Man breaches Obama barricades in Berlin
Germany

Man breaches Obama barricades in Berlin

A German man was detained on Wednesday afternoon after driving his car through the barricades near Berlin's Victory Column where workers are preparing for tomorrow's speech by presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, police reported.

Measuring Kreuzberg’s mosque tolerance
Germany

Measuring Kreuzberg’s mosque tolerance

Germans in several cities are complaining about plans to build new mosques, but Ben Knight finds it’s the integrated Muslims in Berlin’s Kreuzberg district eyeing a new house of worship there most sceptically.

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Germany

Merkel will resist Obama call for more Afghanistan troops

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she would resist any pressure to send more troops to Afghanistan during talks Thursday with US Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama.

Swede cracks the secrets of intuition
Sweden

Swede cracks the secrets of intuition

A learning expert at Linköping University in central Sweden has come up with an explanation for why some people seem to have the ability to act without thinking.

Sofia Talvik crosses the Atlantic with her guitar in hand
Sweden

Sofia Talvik crosses the Atlantic with her guitar in hand

On the eve what she hopes will be a breakthrough US tour, Swedish singer and songwriter Sofia Talvik tells Majsan Boström how the internet helped launch her career and land her a spot at one of the world’s biggest music festivals.

VW profits surge amid drive into emerging markets
Germany

VW profits surge amid drive into emerging markets

Volkswagen, the biggest European carmaker, reported a profits leap on Wednesday, taking the stock market by surprise.

Swedish radio defends its right to ‘summer’
Sweden

Swedish radio defends its right to ‘summer’

Sweden's national public radio broadcaster has retained the rights to the Swedish word for "Summer" after the patent office rejected a complaint from supermarket retailer Ica.

German woman charged for murder of Swedish toddlers
Germany

German woman charged for murder of Swedish toddlers

A 32-year-old German woman suspected of murdering two Swedish toddlers and the attempted murder of their mother has been charged at Sweden's Västmanland district court, Swedish news agency TT reported on Wednesday.

Indictment reveals gruesome details
Sweden

Indictment reveals gruesome details

More details in the Arboga child killings have emerged as the 32-year-old German woman suspected of the double murders and attempted murder of their mother was charged on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Volvo shares tumble despite strong profits

Volvo, one of the world's leading heavy duty truck manufacturers, posted a 28 percent rise in net profit in the second quarter but a weak order book sent the company's stock skidding.

Over a million Germans disappear
Germany

Over a million Germans disappear

Germany’s Federal Statistics Office has shaved 1.3 million people from the country’s population after a random sampling showed the widely accepted figured of 82.2 million was too high. That's almost as high as the population in Munich, Bavaria's capital city.

Drunken elk meets sorry end after toddler attack
Sweden

Drunken elk meets sorry end after toddler attack

A drunken elk paid dearly after attacking a toddler playing in a sand pit at her home in Kungälv in western Sweden on Monday.

German cabinet approves new citizenship test and ID cards
Germany

German cabinet approves new citizenship test and ID cards

The German cabinet gave the green light on the planned citizenship test for immigrants and new national identification cards on Wednesday.

Berlin man arrested for attempted murder by gas explosion
Germany

Berlin man arrested for attempted murder by gas explosion

Hamburg police have arrested a Berlin man who tried to blow up his Berlin apartment building last Friday, Berlin daily Berliner Morgenpost reported Wednesday.

Christian Olsson injury mars DN Gala track meet
Sweden

Christian Olsson injury mars DN Gala track meet

A thigh muscle injury to Christian Olsson, the defending Olympic triple jump champion, soured the DN Gala for Swedish fans on Tuesday. The injury means Olsson misses out on Beijing and leaves his career hanging in the balance.

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Sweden

Father denies murdering two-year-old son

A man is in custody on suspicions of murdering his two-year-old son in Huskvarna in western Sweden on Saturday night. The man denies all charges.

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Germany

Poland’s Elblag Canal offers gravity-defying cruise

Poland's Elblag canal is a gravity-defying waterway like none other, writes AFP's Mary Sibierski. Located in what was once East Prussia, it offers a boat cruise that is part San Francisco cable car ride through idyllic countryside.

Strike at Lufthansa units cause widespread cancellations
Germany

Strike at Lufthansa units cause widespread cancellations

The pilot strike at two Lufthansa subsidiary airlines continued on Wednesday, with the airline reporting a number of cancelled flights.

FRA ‘stopped political murder’
Sweden

FRA ‘stopped political murder’

Sweden’s National Defence Radio Establishment (Försvarets radioanstalt – FRA) prevented a political murder and revealed that Soviet mock attacks were in fact “prank flights”, reports the Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) newspaper.

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Sweden

More trials called off due to no-show suspects

Greater numbers of trials are being cancelled because the accused fail to show up when called to appear in court.

German couple kidnapped by pirates beg for medical help
Germany

German couple kidnapped by pirates beg for medical help

The German couple kidnapped by pirates off the coast of Somalia last month were able to speak to Der Spiegel and have begged for help, according to reports by the German news magazine late on Tuesday.

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Germany

Leader of German PKK arm arrested

Police have arrested a suspected leader of the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Detmold in the west of the country, German federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

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Sweden

Swedish researchers find strokes linked to depression

Depression can increase the risk for a stroke among the elderly, a Swedish study has revealed.