Sexual advances or just friendly gestures? In a bid to prevent violence against women, Norway is offering asylum seekers courses in how to interpret social mores in a country that may seem astonishingly liberal to them.
An elaborate restoration of a ruin once home to gladiators in the hours before they embarked on bouts to the death has got underway in Pompeii, five years after its collapse raised serious questions about the management of the famous Unesco site.
Cologne mayor Henriette Reker said police had failed to inform her fully about sexual assaults on New Year's Eve, in a final blow that has pushed police chief Wolfgang Albers to be suspended.
At the end of a week when it dominated headlines for all the wrong reasons, Sweden's Skåne region has been rated the ninth best place on the planet in a viral travel list.
A French daredevil died when a mid-air acrobatic stunt went tragically wrong and he fell to his death from a hot air balloon, his colleagues revealed.
Alfred Milà went missing on Tuesday while kayaking off the coast of the Balearic island of Ibiza.
Nine workers at a museum in Rome have been suspended for a year for chronic absenteeism, with some clocking on each morning before heading to the betting shop.
Hungry pensioners received a shock when a local meal delivery service brought them dog food rather than ragout for Christmas.
A plan for a new residential area in the heart of Stockholm includes roof terraces, courtyards - and a public 'sky walk'.
Swiss artist Milo Moiré took to the streets naked in 4C temperatures outside Cologne cathedral on Friday in a bid to show that women should not be molested under any circumstances.
They couldn’t believe their luck when their number was drawn in the Christmas lottery but just two weeks later the waiters were celebrating again with another win.
Artist Milo Moiré took to the streets naked in 4C temperatures outside Cologne Cathedral on Friday in a bid to show that women should not be molested under any circumstances.
Gunmen have abducted a Swiss woman in Timbuktu in northern Mali, where she had lived for several years and was previously held by extremists, official sources say.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday discussed the situation in Syria and potential energy projects with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, the Kremlin said on Friday, after Rome briefly held up extending EU sanctions on Moscow last month.
Dolce and Gabbana, designers best known for womenswear inspired by the sultry sensualism of southern Italy, are attacking the booming Middle East market for high fashion with a collection of abayas and hijabs.
While the average French person is unlikely to speak advanced English, many aren't afraid to lie about their competencies, according to a new study.
The Danish Royal House marked the birthday of Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine by releasing new photos taken by their proud mother, Crown Princess Mary.
A horrible accident inspired one Spanish woman to follow her lifelong dream... to become a mermaid and help others follow in her wake.
A 43-year-old man from Oppland was sentenced to twelve years in preventive detention for sexually assaulting a number of young girls. The man also had sex with animals and owned a number of illegal pornographic images.
Stockholm's largest swimming centre, Eriksdalsbadet is making waves after deciding to introduce segregated jacuzzis, following reports of groping beneath the bubbles.
Fresh cases of abuse in Regensburg cathedral choir were revealed by investigators on Friday, who said at least 231 children have been abused by priests and teachers since the 1950s in a scandal that has rocked the Bavarian city.
The Italian government is set scrap a law criminalizing those entering the country without proper documents, a move which has been condemned by political opponents amid the ongoing refugee crisis.
UPDATED: A picture was emerging of the jihadist who attacked a Paris police station with a meat cleaver but on Friday investigators were still trying to determine his true identity.
Two people have been arrested in connection with the New Year's Eve mass sexual assaults in Cologne, media reported on Friday.
A pilot believed to be from Spain was on board a cargo plane that crashed in a remote area en route from Sweden to Norway, the aircraft’s operator has confirmed.
A Catholic priest from Lower Austria who had what he claims was a consensual love affair with a younger man has been sentenced to four years in prison for rape and sexual assault.
One year after France was rocked by the attacks in Paris The Local looks at how the country has changed.
The mayor of Borgofranco d'Ivrea, a town in Piedmont, has ordered Wi-Fi to be turned off in two schools over health fears.
The knife-wielding man who attacked a Paris police station on Thursday reportedly had a cell phone on him containing a German sim card, a police official said on Friday.
