Hundreds of German flights cancelled amid strike
Germany

Hundreds of German flights cancelled amid strike

Strikes brought transport chaos to Germany on Wednesday as airport workers joined labour protests by other public sector workers, causing hundreds of flight cancellations and long delays around the country.

German postal worker stole 29,000 letters in 15 years
Germany

German postal worker stole 29,000 letters in 15 years

A woman who worked for the German post office has been suspended after police found 29,000 undelivered letters at her home, a prosecutor in the western town of Giessen said on Wednesday.

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Germany

German police to help Kosovo

Germany will send Europe's largest contribution of police officers to aid Kosovo, which recently declared independence from Serbia.

Pentecostalist pastor bans transvestite
Sweden

Pentecostalist pastor bans transvestite

A 58-year-old transvestite from southern Sweden has been told by a pastor in Hässleholm that he is not welcome to hold a lecture at the local Pentecostalist church hall.

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Sweden

Women invade Stora Enso plantation in Brazil

Hundreds of women invaded Stora Enso's Fazenda Tarumã plantation in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul on Tuesday.

Sweden counts cost of Chad extension
Sweden

Sweden counts cost of Chad extension

The cost for extending Sweden’s mission in Chad by three months comes to 46 million kronor ($7.5 million), Sweden’s Defence Minister Sten Tolgfors said today.

East Germany’s ice princess retires
Germany

East Germany’s ice princess retires

Katarina Witt, Germany's most successful figure skater, officially ended her ice skating career on Tuesday evening after her final performance in Hanover.

How much can Germany bear?
Germany

How much can Germany bear?

Polar bear cub Knut was a fetishized child star long before Snowflake and Wilbär caused furry hysteria across Germany. But troublesome Bruno was simply shot dead. Tom Norton considers Germans and their unbearable attitude toward bears.

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Sweden

Swedes and Finns to create ‘town of the future’

While almost 200 years have passed since Sweden lost Finland, two small border towns have an innovative proposal to rejuvenate cross-border cooperation.

Erotic wood from the German countryside
Germany

Erotic wood from the German countryside

An enterprising German family is pushing its way into the erotic industry with their handmade spruce wood dildos.

Swedish parenting: Back to a traditional future?
Sweden

Swedish parenting: Back to a traditional future?

Four years on from the start of the great “curling” and “helicopter” debates, the issue of parenting is back in the news. This time round, the focus has switched to the unprecedented popularity of state-sponsored parenting classes. Peter Vinthagen Simpson takes a closer look.

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Germany

German teen killers sentenced for grisly murder

Three teens who killed and dismembered their 19-year-old schoolmate have been sentenced in Stuttgart for their crime, according to the DDP news agency.

Uppsala man admits to killing his wife
Sweden

Uppsala man admits to killing his wife

The 36-year-old man in custody on suspicions of murdering his wife, 26-year-old Tubay Mavi, and dumping her body in a wooded area outside of Uppsala has confessed to the killing.

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Sweden

Foreigners can’t bank on Swedish ID

Foreign students continue to feel marginalized by Swedish society as a result of confusion regarding the issuing of Swedish identity cards.

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Sweden

IBM takeover of Telelogic given green light

EU competition regulators approved on Wednesday the US technology giant IBM's takeover of Swedish software firm Telelogic after finding that the deal would not stifle competition.

German gas companies under fire for price gouging
Germany

German gas companies under fire for price gouging

Germany's competition regulator the Federal Cartel Office has launched a probe of 35 natural gas suppliers suspected of charging excessively high prices, it said Wednesday.

Snow and transit strike shut down Berlin
Germany

Snow and transit strike shut down Berlin

Germany’s capital Berlin woke up to a snowy morning on Wednesday, as commuters struggled to get to work amid an extended transit strike. The rest of the country faced limited strikes at airports, clinics and daycare centres.

Deer killed red pandas at Nuremberg Zoo
Germany

Deer killed red pandas at Nuremberg Zoo

Investigators have concluded that the gruesome gutting of two pandas at the Nuremberg Zoo was likely the work of deer that shared their pen.

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Germany

Survey shows Social Democrats in free fall

The Social Democrats have plummeted in a new opinion poll, as the centre-left party struggles to position itself against Germany’s resurgent hard-line socialists in the Left Party.

Adidas races ahead as Reebok unit lags
Germany

Adidas races ahead as Reebok unit lags

Adidas, the world's second biggest sportswear company, posted increased 2007 results on Wednesday even though its Reebok unit lagged behind.

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Sweden

Hormone treatment could save hearing: Swedish study

Hearing loss could be prevented with simple hormone treatment using oestrogen stimulating drugs already on the market today, the co-author of a new Swedish study on the topic said Tuesday.

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Sweden

Forsberg victorious in Colorado return

Swedish superstar Peter Forsberg didn't register a point but he made the most of his return to Colorado by helping the Avalanche post a 2-1 win over Vancouver on Tuesday.

Brutal murder in Stockholm suburb
Sweden

Brutal murder in Stockholm suburb

A man was killed in Skärholmen in southern Stockholm on Tuesday night in a shooting that police believe may have been a gang-style execution.