Net immigration of foreigners to Switzerland dropped in 2015 from the previous year thanks largely to an exodus of non-Swiss, government figures show.
UPDATED: A man armed with two hand guns, ammunition and carrying a Koran has been arrested at a hotel in Disneyland Paris, French police said on Thursday.
The UN says there is no postponement of Syria peace talks due to start on Friday in Geneva, despite uncertainty around whether the main opposition umbrella group will attend.
The Zika virus is "spreading explosively" in the Americas and the region may see up to four million cases of the disease strongly suspected of causing birth defects, the Geneva-based World Health Organization said on Monday.
A young man from Cologne has suffered severe wounds including the loss of several teeth after the e-cigarette he was smoking exploded in his mouth.
Talk about not letting the pressure get to you.
US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said recently that in Germany his ideas would not be considered "radical". But how German are his policies really?
Matteo won't let Angela and François dictate terms any more.
World's biggest sovereign wealth fund puts oil group Petrobras "under observation".
Nearly 300 migrants were saved by the Italian coastguard.
If stickers make French drivers more polite towards senior citizen motorists then why couldn't they have the same impact on their behaviour towards British drivers?
The debate over the civil unions bill has divided the country.
Germany lags behind most of its Western allies on legalizing gay marriage, but a new survey shows that Germans of all stripes want this to change.
She killed her husband after he raped her over a period of almost fifty years - and now she's in prison. Will the president step in?
With startups in the Swiss news on an almost daily basis, launching your own business has never been trendier. But exactly how easy does Switzerland make it? The Local’s Caroline Bishop finds out.
How many outraged Swedes knew their own authorities have been able to take money from refugees for more than two decades?
A man plummeted to his death after trying to scale his apartment building in Alicante after locking himself out.
Streets honouring figures of the Franco-era will be renamed after the victims of terrorism.
It's been a turbulent year for this Swedish business giant.
A woman from southern Germany wet herself when the only toilet on her train was out of order. Should the rail operator pay her compensation?
Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche says its net profits in 2015 fell by five percent as a strong Swiss franc ate into the company's robust sales of diagnostics and cancer medications.
Leo may be hoping the photo-op with the popular pontiff will give his Oscar nomination a boost.
Is this the craziest stunt yet from the so-called "sextremists" of Femen?
Pregnant women in France should postpone travel plans to the Caribbean due to the dangers of the brain-shrinking Zika virus, which is predicted to soon reach France.
A Danish teenager who killed her mother after reportedly becoming fascinated with the terror group Isis was sented to nine years in prison on Thursday.
Italy's Prime Minister said European crises needed to be tackled jointly by all EU members.
Two cases of the Zika virus were reported in Germany as recently as December, but experts say that the spread of the mosquito-borne virus is "extremely" unlikely.
Is this the most bizarre post-match interview ever?
Is this confirmation of the country's economic recovery?
In the first part of our two-part portrait of a Syrian family in Denmark, The Local speaks with Mohamad Fattal and Dima Kurbash about their journey from Damascus to Aarhus.
Five-time winner Novak Djokovic won a thrilling semifinal battle with Switzerland's Roger Federer to reach his sixth Australian Open final on Thursday.
Is this the best post-match video ever?
Austrian health officials have confirmed that the country has its first imported case of the Zika virus, which is linked to birth defects.
The canton of Valais is set to pay hommage on Friday to two prominent Swiss men who were killed in a terrorist attack this month in Burkina Faso’s capital that claimed the lives of 30 people.
The town of Ostana now boasts a whopping 85 residents.
Stomach flu season is in full swing, with Brittany taking a particularly heavy hit.
Spain is among the most corrupt nations in the EU with hundreds of graft scandals currently under investigation. The Local takes a look at the most audacious.
Spain's acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is scrabbling to cling to power, but a relentless series of scandals engulfing his conservative Popular Party may well be the final blow to his hopes.
Three years for a 21-year-old man who blackmailed underage Muslim girls into having sex with him and handing over cash.
More bomb threats have been made against prestigious high schools in Paris.
The actual number of annual rapes in Denmark may be three times as high as previously believed.
Denmark has faced stinging international criticism for a new law allowing refugees' valuables to be confiscated - but Germany already has stronger rules in place.
Swedish clothing giant Hennes and Mauritz (H&M) on Thursday reported that net profits had continued to rise last year and announced plans to expand into three new countries and boost its online business.
The demand comes a month after Apple agreed to pay Italy millions in unpaid taxes.
A teenager who was sentenced last year for plotting to blow up Vienna's Westbahnhof railway station has been caught with Isis propaganda.
None of us like it when someone else changes the channel, but this Spaniard’s response was a bit extreme…
Everything from old mattresses to industrial waste was dumped at the site.
UPDATED: Denmark's bill allowing the confiscation of migrants' valuables has been heavily criticized, but both Norway and Germany have even stricter rules on how much money asylum seekers can bring in.
Police in Berlin said on Wednesday evening that there was "no dead refugee", after news that a young Syrian man died after queuing for days outside a government office had spread online.
The Wind Games has spawned some incredible videos of participants really defying gravity.
The canton of Ticino’s main airport will be forced to close for nine days this autumn for the repaving of its runway.
A Supreme Court ruling means thousands of investors who were 'misled' over a leaflet can apply for compensation.
Swedish music streaming giant Spotify is close to raising $500m in investor notes in order to underpin projected future growth, the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper reported on Wednesday.
Chinese property giant Wanda is reassessing plans for a historic Madrid skyscraper amid a dispute over its redevelopment.
Furious French taxi drivers took their protests into a third day on Thursday but their rivals at Uber and other private hire cab firms won’t be too concerned.
The opera premiered at Milan's La Scala in 1813.
Three Algerians were handed jail sentences of up to 14 years on Wednesday for stealing jewellery worth €500,000 from Swiss luxury jeweller Chopard during the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.
Italy is the last major Western country not to allow gay couples legal status.
A Syria donors' conference in London next week co-hosted by Germany will urge participating countries to double the amount of money they are giving to tackle the humanitarian crisis, Downing Street said on Wednesday.
UPDATED: Staff were forced to barricade themselves in a room to hide from more than a dozen young men in their care.
Following criticism, integration minister Sylvi Listhaug says Norway is of course going to listen to what the UN has to say".
Ahead of a donor's conference co-hosted by Norway, PM Erna Solberg joined David Cameron and Angela Merkel to call on participating countries to double the amount of money they are giving to tackle the humanitarian crisis.
It's not popular but France is doggedly sticking with its state of emergency.
UPDATED: Questions have been raised over Sweden's ability to deport up to 80,000 of last year's asylum seekers.
It's always nice to break records, unless we're talking about unemployment in France.
When staff at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris found a pressure cooker filled with nuts and bolts, you couldn't blame them for panicking.
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