Switzerland has extended congratulations to the United States for its decision to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba for the first time since 1961 by opening a an embassy in Havana.
Sepp Blatter, the Swiss leader of Zurich-based Fifa, said on Wednesday that he was "surprised" by the resignation of top corruption investigator Michael Garcia over the handling of his inquiry into the Qatar and Russia World Cup bids.
Asadullah, a 23-year-old Afghan man, wears a broad smile that belies his circumstances. Shivering in an abandoned brick factory, he waits to be smuggled across the nearby border into Hungary, gateway to his real destination – Austria.
According to David Scharia, a senior Israeli expert of the United Nations Security Council's Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTED), one of the two teenage girls who fled to Syria in Spring to join the jihad has been killed in fighting.
A prostitute won a landmark victory against police in an Oslo court on Wednesday, when it ruled that police were wrong to claim taxes for the money she had made selling sex in the Norwegian capital.
You don’t have to ski to enjoy Switzerland in the winter. From snowshoeing to ski-jöring, non-skiers have plenty of ways to amuse themselves in the colder months. The Local's Caroline Bishop runs down some of the options.
An opinion poll published this week concluded the French were the least bothered about Christmas of all northern European countries. But do the French really not give a s**t about Santa? Or are these polls best ignored?
The head of the train drivers union GDL claimed a "breakthrough" late Wednesday in talks with Deutsche Bahn, which may herald the end of a spate of train strikes which have caused travelling misery and cost the rail operator around 100 million euros.
An international conference in Geneva on Wednesday called on both Israelis and Palestinians to respect humanitarian rights laws in the occupied territories, but was condemned by Israel as a "political exercise".
Italy's financial police on Wednesday arrested 18 people suspected of making illicit cash transfers totalling more than a billion euros, most of them to China through a British company.
For the first time ever, the annual average temperature in Denmark is at double digits, a feat that meteorologists say is “unthinkable without climate change”.
The Swiss National Bank on Wednesday named IMF executive Andréa Maechler as its first ever female board member.
An aggressive monkey, fed on a diet on Kinder chocolate, had been terrorizing a neighbourhood in the French city of Marseille in recent weeks until it was finally tamed by police, with the help of a Taser gun.
A man and a woman have been formally charged for fatally beating an 8-year-old girl - a child murder case that has dominated the headlines in Sweden all year.
Roma coach Rudi Garcia said he will fight "with every means possible" to clear his name after being accused of trying to slap a stadium steward during his side's win at Genoa.
The Pegida movement (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West) was unknown three months ago. Now it's making Dresden famous - for all the wrong reasons.
Over 220,000 toys have been seized from toy-sellers in Madrid in an operation named Black Toy, with police saying they posed a serious risk to child safety.
Union Verdi announced on Wednesday that its members at two Amazon distribution centres would extend a planned three-day strike through the rest of the week, while four more sites saw new walkouts.
Romania's Social Affairs and Labour Minister Rovana Plumb has accepted an invitation to Stockholm in January to discuss the rising number of Roma people begging in Sweden's major towns and cities.
Fears are growing over increased radicalization of women in Spain's north African enclave of Ceuta with local leaders saying a lack of opportunities is exacerbating the problem.
After carrying out experiments with 114 men and some red hot chili sauce French scientists have concluded there is a clear link between testosterone levels and an appetite for all things hot and spicy.
Hundreds of couples performed a tango on St Peter's square on Tuesday in a birthday treat for Pope Francis, who hails from Argentina, the birthplace of the celebrated sultry dance.
After a recent trip to the wild north, The Local's Oliver Gee recommends eight things to do in Umeå when the sun isn't shining. Which at this time of the year, is almost all day.
Russia's ambassador to Denmark has made light of Swedish concerns over a Russian military jet's alleged near-miss with a passenger plane, suggesting Swedish authorities may have smoked too much cannabis.
Extreme weather and other natural and man-made disasters caused $113 billion (90.6 billion euros) in economic losses in 2014, reinsurer Swiss Re said Wednesday.
Italy hopes to sell off major parts of the postal service, air traffic control company and national railway in 2015 after the "unfavourable" market of 2014, the economy minister has said.
World powers resumed negotiations in Geneva with Iran on Wednesday over Tehran's disputed nuclear programme, more than three weeks after they last met and gave themselves another seven months to conclude a deal.
Russia's ambassador in Copenhagen says the Swedish authorities should lay off the weed, while adding that Danish and Swedish officials are on "a very dangerous path".
A renowned French photographer is inviting a Paris audience with an open mind to venture into the world of women's menstrual cycles at an exhibition she's perhaps appropriately called 'The Curse'.
Italy would be €300 billion better off if it had acted decisively against corruption in the wake of the "tangentopoli" scandal of the early 1990s, according to an eye-opening new report from the country's bosses.
A post-mortem on a prominent German MP and critic of Vladimir Putin showed no signs of foul play, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Italian President Giorgio Napolitano has announced he will leave office within weeks, well before the expiry of his term in 2020, setting the stage for the election of a new head of state.
Part of a major renovation project will include the widening of runways to accommodate the Airbus A380 in an effort to attract the huge aircraft to the Danish capital.
A historic Berlin museum is facing calls to pull down a plaque commemorating the former East German communist leader Erich Honecker.
