Deutsche Bahn to raise prices despite strong profits
Germany

Deutsche Bahn to raise prices despite strong profits

German railway Deutsche Bahn customers can expect a price hike despite solid profits and record ridership in the first half of the year, the company announced in Frankfurt on Monday.

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Germany

Germany plans reconstruction conference for Georgia

Germany is working on a proposal for a reconstruction conference for Georgia involving the European Union and Georgia's neighbours, a government spokesman said Monday.

San Francisco consulate assails visiting German MPs
Germany

San Francisco consulate assails visiting German MPs

The German consul in San Francisco has reportedly assailed a group of visiting parliamentarians for their bad behaviour, including one who even allegedly demanded "a negro" to push another wheelchair-bound MP.

Bildt plays down Russian nuclear threat
Sweden

Bildt plays down Russian nuclear threat

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has played down the significance of reports that Russia is considering arming its Baltic fleet with nuclear warheads.

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Germany

Germany expects next Pakistan leader to help pacify Afghanistan

Germany expects Pakistan's next president to help bring stability in neighbouring Afghanistan, fight terrorism and bolster democracy, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said Monday after Pervez Musharraf's resignation.

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Sweden

Rwandan genocide suspect to be tried in Sweden

Rwandan authorities have requested the extradition of a man in his 50s wanted on genocide charges who is currently being held at a remand centre in Sweden.

China renews hopes for German maglev project
Germany

China renews hopes for German maglev project

China may resurrect a plan for the first long-distance route for the German-engineered high-speed maglev Transrapid train, official Chinese press agency Xinhua reported on Monday. But the project is likely to be delayed three years from its original timetable.

Kallur falls at first hurdle
Sweden

Kallur falls at first hurdle

Swedish medal hopeful Susanna Kallur has tumbled out of the Olympic Games after falling at the first hurdle in Monday's 100 metre hurdles semi-final in Beijing.

Germany misses out on Olympics football final
Germany

Germany misses out on Olympics football final

Brazil came from a goal down to stun Germany 4-1 Monday and book a place in the women's Olympic football final, avenging their painful defeat to the European powerhouse in last year's World Cup final.

Schröder lambasted for blaming Russian conflict on Georgia
Germany

Schröder lambasted for blaming Russian conflict on Georgia

Several German politicians criticized former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder on Monday for blaming Georgia for the conflict with Russia over South Ossetia in an interview published this week.

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Sweden

Sweden’s largest trade union lays off staff

Swedish trade union organization Unionen has announced its intention to lay off 227 staff members. The union's Stockholm office is to be hardest hit.

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Sweden

Petrol pirates manipulate free fuel

Several unmanned Swedish petrol stations opened the floodgates for vehicle owners to tank up totally free of charge over the weekend.

Schavan’s exorbitant chopper flight causes outrage
Germany

Schavan’s exorbitant chopper flight causes outrage

German Education Minister Annette Schavan has sparked outrage by taking a government helicopter to Zürich for €26,500 instead of a commercial flight costing only few hundred euros.

Bavarian undertaker duo accused of killing mortician
Germany

Bavarian undertaker duo accused of killing mortician

Two German undertakers have been arrested in Bavaria on suspicion of killing a funeral home owner, a spokesman for the prosecutor's office in the southern city of Erlangen said on Monday.

Arson suspected in major industrial fire
Sweden

Arson suspected in major industrial fire

A raging blaze in an industrial building on Monday in Borås in western Sweden, is a suspected arson attack.

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Sweden

Stateless Latvian awaits deportation

A man who emigrated to Sweden ten years ago is being deported because he cannot prove he grew up in his former home country of Latvia, Dagens Nyheter reports.

Stockholm shoots 4,000 wild rabbits
Sweden

Stockholm shoots 4,000 wild rabbits

Stockholm's population of wild rabbits has been curbed thanks to the city's Traffic Office. Around 4,000 rabbits have been shot by specially hired bunny busters.

Iran offers German firms business guarantees
Germany

Iran offers German firms business guarantees

An Iranian official said on Monday Iran is ready to offer investment guarantees to German companies to counter Berlin's efforts to curb business in the country due to its controversial nuclear programme.

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Sweden

Immigrant traders shun banks

Small business owners in Sweden with an immigrant background avoid taking out bank loans when setting up their own businesses, according to a new report from the Swedish Trade Federation.

Couple rescued from plane stuck in Bavarian power lines
Germany

Couple rescued from plane stuck in Bavarian power lines

Emergency workers rescued two people from a small plane that became stuck in power lines while trying to land in Bavaria on Sunday.

Wet Germany has world’s priciest water
Germany

Wet Germany has world’s priciest water

Germany might be a fairly rainy and wet place, but water in the country is more expensive than anywhere else in the world, according to a new survey published on Monday.

Stuttgart open new Bundesliga season with away win
Germany

Stuttgart open new Bundesliga season with away win

Stuttgart, bidding to dislodge last season's Bundesliga winners Bayern Munich, got their campaign off to a solid start on Sunday by winning 3-1 away at promoted Borussia Mönchengladbach.

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Sweden

Swede Pettersson wins Wyndham Championship

Sweden's Carl Pettersson rallied to fire a 68 and win by two shots in the final round of the $5.1 million PGA Wyndham Championship on Sunday.

Silver for Sweden in tennis doubles
Sweden

Silver for Sweden in tennis doubles

Sweden's Simon Aspelin and Thomas Johansson were the victims on Saturday as Roger Federer took out his frustrations on the doubles court as he claimed Olympic gold with partner Stanislas Wawrinka.