Obama dazzles over 200,000 in Berlin
Germany

Obama dazzles over 200,000 in Berlin

Over 200,000 jubilant Barack Obama supporters shut down the centre of Berlin on Thursday evening to listen to the US presidential candidate give an impassioned speech on the global challenges of the 21st century.

Summer warmth brings algae threat
Sweden

Summer warmth brings algae threat

Forecasters predict several more days of warm summer weather in Sweden, but warn that high temperatures may also cause widespread blooming of poisonous blue-green algae in coastal waters.

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Sweden

Dwarf checked in as luggage at Stockholm airport

A person tried to check in a dwarf in a suitcase at Bromma airport in Stockholm on Wednesday.

Obama plays down expectations before Berlin speech
Germany

Obama plays down expectations before Berlin speech

US presidential candidate Barack Obama tried played down the massively hyped expectations for his speech in Berlin on Thursday, saying he was not trying to make a historic address like JFK and Ronald Reagan.

Vimmerby a perfect summer outing for fun-starved families
Sweden

Vimmerby a perfect summer outing for fun-starved families

Father of two and theme park cynic Ben Kersley explains why a trip to Astrid Lindgren’s World in Vimmerby may be just the right cure for children and parents suffering from summertime boredom.

What’s on in Sweden: July 25 – 31
Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: July 25 – 31

What’s on in Sweden: July 25th – 31st. Europride comes to Stockholm, Iron Maiden in Gothenburg and Chico Trujillo in Malmö.

Losses mount for Volvo Cars
Sweden

Losses mount for Volvo Cars

Volvo Cars reported a pre-tax loss of $120 million for the second quarter on Thursday, down from a loss of $91 million in the corresponding period of 2007, according to owner Ford's interim report.

Baby bikini withdrawn after massive protest
Sweden

Baby bikini withdrawn after massive protest

When is it too early for girls to try on their bikini? Not soon enough thought Swedish clothing firm Ellos. Massive protests have forced the firm to think again.

Stockholm hit by wave of cash transport heists
Sweden

Stockholm hit by wave of cash transport heists

Stockholm was hit by multiple cash transport robberies on Thursday. Armed moped robbers hit transports in the suburban neighbourhoods of Nacka and Älvsjö.

Daimler lowers profit forecast even as second quarter sales rise
Germany

Daimler lowers profit forecast even as second quarter sales rise

German car maker Daimler lowered its full-year profit forecast on Thursday as raised second-quarter sales were unable to make up for weaker economic conditions and high raw material prices.

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Sweden

Gothenburg club and concert tips: July 25 – 26

Looking to go out in Gothenburg this weekend? Monthly Magazine has the answers (Click links for more information).

Berlin’s public transport most-vandalized in Germany
Germany

Berlin’s public transport most-vandalized in Germany

Vandalism on public transportation is the worst in Germany's capital Berlin, according to estimates by the Association of German Transport Companies (VDV).

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Sweden

Stockholm club and concert guide: July 24 – 27

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

TeliaSonera posts solid quarterly results
Sweden

TeliaSonera posts solid quarterly results

Swedish-Finnish telecommunications operator TeliaSonera, which recently snubbed a takover bid from France Telecom, reported strong second-quarter results on Thursday, but slightly missed analyst's expectations.

The ugliest chairs in Stockholm
Sweden

The ugliest chairs in Stockholm

David Bartal looks for a place to sit down after a harrowing stroll down one of Stockholm’s main thoroughfares at the height of the tourist season.

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Sweden

Stockholm art gallery guide: July 25 – 30

Stockholm art gallery and exhibition tips from Kalendarium (Click links for more information)

German astronaut calls for larger European space programme
Germany

German astronaut calls for larger European space programme

German astronaut Thomas Reiter has called for a greater share of European resources to be spent on space exploration and expressed his hope Germany would one day land on the Moon and Mars.

What’s on in Germany: July 24 – 30
Germany

What’s on in Germany: July 24 – 30

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Germany

Boy suffocates in sand after trespassing at German gravel plant

A 15-year-old boy was accidentally buried in a huge sand pile and suffocated to death after he and his friends trespassed at a gravel plant on Wednesday evening in Rheinstetten in the German state of Baden-Württemberg.

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Germany

German Ifo business sentiment plunges to 34-month low

German business sentiment plunged to a 34-month low point in July, a key index showed on Thursday, underscoring that high oil prices and a strong euro are throttling Europe's biggest economy.

Air traffic normalizing after Lufthansa unit strikes
Germany

Air traffic normalizing after Lufthansa unit strikes

Air traffic for Lufthansa units Cityline and Eurowings had normalized on Thursday after a 36-hour strike that grounded hundreds of flights and caused massive delays for passengers.

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Germany

German man denies sex with murdered corpse

The lawyer of a German man suspected of murder and necrophilia has rejected the charges during his trial that began on Thursday in Nuremberg.

Swede in Cambodia held for kidnapping
Sweden

Swede in Cambodia held for kidnapping

A Swedish man wanted by Interpol on charges of kidnapping his six-year-old daughter more than a year ago has been arrested in Cambodia, an interior ministry official said Thursday.

Convicted killer turns to ombudsman over phone restrictions
Sweden

Convicted killer turns to ombudsman over phone restrictions

A man convicted of killing two young girls has turned to Sweden’s Ombudsman of Justice to appeal restrictions put in place after he sent letters to the family of one of his victims.

Feds mulling total move from Bonn to Berlin
Germany

Feds mulling total move from Bonn to Berlin

German officials are no longer ruling out moving the remaining bits of the federal government from Bonn to Berlin, according to an internal report published by Bild on Thursday.

Giant python escapes near Mainz
Germany

Giant python escapes near Mainz

A 2.5-metre long tiger python has escaped from captivity in the village of Niederheimbach am Rhein near Mainz, according to police.

Berlin gears up for Obama visit
Germany

Berlin gears up for Obama visit

US presidential hopeful Barack Obama will on Thursday kick off a European tour in Berlin, where he can expect a rapturous welcome amid a deep yearning on the continent for change in Washington.

Gang forces Swedish conscript to strip in public
Sweden

Gang forces Swedish conscript to strip in public

A group of men threatened a Swedish conscript in downtown Enköping in central Sweden on Wednesday night before making off with the man's clothes.

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Sweden

More Swedish docs fear malpractice complaints

Malpractice fears have Swedish doctors spending an increasing amount of their time performing diagnoses which are not medically necessary, according to a new study.