Getting away with murder? Papers debate Rödeby verdict
Sweden

Getting away with murder? Papers debate Rödeby verdict

James Savage looks how Sweden's papers reacted to a controversial acquittal in the case of a man who shot a teenage boy dead in southern Sweden last year.

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Sweden

Man charged over bus masturbation

A 21-year-old man has been indicted on charges of sexual molestation after masturbating in front of a group of teenage girls on a Malmö city bus last month, Sydsvenskan reports.

Posted pythons wreak havoc with German mail
Germany

Posted pythons wreak havoc with German mail

Snakes on the loose sent police scrambling in two German cities on Friday as a trio of tiger pythons invaded a post office and a giant boa constrictor slunk under a garage.

Strong poll gains for Sweden Democrats
Sweden

Strong poll gains for Sweden Democrats

The Swedish population's support for the far-right Sweden Democrats has gained the crucial mass necessary to enter parliament.

Boney M and BB guns in Bremerhaven
Germany

Boney M and BB guns in Bremerhaven

In his book Cycling Back to Happiness, English journalist Bernie Friend covers 6,000 kilometres of northern Europe on a bicycle in a bid to overcome his hypochondria. Here, in the first of three excerpts, pitching up in the northern German coastal town of Bremerhaven proves to be an odd experience.

Steinmeier to head to Russia next week
Germany

Steinmeier to head to Russia next week

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier will travel to Russia next week for talks with the new government on crises including the Middle East conflict and the Iranian nuclear programme, a ministry spokesman said on Friday.

Energy drinks and alcohol seen as risky
Germany

Energy drinks and alcohol seen as risky

Clubbers who toss back a high-impact mixture of energy drinks and alcohol - such as vodka and Red Bull - could be endangering their health, German newsmagazine Der Spiegel warned on Friday.

Swedish island paradise for sale
Sweden

Swedish island paradise for sale

Fancy your very own Swedish island? Then the island of Hanö off the Blekinge coast in south-east Sweden may be what you are looking for.

Inferior concrete reportedly used in German nuclear plant
Germany

Inferior concrete reportedly used in German nuclear plant

Prosecutors in the southern German city of Stuttgart are investigating allegations that a company sold low-quality concrete for major building projects including the Neckarwestheim Nuclear Power Station, German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung reported on Friday.

Former Siemens chief will not face corruption charges
Germany

Former Siemens chief will not face corruption charges

Heinrich von Pierer, former Siemens chief and supervisory board president, will not face penal charges in connection with a vast corruption scandal at the German engineering giant, prosecutors in southern Munich said in a statement on Friday.

Boom time for Swedish tourism
Sweden

Boom time for Swedish tourism

International visitors are crowding into Swedish towns and ski resorts like never before, official figures have shown.

Oktoberfest ‘maß’ cost climbs over €8
Germany

Oktoberfest ‘maß’ cost climbs over €8

The price of an iconic one-litre maß of beer at Munich's Oktoberfest will climb over €8 ($12.37) for the first time this autumn, the city announced on Friday.

Italy arrests eight connected to Duisburg mob massacre
Germany

Italy arrests eight connected to Duisburg mob massacre

The investigation into the Mafia shootings of six Italian men in Duisburg nine months ago netted eight arrests in Italy on Friday, according to reports in Italian media.

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Sweden

Serial rapist gets six and a half years

A 24 year-old man has been sentenced six and a half years in jail for three rapes and three attempted rapes in the Stockholm area.

Sweden’s oldest bird nears 43rd birthday
Sweden

Sweden’s oldest bird nears 43rd birthday

Birdwatchers have regained contact with a guillemot that had a ring attached one of its legs in July 1965, making it the oldest bird ever recorded in Sweden.

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Sweden

Record opium haul in Gothenburg hotel room

A record amount of opium has been seized in a hotel room in Gothenburg. At 20 kilos, it is the biggest opium seizure ever in the region.

‘Marco’ to treat Germany to sunny holiday weekend
Germany

‘Marco’ to treat Germany to sunny holiday weekend

The strong high-pressure system “Marco” will treat Germany to picture-perfect sunny weather over the 3-day holiday weekend, according to the German weather service.

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Germany

Media watchdog crashes Adidas meeting in Olympics protest

Media rights group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said it has gatecrashed the annual meeting of sportswear giant Adidas, to protest their sponsorship of the Beijing Olympics.

Germany calls for more pressure on junta in Burma
Germany

Germany calls for more pressure on junta in Burma

In light of the dramatic situation in Burma after Cyclone Nargis, Germany wants to increase international pressure on the ruling military regime to let aid in the country.

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Sweden

Parliament vote ends pharmacy monopoly

Sweden's parliament on Thursday voted in favour of the centre-right government's plans to open up the country's market for prescription and non-prescription drugs to competition.

‘Swan woman’ convicted of cruelty to animals
Sweden

‘Swan woman’ convicted of cruelty to animals

A 68-year-old woman who had eleven swans living in her tiny Stockholm apartment has been found guilty of cruelty to animals.

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Sweden

Sweden trounce Denmark at World Championships

Sweden scored three goals in three minutes, 14 seconds in the third period as they trounced Denmark 8-1 in Quebec City on Thursday.

Rice to visit Sweden for Iraq conference
Sweden

Rice to visit Sweden for Iraq conference

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will visit Sweden and Iceland from May 28th to May 30th, during which she will attend a UN conference on Iraq in the Swedish capital Stockholm, it was announced on Thursday.