The Red Cross on Friday strongly criticised the Austrian government over its decision to set up tent camps for asylum seekers in response to the rapidly growing influx of refugees.
A South African court on Friday sentenced two men to life in jail for the rape and murder of an 86-year-old Austrian-born nun who was strangled with an electric typewriter cord.
The Local's opinion columnist Jessica Alexander was a bit taken aback to hear her Danish husband reading their child a book about sex but should she have been?
Denmark will soon be home to one of the biggest crocodiles in Europe after the head of a Danish zoo has stepped in to save a 600 kilo croc from South African hunters.
Ralph Persson, a hunter in Jämtland, northern Sweden, scared off a charging bear by roaring at the animal as it attacked him, it has emerged.
A 48-year-old man shot dead three people, including a police officer, and injured five others after opening fire from his balcony in Naples, police said.
A British appeals court on Friday said Eurotunnel could continue running ferry service MyFerryLink.
When a 15-year-old tried to rob a kiosk in Dortmund on Thursday evening things went badly wrong, despite the fact he had a gun and the shopkeeper was only armed with sweets.
A Bundestag (German parliament) official on Friday confirmed media reports about a hacking attack on the institution.
A marriage proposal in Graz went horribly wrong on Thursday evening after the couple started rowing and police were called to break up what escalated into a violent assault.
A UN rights watchdog group on Friday rapped France over its treatment of the Roma and its failure to tackle growing hate and xenophobic speech.
Ascension Day in Germany is also 'Herrentag' – or men day – when middle-aged men let out their inner lad. It's a treasured tradition that sometimes goes a bit wrong. We present you the strangest - and saddest - incidents of Herrentag 2015.
Traffickers responsible for a migrant shipwreck in which more than 700 people died tried to pack hundreds more onboard, the prosecutor investigating the Mediterranean's worst disaster since World War II has revealed.
Dutch politician Geert Wilders’s participation in next month’s People’s Meeting (Folkemødet) has already caused plenty of controversy, but on Friday it was announced that he will be far from the only European politician with extreme views who will take part in the political festival on Bornholm.
Five maintenance workers are being investigated over the blaze at Rome’s Fiumicino airport eight days ago.
Slovakia and Switzerland will host the ice hockey world championships in 2019 and 2020 respectively, the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) announced on Friday.
On May 14th 1897, German physician and sexologist Magnus Hirschfeld founded the Scientific Humanitarian Committee, the world's first official organization advocating homosexual and transgender rights.
A Frenchman has been sentenced to eight years behind bars for his involvement in Al-Qaeda networks in northern Africa.
Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Friday that “a portion” of what the government owes to retirees would be paid after the country’s top court ruled that the money should not have been withheld.
A 37-year-old home owner shot and seriously injured a suspected burglar early on Friday morning in the village of Zwentendorf an der Donau in Lower Austria.
Cardinal Reinhard Marx, head of the Catholic Church in Germany, has warned his flock not to push the Church to go against its traditional teaching about homosexuality and divorce after they called for change.
A columnist for French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, which was targeted in a deadly jihadist attack four months ago, has been warned she may be given the boot for “serious misconduct” amid heightened tensions in the newsroom.
Japan eliminated Denmark in a neck and neck battle at the Sudirman Cup on Friday after winning a nail-biting women's double match and will play against South Korea in the semi-finals.
Sweden's Måns Zelmerlöw is the favourite to win Eurovision 2015 and a saucy press pack featuring an image of him wearing only underwear is causing the social media hype around the star to swell.
Palermo striker Paulo Dybala is set to join Juventus on a five-year deal worth €32 million ($36.25 million) that will see the Argentinian earn €2.5m euros a season, reports said on Friday.
Vienna’s Ringstrasse will be partially closed to traffic on Saturday as the Rathaus hosts the Life Ball charity event, to raise money for the fight against HIV and AIDS.
The picnic is the epitome of springtime in France - and what better way to add flair to your own picnic than with home-made meringues? Ariana Barkin, a Paris-based pastry chef from the US, shares her own recipe with The Local.
More than 100,000 Burundians have fled to neighbouring countries since political violence erupted in April, the Geneva-based United Nations Refugee Agency said on Friday, as the country reeled from a foiled coup attempt.
All of Spain's 46 airports will soon have limitless free Wi-Fi, Spain's airport authority AENA announced on Thursday.
The Austrian government is facing criticism following its announcement that it will house new refugees in tent shelters.
