Police raid ‘cosmic’ German commune
Germany

Police raid ‘cosmic’ German commune

Around 400 police on Tuesday raided the southern German homes and offices of a guru-like leader of a new age organic farming commune suspected of widespread fraud.

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Sweden

Price war erupts over mobile broadband

Some of Sweden's main internet operators have entered into a price war over mobile broadband services.

Deutche Bahn compromises with Holocaust exhibition
Germany

Deutche Bahn compromises with Holocaust exhibition

German state railway operator Deutsche Bahn has made a significant compromise in the escalating conflict with Holocaust survivor groups, saying Tuesday they will allow the traveling exhibit "Train of Commemoration" to stop at Berlin's Grunewald station instead of the city's main station.

Nokia sets date for Bochum plant closure
Germany

Nokia sets date for Bochum plant closure

Nokia, the world's leading mobile phone maker, announced an accord with employees Tuesday on the closure of its plant in Bochum, Germany, including a severance package of €200 million.

Reinfeldt rules out Olympic boycott
Sweden

Reinfeldt rules out Olympic boycott

Sweden's Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has rejected calls for the country to boycott this summer's Olympic Games in Beijing.

Spring cold snap nips northern Germany
Germany

Spring cold snap nips northern Germany

At this time last year beach lovers were already packing their picnic baskets, but this year's long winter continues to disappoint would-be sun worshipers.

Tax authorities offer strippers one-time amnesty
Sweden

Tax authorities offer strippers one-time amnesty

Swedish tax authorities have written letters to 340 strippers, some of whom still live with their parents, giving the women a one-time chance to pay back taxes owed on income they earned from dancing.

Swedish professor: ‘Bras cause saggy breasts’
Sweden

Swedish professor: ‘Bras cause saggy breasts’

A professor at Sweden’s prestigious Lund University warns young girls to put off wearing bras, as doing so too early can lead to low-hanging breasts.

Victory for Sweden in EU beer row
Sweden

Victory for Sweden in EU beer row

Differences in taxes levied by Sweden on beer and wine don’t conflict with EU-regulations, according to a ruling by the European Court of Justice.

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Sweden

Man gets nine years for rape of sisters

A 45-year-old man from Västmanland in central Sweden has been jailed for nine years for the repeated assault and rape of two underage sisters.

Smoking ban drives German barkeeper to suicide
Germany

Smoking ban drives German barkeeper to suicide

A German barkeeper who hanged himself left behind a suicide note blaming a new public smoking ban for his decision, Bild newspaper reported on Tuesday.

German arachnophobia therapy may become standard
Germany

German arachnophobia therapy may become standard

German scientists say they might have found an effective way to help millions of people worldwide who suffer from a debilitating fear of spiders.

Swedish and English cider: How do you like them apples?
Sweden

Swedish and English cider: How do you like them apples?

State alcohol retailer Systembolaget claims to be committed to stamping out underage drinking. Why then does it describe its range of ciders in terms best understood by connoisseurs of children's candy? wonders cider aficionado René Rice .

Protestors picket Snowflake debut in Nuremberg
Germany

Protestors picket Snowflake debut in Nuremberg

Animal rights activists are picketing the Nuremberg zoo on Tuesday to protest what they see as the gratuitous commercialization of polar bear cub Snowflake.

Woman arrested in Vechta dead baby case
Germany

Woman arrested in Vechta dead baby case

German police have arrested a 24-year-old woman whom they believe to be the mother of a baby found dead in the woods outside Vechta.

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Germany

More Germans need second job to survive

A growing number of Germans are forced to take a second job to make end’s meet, according to the Halle Institute for Economic Research.

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Germany

Half of German conscripts unfit for Bundeswehr

Almost half of all German men conscripted in the country’s armed forces are unfit to serve, according to report in Handelsblatt on Tuesday.

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Sweden

‘Jail men who pay for sex’

People convicted of paying for sex should be awarded prison sentences, according to the Social Democrats' new equality spokesman Claes Borgström.

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Sweden

Mother and daughter critically injured in stabbing

A mother and her daughter are in a critical condition after both were stabbed in an apartment in Skogås on the outskirts of Stockholm in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Missing girl: truck driver arrested
Sweden

Missing girl: truck driver arrested

A 42-year-old man has been detained in connection with the disappearance of 10-year-old Engla Höglund from Dalarna in central Sweden.

Dessau’s gigantic burial pyramid
Germany

Dessau’s gigantic burial pyramid

Whimsical plans to make depressed eastern Germany economically viable abound, writes AFP's Emsie Ferreira. A fake tropical paradise has already gone up near Berlin and a gigantic pyramid could be next.