The ranks of EU countries closing their doors to migrants swelled further on Wednesday, with hotspot Austria announcing it would "drastically" cap the number of asylum-seekers this year.
Syria peace talks are expected to begin within a few days, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in Zurich on Wednesday, adding that Moscow was ready to cooperate closer with the United States on Syria aid supplies.
A banker who reportedly lost tens of millions for a VIP client has been arrested, Swiss investigators said Wednesday.
Footage has emerged of an apparent attempted knife point mugging of a journalist in the Calais refugee camp. The attackers were then chased away by other refugees.
Limiting Europe's refugee influx is "morally and politically necessary", Germany's president told the World Economic Forum on Wednesday, warning that failing to do so meant ceding ground to populists and extremists.
He may be recognised as the best footballer in the world, but Messi doesn't appear to be such a hot shot when it comes to paying his taxes.
A homeless woman gave birth on a street near the Vatican in the early hours of Wednesday morning – and has now been given a year’s free accommodation.
UPDATED: All four Abba members were back on stage together for the first time in three decades at the opening of Björn Ulvaeus' latest business venture in Stockholm, a Greek taverna modelled on the Mamma Mia! universe.
After a map of Berlin’s underground guiding you around the city’s rent prices went viral, the same company has now brought out a map for Munich.
"Daddy, Mummy... I can't stand going to school and there is no other way to avoid it."
There’s no country in the world with more cultural influence than France, according to a new study released at the World Economic Forum on Wednesday. But what is it exactly?
The number of bistros in France has nosedived compared with the 1960s, with many rural parts of the country becoming "no-bistro zones".
Western Sweden's largest city is still struggling to deal with one of the biggest dumps of snow in a decade, while a penis drawn on a frozen river in Gothenburg has disappeared amid a fierce debate.
European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker said on Wednesday he sees no risk of a major Italian banking crisis, amid fears the lenders are saddled with a mountain of bad debt and need bailing out.
Germany may not be "fun" or "sexy", but it's still considered the best country in the world, according to a worldwide public opinion poll.
A terminally ill Austrian pensioner has been granted his dying wish after Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger promised to send him some cigars from his personal collection and even call him for a chat.
Police are investigating two farm workers in southern Spain for killing dozens of piglets by jumping on them and filming the sick act.
Germany's president said Wednesday it is "morally and politically necessary" to limit Europe's refugee influx, warning that failing to do so meant ceding ground to populists and extremists.
The European Parliament will require the Danish government to explain its controversial plans to confiscate cash and valuables from arriving migrants.
Austria's cash-strapped state of Carinthia has asked creditors to write off some of the debts owed by its stricken state lender, in a bid to avoid possible bankruptcy.
Zurich Insurance said on Wednesday that it expected to post a $275-million loss for 2015 largely due to three massive storms that slammed into Britain in December.
Justice Minister Anders Anundsen has proposed allowing authorities to confiscate or refuse to issue passports to people who are seen as potential foreign fighters.
The number of people visiting Rome was down in December compared to the same month the year before. But is this because of lingering fears over terrorism, or the Eternal City's well-documented woes?
A new global ranking is full of praise for Denmark, calling it the world’s best country for women, the most transparent nation and toward the very top for raising children.
Sweden is viewed as the fifth best country in the world according to a new global survey. But if you're on the hunt for adventure, sexiness or great food – look elsewhere.
Abba star Björn Ulvaeus' latest money, money, money-making venture opens in Stockholm on Wednesday night. The other three band members are on the guest list. But will they appear in public together for the first time since 2008?
Police unions are doing more harm than good with repeated panic-laden interventions in the refugee debate, argues the head of the Federation of German Detectives.
Spain ranks highly for being 'fun' and 'friendly' and is the perfect place for those who love to travel on their own.
The EU opened an inquiry on Wednesday into Italian state aid for the struggling Ilva steel works, the largest in the bloc and one of its most polluting, the European Commission said.
Good news for German petrolheads, less so for tree huggers: the price of filling up your tank is now one of the cheapest in western Europe.
More than 200 people are suing the German government in North Rhine-Westphalia for taking too long to process their asylum applications, a survey by a newspaper showed on Wednesday.
National broadcaster NRK’s thriller series ‘Øyevitne’ (Eyewitness) has been bought by NBC Universal, marking the first time that a Norwegian drama series will have an American remake.
