Berlin exhibition explores perceptions of Asia
Germany

Berlin exhibition explores perceptions of Asia

German visions of Asia have often been marked by tired clichés and downright ignorance, but an ambitious new exhibition at Berlin’s Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HdKdW) strives to challenge common perceptions, writes Daniel Miller.

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Sweden

Activists invade airport runway

A group of activists penetrated the perimeter at Stockholm’s Bromma airport, holding up flights on Tuesday afternoon.

Long-lost Bach composition found
Germany

Long-lost Bach composition found

German scholars claimed Tuesday to have found a long-lost organ composition by Johann Sebastian Bach dating from the early days of his career.

German parents on trial for starving their daughter
Germany

German parents on trial for starving their daughter

Court proceedings began on Tuesday against the parents of the 5-year-old German girl known as Lea-Sophie, who died of starvation and neglect in November 2007.

Killer slug question divides Riksdag
Sweden

Killer slug question divides Riksdag

Coming up with measures to combat unemployment is easy. But what is the government to do about those killer slugs?

Steinmeier to discuss Iran’s nuke plans with ElBaradei
Germany

Steinmeier to discuss Iran’s nuke plans with ElBaradei

UN atomic watchdog chief Mohamed ElBaradei and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier will hold talks this week in Berlin about Iran's nuclear programme.

Campogiani witness: ‘I’ve lied about everything’
Sweden

Campogiani witness: ‘I’ve lied about everything’

A 16-year-old boy stunned the Stockholm Court of Appeals on Tuesday when he confessed to lying to police and in court about what he saw of the fatal beating of 16-year-old Riccardo Campogiani last October.

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Sweden

Swedish football at a crossroads

His first visit to a Swedish football match left David Bartram wondering what Sweden needs to do to stamp out its problems with hooliganism.

Spring budget predicts lower growth
Sweden

Spring budget predicts lower growth

The Swedish government, citing financial market turbulence, sharply revised down its 2008 growth forecast on Tuesday, predicting momentum of 2.1 percent rather than 3.2 percent announced late last year.

Wannabe German cannibal committed
Germany

Wannabe German cannibal committed

A court in the eastern German city of Cottbus has committed an aspiring teenage cannibal who tried to bite a woman’s throat to permanent psychiatric care.

German weather getting hotter
Germany

German weather getting hotter

Given the chilly, soggy weather that continues to plague Germany this spring, Tuesday’s announcement from German weather service DWD seems too good to be true: heat waves will become a regular occurrence.

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Sweden

AstraZeneca settles with Indian drugmaker

Anglo-Swedish pharmaceuticals giant AstraZeneca said Tuesday it had agreed to a deal that would enable top Indian generic drug firm Ranbaxy to produce its own version of heartburn treatment Nexium from 2014.

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Germany

Inflation hits German investor confidence

"Extraordinary" price rises badly dented German investor confidence in April, the ZEW institute said Tuesday as it reported a surprise drop in its closely watched monthly sentiment indicator.

China, Reinfeldt, and the Olympics: a real mouthful
Sweden

China, Reinfeldt, and the Olympics: a real mouthful

Social democratic newspaper editor Eric Sundström hopes Fredrik Reinfeldt at least says something about human rights and the Olympics during the Prime Minister’s visit to China.

Germany to hike food aid by €10 million
Germany

Germany to hike food aid by €10 million

German Development Minister Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul has announced Berlin will contribute an extra €10 million to the World Food Programme to stave off a looming crisis in developing nations.

Sweden: a nation of dog lovers
Sweden

Sweden: a nation of dog lovers

Life is pretty rosy when viewed through the eyes of a dog fortunate enough to grow up in Sweden, writes René Rice.

Bildt seeks to expand Middle East cooperation
Sweden

Bildt seeks to expand Middle East cooperation

During a visit to the Middle East last week, Foreign Minister Carl Bildt launched several initiatives to “stabilize” the region, marking a possible shift in Sweden’s traditionally cautious, “two-steps forward, one-step back” approach to Middle Eastern conflicts, writes Rami Abdelrahman.

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Germany

Siemens to cut 1,200 jobs

The German engineering group Siemens said Tuesday it would cut 1,200 German jobs in its telecoms equipment unit as part of a major restructuring programme announced in February.

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Sweden

Man ‘trashed’ in failed Santa imitation

If Santa can make it down a chimney, then I can probably manage a garbage chute. Or so a 20-year-old Swedish man might have been thinking when he tried to surprise his sister early Tuesday morning.

Former German Chancellor Kohl to marry
Germany

Former German Chancellor Kohl to marry

Former conservative German chancellor Helmut Kohl, regarded as the architect of reunification, is to marry his girlfriend Maike Richter, his office said on Tuesday.

Crowd trouble mars Stockholm derby
Sweden

Crowd trouble mars Stockholm derby

Hammarby and AIK played out a 1-1 draw in this season's first Stockholm derby on Monday night in a match that was marred by crowd trouble.

Köhler urges west to recognize East German achievements
Germany

Köhler urges west to recognize East German achievements

German President Berlin Horst Köhler has called on western Germans to take more interest in the former East German states.

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Sweden

Apartment fire leaves two dead

A man and a woman died in an apartment fire in the Södra Ryd area of Skövde in central Sweden on Tuesday morning.

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Germany

Merkel urges Ireland to back new EU treaty

German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Irish voters Monday to allow the European Union to “continue to flourish” by voting in favour of the EU reform treaty in a referendum in June.

German supermarkets selling impure wine
Germany

German supermarkets selling impure wine

German supermarkets are openly selling impure wines from Italy, according to a report from broadcaster ARD’s “Report München,” released late Monday evening.

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Sweden

Guard sentenced for sexually harassing 12 women

A Gothenburg harbour guard has been sentenced to probation for molesting and harassing women who were swimming and sunbathing at a nearby beach.

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Sweden

Eklund: Engla’s killing ‘an accident’

During further questioning on Monday, murderer Anders Eklund claimed the killing of 10-year-old Engla Höglund was an accident.