Suspended Uefa chief Michel Platini on Thursday withdrew from the race to become president of Zurich-based Fifa, telling French sports daily L'Equipe that he will concentrate on clearing his name instead.
Several women were allegedly robbed and sexually assaulted in Zurich on New Year's Eve, Swiss police said on Thursday, noting the attack method appeared "a little bit similar" to that used in a spate of assaults in Germany.
Two piano dealers in Switzerland have been fined more than half a million francs for fixing prices on famous brands, the Swiss competition commission (Comco) said on Thursday.
Switzerland has opened an investigation against a Czech member of the European parliament who allegedly presented fake documents in connection with a 350-million-euro ($380-million) bank account, an official said on Thursday.
The United Nations will hold a conference in Switzerland where countries will be asked to pledge resettlement places for people fleeing the Syrian conflict, the UN's new refugee chief announced on Thursday.
One republican-minded town in Catalonia came up with a nifty way around a law that requires the portrait of the monarch to be displayed in every council chamber.
Record numbers of Swedes are quitting their homeland, according to figures from the country's number crunching agency Statistics Sweden.
On Thursday French police shot dead a knife-wielding man as he attacked a police station in Paris, a year to the day since jihadist gunmen killed 12 people at Charlie Hebdo newspaper. Here's what we know so far.
Rome's bid to host the 2024 Olympics was challenged on Thursday when the Radicali Italiani political party launched calls for a referendum, describing the Games as a "very risky bet".
The 5-month old, who had been born premature, died on a plane while his mother was being deported to France over suspected links to Isis.
Five people, including ex-Rome councillor Daniele Ozzimo, were on Thursday convicted of corruption for their role in the so-called Mafia Capitale scandal that involved millions of euros being fleeced from the city’s coffers.
There was a special delivery to the Tierpark zoo in the former East of the capital this week – left-over Christmas trees for the elephant herd to chow down on.
Security was stepped up at an art school in central Sweden ahead of a high profile lecture by Swedish cartoonist and freedom of speech campaigner, Lars Vilks, a year after the attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
A 32-year-old man who sent threatening messages to Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen and Integration Minister Inger Støjberg will face a trial on terror charges on Monday.
In Cologne, people passing through the main train station still feel unsafe - despite the increased police presence since a wave of sexual assaults on New Year's Eve.
Switzerland's Roger Federer barely broke a sweat as he crushed German qualifier Tobias Kamke 6-2, 6-1 in the second round of the Brisbane International tennis tournament on Thursday.
A French national, who is known as an Isis executioner and has trained French citizens to become killers, has been sentenced for 15 years, albeit in absentia.
The holidays have come and gone, but there's still plenty to do in Spain during the first month of the year.
Border controls will continue in Sweden until at least February 8th, the nation's government announced on Thursday.
Sets built for British television show Jekyll and Hyde have been shipped to the Calais "Jungle" as shelters for migrants and refugees after the series was cancelled, its creator has announced.
Border controls will continue in Sweden until at least February 8th, the government has announced.
Pedro Sanchez is meeting the Portuguese leader in a sign he may be considering forming the same sort of left-wing alliance that brought down the ruling conservatives in Lisbon.
Last year was just one millimetre shy of the all-time precipitation record and serves as proof that climate change will bring wetter and warmer weather in the future.
The world's biggest sovereign wealth fund, Norway's public pension fund, has divested from Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE because of corruption fears, the Norwegian central bank which manages the fund said on Thursday.
A security alert in Vienna on New Year’s Eve was part of a plot for simultaneous attacks across Europe by terror group Isis, Turkish media reported on Thursday.
El Salvador has vowed to follow Spain's request to arrest 17 retired soldiers accused of killing six Jesuit priests and two women in 1989.
Immigration officials anticipate 2016 to end with up to twice as many asylum applications as 2015, which was already a record year by far.
Switzerland should be "grateful" to Sepp Blatter, the outgoing Fifa president and Swiss national who has been suspended from world football over ethics violations, his ex-wife was quoted as saying on Thursday.
A young Spaniard risked his life to free a whale that had become caught in an illegal fishing net off the island of Fuerteventura.
