Norway’s Coast Guard service has rescued an 82-year-old British solo yachtsman who on Tuesday refused to be airlifted to safety, despite his boat coming perilously close to an oil platform in the middle of a raging storm.
A Norwegian photographer has captured amazing footage of humpback whales playing at night under the Aurora Borealis.
The ethics watchdog of scandal-tainted Fifa was locked in talks in Zurich on Wednesday to decide the fate of world football president Sepp Blatter as attacks on the veteran Swiss sports baron mounted.
From the migrant crisis to the anti-nuclear camp, speculation is rife about who will win the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, with Angela Merkel and John Kerry among the names mentioned.
Falling oil revenues will see Norway delve into its massive sovereign wealth fund -- the world's largest -- to balance its books next year, according to budget plans unveiled on Wednesday.
Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka on Wednesday banished the demons of his early exit at last year's Japan Open tennis tournament, but not before lightning had threatened to strike twice.
Rome's famous Spanish Steps closed to the public on Wednesday for a restoration project funded by luxury jeweller Bulgari that is expected to last several months.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday that the European Union's asylum rules were "obsolete" as they put the burden on EU states where migrants first arrive to process claims for refugee status.
A video of a truck and a cyclist who caused gridlock in a southern Swedish town when they got stuck in stand-off with neither willing to budge has sparked a huge debate after going viral.
A naked statue in Florence was covered by the Italian premier Matteo Renzi's team so as not to offend the visiting crown prince of Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
In an historic speech to the European Parliament on Wednesday French President Francois Hollande warned of the "end of Europe" if EU member states failed to remain united to tackle a number of crises.
Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is a "fun guy" who loves nothing more than busting some moves on the dance floor to "naff eighties music", claims his right hand woman.
The beach in the chic resort of Cannes has been invaded by rats, who were pushed out of the sewers by last weekend's deadly floods.
Sweden's Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich of the United States and Aziz Sancar, a Turkish-American, won the 2015 Nobel Chemistry Prize on Wednesday for work on how cells repair damaged DNA.
Bavarian Forestry Minister Helmut Brunner accidentally started a forest fire over the weekend, after dumping ashes in a thicket near his house.
Carmen López was expelled from the Ciudadanos party after claiming expenses for the 4,000 miles commute from Chicago to attend council meetings.
France’s famous satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo is once again drawing ire for its latest cover, which referred to a controversial gaffe-prone politician as the "secret Down's syndrome child of Charles de Gaulle".
Denmark is home to Europe’s second best amusement park, but it’s probably not the one you think.
The US and Germany have taken the lead in the battle for the future of news. Sweden has what it takes to seize the initiative but the country's media giants need to think more globally, argues The Local's founder Paul Rapacioli.
Spain's King Felipe VI on Wednesday pleaded with Europe not to let down the waves of refugees seeking peace and prosperity in the EU.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's son Bilal on Wednesday said he had temporarily moved to Italy to complete his doctoral studies but denied fleeing Turkey after being implicated in a corruption scandal.
Because apparently, even when Germans aren't talking about food... they still like to talk about food.
The Danish Economic Council presented an economic prognosis on Wednesday that is rosier than the government’s own view.
Swedish cancer researcher Tomas Lindahl will share the Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Aziz Sancar and Paul Modrich. Here's what you need to know about Sweden's homegrown Nobel laureate.
The International Book Fair in Turin has rescinded its offer to Saudi Arabia to be the guest of honour at next year's event due to human rights concerns as the country prepares to publicly execute a 21-year-old Ali Mohammed al-Nimr.
A group of Syrian refugees cleaned the streets of their neighbourhood in a southern French town to avoid being blamed for the rubbish, but the far-right mayor of the town slammed the move as propaganda by "squatters".
Spanish singing legend Julio Iglesias has said he will no longer perform in casinos belonging to US presidential hopeful Donald Trump because of his anti-immigrant comments.
The Bundesbank (Federal Bank) has released a detailed list of all the gold Germany owns, hoping to settle fears it has been exaggerating its wealth.
A TV advert aimed at promoting the role of women at a French TV channel has been pulled after feminist groups and government ministers blasted it as sexist.
Whether for better or worse, many foreigners find that their habits alter after living in Austria for some time. Here, a few veteran expats share their experiences of how Austrian culture has changed their lifestyles.
