Body of missing woman found
Sweden

Body of missing woman found

Police confirmed late Wednesday night that they have found the body of Carolin Stenvall, the 29-year-old Swedish woman who has been missing for more than a month.

Suspected Sauerland terror group helper arrested
Germany

Suspected Sauerland terror group helper arrested

An alleged co-conspirator of the Sauerland terror group has been arrested in Langen in the German state of Hesse, German magazine Focus reported on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Do I have to pay tax when I sell my house?

Ask The Local: We have left Sweden and moved back to Ireland, selling our Swedish apartment. Since we won't be returning to live in Sweden, do we have to pay capital gains tax? John, County Galway, Ireland.

‘Meat mountain’ ex-minister slams Swedish security service
Sweden

‘Meat mountain’ ex-minister slams Swedish security service

Sweden's former Finance Minister Pär Nuder has criticized the country's security service over its failure to protect assassinated Foreign Minister Anna Lindh.

Ballack’s national team spot under threat
Germany

Ballack’s national team spot under threat

Germany coach Joachim Löw said on Wednesday he will meet captain Michael Ballack as soon as possible to discuss the Chelsea star's criticism of his leadership - with the skipper's place in the national side at stake.

Berlin film tackles Brad and Angelina rumour mill
Germany

Berlin film tackles Brad and Angelina rumour mill

A Berlin film about hype over last year's rumours that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie might buy a flat in Berlin will premiere on Thursday.

Sweden to stop adoptions from Vietnam
Sweden

Sweden to stop adoptions from Vietnam

The Swedish government plans to halt adoptions of children from Vietnam citing concerns over corruption and fears that the child’s best interests don’t always come first.

Conductor throws 12-year-old cellist off train
Germany

Conductor throws 12-year-old cellist off train

A conductor who forced a 12-year-old girl on her way to cello lessons to get off a train at dusk because she forgot her ticket has been suspended from his duties, Deutsche Bahn confirmed on Wednesday.

Police search KfW over transfer scandal
Germany

Police search KfW over transfer scandal

Police searched the offices of the KfW state development bank in Frankfurt on Wednesday while investigating alleged crimes connected with money transferred to Lehman Brothers after it had gone bust.

Stockholm film festival announces award recipients
Sweden

Stockholm film festival announces award recipients

Organizers of the Stockholm International Film Festival announced on Wednesday that British actress Charlotte Rampling will receive this year's Lifetime Achievement Award, while Hong Kong director Wong Kar Wai will receive the festival's Visionary Award.

Krona at weakest level in six years
Sweden

Krona at weakest level in six years

The value of the Swedish krona dropped further in overnight trading ahead of Wednesday’s opening of markets in Europe, trading at 10.15 kronor per euro and 7.95 kronor per US dollar.

German terror suspect warns of attacks
Germany

German terror suspect warns of attacks

German Islamist Eric Breiniger has shown up on an internet video saying he is in Afghanistan and not planning acts of terrorism in Germany. But he warns the country should expect such attacks in the future.

Germany promises €33.7m extra reconstruction aid to Georgia
Germany

Germany promises €33.7m extra reconstruction aid to Georgia

The German government has promised more than €33 million to the Georgian government in addition to European Union money to help with reconstruction after the Russian invasion this summer.

Robust third quarter for Handelsbanken
Sweden

Robust third quarter for Handelsbanken

Sweden’s second-largest bank, Handelsbanken, presented strong third-quarter earnings on Thursday, saying it had so far escaped any adverse effects from the turmoil in global financial markets.

Swedish hockey fans delay match with dildo downpour
Sweden

Swedish hockey fans delay match with dildo downpour

Supporters of the Stockholm-based AIK ice hockey team scored an unusual hat trick of heckling on Tuesday night featuring dildos, profane banners, and a giant inflatable penis.

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Sweden

‘Decriminalize spread of HIV’: agency

A Swedish government agency is refusing to assist the police in an ongoing investigation concerning a person suspected of infecting a woman with HIV.

BayernLB first in line for German state aid
Germany

BayernLB first in line for German state aid

German regional bank BayernLB on Tuesday evening became the first bank to apply for state aid under a rescue package thrown together to underpin the country's financial sector.

Klinsmann insists Bayern must build on Fiorentina win
Germany

Klinsmann insists Bayern must build on Fiorentina win

Bayern Munich took a large step towards the last sixteen of the Champions League with a 3-0 home win over Fiorentina on Tuesday night and coach Jürgen Klinsmann says they must now build on the victory.

Education minister calls for schools to separate boys and girls
Germany

Education minister calls for schools to separate boys and girls

As the country’s educational summit kicks of on Wednesday in Dresden, German Education Minister Annette Schavan has called for girls and boys to be taught separately in certain subjects.

Merkel aims to repair relations with China
Germany

Merkel aims to repair relations with China

German Chancellor Angela Merkel travels to China this week in a visit marking a normalization of ties after her meeting with the Dalai Lama last year led to frosty diplomatic relations.

Sweden to help universities commercialize innovations
Sweden

Sweden to help universities commercialize innovations

Several colleges and universities in Sweden are to receive money to set up offices of innovation which will help researchers turn their discoveries into commercial enterprises.

Military association blames government for dead soldiers
Germany

Military association blames government for dead soldiers

The German military association DBwV has blamed the government for the death of two German soldiers and five children in Afghanistan this week, daily Passauer Neue Presse reported on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Smuggling charges dropped when couple revealed party plans

The busy social life of an elderly couple from Piteå in northern Sweden has helped free them of smuggling charges after being caught transporting thousands of litres of alcohol from Germany into Sweden.

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Sweden

Arsenic leak at Swedish gold mine

Large quantities of arsenic have leaked out into a fresh water repository near a gold mine operated by Dragon Mining in Västerbotten in northern Sweden.