20 die in fiery bus accident near Hannover
Germany

20 die in fiery bus accident near Hannover

Around 20 people were feared killed on Tuesday evening in a fire on a bus on a motorway near Hannover, according to police in the German state of Lower Saxony.

Student injured in college bomb blast
Sweden

Student injured in college bomb blast

A 17-year-old student has been injured after a bomb exploded at a hotel near Västerås Airport in central Sweden on Tuesday evening.

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Germany

German TV told it must broadcast Tour de France

German public broadcaster ARD has been told it has no basis on which to bring a premature end to its contract with Tour de France organisers to show the race in 2009-2011.

Alternative medicine ‘a dangerous scam’
Sweden

Alternative medicine ‘a dangerous scam’

The field of complementary and alternative medicine is misguided at best and may even be dangerous, agues Joel Jansson.

Court releases coke suspect crooner
Sweden

Court releases coke suspect crooner

A court in Stockholm has decided not to remand Syrian-Lebanese singing star George Wassouf in custody, but police said the artist remained under suspicion for possession of drugs.

Sweden’s new Halal-TV courts controversy
Sweden

Sweden’s new Halal-TV courts controversy

A new programme launched on Monday by Sveriges Television (SVT) featuring three young Swedish Muslim women has sparked a heated debate about cultural norms and integration.

Where to watch US election coverage in Germany
Germany

Where to watch US election coverage in Germany

Though the US election will take place thousands of kilometres away and in the middle of the night for those of us living in Germany, there are plenty of ways to tune in to the final showdown between Obama and McCain - both from home and in the company of excited party-goers.

‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ voting for US soldiers in Germany
Germany

‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ voting for US soldiers in Germany

Members of the US military and their families make up a large but insular bloc of voters in Germany. As the nation turns its attention across the Atlantic on Tuesday, The Local looks at Election Day on base – where many events will be well below the radar.

Merkel details economic recovery plan
Germany

Merkel details economic recovery plan

Chancellor Angela Merkel gave details on Tuesday of measures aimed at boosting slowing growth in Germany, calling the package a "bridge" for Europe's biggest economy until it picks up again in 2010.

Ryanair on trial in Sweden over couple’s cancelled flights
Sweden

Ryanair on trial in Sweden over couple’s cancelled flights

Irish low-cost airline Ryanair went on trial in a Swedish court on Tuesday accused of compensation infringements for cancelled flights, the Swedish Consumer Agency (Konsumentverket - KO) said.

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Sweden

Crisis to turn Sweden’s budget surplus into deficit

Sweden announced on Tuesday it was cutting its 2008 budget surplus forecast, saying the financial crisis would result in a deficit next year rather than the surplus forecast earlier.

Sweden: it’s an Obamanation
Sweden

Sweden: it’s an Obamanation

If the US election were held in Sweden, Barack Obama would likely win by a landslide, according to a recent poll.

Swedish tennis legend dies
Sweden

Swedish tennis legend dies

Lennart Bergelin, Björn Borg's former personal coach and a top tennis player in his own right, has died at the age of 83.

Chocolate cigarettes labelled a gateway drug
Germany

Chocolate cigarettes labelled a gateway drug

German cancer researchers and consumer protection experts on Tuesday called for a ban on chocolate and candy cigarettes, labelling them a threat to the future health of children.

US election fever hits Sweden
Sweden

US election fever hits Sweden

As anticipation mounts in the final hours of the 2008 US presidential election campaign, Swedes remain captivated by the spectacle of US politics.

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Germany

Suspected HIV-positive sex offender on trial in Berlin

A man thought to be HIV-positive went to trial in Berlin on Tuesday accused of pimping and having unprotected sex with teenage boys.

Hesse girds for new state elections
Germany

Hesse girds for new state elections

Politicians in Hesse on Tuesday were bracing themselves for fresh elections, one day after rebel Social Democratic MPs torpedoed their party's formation of a centre-left minority government in the German state.

Live Jamie Oliver stage show postponed in Hamburg
Germany

Live Jamie Oliver stage show postponed in Hamburg

Poor ticket sales have forced British superstar-chef Jamie Oliver to postpone the forthcoming German premiere of his cooking stage show in Hamburg, daily Bild reported on Tuesday.

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Germany

Siemens sells computer unit to Fujitsu

German engineering group Siemens said on Tuesday it will sell its half of a computer joint venture with Fujitsu to the Japanese group for around €450 million ($566 million).

Swedbank signs up to crisis fund
Sweden

Swedbank signs up to crisis fund

Swedish bank Swedbank has said it plans to sign up to the loan guarantee programme contained within the government's financial stability package.

BMW posts hefty quarterly loss
Germany

BMW posts hefty quarterly loss

BMW, the German luxury car maker, said on Tuesday that it could no longer give a forecast for 2008, after it was hit head-on by the international financial crisis.

Bridge murder suspect goes on trial
Germany

Bridge murder suspect goes on trial

A case involving a chunk of wood thrown from a motorway bridge that killed a Lower Saxony woman in a passing car goes to trial on Tuesday.

Military bishop says Germans don’t support troops
Germany

Military bishop says Germans don’t support troops

German military troops are suffer from a lack of support from their countrymen, the new Protestant bishop for the Bundeswehr said on Tuesday.

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Germany

Headless Berlin corpse was actually legless

A supposedly headless corpse discovered in Berlin's Schöneberg district was actually missing its legs, Der Tagesspiegel reported on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Remand hearing for Arab vocalist held in Stockholm

Syrian-Lebanese crooner George Wassouf faces a remand hearing on Tuesday in Stockholm where he is being held on suspicions of drug possession.

Asylum seekers ‘should live near jobs’
Sweden

Asylum seekers ‘should live near jobs’

A Moderate Party working group has proposed withdrawing economic support for asylum seekers in Sweden who choose to live in municipalities where they can’t support themselves or where large numbers of asylum seekers already live.

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Sweden

Tough break for small-bladdered train passengers

Passengers on a train running between Borlänge and Gävle in central Sweden couldn’t believe their ears on Sunday afternoon when the conductor told them why the train’s toilets had been shut off.