Lafontaine backs Sodann’s call to jail German bankers
Germany

Lafontaine backs Sodann’s call to jail German bankers

Oskar Lafontaine, the head of the hard-line-socialist Left party, is backing the controversial call by the party's presidential candidate Peter Sodann to jail German bankers like Deutsche Bank CEO Josef Ackermann.

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Sweden

Disenchanted 29-year-old firebombs police station

A 29-year-old man waited for the police to come and arrest him on Monday morning after he expressed his disillusionment with society by throwing a firebomb at Karlstad police station in western Sweden.

Suicide attack kills two German soliders
Germany

Suicide attack kills two German soliders

A suicide attack near the northern Afghanistan city of Kunduz on Monday killed two German troops and five Afghan children, according to the province's govenor Mohammad Omar.

Rutting buck tramples girl at animal park near Silz
Germany

Rutting buck tramples girl at animal park near Silz

A buck in rut attacked an eight-year-old German girl when she tried feed a herd of doe on Sunday at a nature park near Silz in the German state of Rhineland-Palintinate.

Berlin mother gives birth to sextuplets
Germany

Berlin mother gives birth to sextuplets

Baby bonanza in Berlin: doctors at Charité hospital on Monday announced a young mother has given birth to four boys and two girls – the first time in more than 20 years anyone in Germany has had sextuplets.

Swedish star convicted of beating wife
Sweden

Swedish star convicted of beating wife

Swedish pop music star Daniel ”Papa Dee” Wahlgren was fined 8,400 kronor ($1,135) by the Stockholm District Court on Monday for having shoved his wife into a wall.

Berlin planning ‘targeted measures’ to boost economy
Germany

Berlin planning ‘targeted measures’ to boost economy

Berlin plans "targeted measures" to boost Europe's largest economy but no major stimulus package in response to the financial crisis and slowing growth, the government said on Monday.

Suspect admits to killing missing woman
Sweden

Suspect admits to killing missing woman

During questioning by police on Monday, the 50-year-old man suspected of having murdered Carolin Stenvall confessed to killing the 29-year-old woman.

German study connects snoring to erectile dysfunction
Germany

German study connects snoring to erectile dysfunction

Snoring keeping you up at night? Perhaps not entirely. Scientists from the German Sleep Society have discovered a connection between snoring and erectile dysfunction.

Sweden hit by downbeat job statistics
Sweden

Sweden hit by downbeat job statistics

Fresh statistics confirm that October has not been kind to Sweden’s working population, with 11,552 redundancies having been announced in the first two weeks of the month.

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Sweden

Porn-surfing clergyman downs church network

A church minister from Strängnäs in central Sweden has resigned from his post after his porn-surfing habits led to the spread of a virus that knocked out the local church network, Metro reports.

Putting the surround in sound
Germany

Putting the surround in sound

Berlin's music trade fair Popkomm is normally a place to discover new bands – not technologies. But when Neale Lytollis heard the man behind the MP3 audio format was setting up a 3-D sound system at the city's legendary club Tresor he had to check it out.

Germany sets tough rules for bank bailouts
Germany

Germany sets tough rules for bank bailouts

The German cabinet finalised on Monday the conditions under which banks can make use of a €480-billion ($650-billion) rescue package rushed through parliament last week.

Sweden details credit crisis measures
Sweden

Sweden details credit crisis measures

The government on Monday presented a 1.5 trillion kronor ($206.1 billion) plan to aid Sweden's financial sector as it struggles to weather the global credit crisis.

Bayern could face Fiorentina without injured Toni
Germany

Bayern could face Fiorentina without injured Toni

Italian striker Luca Toni faces a race against time to be fit for Tuesday night's Champions League clash for Bayern Munich against his former club Fiorentina.

Ericsson shares up on strong report
Sweden

Ericsson shares up on strong report

Despite posting a 28 percent drop in third quarter net profits on Monday, Swedish telecoms giant Ericsson beat expectations, sending its stock price soaring in early trading.

German retiree attacks neighbour with Samurai sword
Germany

German retiree attacks neighbour with Samurai sword

A disturbed elderly man attacked his neighbour with a Samurai sword in Berlin, police reported on Monday.

Airline to Swedes: ‘Iceland is still here’
Sweden

Airline to Swedes: ‘Iceland is still here’

Iceland’s national airline, Icelandair, has made an appeal to Swedish tourists not to abandon their Nordic neighbours due to misunderstandings about the effects of the country's financial crisis.

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Sweden

Swedish court to rule on school lunch fingerprinting

Hungry students at a school in Västerbotten in northern Sweden must give a fingerprint in order to eat in the school’s cafeteria, a practice which bothers data privacy officials seeking to ban the measure.

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Sweden

Football hooligans battle in Stockholm

More than 70 people were detained in connection with a brawl which broke out on Sunday afternoon between rival factions of football supporters in Stockholm.

Dead infant found in Großkugel washing machine
Germany

Dead infant found in Großkugel washing machine

A dead baby has been found in a washing machine in the German state of Saxony-Anhalt, police reported on Monday.

German university fees scaring students away
Germany

German university fees scaring students away

University fees are preventing more German students from pursuing higher education than previously thought, according to a new study by the Education Ministry.