Partners who manifest extreme jealous behaviour towards their other half are guilty of mistreatment, Italy’s highest court of appeal has said.
French economist Thomas Piketty, best-selling author on inequality, will teach at the London School of Economics as a professor at its new international inequalities division, the university said.
A painting by French artist Henri Matisse has been returned to the heirs of the people it was stolen from by the Nazis, after it spent decades in an art dealer's private hoard.
An Italian football chief has sparked furore after allegedly describing female footballers as “a handful of lesbians”.
Paris has allegedly offered Moscow the sweet sum of €785 million to scrap a contentious contract to supply two warships that was suspended due to the Ukraine crisis, a Russian newspaper reported Friday.
UPDATED: Justice and Migration Minister Morgan Johansson has told Swedish companies that they could face penalties if they don't comply with proposed government legislation designed to ensure boards of directors have a 40 percent female representation.
The image that the world receives of the Congo is frequently hopeless and dark. But a new photo gallery opening next week in Stockholm aims to change that.
Catching the Paris-bound bus from the Charles de Gaulle international airport got a whole lot cheaper as British low-cost giant easyJet launched its competitive shuttle service easyBus on Friday.
In a video which is rapidly going viral, the mascot for football club Austria Vienna celebrated his birthday a little too much.
A Zurich resident caught speeding in a Ferrari on a French highway at 250 kilometres an hour escaped with just a fine for his violation of traffic laws, gendarmes said on Thursday.
The head of the German central bank or Bundesbank hit out in a newspaper interview Friday at the ongoing provision of emergency liquidity to Greek banks by the European Central Bank.
The Central Electoral Board has issued a resolution saying that all 'esteladas', flags symbolizing Catalan independence, be removed from public buildings and local voting locations to preserve the neutrality of campaigns.
Sweden suffered a heartbreaking 5-3 defeat to Russia at the quarter-final stage of the world championships in the Czech Republic after staging a courageous fightback.
In the corner of a pristine Jerusalem church, the tomb of Marie Alphonsine Ghattas looks out over just a small part of her legacy, days ahead of her canonization in Rome.
Oscar-winning US-Israeli actress Natalie Portman will on Friday unveil her directorial debut at the Cannes Film Festival with a movie close to her Jewish roots.
An investigation is under way into an apartment fire that killed an 81-year-old woman in the canton of Valais on Thursday.
Barcelona can round off a fine week by clinching their 23rd La Liga title and exacting revenge on Atletico Madrid for losing out in last season's title decider at the Vicente Calderon on Sunday.
The acting director of respected French daily Le Monde resigned on Thursday, the latest development in a management crisis at the newspaper.
Running has become the fastest growing segment of the sports market in France, with the French - and particularly the Parisians - ever keener to hit the road for a jog.
A 32-year-old homeless illegal migrant who jumped into Rome’s Tiber river to save a drowning woman has been given a year-long permit to stay in the city.
The German frigate 'Hesse' helped save 2,220 refugees off the coast of Libya on Thursday, in a mission carried out in cooperation with the Italian coast guard and navy.
Swedes are addicted to dairy-based desserts and panna cotta is no exception. With Swedish cloudberry jam mixed into this delicious sweet treat you'll be able impress your guests with this Nordic twist on a Mediterranean favourite. John Duxbury shares his recipe with The Local.
A Hungarian mayor has offered to "rescue" a statue of Pope John Paul II set for demolition in France after a court ruled it contravened laws on secularity.
Denmark's EU opt-outs keep it from being a part of the plans to more evenly distribute refugees and to take the fight to smugglers in the Mediterranean.
UPDATED: A man in his twenties has died after a shooting in Partille, near Gothenburg, the latest in a string of high-profile killings in the area this year.
A late Mandy Islacker winner sealed a 2-1 victory and record fourth Women's Champions League crown for Frankfurt, dashing Paris Saint-Germain's hopes of a first title, in Berlin on Thursday.
Reality show “Germany's Next Top Model” was cancelled on Thursday night after a false bomb threat forced the evacuation of the SAP Arena in Mannheim, where the final was being filmed.
Swiss world number two Roger Federer survived a late fightback by Kevin Anderson on Thursday to book his place in the quarter-finals and a possible last four match-up with Rafael Nadal at the Italian Open.
A rising number of adult Swedes are choosing to get braces fitted. But why are so many people in the Nordic nation chewing on the trend?