a car following a domestic dispute, police in Homberg, Hesse, said on Sunday.
The Italian navy and merchant ships picked up more than 2,500 migrants from the Mediterranean over the weekend as the flow of refugees seeking to reach Europe rose again.
An Italian engineer kidnapped in Libya in March has been freed and flew home overnight, the foreign ministry announced on Sunday.
'Citizenfour' was easily the most talked-about film at this year's Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival and our reviewer says it offers a fascinating look behind one of the most important stories of our time.
An elk which kicked and trampled on a woman in northern Sweden has been shot dead after the attack by the animal left her in hospital with numerous injuries.
King Carl Gustaf sent a letter of congratulations to the Palestinian Authority on its national day, barely a month after Sweden agreed to recognize the state of Palestine.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic will miss Sweden's friendly match against France in Marseille on Tuesday, the Swedish Football Association has announced.
Forget traditional Swedish cinnamon buns or last year's trend for US-style cupcakes. For this week's My Swedish career we meet Sophie Maillard, a French entrepreneur who is cooking up a market for the French pastry canelé in Stockholm.