Test your German geography skills
Germany

Test your German geography skills

Take the Traveler IQ Germany Challenge.

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Sweden

Free fake penises raise functionality flap

A decision to allow transsexual men in Sweden to get prosthetic penises free of charge from local health authorities has drawn criticism because the prostheses on offer don’t get erect.

Stockholm going out guide: Friday, Nov 7
Sweden

Stockholm going out guide: Friday, Nov 7

The Local helps fulfil all your Stockholm nightlife needs this Friday in cooperation with the ever-reliable entertainment gurus from Djungeltrumman.

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Germany

Germany economy in ‘disastrous’ shape

Germany is being pummelled by the global slowdown and "disastrous" data show its economy is already in recession, economists said on Thursday.

Apartment explosion kills one, injures five
Germany

Apartment explosion kills one, injures five

An explosion in a Mettmann apartment building on Thursday afternoon left one man dead and five people injured, authorities in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia reported.

Court hands down suspended sentence in captive woman case
Sweden

Court hands down suspended sentence in captive woman case

The 58-year old man charged with holding his girlfriend captive in a cabin for nine years, was given a suspended sentence on Thursday for abuse and molestation.

What’s on in Sweden: November 7 – 13
Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: November 7 – 13

What's on in Sweden: November 6th - 13th. Al Green, The Levellers and Monster truck extravaganza in Stockholm; Planeta Festival and Kazem Al Saher in Gothenburg; Michael Bolton in Malmö.

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Sweden

Two Danish soldiers shot in Sweden

Two Danish soldiers have been injured in a shooting incident at a military training zone outside Karlsborg in western Sweden.

Equality official resigns over Swedish embassy breast attack
Sweden

Equality official resigns over Swedish embassy breast attack

A top level civil servant at the Finnish equality ministry has resigned after groping several women's breasts at a reception at the Swedish embassy in Helsinki, Hufvudstadsbladet reports.

Polticians criticize Russia’s missile threats
Germany

Polticians criticize Russia’s missile threats

German politicians have criticized Russian President Dmitri Medvedev's threat to station missiles at the Polish border after Barack Obama won the US presidential election on Tuesday.

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Germany

Bayern targets Champions League 16 after Fiorentina draw

Midfielder Tim Borowski said Bayern Munich deserved the point from their 1-1 draw at Fiorentina as the German giants took a step closer to the Champions League's last 16.

ECB cuts eurozone interest rates
Germany

ECB cuts eurozone interest rates

The European Central Bank (ECB) on Thursday cut its main interest rate by 50 basis points to 3.25 percent in an attempt to buttress the weakening eurozone economy.

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Germany

Police probe possible copycat bus fire

Less than two days after 20 people died tragically in a bus fire near Hannover, unknown suspects set the back of a public bus in Detmold alight, police in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia reported on Thursday.

Back to business for blackmailed BMW heiress Klatten
Germany

Back to business for blackmailed BMW heiress Klatten

Germany's richest woman, who was recently blackmailed by an ex-lover, hit the news again Thursday. But this time it was strictly business with a takeover worth almost a cool billion euros.

Deutsche Telekom stands by 2008 outlook
Germany

Deutsche Telekom stands by 2008 outlook

Deutsche Telekom, the leading European telecommunications operator, posted third-quarter results on Thursday which were in line with expectations and stood by its outlook for the full year.

High court curbs data collection law again
Germany

High court curbs data collection law again

Germany's Constitutional Court on Thursday announced it had further limited parts of a data-collection law meant to fight terrorism.

Sweden sets date for gay church weddings
Sweden

Sweden sets date for gay church weddings

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has said Sweden may allow homosexuals to marry in the Church of Sweden from May 2009 pending the adoption of a new law.

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Sweden

Carolin Stenvall shot in the back: autopsy

Results of the autopsy performed on Carolin Stenvall reveal that the 29-year-old woman was shot in the back, prosecutors revealed during a press conference on Thursday.

Coke suspect crooner: ‘I was set up’
Sweden

Coke suspect crooner: ‘I was set up’

Syrian-Lebanese singing star George Wassouf arrived back in Beirut on Wednesday following his detention on cocaine charges in the Swedish capital.

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Sweden

More Swedish companies going bust

The number of Swedish bankruptcies continues to climb, up 19 percent in October compared to last year, with Stockholm-area businesses being especially hard hit.

German youth fail to see Berlin Wall shadow
Germany

German youth fail to see Berlin Wall shadow

Nineteen years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, its historical shadow is fading fast for Germany's youth – many of whom do not even know who built it.

Berlin unwilling to help Obama more in Afghanistan and Iraq
Germany

Berlin unwilling to help Obama more in Afghanistan and Iraq

Anticipating likely requests by US president-elect Barack Obama, an official at the German Foreign Ministry said on Thursday Berlin would not increase its military and civilian operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Dumped fiancée ‘disappointed and hurt’ by Boris Becker
Germany

Dumped fiancée ‘disappointed and hurt’ by Boris Becker

Sandy Meyer-Wölden, the recently dumped fiancée of retired German tennis star Boris Becker, said on Thursday she was crushed by the decision to end their three-month whirlwind romance.

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Sweden

Sweden develops transportable airport

Sweden’s military is testing a mobile airport in the north of the country which it hopes to deploy in the wake of natural disasters at home or overseas.

New integration role for Sweden’s jobs agency
Sweden

New integration role for Sweden’s jobs agency

The government will present a plan on Thursday to give Sweden’s employment agency a more prominent role in integrating immigrants, according to integration minister Nyamko Sabuni.