Spain's Princess Cristina has paid a civil bond totalling €587,000 ($730,000) owed in a fraud case against her into the wrong bank account, prompting Spaniards to take to Twitter to lampoon the scandal-hit royal.
Judges at the Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe said on Wednesday that the government must change rules reducing tax on inherited family-owned businesses within 18 months.
Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg placed her focus on the international security situation at her traditional six-monthly press conference on Wednesday, and condemned Tuesday’s Taliban attack on a school in Pakistan.
When many expats come over to Paris their major concern is getting a job, and hopefully a good one. But writer William Prendiville’s argues, that even in the midst of an economic crisis it’s possible to survive in Paris for many years thanks to odd jobs. And plenty of them.
Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal has been named the new face of US fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger, a role which will see him stripping for an underwear advertising campaign.
French President Francois Hollande has set his sights on tackling inequality in France by confirming his government will stump up €5 billion to revamp the country’s most disadvantaged neighbourhoods. It's alongside a new bill to prioritize funds for struggling schools.
MPs in the Bundestag will vote in January on a controversial plan to send 100 soldiers to Iraq to train Kurdish fighters battling terrorist group Isis.
Critics are complaining that Swiss federal government ministers are getting early Christmas presents in the form of expensive new limousines as official cars at a time when the government is planning hefty budget cuts.
Austria’s unusually mild weather for the time of year is good news for the Christmas markets as people are not so tempted to stay at home and keep warm, but does mean that there’s not much chance of a white Christmas for most of Austria’s cities and low lying areas.
Still stressing out about what to take home to your family and friends for Christmas this year? Have no fear: the Local has rounded up a dozen of the very best gift ideas from Spain.
'Tis the season for some silly news stories. The Local took to the streets of Stockholm to see how well people could pronounce some of the nation's top tongue twisters.
Austria is not happy that the EU's planned €315 billion growth scheme could be used to fund the construction of nuclear power plants.
The Local's blogger Natalia Brzezinski talks to American philanthropist Melinda Gates about why Swedes should be proud of their country, this year's Nobel Prizes and the importance of women having a strong voice.
An attempted cattle raid at a farm in the Campania region was sabotaged…by grunting pigs.
He might be bald, and fat, but onscreen Homer Simpson doesn't look a day over... let's say 45. Unlike the actor who voices Homer for German audiences who is, in fact, 85 and still going strong.
Online behemoth Google has released its most-searched terms for 2014. So, what were the Danes most interested in this year?
A homeless Slovakian man froze to death on a bench outside Vienna’s Hütteldorf station on Tuesday morning - despite hundreds of commuters passing him on their way to work.
A nine-year-old boy was denied blood tests at a state health centre in Tuscany, because his mother could not afford to pay the €38 bill.
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven made headlines on Wednesday after responding to a 7-year-old's letter which queried the need for daylight savings' time in Sweden.
Thieves on France's public transport are increasingly using violent methods rather than pick pocketing when targeting their victims, the country's Interior Ministry warned on Wednesday.
A judge on Tuesday summoned a powerful political figure in Spain's Catalonia region, Jordi Pujol, as a fraud suspect at a politically sensitive time for the region with breakaway aspirations.
Tickets for AC/DC, the veteran Australian hard rock band, sold out on Tuesday for a Zurich concert in six minutes but media reported tickets were being resold within an hour at five times the price.
Updated: A man described as obese has been arrested after he gatecrashed a live nativity scene in southern Spain and jumped onto the back of young donkey. The animal died two days later.
The longer you're in Sweden, the more you learn about life and getting around...but it can still be confusing. Here are a few valuable online resources to help you out.
Opposition parties are calling for the government to adopt a harsher stance towards the USA after the US Senate published a report into CIA torture last week.
A Spanish court on Tuesday fined Greenpeace and 16 of its activists €20,000 ($25,000) for damage caused during a protest at a nuclear plant but acquitted them of other, more serious charges.
Some 5,000 families will receive a bit more Christmas cheer this year thanks to the record amount of donations to the Danish People's Aid's annual Christmas drive.
David Hasselhoff will sing to a crowd of hundreds of thousands to see in the New Year at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate - the same spot where he famously sang "Looking for Freedom" after the fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago.
UPDATED: Rome threatened to withdraw its ambassador from India Wednesday on as a diplomatic row over two Italian marines accused of killing Indian fishermen during an anti-piracy mission escalated.
More than one in ten people living in Stockholm have admitted to comfort eating, amid fears of growing obesity and stress in the city.
French industrial giant Alstom has agreed to pay $700 million to settle US corruption charges related to the paying of bribes, a person familiar with the matter said Tuesday.
France's state-owned rail company SNCF has been slammed for being sexist over a document they published giving female employees "essential beauty" tips.
Two entrepreneurs behind a major Swedish free school chain avoided paying taxes by moving their profits to Cyprus, it has emerged.
It was another poor harvest this year for that most famous of French wines, but Bordeaux enthusiasts can celebrate a "rare" vintage blessed by an abundance of autumn sun, local producers say.
Health officials have ordered a mass cull of thousands of poultry after a bird flu outbreak was confirmed as the highly pathogenic H5N8 strain.