Stockholm going out guide: Saturday, Oct 25
Sweden

Stockholm going out guide: Saturday, Oct 25

It's the last weekend of the month, which in Sweden means that everyone has money again. Check out our tips for a great Saturday night.

Farmer who killed parents and fed neighbour to pigs loses appeal
Germany

Farmer who killed parents and fed neighbour to pigs loses appeal

A farmer convicted of murdering his mother and father, and then years later of feeding the body of a neighbour to his pigs has lost his appeal against a life sentence.

Stockholm weekend going out guide: Friday, Oct 24
Sweden

Stockholm weekend going out guide: Friday, Oct 24

The Local hooks up with entertainment experts Djungeltrumman for tips on where to go out this weekend.

Police remove determined talent show reject in handcuffs
Germany

Police remove determined talent show reject in handcuffs

Police arrested a man and had to handcuff him after he flipped out during auditions for the the music talent show Deutschland sucht den Superstar, or "Germany Seeks the Superstar."

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Germany

Swiss student dies of Meningitis in Berlin

An 18-year-old Swiss student has died of a Meningitis infection in Berlin’s first case of the deadly illness this year, officials announced on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Swedish banks consider lawsuit against Norwegian competitor

Sweden’s major banks want to sue the DNB Nor bank to recoup losses on Norwegian government bonds purchased from Norway’s largest bank.

TSV 1860 München fires Göktan for taking cocaine
Germany

TSV 1860 München fires Göktan for taking cocaine

Professional footballer Berkant Göktan has been fired from his team TSV 1860 München after a urine test showed he had taken cocaine.

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Sweden

Huge doping ring uncovered in Sweden

Swedish police rounded up 40 people on Tuesday in series of pre-dawn raids across the country in an effort to crack a massive doping scam.

Lentil and pork stew recalled in broken glass scare
Germany

Lentil and pork stew recalled in broken glass scare

Three German supermarkets have cleared tins of lentil and pork stew from their shelves and have asked customers to return it to stores after two people found pieces of broken glass in their dinner.

Germany’s favorite 105-year-old singer sues over SS claims
Germany

Germany’s favorite 105-year-old singer sues over SS claims

Germany’s favorite oldest living cabaret entertainer Johannes Heesters is suing an author who alleges he sang for the SS at Dachau concentration camp.

Widow of Swedish count dies in southern Germany
Sweden

Widow of Swedish count dies in southern Germany

The German-born Countess Sonja Bernadotte, widow of Sweden's Count Lennart Bernadotte, has died after a long illness.

Bureaucratic error frees dangerous sex offender early
Germany

Bureaucratic error frees dangerous sex offender early

A paedophile sentenced to five years in prison for sexually abusing his step-daughter has been released from prison in Lübeck by mistake - despite having been labelled as dangerous.

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Sweden

Safety check forces Swedish nuke plant shutdown

Sweden shut down one of its nuclear reactors on Tuesday to check the plant's control rods after cracks were found in the rods at an identical plant, the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (SSM) reports.

Germany and France lead in writing new tax haven blacklist
Germany

Germany and France lead in writing new tax haven blacklist

Seventeen countries led by France and Germany decided Tuesday to draw up a new blacklist of tax havens that could include Switzerland, in a first step toward rewriting the rules of global finance.

OECD sees gap between rich and poor growing in Germany
Germany

OECD sees gap between rich and poor growing in Germany

The gap between rich and poor in Germany has grown dramatically over the past 20 years, according to a new report released by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on Tuesday.

Crisis hits Sweden’s housing market
Sweden

Crisis hits Sweden’s housing market

Shockwaves from the financial crisis are rippling through Sweden’s housing market, resulting in falling prices and accelerating the already slowing pace of new construction.

Reich-Ranicki ruckus co-opted by advertising industry
Germany

Reich-Ranicki ruckus co-opted by advertising industry

The ruckus surrounding German literature critic Marcel Reich-Ranicki's attack on poor television programming has been co-opted by the advertising industry, with ad spoofs by Ryanair and Deutsche Telekom this week, daily Express reported on Tuesday.

EasyJet opens routes from Stockholm’s Arlanda airport
Sweden

EasyJet opens routes from Stockholm’s Arlanda airport

Low cost airline easyJet has begun flying to Milan and Geneva from Stockholm’s Arlanda airport, in direct competition with Scandinavian airline SAS.

Local Stories: Matilda Dagba
Sweden

Local Stories: Matilda Dagba

For every Local reader there's a Local Story. This month Jonquille Okhiria introduces Miss Africa in Sweden 2008.

‘Laser Man’ calls on Supreme Court to lower sentence
Sweden

‘Laser Man’ calls on Supreme Court to lower sentence

A man serving life in prison for a series of brutal attacks on immigrants has turned to Sweden's Supreme Court in a bid to have his sentence reduced.

Alba Berlin hopes to lure Nowitzki from NBA
Germany

Alba Berlin hopes to lure Nowitzki from NBA

Berlin’s professional basketball team Alba Berlin is reportedly looking to lure German NBA star Dirk Nowitzki away from Dallas.

Assa Abloy criticized for West Bank plant
Sweden

Assa Abloy criticized for West Bank plant

Swedish lock maker Assa Abloy has come under fire from several Swedish aid organizations for a factory it owns which sits in a disputed Israeli settlement on the West Bank.

Mafia trial for Duisburg slayings starts in Italy
Germany

Mafia trial for Duisburg slayings starts in Italy

Forty-three defendants went on trial this week from both sides of a deadly Italian mafia feud that led to last year's slayings of six clan members in Duisburg.

Glos demands bankers sacrifice bonuses
Germany

Glos demands bankers sacrifice bonuses

German Economy Minister Michael Glos on Monday called for investment bankers to follow the example of Deutsche Bank CEO Josef Ackermann by forgoing their bonuses this year in light of the global financial crisis.

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Sweden

Dozens of livestock perish in barn fire

A fire which broke out on Monday night in a barn on a farm in Skärstad in central Sweden has claimed the lives of 46 animals.

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Sweden

Kidney risk for adopted Chinese children

Children from China adopted by Swedish parents may have a higher risk for kidney stones due to possible exposure to the poisoned infant formula that sickened thousands of Chinese toddlers.