The Italian swimming champ received numerous tweets from people asking if they could add her on messaging app WhatsApp.
The Vatican says the public "have been given the wrong impression".
Ted Cruz put the brakes on, but Azita Raji is finally ready to make the move to Sweden after she was sworn in as the new US Ambassador.
Germany claims the plant is "too old" but France saw "no reason for it to close.
Police pounced on a notorious band of burglars who had evaded the law in several European countries - after they were caught out by a cat camera.
Jesus was a toddler gingerly taking his first steps into the wider world when the Romans built the walls of their fortress in Cologne. 2,010 years later it’s still standing, and has just been given a makeover.
San Remo council has so far fired 32 work-shy staff.
Man brandished a 30cm kniofe and tried to get through Eurostar security at Gare du Nord.
Security guards and tourist spots, concert halls and sensitive locations in France could soon be armed, according to reports.
Spain's acting foreign minister told Spanish radio on Friday that if Britain left the EU he would "raise the question of Gibraltar" the very next day.
Should only women get to decide not to be parents?
The Italian press have labelled the situation "Red Alert".
A vicious spat is cleaving Germany society in two, and politicians seem helpless to do anything about it - but two nine-year-olds from Bavaria reckon they have found the answer.
Find out why these children are making Swedes smile (and cry).
A German court on Friday convicted an Islamic State "storm trooper" who helped track down deserters for the jihadist group in Syria, sentencing him to four-and-a-half years in prison.
Samuel Heins will arrive in Norway next week to fill a position that has been empty for nearly 900 days.
Police reportedly arrived just in time to save the lamb's bacon.
There are very mixed messages coming out of France regarding what would happen to the thousands of migrants in Calais if there was a Brexit.
Theodore Theodoridis becomes new general secretary.
Prosecutors had pushed for an indefinite sentence for the man, who ran two websites catering to paedophiles from around the world.
But will it make the cut?
Swiss public step up to give 34 million francs.
Find out about the traditional lamb cake that features so widely this time of year.
A report confirmed by The Local shows that Spanish police raked in nearly €1 million from fines for "disrespecting police" under the controversial gag law.
The pair forgot about their bag containing 144,000 francs.
The Socialist's chances of forming a government are looking slimmer and slimmer...
Police pounced on a notorious band of burglars who had evaded the law in several European countries - after a they were caught out by a cat camera.
Switzerland made more European patent applications per capita than any other nation in 2015.
UPDATED: Denmark to take the fight to Isis in both Syria and Iraq.
They have been described as "violent and extremist". But who are the No Borders activists?
Why is everyone suddenly paying so much attention to south-west Germany?
Austria prepares itself for stormy weather this weekend with hurricane winds of 120 km/h in some areas.
They were kidnapped last July.
The days of foreigners living in Norway having to give up their citizenship in order to become Norwegian may soon be over.
Iraqi photographer must leave the country despite being embraced by photojournalist community here.
They love Sweden’s natural beauty but aren’t so keen on its high taxes and inclement weather.
The little boy was chained and padlocked inside of a room while his mother went to work.
Rami Alkenayeh, 24, has found on an unlikely way to use his hands to engage with Swedes while waiting for a decision about his asylum application.
The most eye-catching examples of architecture in Austria.
Relocation expert Melanie Haynes on cracking the tough nut of Danish friendship.
The Rocket Man will be donning silly glasses and belting out classics at the Roman ruins.
A truck driver was startled to find the body of a man, apparently mutilated and partially mummified.
A 19-year-old man was stabbed to death early on Friday morning at an asylum centre north of Lindesberg in central Sweden.
And there's not even a hint of slapstick...
Authorities in Peru on Thursday arrested a pair of European tourists who had stripped naked to take photos at the Machu Picchu ruins, media reported.
Sweden’s prime minister, Stefan Löfven, says the EU might not survive if it fails to resolve the ongoing refugee crisis.
A British man has died following a skiing accident in the southern Austrian state of Carinthia.
The incident which left the female student suffering from shock happened in the middle of the day.
A record 26.6 million passengers used Copenhagen Airport in 2015, the airport announced this week.
French wine producers were left spitting when a Chilean wine was chosen as the official wine of the 2016 Tour de France race.
An Air France plane came within a few metres of hitting a drone as it was about to land at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport, it emerged on Friday.
Did winter just seem to pass you by? That’s probably because it was the warmest recorded in France for 115 years.
Is thinking like the Nazis enough to get the party banned?
The smuggled goods would have been "enough to equip an entire army," officials said.
The exercise comes as Sweden debates its ties to the military alliance.
Terrorist committed to taking his prison complaints to the European Court of Human Rights.
German investigators said Thursday they were examining whether a 15-year-old girl who stabbed a policeman in the neck was motivated by Islamic extremism.
The co-pilot was forced to turn the plane as it came within five metres of a drone just as it began its descent towards Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris.
French MPs back move to hit phone companies like Apple and Samsung with fines and jail terms if they don't help hack into terrorists' phones.
Could the cashless society be here sooner than you think?
Swedes love making bread, so join the nationwide cult and start kneading. Here's one of The Local's favourite recipes by food writer John Duxbury.