Hidden Van Gogh painting revealed by Hamburg science centre
Germany

Hidden Van Gogh painting revealed by Hamburg science centre

A group of international scientists at the DESY physics research centre in Hamburg has uncovered a painting underneath another artwork by Vincent van Gogh using special light technology.

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Sweden

Sweden’s trade minister laments Doha Round collapse

The Swedish government has called on the WTO parties to take responsibility for continued negotiations after the collapse of the Doha Round of trade talks on Tuesday.

Germany needs a comprehensive smoking ban
Germany

Germany needs a comprehensive smoking ban

The Consitutional Court ruling on smoking in bars and restaurants shows Germany needs a comprehensive ban to ensure public health, argues Marlies Volkmer, member of parliament for the Social Democratic Party (SPD).

Churches vandalized for Europride involvement
Sweden

Churches vandalized for Europride involvement

Three protestant Lutheran churches in Stockholm have been vandalized because of the Church's participation in the gay and lesbian EuroPride festival the city is currently hosting, a church pastor said Wednesday.

Prosecutor lacks DNA evidence
Sweden

Prosecutor lacks DNA evidence

The police have confirmed that there will be no DNA evidence submitted at the ongoing Arboga child murders trial.

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Sweden

Assa Abloy to shed 1,000 jobs

Swedish locks firm Assa Abloy has announced that 1,000 jobs will be cut and 15 factories closed despite posting improved second quarter profits on Wednesday.

Strike forces Lufthansa to cancel long-distance flights
Germany

Strike forces Lufthansa to cancel long-distance flights

Germany's largest airline Lufthansa cut long-distance flights Wednesday for the first time since cabin crews and ground personnel launched an open-ended strike earlier this week, a spokesman said.

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Germany

German troops attacked in Afghanistan

German troops in Afghanistan were attacked in two separate incidents earlier this week, newsmagazine Der Spiegel reported on Wednesday. One unit came under gunfire and another was targeted by explosives, but there were no injuries.

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Germany

Woman killed in sadomasochistic game near Potsdam

A dead woman found in a motel room near Potsdam on Monday is thought to have died in a bizarre sadomasochistic sex game, German daily Bild reported on Wednesday.

Fulham sign Swedish footballer Fredrik Stoor
Sweden

Fulham sign Swedish footballer Fredrik Stoor

Fulham signed Sweden defender Fredrik Stoor from Norwegian side Rosenborg on Wednesday, the English Premier League club announced.

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Sweden

Personal privacy can never be taken for granted

Jessica Rosencrantz of the Moderate Party youth organization explains why she and others in the group disagree with their mother party's stance on Sweden's new surveillance law.

Fisherman reels in unsuspecting swimmer
Sweden

Fisherman reels in unsuspecting swimmer

A fisherman made an unlikely catch in Kroppkär Lake after the trolling spoon at the end of his line became lodged in the throat of an unsuspecting bather swimming nearby.

German high court overturns smoking ban
Germany

German high court overturns smoking ban

In a ruling likely to have nationwide implications, Germany's high court on Wednesday ruled that a new smoking ban in the states of Baden-Württemberg and Berlin was unconstitutional.

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Sweden

New hate crime at Europride

Two men were subjected to homophobic insults and assaulted in central Stockholm in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Police have classified the assault as a hate crime.

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Sweden

Defence Minister: ‘FRA doesn’t monitor individual Swedes’

In explaining the importance of Sweden's new surveillance law, Minister of Defence Sten Tolgfors argues that signals intelligence activities on cable-bound communications is no greater an invasion of privacy than monitoring the airwaves.

Siemens Q2 results beat expectations
Germany

Siemens Q2 results beat expectations

Scandal-hit German engineering giant Siemens on Wednesday posted better than expected quarterly results that included a slew of new orders.

Confessions of a computer game addict
Sweden

Confessions of a computer game addict

David Bartal comes out of the closet to acknowledge his fondness for knights, witches, elves, and other mythological creatures.

Swedish homeowners’ radon concerns rise ahead of new rules
Sweden

Swedish homeowners’ radon concerns rise ahead of new rules

Home owners in Stockholm are rushing to apply for government subsidies to tackle radon problems in their houses. Health concerns and Sweden's pending adoption of European Union energy declaration directives lie behind the trend.

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Germany

Bayer sees growth despite drop in Q2 profit

The German pharmaceutical and chemicals group Bayer posted a 13-percent drop in second-quarter net profit on Wednesday, but said it reflected a one-off item and that the business itself had grown.

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Germany

Germany regrets ‘lost opportunity’ at WTO talks

German Agriculture Minister Horst Seehofer regretted on Wednesday the "lost opportunity" in the collapse of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) talks and called for negotiations to continue.

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Germany

MAN posts strong Q2 results

The German conglomerate MAN reported unexpectedly strong second-quarter results on Wednesday, largely owing to its large diesel engine division.

Arboga murder trial underway
Sweden

Arboga murder trial underway

The trial of the 32-year-German woman (above) suspected of murdering two children and attempting to kill their mother in Arboga is underway in Västmanland District Court.

Aachen 7-year-old steals €500 from his granny
Germany

Aachen 7-year-old steals €500 from his granny

A 7-year-old child in Aachen lifted his grandmother’s bank card and stole €500 to distribute to his friends, according to police in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Swede Sörenstam tells Wie to stop playing with the boys
Sweden

Swede Sörenstam tells Wie to stop playing with the boys

Swedish golfer Annika Sörenstam cannot understand why US teen prodigy Michelle Wie is continuing to play events on the US men's tour.

Humpback whale sighted off of Germany’s northern coast
Germany

Humpback whale sighted off of Germany’s northern coast

A humpback whale has been sighted off Germany’s northern coast for the first time in 30 years.

Lufthansa cancels 78 flights due to strike
Germany

Lufthansa cancels 78 flights due to strike

Germany's largest airline, Lufthansa, will cancel long-distance flights Wednesday for the first time since cabin crews and ground personnel walked out on strike earlier this week, a spokeswoman said.

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Sweden

Campsite brawl spills over to nearby highway

What started as a scuffle at a Helsingborg-area campground in southern Sweden Tuesday night ended with multiple car wrecks and six people sent to hospital.

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Sweden

Knife wounds send two to hospital

Two men were stabbed in Rättvik in north central Sweden on Tuesday night.

Confusion over Zlatan’s ‘arrival’ at Greek football club
Sweden

Confusion over Zlatan’s ‘arrival’ at Greek football club

PAOK fans in Greece got a shock when their club's official website announced the signing of Inter Milan star Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Italian news agency Ansa said Tuesday.