Michael Jackson to sue The Pirate Bay
Sweden

Michael Jackson to sue The Pirate Bay

Michael Jackson and the owners of the rights to the music of Bob Marley are planning to sue the founders of file sharing website The Pirate Bay, according to a report on Swedish business website E24.

‘More snow on the way’
Sweden

‘More snow on the way’

Winter has made a comeback Sweden with snowfalls of up to 15 centimetres registered in northern parts of the country.

Germany to send troops to western Afghanistan
Germany

Germany to send troops to western Afghanistan

German Defence Minister Franz Josef Jung has approved a short-term deployment of 45 German soldiers from their base in northern Afghanistan to the west of the country, a ministry spokesman said on Friday.

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Germany

Ten detained in Europe for suspected Islamist links

Police in Germany, France and the Netherlands arrested 10 people on Friday suspected of providing funding to Islamic extremists in Uzbekistan, officials said.

Kinky Swedish mums want more sex
Sweden

Kinky Swedish mums want more sex

Swedish mums are a kinky lot and want far more sex than they are actually getting, according to a survey done by trendy mummy magazine Mama.

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Sweden

Young man charged over balcony killing

A 19-year-old man in Gothenburg is accused of pushing his mother to her death from a fifth floor balcony.

Teen Marin shocked by Euro 2008 call for Germany
Germany

Teen Marin shocked by Euro 2008 call for Germany

Uncapped teenage winger Marko Marin, from second-division Borussia Mönchengladbach, admitted Friday he was shocked by his inclusion in Germany's extended 26-man squad for next month's Euro 2008.

Minority Sorbs to demand more funding in Berlin
Germany

Minority Sorbs to demand more funding in Berlin

Members of Germany's ethnic Slav minority the Sorbs will take to Berlin's streets for the first time this month to demand greater financial and cultural support from the government.

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Sweden

Stockholm club and concert guide: May 16 – 17

Weekend club and concert tips from Kalendarium (Click links for more information)

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Sweden

Green cars hit record highs

Green is the new black as sales of environmentally friendly cars hit the roof in Sweden. Sales of green cars hit a record high during the year's first quarter.

Stockholm art gallery guide: May 16 – 22
Sweden

Stockholm art gallery guide: May 16 – 22

Five weekend art gallery tips from Kalendarium (Click links for more information).

Brother suspected in death of Hamburg girl
Germany

Brother suspected in death of Hamburg girl

German police are seeking the brother of a 16-year-old Hamburg girl of Afghan descent who died early on Friday morning of multiple stab wounds.

Pensioner bound and murdered
Sweden

Pensioner bound and murdered

A 70-year-old man has been bound and murdered at his home outside Eslöv in southern Sweden.

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Sweden

Youth club leader in child rape scandal

Police in Västerås in central Sweden are in the process of unraveling a sexual abuse case involving a youth leader and minors. The man, who is in his 40s, is a youth leader at a sports club in Västerås.

Chinese and Russian industrial spying widespread in Germany
Germany

Chinese and Russian industrial spying widespread in Germany

Chinese, Russian and Iranian spies have tried to steal industrial secrets from half of all major German firms, a state security official told Financial Times Deutschland on Friday.

Petrol prices to double by 2020
Sweden

Petrol prices to double by 2020

Petrol prices need to double up by the year 2020 if Sweden is to achieve a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, according to a new report by the Swedish Institute for Transport and Communication Analysis (SIKA).

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Sweden

Woman ordered to diet despite 8 kilo cyst

A 62-year-old woman was told to lose weight by a doctor who failed to diagnose the real cause of her swollen abdomen: an eight kilo cyst.

Smoking ban dents German cigarette sales
Germany

Smoking ban dents German cigarette sales

Tobacco companies are seeing sales in Germany drop after a ban on smoking in public offices, bars and restaurants, according to media reports on Friday.

‘Sex and the City’ fans celebrate German premiere
Germany

‘Sex and the City’ fans celebrate German premiere

German fans of the cult TV series "Sex and the City" gathered in Berlin on Thursday night to celebrate the nationwide premiere of the show’s jump to the big screen.

Bildt struggles to crack Belgian nut
Sweden

Bildt struggles to crack Belgian nut

Sweden's foreign minister Carl Bildt is faced with a tricky conundrum as his old rival, former state secretary Lars Danielsson, emerges the only relevant applicant for the vacant ambassador post in Brussels.

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Sweden

Man sold mentally disabled wife for sex

A 44-year-old man is to face trial next week on charges of selling his mentally disabled young wife as a sex slave on at least 100 occasions.

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Germany

Field hockey elite meet in Germany for Beijing warm-up

Netherlands, Argentina, Germany, Australia, China and Japan will meet in the women's field hockey Champions Trophy starting in Mönchengladbach on Saturday, the last major international tournament before the Beijing Olympics in August.

First German aid arrives in Burma
Germany

First German aid arrives in Burma

Following difficult negotiations with Burma’s military regime, the first official shipment of German aid for the victims of Cyclone Nargis has arrived in the Southeast Asian country.