Two Italian senators have been suspended after allegedly miming an act of oral sex to a female senator during a debate in parliament.
A young man with Down syndrome was insulted and violently punched in the face on a bus in Genoa. But none of his fellow passengers stepped in to help.
Carles Colomer Cotta is refusing to eat until hospital authorities agree to give him free internet access. He tells The Local about his unusual protest.
A group of French parents, whose sons and daughters left home to fight jihad after converting to Islam, have spoken out about their suffering and constant anguish as part of a moving new government TV campaign.
New research in Spain proves that unborn babies can hear and respond to music at just 16 weeks, ten weeks earlier than previously thought, but only if played through a 'musical tampon'.
New research from the University of Vienna shows that ravens can solve a task that requires both coordination and cooperation – an ability that so far only a handful of species like chimpanzees and elephants have been proven to master.
The federal administrative court has slapped a 186-million-franc ($192-million) fine against Swisscom for abusing its dominant position in Switzerland’s telecom market.
The Green party has won a symbolic election held in Vienna on Tuesday, in which non-Austrians resident in Vienna cast their vote ahead of the real election on Sunday.
Angela Merkel is emerging as a favourite to win the Nobel Peace Prize given her work to open Germany up to nearly one million refugees this year alone, according to some peace activists. But does the German Chancellor have what it takes to make the cut?
The three winners of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry in Stockholm have been revealed - and one of them is a Swede. The Local live blogged Wednesday's announcement.
An Italian priest was immediately suspended from his church in the northern city of Trento on Tuesday after defending paedophilia during a live television interview, arguing that “children often seek affection”.
A proposal for higher language demands for family reunification indicates that politicians do not understand how Danish language education works, the head of Refugees Welcome argues.
An Emirati human rights activist barred from leaving his home country was on Tuesday named in Geneva the 2015 winner of an award often dubbed the Nobel prize for human rights.
Sweden has a global reputation for gender equality, but there are calls for a new authority to help the country reduce the pay gap and push for new policies to give women more access to powerful roles.
There is no contradiction between playing rock music on stage in nothing but a Borat-style thong, and being a candidate for Switzerland’s conservative Swiss People’s Party (SVP), an aspiring politician tells The Local.
The head of Spain's radical left party Podemos, Pablo Iglesias, vowed on Tuesday to implement a pragmatic programme if he wins a year-end general election.
After touring migrant facilities on the island of Lesbos with Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann, the Greek premier Alexis Tsipras said Athens would upgrade its refugee facilities by November to tackle the growing influx from Syria.
Air France has identified 20 "thugs" they believe were behind the attack on two executives on Monday as the company is forced to deny it has plans to cut a further 5,000 jobs.
The father of Argentina star Lionel Messi could face 18 months in prison for fiscal fraud following a request by the Barcelona public prosecutor on Tuesday.
French President François Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will make an historic joint address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday, the first such event by leaders of the two countries since 1989.
The government has released an overview of 182 law proposals it hopes to pass this session and a large number of them focus on foreigners in Denmark.
The new chief of embattled carmaker Volkswagen said the recall of diesel cars affected by the pollution cheating scandal could start by January and end by the end of 2016.
A military operation to catch migrant traffickers begins on Wednesday, with an Italian aircraft carrier among the European warships patrolling international waters in the Mediterranean to arrest smugglers dubbed the "mafia of the sea".
Former Bayern Munich striker Gerd Müller is suffering from Alzheimer's disease, the Bundesliga club said on Tuesday.
Five people were injured in a punch-up between scores of Afghans and Albanians at an asylum seekers' centre in Hamburg on Tuesday, local police told AFP.
Two French magazines have fallen foul of France's strict privacy laws after publishing photos of the President François Hollande and his actress girlfriend Julie Gayet during a short holiday together.
The EU said a controversial programme to relocate 40,000 refugees within the bloc from overstretched frontline states would formally start on Friday when a group of Eritreans will travel to Sweden from Italy.
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said on Tuesday that he wanted to do everything possible to keep Britain from leaving the European Union, adding that it would be a disaster for both the British and Europeans.
Swedish writer Henning Mankell, who died on Monday, was adamant that his characters, including detective Kurt Wallander, should never be resurrected by a another writer, his publisher has said.
A controversial programme to relocate 40,000 refugees within the EU from overstretched frontline states is set to formally start on Friday when a group of Eritreans will travel to Sweden from Italy.
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