Christmas may be long over but in some Swiss homes the decorations have been slow coming down, including one in the canton of Bern, where extending the holiday season had disastrous consequences.
A German pensioner strangled his wife, dismembered her body and encased her head in concrete before dumping the remains in suitcases in an Austrian lake and drowning himself, Austrian authorities said on Tuesday.
As memorials continue for the victims of the January terror attacks, one victim of last year's bloodshed in France has all but been forgotten, a fact made painfully obvious to her family this week.
Qatar's former emir has returned to Doha and is "successfully recovering" following an emergency operation in Zurich after breaking a leg while on holiday, the Qatari government said on Tuesday.
Italian police clashed with squatters in central Rome on Tuesday during a housing rights demonstration, with protesters saying evictions should be put on hold during Pope Francis's "Year of Mercy".
The coldest temperature so far this winter has been recorded in Nikkaluokta in Lapland in northern Sweden, amid ongoing ice and snow warnings across the country.
Fifa investigators on Tuesday requested a nine-year ban against the body's suspended secretary general Jérôme Valcke, who was provisionally suspended from football in October for 90 days over corruption allegations.
A three-year-old has been expelled from a pre-school in southern France after his teachers said his disruptive behaviour made him "intolerable".
Norway registered record fish exports in 2015 thanks to a weaker currency which compensated for a Russian food embargo, an industry body said on Tuesday.
Norway's foreign minister will visit Sri Lanka this week in a bid to re-establish political contact, his office said Tuesday, almost ten years after Oslo failed in a bid to mediate in the island's civil war.
Police got involved after a stash of gold worth millions was dug up in the back garden of a house in eastern Bavaria – just after the owner of the house had died.
Icy conditions have sent vehicles spinning off the road across north and east Germany, with 85 car accidents in the city of Osnabrück alone.
The number of asylum seekers arriving in southern Sweden from Denmark dropped sharply on the first day that Sweden imposed systematic ID checks on travellers, police said on Tuesday.
Spanish police have seized three tonnes of cocaine and arrested twelve suspected drug smugglers from Spain, Britain and The Netherlands in the biggest drugs bust so far this century.
German, Danish and Swedish migration ministers have been summoned to an emergency meeting in Brussels on Wednesday after both Scandinavian countries toughened border checks.
A young Italian pianist has been catapulted to stardom, with work opportunities flooding in, including playing at a concert in London, after he was filmed playing the piano at Milan's Centrale station.
Artur Mas said he was reluctantly "ready" to call fresh parliamentary elections as a deadline for the Spanish region's secessionist faction to form a government approached dangerously close.
Bad luck, holiday lovers. Out of eleven national public holidays in France this year, three fall on a Sunday. Here's a closer look.
UPDATED: Swedish, Danish and German migration officials have been summoned to an emergency meeting in Brussels on Wednesday after both Scandinavian countries toughened border checks.
Get ready: French shops will open their doors on Wednesday for their six-week winter sales. Here's everything you need to know.
Italy has launched a tender to find a buyer for the Ilva steel works, one of the most polluting industrial sites in Europe, giving national and international shoppers a month to make their offers.
In the first 24 hours of temporary controls at the German border, 18 people were denied entry into Denmark and three people were arrested for human smuggling.
The Archbishop of Toledo has sparked a furore after telling his congregation that domestic violence often happened because "a woman rejects a man demands".
Watch out for underdressed passengers on Vienna’s metro trains on Sunday 10th January - despite temperatures forecast to be barely above freezing, fans of the No Pants Subway Ride movement plan to ride the trains minus their trousers.
The French President led a series of tributes on Tuesday to the victims of the January terror attacks, who were gunned down by terrorists almost exactly one year ago.
It may not be 'Call of Duty', but the annual Battle of the Oranges in the Italian city of Ivrea has become the subject matter for a new computer game set to be released next week.
The country known internationally as a cycling mecca set an all-time vehicle purchase record in 2015, helped by a rush to purchase electric cars before their tax breaks expired.
After amateur horse racer Helena Ståhl, 24, decided to eat the animal she used to compete with, the Swedish professional stirred up a meaty debate across the Nordic nation.
Germany's authorities and media have been tiptoeing around the issue of sexual violence committed by immigrants and refugees for too long - giving the far right ammunition in their battle against the mainstream, argues Jörg Luyken.