A small town in Italy’s Aosta region is in shock after a man fell to his death while shaking crumbs off a tablecloth.
Ever typed on a French keyboard? You'll know the pain. Foreigners in France are quick to complain about the AZERTY keyboard, but there's often an explanation, although not always, writes Oliver Gee.
Refugees in northern France are shelling out €500 for a pot-luck smuggling service that could see them arrive safely in the UK or end up in Germany, or even a French military base.
Can Spain's King bring an end to the impasse the country has faced since an inconclusive general election?
The Eiffel Tower, one of the world's top tourist draws, saw visitor numbers drop after the devastating terror attack on the French capital in November, new figures have showed.
A customer service representative for Credit Suisse defrauded a wealthy client of more than 50 million francs ($50 million), the Tages Anzeiger newspaper reported on Wednesday, citing “well-informed sources”.
Car sharing concept Car2go has announced it will pull out of Copenhagen after just 17 months due to a lack of interest from users.
This footage may make you think twice about getting in the back of a Madrid taxi.
There are "grave concerns" over China's detentions of Europeans, an EU spokesperson said, after a Swede appeared live on TV to confess to violating Chinese law.
A 20-year-old woman died from her injuries after being pushed in front of a train on the Berlin underground on Tuesday night, with passengers helping police catch the alleged killer.
A look inside Norway's courses teaching refugees about sexual customs in their new country.
A string of jihadist attacks and rising risks to the global economy overshadow the official opening Wednesday of the annual gathering of the world's rich and powerful in a snow-blanketed Davos.
Just months after Netflix became available in Spain, HBO has announced the launch of its own streaming service to rival it.
Almost twice as many people were deported after having their asylum application rejected in 2015 as the previous year, a newspaper reported on Wednesday.
Syrians are heading for Greece instead of Italy, new figures show. But many are still drowning in the Med.
Switzerland's Roger Federer cruised into the third round of the Australian Open tennis tournament with a smooth, straight-sets win over practice partner Aleksandr Dolgopolov on Wednesday.
The pair are accused of shooting a politican in broad daylight in revenge for the daughter losing her job with the council.
New figures reveal how the number of hate crimes in France against Muslims, Jews and also on Christian sites are at an historic high.
Jewish groups pushed back against government insistence that anti-Semitism is not growing in Germany at a gathering on Tuesday, saying that newly-arrived Muslim migrants and the traditional far-right both posed a threat to their safety.
Former "Baywatch" star Pamela Anderson was slammed as a "turkey stuffed with silicon" after ruffling French feathers on Tuesday when she turned up at the country's parliament to back a ban on force-feeding to make foie gras.
Film director Ettore Scola, one of the last grand masters of Italian comedy, died on Tuesday at the age of 84, press reports said.
A Danish nightclub has been accused of discrimination over its language requirements for entry by asylum seekers, prompting fears more establishments could follow suit amid a spate of reports of sexual harassment.
The Islamic State group on Tuesday claimed that two of the jihadists behind the Paris attacks on November 13th were Iraqi, according to the latest issue of its magazine Dabiq.
An Italian construction group said on Tuesday it had signed a preliminary agreement with Iran to build five hospitals, just after the lifting of economic sanctions against Tehran in a deal over its nuclear programme.
Furious Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini blasted Napoli counterpart Maurizio Sarri a "racist" and claimed his rival called him a "poof" following a fiery finish to Inter's 2-0 Italian Cup victory on Tuesday.
Two caffeine loving thieves will be able to organize the biggest office 'fika' (coffee and cake) after they used a truck to take more than four tonnes of coffee from a factory in western Sweden.
A three-year-old French girl died after choking to death on a small toy concealed inside a Kinder Surprise chocolate egg, according to reports on Wednesday.
Ikea, Volvo and meatballs. What could be more Swedish than that? Quite a lot, it turns out. The Local investigates six super 'Swedish' things that actually came from abroad.
Austria has said it will seek to cap the number of asylum seekers at 37,500 in 2016, less than half of the 90,000 claims accepted last year.
One person was being held on suspicion of attempted manslaughter on Wednesday morning and two were left injured after a row at an arrival centre for asylum seekers in southern Sweden.
Three young men with a migration background who were turned away from a club in Vienna because of their appearance have been awarded €600 each in compensation.