German cargo ship reportedly hijacked off Somali coast
Germany

German cargo ship reportedly hijacked off Somali coast

The Kuala Lumpur-based International Maritime Bureau's piracy reporting centre said on Thursday that a German cargo ship was hijacked along with two other ships off the Somali coast in an unprecedented series of attacks.

German troops kill first Afghan
Germany

German troops kill first Afghan

In the midst of increased violence in Afghanistan, German troops have killed their first person there during an alleged insurgent attack, German daily Rheinische Post said on Thursday. But reports on the incident are inconsistent.

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Sweden

Stockholm club and concert guide: August 21 – 25

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

Bavarian family feared dead in Spanair crash
Germany

Bavarian family feared dead in Spanair crash

German police believe a family of four from Pullach near Munich was on the Spanair flight that crashed in Madrid on Wednesday killing at least 153 people.

German Olympians strip for Playboy
Germany

German Olympians strip for Playboy

The Greeks are said to have competed in the buff during the original Olympics, so perhaps German Playboy isn't too far off the mark by featuring four of the country's female athletes for its upcoming September edition.

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Sweden

Recruitment agency profits remain sky high

Swedish recruitment agency Proffice's profits skyrocketed to 63 million kronor ($9.9million) before tax for the year's second quarter, despite the country's economic slowdown.

Tenants pine for laundry room feuds
Sweden

Tenants pine for laundry room feuds

Tenants' incessant feuds over shared laundry facilities have prompted Lund council in southern Sweden to close down communal laundromats and install washing machines in individual flats instead. But now many tenants want the old laundry rooms back.

Restaurant bomb linked to gang vendetta
Sweden

Restaurant bomb linked to gang vendetta

A violent bomb explosion at a restaurant in Lund, southern Sweden, early on Thursday is thought to have been gang-related.

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Sweden

Gothenburg club and concert tips: August 21 – 23

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

What’s on in Sweden: August 22 – 28
Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: August 22 – 28

What’s on in Sweden: August 22nd – 28th. The Voice of Peace & Salong Giraff in Stockholm; theatre, dance & midnight running in Gothenburg and Eugene Chadbourne in Malmö

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Sweden

Economic slowdown in Swedish service sector

The Swedish economy looks gloomier than ever as the service sector's economic growth slows down from 3.1 percent in the first quarter to 2 percent for the second quarter.

German Olympic horse disqualified for doping
Germany

German Olympic horse disqualified for doping

German doping scandals have moved from two wheels to four hooves. Olympic equestrian medal favorite Christian Ahlmann has been disqualified from the games in Beijing for allegedly doping his horse.

Four dead in A31 autobahn accident
Germany

Four dead in A31 autobahn accident

An accident involving several vehicles on the A31 motorway near Kirchhellen in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia has left four people dead and at least two seriously injured on Thursday.

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Sweden

Officials investigate birthday party invite debacle

A local council in southern Sweden has defended a local school's policy on children's birthday party invitations after the matter was taken up by the justice ombudsman.

Tyre maker Continental agrees to Schaeffler takeover
Germany

Tyre maker Continental agrees to Schaeffler takeover

After initially saying no and weeks of wrangling, German tyre maker Continental finally said yes on Thursday to a much-sweetened takeover offer by industrial firm Schaeffler.

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Sweden

Young man stabbed in ‘potato peeler game’

A 20-year-old man found with serious stab wounds to his stomach outside his apartment in Hjo, south-west Sweden, apparently received his injuries during a game involving potato peelers.

Swedish yachting team in bronze ‘blunder’
Sweden

Swedish yachting team in bronze ‘blunder’

Sweden's Fredrik Lööf and Anders Ekström won an Olympic bronze in the men's Star yachting on Wednesday amid claims that they were robbed of a silver medal. Brazil won silver while Great Britain took the gold medal.

Citizens taxed thousands for ministry’s Knut adoption
Germany

Citizens taxed thousands for ministry’s Knut adoption

German Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel's adoption of famous Berlin polar bear Knut has so far cost the country's taxpayers €11,900, a politician told daily Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung on Thursday.

US investment group Lone Star buys IKB
Germany

US investment group Lone Star buys IKB

German state development bank KfW said on Thursday its stake in troubled commercial bank IKB will be sold to the US investment group Lone Star.

Swedish pastor accused of leading violent ‘cowboy sect’
Sweden

Swedish pastor accused of leading violent ‘cowboy sect’

A southern Swedish religious congregation based at a cowboy-themed conference centre has been accused of harbouring a violent and extreme religious sect.

German police to help with Spanair crash investigation
Germany

German police to help with Spanair crash investigation

Forensic experts from Germany’s federal police (BKA) will help identify the victims of the horrific crash of a Spanair flight in Madrid that left at least 153 people dead on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Sweden lose to France in qualification dress rehearsal

Sweden scored twice in Gothenburg on Wednesday but still lost by the odd goal to a France team struggling for form ahead of the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

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Sweden

‘Exempt Swedes from FRA surveillance’

Signals intelligence agency FRA should not be permitted to eavesdrop on Swedish citizens at least until the legal implications have been fully examined, according to a new proposal from the Centre Party, Svenska Dagbladet reports.

Westerwelle: Berlin must oppose US missile defence
Germany

Westerwelle: Berlin must oppose US missile defence

Guido Westerwelle, the head of German opposition Free Democrats, on Thursday urged the German government to oppose the US missile defence system to be built in neightbouring Poland and the Czech Republic.