A team of Swiss and French scientists published a study on Monday that suggests the rocking motion of a hammock improves sleep quality and helps people get to sleep faster.
Police on Monday arrested a former French minister over sexual harassment charges that drove him to resign last month, his lawyer said.
A German man arrested on suspicion of recruiting for a terror group mounting attacks in Afghanistan and Pakistan was extradited from Austria Monday, federal prosecutors said.
Seven Iraqis were wounded as an improvised bomb struck a French embassy car in southern Baghdad on Monday, interior ministry and hospital sources said.
France is set to launch extradition proceedings to send ex-dictator Manuel Noriega to face justice in his native Panama, the French foreign ministry said Monday.
Man sells sausage. Vegan pushes man. Dog bites man. A bizarre scuffle between animal rights activists and a Berlin bratwurst seller on Saturday was settled abruptly by the intervention of a German shepherd.
France's former leader Jacques Chirac is to be tried in September for corruption relating to his time as Paris mayor in the 1990s, a judge said on Monday.
Meteorologists are predicting a warm summer that is drier than average, although there's the possibility of storms and even tornadoes.
One of the three suspects accused of beating a 54-year-old Swedish school teacher to death in April filmed the assault with a mobile phone camera, giving prosecutors key evidence as the trio's murder trial opened on Monday.
The biggest sporting event of the summer, the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, kicks off June 26 in Berlin. Check out The Local’s guide as hosts Germany go for football glory.
Sweden's social services have been given the green light to use information found on Facebook and other social media sites to verify whether or not Swedes are being truthful on their applications for benefits.
The Sea Life aquarium chain is looking for the next incarnation of Paul, the octopus who amazed the world by correctly predicting the results of Germany’s matches in the 2010 World Cup.
Liechtenstein has voted to officially recognize gay civil partnerships, in a law closely modelled on Switzerland's legislation.
Twelve bouncers from popular Gothenburg nightclubs have been charged for routinely assaulting patrons, sometimes using handcuffs, batons and even allegedly tossing one victim down a flight of stairs.
Hesse’s interior minister wants to crack down on drunken hooligans who disrupt sporting events. But his prescription is likely to rankle beer-loving Germans: A total alcohol ban in football stadiums and public transportation taking fans there.
Refugees arriving to Sweden face difficulties finding work, with 56 percent still looking for a job after nine years in the country, a new report shows.
A 58-year-old Swedish man arrested following a suspected drug purchase has been cleared after officers discovered that the plastic bag he bought contained neither marijuana nor hashish.
Germany’s top 500 companies are booming, lifting their sales by nearly 12 percent last financial year, the largest rise in more than a decade, a survey has found.
Hoping to watch a World Cup match with your thousand best friends? The Local's listing of public viewing venues has you covered.
The Local's World Cup guide makes sure you've got your tickets and your calendar marked for every big match.
Last winter's cancelled and delayed trains cost Swedish society about 2.4 billion kronor ($372 million) in lost working hours, according to a new report.
Reports of racist incidents increased in 2010, with black people and Muslims particularly affected, according to a new report.
All 16 teams participating in the women's football World Cup have a shot at winning the golden trophy, but the dream is more realistic for some than others. The Local looks at the favourites including hosts Germany, the USA and Brazil.
With Midsummer rapidly approaching, The Local's Clara Guibourg explores the wonders of the Stockholm archipelago and discovers a couple of gems off the beaten track.
Swiss Defence Minister Ueli Maurer has warned that there are major loopholes in Switzerland’s cyber security, as hacker attacks increase worldwide.
A beach on the Mediterranean is the first in the country to go non-smoking this summer.
François-Henri Pinault, head of the luxury goods group PPR, and his actress wife had an unwelcome guest in their Paris apartment over the weekend.
Plans for a new hypersonic jet that flies at four times the speed of sound will be unveiled in Paris on Monday.
A Swedish man's bid to have 'His Majesty' officially added to his name has been rejected because it could lead to "misunderstandings".
Sweden' state-owned energy company Vattenfall has the worst performance among 27 European nuclear power operators, according to a report from the United Nations energy agency.
A huge search is underway in south-central France after a 17-year old girl went missing after going for a jog on Saturday.
Defence Minister Thomas de Maizière has ruled out participation by Germany in any NATO operation in Syria to stop a bloody crackdown on protesters.
The female principal of a middle school in Stockholm has reported a 15-year-old boy to the police for sexual molestation after he grabbed her behind.
Dumped Germany captain Michael Ballack has lashed out at coach Joachim Löw, suggesting Löw lied when claiming privately back in March that Ballack would no longer be part of the team.
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble stepped up pressure on Greece on Monday, insisting the debt-laden country won’t get its next €12 billion bailout instalment without decisive economic reform.
A 4-year-old girl was handed over to the wrong parents from the play area of an Ikea store in Uppsala in eastern Sweden on Sunday.