Temperatures set to drop after summery interval
Switzerland

Temperatures set to drop after summery interval

Temperatures are set to drop dramatically and rain is forecast across Switzerland on Friday following a summery week, punctuated by hailstorms and heavy rain in several regions on Wednesday night.

Croatian leader pays tribute to collaborators
Austria

Croatian leader pays tribute to collaborators

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic paid tribute Thursday to the country's pro-Nazi collaborators and civilians who were killed by communist partisans in Austria and Slovenia after the end of World War II.

Denmark’s ‘People’s Meeting’ gets new feel
Denmark

Denmark’s ‘People’s Meeting’ gets new feel

Next month’s People’s Meeting (Folkemødet) on Bornholm is shaping up to be a departure from the cozy and informal affair of years past thanks to an increased police presence and an appearance from Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who plans to deliver a speech critical of Islam.

Hydro workers find tot’s body in Aare River
Switzerland

Hydro workers find tot’s body in Aare River

Employees of the Beznau hydro plant found the body of an infant in the Aare River on Thursday in the canton of Aargau, cantonal police said.

IN PHOTOS: Copenhagen overrun by zombies
Denmark

IN PHOTOS: Copenhagen overrun by zombies

Copenhagen was the scene of unfathomable gore and destruction when the long-expected zombie apocalypse we’ve been hearing so much about finally came to Denmark.

Federer fends off feisty Anderson in Rome
Switzerland

Federer fends off feisty Anderson in Rome

Swiss world number two Roger Federer survived a late fightback by Kevin Anderson on Thursday to book his place in the quarterfinals and a possible last four match-up with Rafael Nadal at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome.

Houellebecq play pulled due to terrorism fears
France

Houellebecq play pulled due to terrorism fears

A play by best-selling French author Michel Houellebecq -- whose book imagining France under Islamic rule stirred controversy -- has been pulled from a Croatian arts festival due to security fears.

Ten top tips for buying property in Spain
Spain

Ten top tips for buying property in Spain

The Spanish property market is well on the road to recovery and foreign buyers, especially those outside the Eurozone, are once again rushing to pick up a bargain.

Italian fantasy film wins Cannes hearts
Italy

Italian fantasy film wins Cannes hearts

The Cannes Film Festival competition saw its first hit on Thursday with the Italian-made, English-language "Tale of Tales", a bloody Gothic fable that drew comparisons with the best of Terry Gilliam and Tim Burton.

Hollande warns Moscow over Ukraine ceasefire
France

Hollande warns Moscow over Ukraine ceasefire

France's President Francois Hollande Thursday denounced as "unacceptable" ceasefire violations in eastern Ukraine, after a brief conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko in Aachen in Germany about the conflict involving Russian-backed rebels.

Amazing properties in Spain for under €100,000
Spain

Amazing properties in Spain for under €100,000

Fancy owning a gorgeous rural retreat in Spain for the same price as a shed in London or New York? It's the best time in years for Brits and Americans to invest, thanks to the weak Euro. Here's The Local's guide to snapping up a stunning property for less than €100,000 (£72,000, $106,009)

Chinese woman bites Italian policeman at Expo
Italy

Chinese woman bites Italian policeman at Expo

A Chinese communications manager at the Expo 2015 world fair in Milan allegedly bit an Italian police officer when she was asked to show her passport during an inspection, Italian media reported.

‘Tired’ Murray announces Rome withdrawal
Italy

‘Tired’ Murray announces Rome withdrawal

Britain's world number three Andy Murray announced his withdrawal from the Rome Masters on Thursday, citing fatigue following his unbeaten start to the claycourt season.

Spain breaks record with world’s cleanest beaches
Spain

Spain breaks record with world’s cleanest beaches

A record-breaking 577 Spanish beaches have been awarded the coveted blue flag this year, with Spain topping the worldwide rankings.

