Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand drew the ninth match of the World Chess Championship on Thursday, in a match pundits described as "boring".
The UN news agency IRIN said on Thursday that it was leaving the world body to become an independent non-profit organization thanks to a cash injection from a foundation backed by an Asian billionaire.
A Cuban doctor was set on Friday to become the first patient suffering from the Ebola virus to receive treatment in Switzerland.
Nestlé said on Thursday that a disabled staff member in Italy, who was initially sacked for publicly criticizing company managers over Facebook, will no longer lose her job.
Banks could change a business culture that “favours dishonest behaviour" by requiring their employees to take a professional oath of honesty and training programs in ethics, researchers from the University of Zurich say.
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi vowed on Thursday to change Italy's "nightmare" statute of limitation rules after the conviction of a Swiss billionaire related to nearly 3,000 asbestos deaths was overturned.
Nestlé Italy said on Thursday that a disabled staff member, who was initially sacked for publicly criticizing company managers over Facebook, will no longer lose her job.
Swiss-based chemicals firm Ineos launched plans Thursday to become the biggest player in Britain's fracking sector with a $1-billion investment in the nation's shale gas industry.
In recent weeks snow has been steadily falling over the French Alps. For those who can't wait to get on the slopes, here's a gallery of images to show that winter is well and truly on its way to the mountains.
The Constitutional Court on Thursday ruled that the Catholic Church has the right to dismiss employees who remarry after divorcing.
She met movies stars like Marilyn Monroe, was married three times and widowed twice, and even took part in a bullfight. Read on to find out all about the amazing life of Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, Spain's Duchess of Alba who died on Thursday aged 88.
Spaniards are working over 10 million hours a week in illegal overtime a week, the equivalent of over 270,000 full-time jobs, says Spain's opposition Socialist party who are now hoping to change the situation.
An Austrian infectious diseases expert has said that Austria needs three specialised centres to deal with suspected cases of Ebola virus.
Fishing is one of Sweden's most popular hobbies in 2014, according to 'surprise' new figures released by Statistics Sweden.
Tourists heading to Paris are often warned about the perils of the capital’s Metro and train systems. And they not the only ones to be fearful because half of French passengers also say they feel unsafe when using public transport.
Tourists to Venice could face a €500 fine if they dare wheel noisy suitcases around the watery city, under new proposals outlined on Thursday.
Mafia bosses are using tigers, crocodiles and a host of other exotic animals - including drug-dealing parrots - to cement their grip on power. But international crime-fighters rarely hear about the phenomenon, a Europol spokesman told The Local.
UPDATED: Swiss food giant Nestlé fired a disabled member of staff at its Perugina chocolate division after she posted a message on Facebook in which she “undermined the authority” of managers.
An investigative report by a Danish watchdog has revealed that illegal migrants in Italy who are hired to pick tomatoes, which are then exported to Denmark, are “grossly exploited” and work under “harsh conditions”.
The head of a German art restitution panel called on Thursday for avant-garde artworks deemed "degenerate" by the Nazis to be handed back to the museums from which they were seized.
In the first lawsuit of its kind in Denmark, the Supreme Court rules against a long-term smoker's claims that the tobacco industry should be held accountable for his health problems.
Protesters and rights groups in Paris are calling for the banning of an art show featuring black actors in cages that mimic the "human zoos" of the 19th century. It has already been scrapped in London due to an outcry.
Left-wing politicians in Thuringia have tried to placate centrist voters in their programme for the first state government led by the Linke (Left) party, the former East German Communist Party.
Swiss food giant Nestlé fired a disabled member of staff at its Perugina chocolate division in Italy after she posted a message on Facebook that “undermined the authority” of managers, a media report says.
The French public are becoming increasingly unnerved by the fact youngsters from everyday backgrounds, with names like Maxime, Helene, David and Mikael, are joining the jihad and turning up in brutal Islamic State execution videos.
Have you and your family moved to Scandinavia and set up eco-friendly home? If so, a British film production company would like to hear from you.
