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Germany

German scientists condemn Nazi-era medical abuses

Germany’s genetics society on Monday condemned the practices of geneticists who during the Third Reich helped the Nazi regime murder thousands of handicapped people.

Cartoon cow sparks dairy law suit
Sweden

Cartoon cow sparks dairy law suit

The Skånemejerier wants rival dairy company Arla to pay one million kronor ($167,000) in fines over an illustrated cow which bears a close resemblance to the former’s own logo.

Menstrual cup for the eco-friendly
Sweden

Menstrual cup for the eco-friendly

Climate concerns are never far away it seems. Even the most intimate of female monthly rituals carries an eco-friendly alternative.

German kicked off flight for lame Kalashnikov joke
Germany

German kicked off flight for lame Kalashnikov joke

A German couple going on vacation had to change their travel plans on Sunday after the husband joked to security personnel that the metal objects showing up on airport security x-ray machines were parts of a rifle.

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Germany

EADS finance director questioned in insider trading probe

The financial director of European aerospace giant EADS, Hans-Peter Ring, has been questioned as a witness in connection with a French probe into alleged insider trading in the group's shares, a German press report said Monday.

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Sweden

Skåne bus drivers’ strike postponed

The previously announced expansion of Sweden’s bus drivers' strike to Skåne has been pushed back by a day to Tuesday night as both parties in the conflict consider a new draft agreement.

Berliners vote against massive Spree development
Germany

Berliners vote against massive Spree development

A referendum calling for changes in a planned development project along a portion of Berlin’s Spree River passed on Sunday with a large majority. Residents in two city districts voted against high-end apartments and offices in favour of public access to the riverbank instead.

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Sweden

Steep drop in Iraqi asylum claims

The number of Iraqi asylum requests in Sweden plunged by half in the first six months of 2008, due primarily to stricter asylum criteria, the Swedish Migration Board said on Monday.

Football star Michael Ballack marries long-time partner
Germany

Football star Michael Ballack marries long-time partner

The German national team captain and Chelsea midfielder tied the knot with partner Simone Lambe in Lake Starnberg in Bavaria on Monday.

Stellar cast makes Mamma Mia! a film worth seeing
Sweden

Stellar cast makes Mamma Mia! a film worth seeing

René Rice explains that while Mamma Mia! may be a confusing musical-to-film adaptation, it nonetheless works thanks to an all-star cast.

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Germany

Break-in and threats at Jewish offices in Frankfurt an der Oder

The premises of Frankfurt an der Oder’s Jewish Community were robbed over the weekend and computer equipment and cash stolen. Just days before, the group had received a flyer which contained threats against Jews.

Holm warms up for Olympics with world best
Sweden

Holm warms up for Olympics with world best

Swedish high-jumper Stefan Holm set a 2008 world best by jumping 2.37 metres in Athens on Sunday. Holm looked in top form as the defence of his Olympic title in Beijing beckons.

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Sweden

Foreign tourists flock to Sweden

Tourism in Sweden shows no signs of suffering from the global financial troubles. Foreign tourist revenues are forecast to set a new record in 2008.

Royal birthday overshadowed by engagement controversy
Sweden

Royal birthday overshadowed by engagement controversy

Crown princess Victoria celebrates her 31st birthday on Monday amid a whirl of rumours over an impending engagement to her boyfriend, Daniel Westling, 34.

Two runners dead after storm overtakes extreme Zugspitze race
Germany

Two runners dead after storm overtakes extreme Zugspitze race

Two participants of an extreme mountain run on Germany’s 2,962-metre Zugspitze are dead after bad weather set in on the peak on Sunday.

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Germany

Five dead in Autobahn 2 collision

Five people are dead and three injured on Monday morning after a rear-end collision on the Autobahn 2 in the German state of Saxony-Anhalt.

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Sweden

Prisoners seek higher learning

The number of prisoners passing their academic exams while in detention has increased dramatically in recent years, according to new figures from the prisons service (Kriminalvården).

Kurdish rebels say they can hit German targets
Germany

Kurdish rebels say they can hit German targets

The rebel Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which last week kidnapped three Germans in Turkey, said Sunday it was "strong enough" to hit German economic targets, an agency close to the group reported.

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Sweden

Man arrested for running over police officer

A man has been arrested on suspicion of the attempted murder of a traffic police officer near Mariestad in central Sweden on Sunday afternoon. The man ran over the officer when commanded to stop.

Liberals demand snoop law retreat
Sweden

Liberals demand snoop law retreat

Former leaders of the Liberal Party have called on the government to back down over the controversial snoop law which was narrowly passed by the Swedish parliament last month.

Five injured at North Sea mudflats horse race
Germany

Five injured at North Sea mudflats horse race

A spectator wagon overturned and a photographer was injured as the annual Duhnen Mudflats Race drew some 28,000 visitors to Germany’s North Sea coast on Sunday.