Eight injured in bus crash
Sweden

Eight injured in bus crash

Eight people are being treated for minor injuries following a collision between a car and a bus in southern Sweden on Monday.

Low emission cars ‘should get tax breaks’
Sweden

Low emission cars ‘should get tax breaks’

Cars with low carbon dioxide emissions should be exempted from vehicle tax, one of Sweden's governing parties has said.

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Germany

German singer suspected of 300 counts of child sex abuse

German New Age singer Oliver Shanti, wanted on suspicion of more than 300 counts of child sexual abuse, has been flown to Germany for remand after his arrest in Portugal last week, prosecutors in Munich said on Monday.

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Sweden

Teenage girl’s suspected killer to undergo psychiatric tests

A 39-year-old man who has confessed to the killing of teenager Norba Haddad is to undergo a psychiatric evaluation, Södertälje district court has ruled.

Destination of the week: Västervik
Sweden

Destination of the week: Västervik

Boasting "Sweden's most beautiful archipelago", the country's largest holiday complex and as much sun as anywhere in Sweden, Västervik is a must for sailors and families.

Merkel defends Germany’s nuclear phase-out at G8 summit
Germany

Merkel defends Germany’s nuclear phase-out at G8 summit

Chancellor Merkel defended Germany’s decision to phase out nuclear energy and pressed for more transparency on energy markets amid soaring oil prices at the ongoing G8 summit in Japan.

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Sweden

Riding school teacher ‘raped pupils’

A riding teacher from Stockholm raped two of his teenage pupils, prosecutors have alleged. The girls were aged 13 and 14 when they were allegedly raped by the 32-year-old teacher.

Circus llama to blame for massive bear hunt in Hesse
Germany

Circus llama to blame for massive bear hunt in Hesse

Police in the German state of Hesse have ended a feverish investigation of reports that a brown bear was on the loose in Lahn-Dill county, saying on Monday that the witness probably mistook a circus llama for the deadly beast.

Germany decries suicide bombings in Afghanistan
Germany

Germany decries suicide bombings in Afghanistan

Germany has condemned a wave of suicide bombings in Afghanistan which killed more than 40 people in Kabul on Monday and injured three German officials in the north of the country on Sunday.

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Sweden

Store refuses to sell cigarettes to pensioner without ID

A pensioner in northern Sweden has vowed never again to set foot in his local supermarket after being asked to prove he was over 18 when buying a pack of cigarettes.

Berlin mulls measures to attract skilled foreign workers
Germany

Berlin mulls measures to attract skilled foreign workers

Germany plans to adopt measures aimed at plugging a shortage of qualified workers in certain sectors by attracting foreign candidates, an official spokesman said Monday.

On the pitch with Zidane
Germany

On the pitch with Zidane

Glasgow artist Douglas Gordon is back in town with a film installation - the famous 90-minute "Zidane: a 21st Century Portrait" - and plans to settle down. Exberliner's Jessica Saltz reports.

Woman assailed by five exhibitionists in Herne
Germany

Woman assailed by five exhibitionists in Herne

A woman in the town of Herne in western Germany was attacked with a table fan and a metal rod by five men of Indian origin after she objected to them indulging in exhibitionism.

Defence chief warns over snoop law debate
Sweden

Defence chief warns over snoop law debate

The head of Sweden's armed forces has said the heated debate about Sweden's new surveillance law is 'unfortunate'. Supreme Commander Håken Syrén, making his first comment on the new law, also noted that there was a conflict between the need for military intelligence and the need to protect privacy.

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Sweden

Swedes negative on economy – but optimistic for themselves

Swedes are pessimistic about the prospects for the economy - but few believe that they will be personally affected by an economic downturn. Young adults are most optimistic, according to the survey by Svenskt Kvalitetsindex (SKI).

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Sweden

New horizons for heptathlon queen Klüft

Swedish golden girl Carolina Klüft is determined to bag two gold medals at the Beijing Olympics after renouncing the defence of her heptathlon crown due to lack of motivation.

Beheaded Hitler figure spirited to London for repairs
Germany

Beheaded Hitler figure spirited to London for repairs

The new Madame Tussauds wax museum in Berlin has had its decapitated Hitler model secretly transported back to London for repairs, according to German daily Bild on Monday.

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Germany

Daimler to build factory in India

German auto group Daimler has chosen Chennai, southern India, as the site for a new truck plant, it said Monday.

Ex-member says ABBA will never reform
Sweden

Ex-member says ABBA will never reform

Swedish pop group ABBA will never reform despite the success of "Mamma Mia!", the musical and film based on their hits, former member and songwriter Björn Ulvaeus said in an interview on Sunday.

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Sweden

Sweden Democrat used Nazi propaganda

The Sweden Democrats have landed in hot water after one of their representatives published an article on the party's website using phrases borrowed from a neo-Nazi group.

Lufthansa pilot strike cripples German airports
Germany

Lufthansa pilot strike cripples German airports

Pilots from German airline Lufthansa and its subsidiaries Cityline and Eurowings began a 24-hour strike at 12:00 am Monday morning, creating delays at airports across the country as the workweek began.

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Sweden

Ericsson officials to be tried for fraud

Five officials in Sweden from telecom giant Ericsson are suspected of defrauding several billion kronor (millions of dollars), Swedish agency TT reported on Sunday.