Italy's acrimonious debate over gay civil unions intensified on Thursday after the interior minister suggested the use of paid surrogate mothers should be treated like a sex crime.
A couple living in Parma are planning to take legal action against healthcare providers in the northern Italian city after their baby was born without lower legs.
A man armed with meat cleaver and wearing a fake suicide bomb vest was shot dead on Thursday after attempting to get into a police station in Paris. The incident occurred a year to the day since the Charlie Hebdo massacre.
A terror alert in Munich on New Year's Eve was part of a plot for simultaneous attacks across Europe by terror group Isis, Turkish media reported on Thursday.
Exactly one year on from the bloody attack on Charlie Hebdo's offices, France will pay tribute to the victims on Thursday as the president is due to lay out new plans to toughen laws on terrorism.
Just when you thought Sweden could not get any colder it broke its second record in two days with mercury levels dropping to a freezing -42.8C in the far north and chilly temperatures across the country.
Several women in the Austrian city of Salzburg have said they were sexually assaulted on New Year’s Eve - this comes after German police were accused of a cover-up after dozens of women in Cologne were assaulted on the same evening.
Cologne police said on Thursday that they have identified 16 suspects in the wave of sexual assaults around the city's main train station on New Year's Eve.
Italy's unemployment rate fell to its lowest level in three years in November, the national statistics office said on Thursday.
One high-performing foreign student left Denmark on Thursday and another is facing the same fate soon. Their crime? Working too much.
The Three Kings, or Magi, visited Spain to bring children their presents. But this year they brought a whole heap of controversy too.
Swiss wines from the 2015 harvest promise exceptional quality after the particularly hot and sunny summer, although production was lower than the previous year, federal experts say.
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Financial experts in Sweden say they are concerned that Stockholm's stock market has dipped, following a major slump in China which has affected markets across the globe.
A New Year's Eve police report from Cologne showing the full extent of the sexual assaults against women in and around the city's main train station appeared in German media on Thursday, causing fresh waves of consternation.
Photos of rare blue and yellow light pillars snapped by Stockholmer Raitis Freimanis have gone viral in Sweden.
Several places in Oslo witnessed rare and beautiful light pillars in the sky on Wednesday night.
A woman has made a lucky escape after a group of men sexually assaulted and tried to rape her on a Paris train, according to reports.
Canadian pop superstar Justin Bieber finally has an explanation for cancelling his Oslo concert in October after just one song, but is it one that will satisfy his fans?
Spain stirred up long-running diplomatic tensions on Wednesday with a statement saying it too sought "bilateral dialogue with the UK" over Gibraltar.
A regional train burst into flames in Berlin on Wednesday evening, leading to a mass evacuation of passengers.
The first Italian rugby team made almost exclusively of refugees has belatedly begun life at in the country's lowest league, after receiving special permission from the Italian Rugby Federation.
Police in the canton of Vaud are investigating the deaths of a 26-year-old woman and her 25-year-old boyfriend in a Montreux apartment, where they lived, following an apparent domestic dispute.
The mayor of the northern town of Pontoglio has been told to remove road signs advising those entering to respect Christian values.
Organisers of a well-known comics festival in France promised on Wednesday to add women to their list of nominees for a lifetime achievement award after facing a barrage of criticism over their earlier all-male selection.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has called Denmark’s planned tightening of immigration rules “deeply concerning” and warn that they “could fuel fear [and] xenophobia”.
A Munich court has ordered an insurance company to pay a woman €50,000 after they kept her on as an intern for five and a half years.
Here's what happened on the morning on January 7th 2015 when two jihadist gunmen burst into the offices of Charlie Hebdo and change France forever.
A newborn boy who was found in a dustbin on Tuesday evening in Klagenfurt is now in a stable condition in hospital after almost dying of hypothermia.
An Israeli journalist and a Palestinian pastor are set to share Sweden's prestigious Olof Palme Prize for their work against violence in the region – in a move that may put further strain on Sweden-Israel relations.
British Prime Minister David Cameron Thursday drove home his call for EU reforms to protect European welfare systems, saying what is good for Britain is also good for Europe.
UPDATED: Sweden's cold snap hampered efforts to put out a blaze threatening to destroy family homes on Thursday morning – with the water freezing in the pumps.
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