Spanish court suspends players’ strike
Spain

Spanish court suspends players’ strike

A Spanish court on Thursday suspended a planned strike by footballers in protest against a new TV rights law, which threatened to shut down the country's top league at the weekend.

Sol to go upmarket with American investment
Spain

Sol to go upmarket with American investment

Madrid’s Puerta del Sol will soon have a new upmarket shopping centre after one of the buildings in the iconic heart of the capital was bought by a US investment fund.

Scandis-only paedophile website uncovered
Sweden

Scandis-only paedophile website uncovered

Norway’s NRK channel has exposed a dark web chat forum used by more than a thousand paedophiles, where English is banned, and users must use either Swedish, Danish or Norwegian.

Three Algerians escape from Alitalia jet in Rome
Italy

Three Algerians escape from Alitalia jet in Rome

Three Algerians forced open the emergency exit of an Alitalia passenger plane while it was heading for take-off at Rome’s Fiumicino airport, slid down the safety slides that were activated and escaped from the airport late on Wednesday night, an Alitalia spokesman said.

Italian nun’s beatification draws sex workers
Italy

Italian nun’s beatification draws sex workers

Hundreds of prostitutes have flocked to a Kenyan town ahead of the beatification ceremony of an Italian nun, a key step towards sainthood, a report said on Thursday.

Spain’s May heatwave breaks records
Spain

Spain’s May heatwave breaks records

Temperatures have risen to record breaking levels in the north eastern region of Catalonia, while elsewhere the searing heat has claimed its first victim.

Liberals prepare to go to war over immigration
Sweden

Liberals prepare to go to war over immigration

Sweden's centre-right opposition Liberal party is facing a split as the party seeks to develop a new immigration strategy amid a growing national debate on the issue.

Saipem resumes work on Black Sea gas pipeline
Italy

Saipem resumes work on Black Sea gas pipeline

Saipem, the Italian oil services company, has resumed work on a gas pipeline project in the Black Sea after a suspension was lifted by Russia’s Gazprom.

Charles’s ‘black spider memos’ hit on Denmark
Denmark

Charles’s ‘black spider memos’ hit on Denmark

The trove of correspondence between Prince Charles and the UK's then prime minister Tony Blair and other government leaders includes a letter telling Blair to look to Denmark for inspiration in the dairy sector.

Cruz and Bardem to team up for Escobar biopic
Spain

Cruz and Bardem to team up for Escobar biopic

Spanish acting royalty and real life husband and wife, Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz will star in a new biopic of Colombian drug lord, Pablo Escobar.

Italian among victims in Kabul hotel attack
Italy

Italian among victims in Kabul hotel attack

UPDATED: A 48-year-old Italian from Lombardy was among those killed in an overnight attack at a Kabul hotel, Italy's Foreign Ministry confirmed on Thursday.

Missing girl discovered in northern Sweden
Sweden

Missing girl discovered in northern Sweden

Police in northern Sweden had been searching for a little girl seen walking alone along the a main road just outside Östersund at 10pm last night but by Thursday afternoon it became clear she had not been abandoned after all.

Juventus beat Madrid to face Barca in final
Spain

Juventus beat Madrid to face Barca in final

Juventus will face Barcelona in the Champions League final after Alvaro Morata came back to haunt former club and holders Real Madrid with the precious away goal in a 1-1 draw in the second leg of their semi-final on Wednesday to progress 3-2 on aggregate.

Federer and Murray roll on in Rome
Italy

Federer and Murray roll on in Rome

Roger Federer defeated Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas for the second time this month as the Swiss legend began his campaign at the Italian Open with a 7-6 (7/3), 6-4 win on Wednesday.

The Arsenale stuffed with guns, stripped of hope
Italy

The Arsenale stuffed with guns, stripped of hope

The Venice Biennale is a kind of two-yearly Great Pacific garbage patch of art: a slick of official exhibits, national representations, collateral shows, non-accredited pop-ups, the old and the new, the brilliant and the dire, that sprawls over the city and spreads to nearby islands.