A record number of young people have signed up to attend the first Labour party youth camp to be held of the island of Utøya since sixty-nine people were killed in a devastating terrorist attack in 2011.
Polar bears on Svalbard have for the first time been observed catching and eating dolphins and then freezing the leftovers in a pile of snow for later consumption.
A court in the canton of Saint Gallen on Thursday jailed a 48-year-old man for six years for kidnapping his two teenaged daughters and confining them in Lebanon, his home country, for nearly two years.
Norwegian mass-murderer Anders Behring Breivik has been threatened in prison by another inmate, despite living under the highest security of any prisoner in Norway.
True friends are hard to find, and harder to leave. In a friendship that has lasted 14 years, the Russian President Vladimir Putin has found a kindred spirit in Italy’s disgraced former leader, Silvio Berlusconi.
French President François Hollande on Thursday made a passionate call in Geneva for action to seal a world climate pact in Paris at the end of the year.
Embattled Fifa president Sepp Blatter has rejected calls from the European Parliament for him to stand down immediately, a spokesman for football's world governing body said on Thursday.
Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev's divorce settlement of four billion Swiss francs — billed the costliest break-up of all time — may not be quite so expensive after all.
UPDATED: Swiss and Austrian investigators have launched probes into alleged spying in hotels hosting delicate Iranian nuclear talks, with Israel denying on Thursday that its secret services were involved.
Fifa director of communications and public affairs Walter De Gregorio resigned from his position with immediate effect on Thursday, the world governing body confirmed in a statement.
A new French survey has found that the spelling and grammar skills of the French are on the slide, with men particularly worse than women. Try out the test that circulated online in France on Thursday.
Freak weather conditions for June caused chaos in Madrid on Thursday when the capital was hit by electric storms, torrential rain and even hail.
The G7 summit saw Bavaria put out a huge police operation to protect world leaders. But it resulted in a rather unusual operation afterwards - tracking down a police officer in the name of love.
Searches of offices belonging to Deutsche Bank, Germany's biggest lender, were connected with a wider probe into suspected tax evasion, Frankfurt prosecutors said on Thursday.
Miguel de Cervantes was given a formal burial in Madrid on Thursday, almost four centuries after the Don Quixote author died.
Germany is becoming an example to other countries when it comes to progressive integration policies, a report published in Berlin on Wednesday claimed.
Outside of the Danish Immigration Service building in Copenhagen on Thursday, one story had a happy ending while two others were just getting started.
Good Samaritan motorists stepped in on Wednesday evening to rescue a pensioner driving an electric scooter along the Autobahn (motorway) near Frankfurt.
A trial text-messaging service that alerts people who are trained in resuscitation techniques to nearby cardiac arrest victims has led to a sharp increase in those receiving the life-saving treatment from volunteers, a new Swedish study has shown.
Two doctors are being probed for manslaughter after a 38-year-old woman died during an operation for assisted fertility treatment.
In a bid to attract 100 million visitors a year the French government is to set up a massive investment fund to boost a tourism industry many believe is in serious need of sprucing up. Ambitious plans are also to be revealed.
Three astronauts, including Italy's Samantha Cristoforetti, left the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday for a return to Earth that had been delayed for a month by a rocket failure.
Just days before his own son Prince Carl Philip ties the knot in Stockholm, King Carl XVI Gustaf's banter with a bachelor party in central Sweden has made the headlines.
A French company has made waves in France after it invented a bikini that can tell sunbathers when they need to reapply sun cream.
French customs officials said on Thursday they had intercepted 136 kilos of ivory - the biggest haul in nearly a decade.
Austria is investigating possible spying during nuclear talks between Iran and world powers, a spokesman said after Swiss authorities confirmed they were probing similar claims.
The European Parliament was to vote Thursday on a resolution urging Sepp Blatter to step down immediately as Fifa president and allow for an interim leader to launch reforms in world football's Zurich-based governing body.
A policeman in Frankfurt left his gun behind after going to the loo in the station. By the time he realized his mistake, the weapon was already gone.
More than five centuries after Jews were banished from the kingdom of Spain during the Spanish Inquisition, lawmakers on Thursday righted an "historical mistake" and approved a law to allow their descendants win dual citizenship.
With a simple move, the City of Copenhagen has made life a bit simpler and more dignified for the bottle collectors who make money by claiming the deposit on discarded cans and bottles.
A thief in Extremadura fled from police on a bicycle after robbing a bank, but lost half of the stolen €5,000 in the process.
Eighty percent of drowning victims in Spain are male, with the biggest risk to men aged over sixty, a new report shows.
A group of 100 asylum seekers have volunteered to help the clear-up operation after heavy rain and storms caused devastation in Sellrain and See in Tyrol.
