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Sweden

Retail sales robust despite rising food and petrol prices

Higher interest rates and rising prices for food and fuel put pressure on Sweden’s building materials and electronics sales in June, but the overall retail sales picture remains strong, according to new statistics.

German inflation at 15-year high
Germany

German inflation at 15-year high

German inflation has dug in at a 15-year high of 3.3 percent, according to an estimate for July released by the national statisics service on Tuesday.

German scientists discover hard-drinking tree shrew
Germany

German scientists discover hard-drinking tree shrew

German scientists have discovered a Southeast Asian tree shrew that likes to drink beer, but apparently doesn’t get drunk no matter how much it hits the sauce.

Archaeologists unlocking ‘German Stonehenge’ secrets
Germany

Archaeologists unlocking ‘German Stonehenge’ secrets

Archaeologists have begun to unlock the mystery of a Bronze Age site in the eastern German state of Saxony-Anhalt being compared to England's Stonehenge - except it's made of wood instead of rock.

Swedish ‘no-flush’ toilets help fight Mongolian drought
Sweden

Swedish ‘no-flush’ toilets help fight Mongolian drought

Swedish dry toilets have been deployed in inner Mongolia - a booming region of China suffering a chronic shortage of water resources. It took some time to win over the locals however, Svenska Dagbladet reports.

Siemens to sue former executives for corruption scandal
Germany

Siemens to sue former executives for corruption scandal

German engineering giant Siemens said on Tuesday it will pursue former directors for damages, in an unprecedented move linked to a corruption scandal which broke nearly two years ago.

Ryanair woes threaten Swedish airports
Sweden

Ryanair woes threaten Swedish airports

Irish airline Ryanair's 85 percent year-on-year drop in profits reported on Monday could affect Swedish airports, according to Dagens Industri. Stockholm Skavsta Airport relies on Ryanair for 90% of its traffic.

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Sweden

Riding instructor convicted of child rape

A 32-year-old riding school teacher was sentenced to three years six months in prison in Stockholm on Tuesday for the child rape and sexual assault of three teenage pupils.

Son beheads father in Thuringia
Germany

Son beheads father in Thuringia

A 23-year-old German man in Hildburghausen is suspected of killing and beheading his father, public prosecutors in the eastern German state of Thuringia said on Tuesday.

Larsson trilogy inspires Stockholm’s latest walking tour
Sweden

Larsson trilogy inspires Stockholm’s latest walking tour

Join Delphine Touitou from AFP as she follows along on Stockholm's newest literary walking tour inspired by the books of the late Stieg Larsson.

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Sweden

Drug charges dropped in Britain against Tetra-Pak heir

British prosecutors are to drop drug charges against the heir to the Tetra-Pak packaging fortune and his wife, lawyers told a London court Tuesday.

Warm weather brings wave of drownings
Sweden

Warm weather brings wave of drownings

Sweden's bathing areas have proved deadly in recent days, as more than ten people are believed to have drowned since Friday.

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Sweden

Stockholm taxpayers funding surgically restored ‘virginity’

Surgical reconstructions of the hymen, a fold of skin found at a woman's vaginal opening, are being performed by both public and private practitioners in Stockholm, a new report shows.

Girl gang attacks Munich man for talking on mobile too loudly
Germany

Girl gang attacks Munich man for talking on mobile too loudly

A multi-cultural group of teenage girls attacked a man in a Munich metro train on Monday evening because he was talking on his mobile phone too loudly, Bavarian police reported on Tuesday.

Anaemic ‘Rhinegold’ opens Dorst’s ‘Ring’ in Bayreuth
Germany

Anaemic ‘Rhinegold’ opens Dorst’s ‘Ring’ in Bayreuth

Despite its short running time, the first installment of Tankred Dorst's production of Richard Wagner's sprawling four-opera "Ring" will leave you squirming in your seat, writes AFP's Simon Morgan.

Lambsdorff demands McCain retract ‘fawning Germans’ comment
Germany

Lambsdorff demands McCain retract ‘fawning Germans’ comment

A member of Germany’s Free Democratic Party (FDP) has called on US presidential candidate John McCain to retract his spokesman’s comment labelling Germans as “fawning” for turning out in great numbers for a speech by Barack Obama in Berlin last week.

Vampire moth turns up in Sweden
Sweden

Vampire moth turns up in Sweden

Blood-sucking vampire moths (calyptra thalictri) native to Asia and southern Europe have been spotted in Sweden for the first time this summer.

Elks and blondes shape Sweden’s image abroad
Sweden

Elks and blondes shape Sweden’s image abroad

When foreigners think of Sweden they think of elks, royalty, the great outdoors and beautiful women, according to a new survey from VisitSweden.

Former leftist German terrorist denied early release from prison
Germany

Former leftist German terrorist denied early release from prison

A German court ruled on Tuesday that former Red Army Faction (RAF) terrorist Birgit Hogefeld, who is serving a life sentence for a 1985 attack on a US-Airbase in Frankfurt, is not eligible for parole.

Lufthansa cancels 70 flights amid strike
Germany

Lufthansa cancels 70 flights amid strike

German airline Lufthansa said on Tuesday it had cancelled 70 flights on the second day of an open-ended strike called by Verdi trade union for higher wages.

Oracle touts proof SAP stole software
Germany

Oracle touts proof SAP stole software

US business software giant Oracle is claiming that it has new proof that its German rival SAP looted its software libraries for competitive advantage.

Finance senator says the poor should bundle up this winter
Germany

Finance senator says the poor should bundle up this winter

Berlin’s finance senator has suggested that German citizens wear more clothing if they’re concerned with the rising cost of energy as they try to stay warm this winter.

Merkel’s CDU overtakes SPD as Germany’s biggest party
Germany

Merkel’s CDU overtakes SPD as Germany’s biggest party

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union is bigger than its rival Social Democratic Party for the first time in German postwar history, the party announced Monday.

Pair held for using scissors to remove man’s tattoos
Sweden

Pair held for using scissors to remove man’s tattoos

Two men were arrested on Monday in Kalmar in southern Sweden on suspicions of assault for using a pair of scissors to cut away another man’s tattoos.

Swedes face near tripling of health costs
Sweden

Swedes face near tripling of health costs

The cost of care at Swedish hospitals is expected to increase by 270 percent by the year 2040 due to an aging population, according to a fresh report.

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Sweden

Man in custody for brutal slaying of Hjo woman

A 25-year-old man suspected of having killed a woman in Hjo last week was remanded to custody on Monday, despite denying the accusations.