Leaders of Christian, Muslim and other religious communities from Iraq, Syria and the larger Middle East region have met at a Saudi-funded centre in Vienna and have denounced all violence in the name of religion.
Ferrari confirmed on Thursday that four-time Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel will drive for the Italian team next season.
Roger Federer is set to play for Switzerland in the Davis Cup tennis final against France in Lille, France on Friday despite a back injury that laid him low.
With high-end stores and expensive restaurants wherever you look, the Champs-Elysées has been named the priciest shopping street in Europe. Paris had another four in the top 10.
Have you and your family moved to a snowy wildscape in Scandinavia and set up eco-friendly home? If so, a British film production company would like to hear from you.
The priests in Granada who are being investigated for sexual abuse after a letter sent to Pope Francis allegedly drew young boys into church activities before ruthlessly convincing them to engage in sexual activities, investigators have learned.
The Catalan parliament on Wednesday stepped up its war against the taxi app Uber by passing a motion calling for an urgent change to existing laws which would see Uber cars impounded, a move that comes in the middle of a PR crisis for the US firm.
Danish supermarkets are filled with produce that is picked in Italy by “grossly exploited” illegal migrants working under harsh conditions, a new investigative report revealed.
A Stockholm court has upheld an arrest order for Julian Assange who is wanted for questioning over alleged sex crimes in Sweden. His lawyer has told The Local that he now plans to take the case to Sweden's Supreme Court.
A 70-year-old self-confessed alternative medicine man has been jailed in Norway after he gave misleading and illegal advice to a terminally cancer patient, it was revealed on Thursday.
"Paris is not France and France is not Paris" so people keep saying. In her second installment looking at some of the myths and stereotypes around France, recent arrival Lindsey Johnstone looks at a few of the most common ways that observers mix up the capital with the country.
Nearly 1,000 people have been killed in conflict-torn Ukraine since a tattered truce was signed in September while the number of people displaced has nearly doubled, the United Nations said in Geneva on Thursday.
Spain's eccentric Duchess of Alba, the world's most titled noble and a nature treasure in her homeland, has died at the age of 88 in Seville.
People who have moved from the UK to remote corners of Scandinavia are set to appear in a new television series being filmed in 2015.
Local authorities in Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein, brought in hunters to gun down 21 cows after they left a trail of destruction across the countryside.
Head of the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) Jörg Ziercke hung up his handcuffs this week after an epic ten-year tenure in one of the toughest jobs in Germany. But he faces one last challenge to his robust record as he leaves office.
Activists with the radical protest group Femen have protested against what they see as the glorification of Spain's fascist past by painting graffiti on a gigantic cross at site of a Spanish Civil War massacre.
Austria’s Aids charity AIDS-Hilfe has produced an explicit cartoon showing two gay cats having unprotected sex, which is meant to raise awareness about European HIV testing week (which takes place from 21st to 28th November). NSFW.
One of Sweden's biggest mobile companies is scrapping long term call and data contracts for customers as part of what it says is the biggest change in the Swedish telecoms industry for 20 years.
One of Austria's top TV comedies has been picked up for a pilot with the US TV network Fox, starring Daily Show alumni Rob Riggle.
Nineteen Spanish restaurants have earned a Michelin star for the first time in the new Michelin restaurant guide for Spain and Portugal with five of those in Madrid but those hoping for a new three-star restaurant in Spain will have to wait.
Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso's five-year spell with Ferrari will be over at the end of the season after the Italian 'Scuderia' confirmed the Spaniard's departure on Thursday.
The Danes have spoken and their favourite meal is fried pork served with potatoes and parsley sauce. Sound good? Try the enclosed recipe.
More evidence emerged on Thursday of how Switzerland is bucking the economic gloom hitting most of Europe with figures released by the country's central bank showing a further “significant” increase in household wealth.
France’s finance minister Michel Sapin sent a message to British Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday saying that the UK would end up weaker if it left the EU. He also pointed out that the €2.1 billion budget bill sent by Brussels to London had benefited France.
Power companies will drop their prices from January 2015 for the first time in over a decade, saving families up to €35 a year – but is it 'too little, too late'?
