Belarus double strike leaves Germany red-faced
Germany

Belarus double strike leaves Germany red-faced

Second-half goals from striker Vitali Bulyga gave minnows Belarus a shock 2-2 draw on Tuesday against Germany - one of the favourites for next month's Euro 2008.

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Sweden

Woman held for raping man in Stockholm

A 41-year-old woman in being held by police in Stockholm on suspicions of raping a 30-year-old man who went home with her after the two met at an area pub on Monday night.

Standing up for the rights of gays and lesbians
Germany

Standing up for the rights of gays and lesbians

The newly dedicated memorial for the homosexual victims of Nazi Germany sends a strong human rights message, says Günter Dworek from the German Lesbian and Gay Federation.

Arboga suspect may be mentally ill
Sweden

Arboga suspect may be mentally ill

The German woman suspected of killing two toddlers in Arboga in March may suffer from a serious psychiatric disorder.

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Sweden

Immigrants hindered by Sweden’s interpreter shortage

Despite its reputation as a haven for immigrants and asylum seekers, Sweden currently lacks authorized interpreters for more than three quarters of the languages spoken in the country on a daily basis.

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Germany

Germany’s oldest man dies at 107

Germany's oldest man, Franz Künstler, died on Tuesday morning at the age of 107.

German firms grapple with foreign investment
Germany

German firms grapple with foreign investment

Warren Buffet, the world's richest man, arrived in Germany last week with his cavernous wallet looking to buy solid, family-run firms in the country's world-beating small and medium-sized business sector.

Entertainment ‘experts’ attack Germany’s Eurovision flop
Germany

Entertainment ‘experts’ attack Germany’s Eurovision flop

Top German music and television industry experts have criticized their country's embarrassing performance by the No Angels at the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest this weekend.

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Germany

EU warns Germany of court action over new ‘VW law’

The European Commission warned Germany on Tuesday it could take new legal action against a new "Volkswagen law" that retains Lower Saxony's de facto veto over takeovers of the carmaker.

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Sweden

Gaming firm calls Svenska Spel’s bluff

Gaming company Betsson plans to open its first outlet in Sweden at the end of May with the express purpose of challenging the Swedish gaming monopoly.

Berlin’s ILA air show takes off
Germany

Berlin’s ILA air show takes off

Berlin’s ILA aerospace trade show taxied into position on Tuesday, with a record number of exhibitors and visitors expected to head to the city’s Schönefeld airport this week.

iPhone coming to Sweden
Sweden

iPhone coming to Sweden

Swedish-Finnish telecom operator TeliaSonera announced a deal on Tuesday to bring Apple's iPhone to the Nordic and Baltic countries.

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Germany

German man dies during S&M sex act

A man in the German state of Lower Saxony has been killed during a sadomasochistic sex act, police said on Tuesday.

Ballack looks to Euro glory after Champions defeat
Germany

Ballack looks to Euro glory after Champions defeat

German captain Michael Ballack has shrugged off his disappointment at losing out to Manchester United in last Wednesday's Champions League by saying he couldn't wait for Euro 2008 to begin.

Church fire was swarm of gnats
Sweden

Church fire was swarm of gnats

Firemen from three stations rushed to a church in central Jönköping in Monday to put out what at first appeared to be a fire. But on closer inspection the smoke billowing from the steeple of Sofia church turned out in fact a swarm of gnats.

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Sweden

Policeman docked wages for porn actress slight

A police officer in northern Sweden has been docked five days' wages after a former porn actress reported him for harassment.

German gas costs set to soar this summer
Germany

German gas costs set to soar this summer

Natural gas companies in Germany are expected to increase prices by up to 17 percent between June and July, German daily Bild reported on Tuesday.

Dairy farmers strike over milk prices
Germany

Dairy farmers strike over milk prices

The German Federal Dairy Farmers Association (BDM) has begun a nationwide milk delivery strike on Tuesday in a strong reproach against creamery pricing practices.

Sweden ups security for Iraq conference
Sweden

Sweden ups security for Iraq conference

The international community will meet in Stockholm on Thursday to assess the overall situation in Iraq at a conference seen as an important step toward Iraq's long-term stability, but which is not expected to lead to any major accords.

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Sweden

Brazilians angered by Swedish tycoon’s Amazon price tag

A Swedish-born tycoon who acts as a deforestation advisor to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has stirred up controversy in Brazil for reportedly claiming all the Amazon could be bought for $50 billion.

German crucified frog sculpture upsets Italy
Germany

German crucified frog sculpture upsets Italy

A sculpture of a crucified frog at a modern art museum in Italy has stirred controversy in the staunchly Roman Catholic country.

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Sweden

Swedes edge win over Slovenia

Tobias Linderoth's first goal in more than seven years for Sweden saw the Euro 2008 finalists beat Slovenia 1-0 in a warm-up match for the finals on Monday though, worryingly, star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic sat out the match with his knee bandaged.