The oldest operating motor boat in Switzerland, once owned by celebrated French engineer and architect Gustave Eiffel, is back in service on Lake Geneva after a year of renovations.
A Frenchwoman's Facebook post about how to approach a parent of a child with Down's Syndrome has gone viral in France, prompting thousands of messages of support.
Walk? Never! Well, maybe soon. A report has shown just how painful life is at the pump for motor-mad Italians who love their cars and Vespas in a way that is difficult to fathom.
A man has been arrested in Finland over a bomb threat on a plane taking off from Stockholm’s Arlanda airport. The alert has now been lifted.
The Austrian state of Carinthia has filed a lawsuit against the family of far-right politician and former governor Jörg Haider, who died in a car crash in 2008.
Former world champion kick-boxer Valdet Gashi has joined Isis in Syria. In a short interview with the Südkurier he explained his motivations.
Police officers on the island of Funen have spoken out to say that a lack of manpower means they “basically never investigate” crimes.
With just two days to go until the wedding of the year in Sweden, we take a closer look at the former reality starlet, glamour model and yoga teacher set to become a real-life princess.
Expat parents in the Paris area are threatening legal action after the city's education chiefs changed the rules meaning their children will likely miss out on the much-sought after places in bilingual schools.
More than 500 firefighters from all over the world have descended on Hanover this week to compete for the title of "Toughest Firefighter Alive".
People in France's south west are bracing for some wild and woolly weather on Thursday with violent winds and serious rainfall forecast to hit the region mid-afternoon.
A handful of powerful Danes will be rubbing shoulders with other global movers and shakers at the annual gathering of the closed-off Bilderberg group.
It's in the Austrian Alps and it involves powerful people hobnobbing. But this is not the G7 or Davos, it's the highly exclusive Bilderberg meeting, an altogether more discreet affair, which starts on Thursday.
A video of a Swedish man wading through a freezing cold creek to rescue a baby elk has gone viral.
Stadler, the Swiss-based train manufacturer, is expanding in the United States after securing a 100-million-franc ($107-million) order to supply rail cars for a commuter line in Fort Worth, Texas.
French MPs have gone against the wishes of the government by voting to loosen France's tough laws on alcohol advertising after protests from the wine industry.
Tony Blair’s former spindoctor Alastair Campbell has lavished praise on Norway’s Labour Party head for seeing politics as about "big themes requiring big ideas and big solutions”. It’s just a shame he gets his name wrong, twice!
UPDATED: A fourth hiker has been found dead after Wednesday's landslide on the French island of Corsica.
A French-speaking continent and no World Wars? What would have become of Europe if Napoleon had won the Battle of Waterloo 200 years ago?
An eight-year-old boy in Valencia died after suffering a "strong electric shock" while handling an fan, Spanish media reported on Wednesday.
A scathing new video is winning plaudits for showing the global power of the Calabrian mafia, the ‘Ndrangheta - a group that makes more money than McDonald's and Deutsche Bank combined.
A hacker attack on the Bundestag (German parliament) earlier in 2015 means that an entirely new network will have to be built after experts failed to fix the breach.
The official list of candidates for next week’s general election reveals a crop of candidates that is older, whiter and more male-dominated than in past elections.
Barcelona star Lionel Messi lost his appeal over tax fraud charges on Wednesday, meaning he could face a trial over the allegations which involve an estimated €4.6 million.
Cuban novelist Leonardo Padura, whose crime novels explore Havana's grubby underside, has been awarded Spain's Princess of Asturias award for literature.
UPDATED: Russian President Vladimir Putin used a trip to Italy on Wednesday to press his case against international sanctions and was urged by Pope Francis to make a "sincere effort" for peace in Ukraine.
Jurgen Klinsmann's USA shocked Germany with a 2-1 victory in Wednesday's friendly as the Stars and Stripes followed up their win over the Netherlands by beating the world champions.
French PM Manuel Valls moved on Thursday to put an end to the controversy around his trip to Berlin for the Champions League final on the government plane with his two sons, by saying he will reimburse the cost for his two children.
The leaders of Greece, Germany and France agreed Thursday to intensify efforts for a bailout deal after late night talks aimed at preventing Athens from going bankrupt ended without a breakthrough.
UPDATED: Volunteers searching for missing 17-year-old Lisa Holm in central Sweden have made an important new discovery, police say. The hunt is the biggest event of its kind organized by the Missing People charity.
Two 13-year-old boys have been questioned by police after they were arrested on suspicion of murdering a 65-year-old man on a farm in south-western Sweden.
After two planes made by Swedish defence giant Saab and used by the Hungarian army crashed, the central European country has opted to ground its fleet of Jas-39 Gripen fighter jets.
Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci has called on his Juventus teammates to take the frustration of losing the Champions League final out on Croatia when they meet in a Euro 2016 qualifier on Friday.