Police in Styria have found an old chicken shed packed to the rafters with illegal explosives after worried neighbours alerted them, hoping to prevent another tragedy similar to one which killed a father and son on Tuesday.
A three-bedroom apartment sold for a cool 40 million kroner price-tag in Norway this week, making it the most expensive property per square metre ever sold among the Nordic nations.
Public prosecutors in Spain’s Supreme Court want paternity suits against Spain's king Juan Carlos dropped, saying there is not enough proof to push ahead with the cases.
Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Löfven says he enjoyed a positive meeting with Hillary Clinton in New York on Wednesday, discussing topics including the Ukraine crisis and feminism, on the first day of his debut visit to the US since his election.
Prime Minister Matteo Renzi hit back at unionists on Thursday over a planned general strike, arguing that controversial government reforms would create much-needed jobs after years of "lost opportunity".
As November nears its end, 2014 is poised to have the second-warmest autumn in recorded history according to meteorology institute DM.
Austria’s Film Archive is screening a retrospective of the work of a controversial Nazi-era Viennese film director in an attempt to reexamine his life and work
Norway has been ranked as the second-best country in the world for their citizens perceiving holding personal freedom, a recent study revealed.
There are over 130 vacant nursing positions at Skåne University Hospital, leading to a shortage of beds for patients.
Two migrants burned to death in northern France on Wednesday evening when the truck they were travelling in went up in flames at a ferry terminal near the city of Dunkirk.
Three French jihadist fighters have called on Muslims in France to join their ranks in Syria, in a video clip released this week, which also sees them burning their French passports.
Under 25s in Sweden are increasingly being given fixed term contracts rather than permanent roles, according to new figures seen by Sweden's Trade Union Confederation, LO.
Our feature series on Denmark's entrepreneurs continues this week with an interview with Thorvald Stigsen, the founder of the run-away success Momondo.
Pope Francis is raffling off unwanted gifts including a Fiat Panda, tandem bike and coffee machine to raise money for the homeless.
Hundreds of robotics experts and their whirring, flashing robot creations gathered in Madrid on Wednesday for a top world congress on humanoid technology.
Italy's supreme court has overturned an 18-year prison sentence handed to Swiss billionaire Stephan Schmidheiny for causing 3,000 deaths linked to the use of asbestos in his factories.
Many more people than expected have applied for an early pension at 63 under new rules meaning they won't see a cut in payments.
Thousands of wine lovers braved the cold to get the first sip of this year's Beaujolais Nouveau in its home town in France as part of a time-honoured tradition to celebrate the arrival of the young French wine.
Another weekend on the way and the temperature is fast plummeting. Here's our pick of the best things to do around Sweden as you wrap up this weekend - from the arrival of Sami winter to the largest photo fair in the Nordics.
French nuclear giant Areva was in dire straits this week after its share price plunged following an announcement it had abandoned its financial targets for the next two years.
UPDATE: A meeting of donors in Berlin for a new global climate fund on Thursday neared its $10-billion target of pledges to help poor countries cut emissions and prepare for global warming.
A 47-year-old Swedish man who set up a camera in his own bathroom to film children using the toilet has been hit with a suspended sentence and a fine of over 20,000 kronor.
Italy on Wednesday took the first concrete step towards privatizing its railway system and listing it on the stock exchange as part of efforts to cut the country's gargantuan public debt.
Following earlier reports of poor hygiene, the fast food giant announced Wednesday that it was terminating contracts for 89 franchised outlets because of continued poor treatment of staff.
UPDATED: Prime Minister Matteo Renzi vowed on Thursday to change Italy's "nightmare" statute of limitation rules after the conviction of a Swiss billionaire related to nearly 3,000 asbestos deaths was overturned.
The Swedish Basketball Federation has slapped a one-year ban on suspended Sweden basketball player Jeffery Taylor who holds dual US-Swedish citizenship and is at the centre of a probe into a domestic assault charge in Michigan.
The 67-year tradition of Norway cutting down a fir tree to give to England in time for Christmas, took place on Wednesday, watched by a very special Royal guest.