It may still have a reputation as a pious country, but a record number of Italian Catholics are thought to have defected from the Church in 2015.
The conservative opposition in the Spanish capital has complained that Madrid’s streets are so covered with leaves they pose a "security problem".
UPDATED: After the first three days of new border controls led to a sharp increase in the number of asylum applications, the figures plummeted on the fourth day.
Berlin-based journalist Musa Okwonga argues that in the wake of the New Year's Eve chaos in Cologne, it's the fact of widespread violence against women - not the race of the attackers - that the response should focus on.
Police probing the November terror attacks have found three suicide vests in a Brussels flat and a fingerprint belonging to fugitive Salah Abdeslam.
Fourteen women have reported being assaulted over New Year in the southern Swedish city of Kalmar, but police are playing down comparisons with the mass attacks in Cologne in Germany.
The Local's music critic, Paul Connolly, has picked six songs to help you through this chilliest of winter months.
The winter sports city of Innsbruck now features pedestrian traffic lights with a sporty theme - inspired by the success of Vienna’s gay-themed lights which were introduced after the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.
Swiss unemployment jumped to 3.7 percent in December from 3.4 percent in the previous month, according to figures issued from Bern on Friday that suggest the Swiss economy is continuing to weaken in the face of a strong franc.
The Swiss National Bank said on Friday that it expects to post an annual loss of 23 billion francs ($23 billion) for 2015 due largely to foreign exchange transactions.
Celebrated French marine explorer Jacques Cousteau's iconic ship the Calypso - out of commission after an accident 20 years ago - will sail again in a few months, its owners said on Thursday.
New copies of Hitler's "Mein Kampf" will hit bookstores in Germany on Friday for the first time since the Second World War, unsettling Jewish community leaders as the copyright of the anti-Semitic manifesto expires.
Espanyol has been reported to the anti-violence commission over racist 'monkey chants' aimed at the Brazilian player.
German police on Thursday said they managed to locate and return a Stradivarius violin worth millions to a young musician who forgot it on a train.
Some 300 kilometres above the Arctic Circle, Tromsø residents largely avoid seasonal depression – what's their secret?
Aristotle used the immersion method of learning – why shouldn’t children? A network of bilingual schools in Germany is using a revolutionary education method, introducing English and German on a native level from day one.
Cologne authorities face building pressure over the mass sexual assaults committed against women in the city on New Year's Eve, with some calling for the police chief to step down after reports he hid asylum seekers' alleged involvement in the crimes.
The gut microbes of the Iceman, a 5,300-year-old mummy found frozen in a European glacier in 1991, have shed new light on the history of human migration, scientists have said.
An independent review board will investigate how a man in his 40s died while in the presence of seven officers from the Copenhagen Police.
The gut microbes of the Iceman, a 5,300-year-old mummy found frozen in a glacier on the Austrian-Italian border in 1991, have shed new light on the history of human migration, scientists said on Thursday.
Swedish police have dropped an investigation into Snoop Dogg despite saying final tests showed the US rapper was under the influence of drugs when he was arrested in Sweden.
A former PR consultant to the Vatican on trial along with four others for leaking or publishing secret papers said on Thursday she would not ask Pope Francis for a pardon.
The mayor of Paris announced that from January 2016, creches and nurseries in the capital will be covered by the city's counter-terrorism operation to help prevent attacks.
Denmark's central bank on Thursday said it had increased its repo rate a notch to defend its currency peg to the euro which has been rising against the krone.
Paris authorities have moved tens of thousands of fish to clean up the Canal Saint-Martin, a popular waterway commissioned by Napoleon that attracts hordes of tourists and revellers.
Still in a food coma after the holidays? Culinary writer John Duxbury shares his favourite recipe for a Swedish winter salad, which uses raw kale to create a lovely light meal full of flavour.
Emergency services have said it is unlikely they will find survivors of a crash in Swedish Lapland, which happened as a plane was transporting mail on the northern Norwegian border.