Spanish unemployment fell by nearly eight percent in 2015 from the previous year, the labour ministry said on Tuesday.
Sweden's 16-year-olds could be allowed to vote in local elections if the government and parliament heed the call of a key national inquiry, set to be presented later this month.
Three Libyan citizens were arrested upon arrival at the port of Genoa on suspicion of laundering money for international terrorism.
A man who visited Hernals cemetery in Vienna has complained after discovering a grave which is clearly marked with Nazi insignia.
UPDATED: Police in Cologne have "no leads" on the perpetrators behind dozens of sex attacks committed against women in the western cathedral city on New Year's Eve, officials said at a press conference on Tuesday.
Two friends were sent into a panic after returning from a cycling trip to discover that their chests had turned almost completely blue.
North Korea will send a delegation to the World Economic Forum for the first time in 18 years, with Foreign Minister Ri Su-Yong scheduled to attend this month's meet in Davos, an official said on Tuesday.
2015 is among the years with the the lowest number murders in recent decades. Murder and deadly violence against a partner continue to account for a significant proportion of all cases.
Education First (EF), an international language training company founded in Sweden, has confirmed that it is acquiring the building housing the Swiss stock exchange in Zurich.
A British comedian has produced what is probably the most cutting critique of the French greeting kiss and it's gone viral in France. Warning: Video contains strong language and may offend fans of 'la bise'.
The newly elected Podemos MPs have insisted on giving up privileges associated with the job, including housing benefit, taxi money and excessive expenses.
Shocking CCTV shows the moment one homeless man set another on fire as he slept in the doorway of a bank on New Year's Eve.
The number of people out of work in Germany in 2015 fell below two million for the first time since reunification in 1990, figures released on Monday showed.
Some users of the ride-sharing app Uber have taken to social media to complain about the high fares they were quoted and charged in the hours around the start of the new year in Vienna.
While 90 percent of the French population support the move to strip convicted terrorists of their nationality, a leading human rights chief tells The Local the reform is doomed to fail and is just what the jihadists would have wanted.
In turbulent times, it is more important than ever to protect freedom of speech, writes Jonathan Lundqvist, president of Reporters Without Borders in Sweden.
Italy is ready to step up controls along its border with Slovenia after a surge in the number of asylum seekers arriving over land across the northeast.
The Local looks ahead to the nation's 'red days', to help you make the most of your vacation in 2016.
Italy will pump hundreds of millions of euros into saving the country's ancient buildings, with the Emperor Nero's party palace at the top of the priority list.
Zinedine Zidane promised to put his "heart and soul" into managing the Spanish giants after he was sensationally named as coach following Rafael Benitez's unceremonious sacking.
A high-profile Geneva lawyer has been arrested for attempted murder and placed in provisional detention at the cantonal hospital (HUG), according to an online report.
Donald Trump's first campaign ad shows migrants swarming over the 'southern border' between US and Mexico but it is actually footage from Spain's Melilla.
One year after eight of its staff were killed in hail of bullets, Charlie Hebdo staff say they feel abandoned, but vow to continue poking fun at France, religion, the far right and indeed anything that merits satire.
Expensive taxi journeys, fear of profit loss and guilt about complaining as the refugee crisis continues. The Local spoke to travellers affected by the new checks on trains going over the Öresund bridge.
Police have told a press conference in Linz that a woman whose dismembered body was found hidden in two suitcases in a lake in Upper Austria was likely strangled. Her head, which was missing, was later found encased in concrete.
A convoy carrying a German general was hit in a suicide car-bomb attack near Kabul airport on Monday, the news site Spiegel Online reported, adding that two soldiers were slightly hurt.
Mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik's court case against the Norwegian state over his prison conditions, which he likens to "torture", will take place in the jail where he is being held, a court ruled on Monday.
The US government sued Volkswagen Monday for installing equipment on nearly 600,000 diesel cars that intentionally subverted clean-air regulations, resulting in excess harmful emissions.
A high school in Paris had a tragic return from the winter break on Monday when a 16-year-old pupil died after falling from the fourth floor of the building just after the school had reopened.
UPDATED: Fewer than 100 commuters and travellers were refused entry to Sweden on the first day of the Nordic nation's controversial border checks, following disagreements over the validity of some ID cards.
UPDATED: A police bomb squad has said a suspicious object found at Arlanda airport near Stockholm was not dangerous.