Swede’s suspected murderer a known sex offender
Sweden

Swede’s suspected murderer a known sex offender

The suspected killer of a Swedish teenager whose partly charred body was found in a wood outside Paris is a repeat sex offender, sources close to the investigation said on Saturday.

Afghan spying scandal grows
Germany

Afghan spying scandal grows

Kabul believes Germany’s foreign intelligence service may have spied on several Afghan ministers, a newspaper said on Saturday, after news broke that the agency illicitly monitored the economy minister’s emails.

German security camera thief filmed in the act
Germany

German security camera thief filmed in the act

Police in Hof have arrested a 20-year-old man for stealing two security cameras – after he was filmed in the act by a third one.

Porsche chief bugged with baby monitor
Germany

Porsche chief bugged with baby monitor

Tension in the fight over Volkswagen and Porsche has been ramped up by reports over the weekend that attempts were made to bug Porsche chief Wendelin Wiedeking using a baby monitor planted in his hotel room.

Filmmaker Fatih Akin takes four German film prizes
Germany

Filmmaker Fatih Akin takes four German film prizes

Fatih Akin cleaned up at the German Film Prize awards on Friday night, taking home four, including two gold "Lola" awards for his film Auf der anderen Seite, or "The Edge of Heaven."

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Sweden

High school students ignorant of their geography

High school students in Umeå were unable to name Finland's capital city in a recent survey which showed an alarming ignorance of basic geography.

‘Tollpatsch’ crowned best loanword in German
Germany

‘Tollpatsch’ crowned best loanword in German

The best German word with foreign roots has been chosen as Tollpatsch which can be translated as 'clumsy oaf' in English, but has its basis in Hungarian.

Fake taxi driver held over Paris murder
Sweden

Fake taxi driver held over Paris murder

A fake taxi driver was in police custody on Saturday after French police searched his home in connection with the murder of a Swedish student whose charred body was found in a French forest at the weekend.

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Sweden

French deny Congo torture claims

The French military have formally denied claims broadcast by Swedish television of torturing a Congolese militia member in 2003.

Merkel welcomes China’s offer to talk with Tibet
Germany

Merkel welcomes China’s offer to talk with Tibet

German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed China’s offer of talks with a representative of the Dalai Lama, saying she hoped it would ensure a “peaceful” and “successful” Beijing Olympics, in an interview to be published Sunday.

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Sweden

Anti-racist anger at cancelled concert

An anti-racist group in Karlstad has reacted angrily to a decision by the council to cancel a planned concert. A Sweden Democrats (SD) meeting planned for the same weekend is given as the reason.

Nobel speech censored by Chinese television
Sweden

Nobel speech censored by Chinese television

The Nobel Foundation has terminated a contract with TV 4 after it has emerged that its chairman's speech was censored by Chinese television.

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Sweden

Ericsson report boosts stock exchange

Strong interim reports from Ericsson, Volvo and TeliaSonera put the Stockholm stock exchange in a bullish mood as the trading week ended on Friday.