German MPs vote to send more troops to Afghanistan
Germany

German MPs vote to send more troops to Afghanistan

The German Bundestag, or lower house of parliament, voted Thursday to extend Germany's participation in the NATO-led force in Afghanistan and increase the number of soldiers deployed there to 4,500.

Mother pedals naked toddler through chilly Munich
Germany

Mother pedals naked toddler through chilly Munich

Authorities recently stopped a lawyer on her bicycle when they noticed her riding through town in chilly weather with her naked baby in the child seat, Munich police said on Thursday.

Coffee can make women’s breasts smaller: Swedish study
Sweden

Coffee can make women’s breasts smaller: Swedish study

Women who drink a lot of coffee may see their breasts become more petite, according to the results of a new Swedish study.

Doping scandals wreck German cycling
Germany

Doping scandals wreck German cycling

The German cycling world suffered two major shake-ups on Thursday when public television broadcaster ARD cancelled coverage of the Tour de France next summer and the German Cycling Federation (BDR) called off the Tour of Germany entirely.

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Sweden

Swedes’ virtual church to bring online gamers to Jesus

Two enterprising young Swedes are convinced they can lead the online gaming world to Jesus by preaching the gospel through their recently launched Gamer Church.

German bank execs called upon to contribute to bailouts
Germany

German bank execs called upon to contribute to bailouts

Jürgen Thumann, the president of the German Federation of Industry (BDI), called upon well-paid banking executives to contribute to the bailout of their banks if they are rescued by the government.

‘Little Baghdad’ hosts US relocation fair
Sweden

‘Little Baghdad’ hosts US relocation fair

A Swedish town with a large concentration of Iraqi immigrants played host on Thursday to a unique fair designed to provide information about the United States to prospective job seekers.

Electronic books a hit at Frankfurt Book Fair
Germany

Electronic books a hit at Frankfurt Book Fair

Much touted electronic books might finally be nearing a breakthrough, and are already causing a buzz at the 60th Frankfurt Book Fair, the world's largest.

Going out in Gothenburg: Saturday, Oct 18
Sweden

Going out in Gothenburg: Saturday, Oct 18

Highly-regarded entertainment site Djungeltrumman's shares its local knowledge of the Gothenburg club scene with some recommendations for Saturday night.

Stockholm weekend going out guide: Saturday, Oct 18
Sweden

Stockholm weekend going out guide: Saturday, Oct 18

The Local teams up with Djungeltrumman to help point you in the right direction if you're planning a night out in Stockholm this Saturday.

Malmö nightclub tips: Saturday, Oct 18
Sweden

Malmö nightclub tips: Saturday, Oct 18

Discover the night-time jewels of the city in the south with the aid of recommendations from The Local in association with entertainment guide Djungeltrumman.

Charges expected over SAS-owned Spanair jet crash
Sweden

Charges expected over SAS-owned Spanair jet crash

The investigative judge looking into what caused a plane operated by SAS-subsidiary Spanair to crash in Madrid in August has instigated legal proceedings against three technicians.

Prayer group outrage over church music video
Sweden

Prayer group outrage over church music video

A vicar from northern Sweden has been blasted by a prayer group for allowing a rock band to film a video in an area church.

What’s on in Sweden: October 17 – October 23
Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: October 17 – October 23

What's on in Sweden: October 17th - October 23rd. Cullberg Ballet and Jay Brannan in Stockholm; Art Garfunkel and Wendy McNeill in Gothenburg; Simone Moreno and Cult of Luna in Malmö

Kinky German couple creates cop chaos on Bavarian highway
Germany

Kinky German couple creates cop chaos on Bavarian highway

An emergency call about the sighting of a man in hot pursuit of a naked woman in handcuffs launched a full-scale police operation in Stammham, but the presumed kidnapping turned out to be just a sadomasochistic sex game.

Terrorist linked to Stockholm mosque
Sweden

Terrorist linked to Stockholm mosque

Abu Qaswara, the Swedish citizen killed by US forces in Iraq in early October and thought to be a high-ranking member of Al-Qaeda’s Iraq operations, has been connected to a Stockholm-area mosque.

Malmö nightclub tips: Friday, Oct 17
Sweden

Malmö nightclub tips: Friday, Oct 17

Get your Malmö club compass pointing in the right direction with night life pathfinders Djungeltrumman.

Germany slashes 2009 growth forecast
Germany

Germany slashes 2009 growth forecast

The German government on Thursday slashed its growth forecast for 2009 – the world’s third largest economy is now only expected to expand by a meagre 0.2 percent next year.

Going out in Gothenburg: Friday, Oct 17
Sweden

Going out in Gothenburg: Friday, Oct 17

The Local keeps you up to date with the latest club tips from Gothenburg with the aid of Djungeltrumman.

‘Caliph of Cologne’ reportedly jailed for life
Germany

‘Caliph of Cologne’ reportedly jailed for life

A Turkish court has reportly sentenced an Islamic extremist known as "The Caliph of Cologne" to life in prison in a retrial for undermining Turkey's secular system.

Student busted for Peruvian cocaine candy at Munich airport
Germany

Student busted for Peruvian cocaine candy at Munich airport

A 25-year-old German student has been caught with bonbons containing cocaine extract at the Munich airport, customs officials said on Thursday.

Slow start for stocks and falling krona
Sweden

Slow start for stocks and falling krona

The Stockholm stock exchange took a minor tumble on Thursday morning in the wake of fresh falls on Asian and US markets, while the Swedish krona fell sharply against the euro and the dollar.

Internet harassment more common for Swedish girls
Sweden

Internet harassment more common for Swedish girls

Swedish girls are twice as likely as boys to be victimized or sexually harassed via the internet or mobile phones, according to a new study.

Merkel: Germans and Turks must show more respect and tolerance
Germany

Merkel: Germans and Turks must show more respect and tolerance

Chancellor Angela Merkel has called on Germans and Turks to have more respect and tolerance for each other despite cultural differences.

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Sweden

Activists break into Bofors weapons plants

Activists broke into two facilities associated with weapons manufacturer Bofors in the early hours of Thursday morning and claim to have damaged up to 20 grenade launchers.

Provocative pope musical debuts in Munich
Germany

Provocative pope musical debuts in Munich

A provocative new musical about a fictitious pope that is critical of key positions held by the Catholic Church opens in Munich on Thursday.

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Sweden

Lost girl found unconscious at preschool playground

A girl who was left behind at a preschool play ground after her classmates went back inside was found unconscious thirty minutes later suspected of having fallen off of a jungle gym.

Trochowski secures German win over Wales
Germany

Trochowski secures German win over Wales

Winger Piotr Trochowski unleashed a superb second-half strike to seal a 1-0 win over Wales on Wednesday night and put Germany four points clear in their World Cup qualifying group.