Frankfurt Airport opens ‘Animal Lounge’
Germany

Frankfurt Airport opens ‘Animal Lounge’

Complete with a chill-out area for exhausted elephant keepers and a resuscitation room for distressed tropical fish, Frankfurt Airport's new Animal Lounge opened its doors on Friday.

German researchers want to replace the kilogramme
Germany

German researchers want to replace the kilogramme

A prominent German institute has said it plans to redefine the kilogramme, following concerns that the current standard kilo has been shedding weight.

Developing a sensible biofuels strategy for Germany
Germany

Developing a sensible biofuels strategy for Germany

Reinhard Schultz from the Social Democratic Party’s (SPD) parliamentary group remains optimistic Germany will continue to develop biofuels despite the government’s recent decision to shelve its E10 project.

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Sweden

Elaborate sex pic scam nets boy thousands

A 16-year-old con artist who used nude pictures to empty his victims’ bank accounts has been sentenced to community service.

Sweden recalls torture case officer from Chad
Sweden

Sweden recalls torture case officer from Chad

The high-ranking Swedish officer who was criticized for not acting to stop French soldiers from torturing a Congolese man during an EU-led peacekeeping mission in the Congo in 2003 has been recalled from his current assignment in Chad.

Absolut retreat puts California back in US hands
Sweden

Absolut retreat puts California back in US hands

Amid a stampede of criticism, the makers of Absolut Vodka have pulled a controversial advertisement depicting large swathes of the United States as Mexican territory.

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Germany

Storm brews over German budget plans

A storm is brewing in Germany's grand coalition government amid signs that the ambitious plans by the government might jeopardize its aim of balancing the budget by 2011.

Man arrested over acid package attacks
Germany

Man arrested over acid package attacks

Police have arrested a 45-year-old German man on suspicion of sending three dangerous packages to Austrian politicians last month.

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Sweden

‘World’s oldest tree’ discovered in Dalarna

Swedish researchers have uncovered a stand of spruce trees with an 8,000-year-old tree root system in Dalarna, making it among the oldest in the world.

Major US ecstasy smuggler nabbed
Germany

Major US ecstasy smuggler nabbed

Slovak police said on Friday they have detained a German accused of playing a major role in trafficking ecstasy pills from Europe to the United States.

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Sweden

Swedish students keen to work for Google

Given a choice, Swedish students would most like to work for search engine giant Google, a new study has shown.

Germany liberalizes stem cell research
Germany

Germany liberalizes stem cell research

The German parliament the Bundestag voted on Friday morning to liberalize controversial stem cell research.

Suspect detained in missing girl case
Sweden

Suspect detained in missing girl case

The 42-year-old man suspected of abducting 10-year-old Engla Höglund near Hedemora in Dalarna was remanded in custody on Friday.

Candy Bomber Halvorsen: “People had their doubts about the Airlift”
Germany

Candy Bomber Halvorsen: “People had their doubts about the Airlift”

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift. Steve Kettmann spoke with the original “Candy Bomber,” US pilot Gail Halvorsen, about his memories of the unprecedented logistics feat that kept West Berlin free.

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Sweden

Torture case officer heading Chad force

The high-ranking Swedish officer who was criticized for not acting to stop French soldiers from torturing a Congolese man during an EU-led peacekeeping mission in the Congo in 2003 is now leading the Swedish force currently deployed in Chad.

Bear cubs make their debut at Skansen zoo
Sweden

Bear cubs make their debut at Skansen zoo

Lova, Lill-Babs and Lillemor are set to become the star attractions at Skansen’s animal park this summer.

Bomb threat closes Koblenz train station
Germany

Bomb threat closes Koblenz train station

A bomb threat in Koblenz against a German train activated a large scale police operation and closed the train station on Thursday night.

Germans warned of pensioner power
Germany

Germans warned of pensioner power

Former German president Roman Herzog has warned Germany could become a “pensioner’s democracy” following the government’s surprise increase in pension benefits.

Toni’s late brace put Bayern in UEFA Cup semis
Germany

Toni’s late brace put Bayern in UEFA Cup semis

FC Bayern Munich was spared an embarrassing end to their UEFA Cup campaign on Thursday, as Luca Toni’s pair of last minute goals allowed the Bavarian side to squeak past Spain’s FC Getafe and into the semifinals.

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Germany

Two aid workers for German NGO missing in Afghanistan

German humanitarian organisation KinderBerg International said on Thursday that two of its workers are missing in Afghanistan.

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Sweden

Robbers attempt heist at cashless bank

Three would-be bank robbers sped off empty handed from the Swedbank branch in Älvsjö south of Stockholm on Thursday night.

US Congress praises Södertälje mayor
Sweden

US Congress praises Södertälje mayor

Södertälje mayor Anders Lago received praise while in Washington this week from US presidential candidate Barack Obama and other members of congress for how well his city has handled its influx of Iraqi refugees.

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Sweden

Six sentenced to prison for human smuggling

A Swedish court on Thursday sentenced six men to up to three years behind bars for illegally smuggling people from countries including Iran and Iraq into Europe, media reported.