Whereabouts of late Nazi fugitive ‘Doctor Death’ uncovered
Germany

Whereabouts of late Nazi fugitive ‘Doctor Death’ uncovered

Aribert Heim, a notorious Nazi war criminal known as "Doctor Death," reportedly died in Cairo in 1992, public broadcaster ZDF reported on Wednesday.

Praise and anger for Merkel’s pope criticism
Germany

Praise and anger for Merkel’s pope criticism

Chancellor Angela Merkel faced both praise and derision in Germany on Wednesday after criticising Pope Benedict XVI for welcoming a Holocaust-denying bishop back into the Catholic Church.

Ostrich pizza wins top Swedish prize
Sweden

Ostrich pizza wins top Swedish prize

Never mind song contests and celebrity dance offs, Kalmar resident Hassan Saraoe has won the one competition that really matters: the Swedish Pizza Championships.

Bahn and Telekom admit to spying on staff
Germany

Bahn and Telekom admit to spying on staff

Germany's railway Deutsche Bahn and main telecommunications operator Deutsche Telekom on Wednesday admitted secretly spying on employees to uncover suspected cases of corruption.

Germany hosts talks on Iran’s nuke programme
Germany

Germany hosts talks on Iran’s nuke programme

Senior diplomats from six world powers met on Wednesday in Germany to discuss Iran's nuclear ambitions just two days after Tehran launched its first satellite.

Truck makes action-film jump on A3 motorway
Germany

Truck makes action-film jump on A3 motorway

The driver of a semi-truck on the A3 motorway near Würzburg amazed rescue workers on Wednesday after smashing through a concrete guardrail to jump a six-metre gap onto a partially demolished bridge over the Main River.

Skier Riesch suffers nasty fall during downhill training
Germany

Skier Riesch suffers nasty fall during downhill training

German skier Maria Riesch, currently second in the women's World Cup overall standings, suffered a nasty fall during a training run for the downhill event at the World Ski Championships in France on Wednesday.

Bankruptcy derails toy train maker Märklin
Germany

Bankruptcy derails toy train maker Märklin

Germany’s storied model train maker Märklin said on Wednesday it had filed for insolvency after delighting fans of tiny railways for the past 150 years.

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Sweden

Woman’s stomach removed after flawed diagnosis

A hospital in Sweden has been criticized for a faulty cancer diagnosis which resulted in a 54-year-old woman having her stomach removed for no reason.

The best of Berlin in February
Germany

The best of Berlin in February

Exberliner, Berlin's leading English-language magazine, this month picks the best places to strip burlesque style, get your very own personal shopping guide or speak your mind before an audience.

Swedish beauty bloggers offered implant ‘bribes’
Sweden

Swedish beauty bloggers offered implant ‘bribes’

A controversy has erupted in the Swedish media world following revelations that a company offered free beauty enhancement treatments to some of the country's most popular female bloggers in exchange for positive coverage.

More people head to the movies
Germany

More people head to the movies

Just in time to boost the Berlin International Film Festival’s profile this week, new statistics showed on Wednesday that more Germans are going to the movie theatre – to see German films – than ever before.

Is Sweden a good place to bring up kids?
Sweden

Is Sweden a good place to bring up kids?

Every week we ask a panel of readers to discuss an aspect of life in Sweden. This week: raising children.

Young man arrested over school threat
Sweden

Young man arrested over school threat

A 21-year-old man has been arrested in connection with threats made against a school in Eskilstuna in central Sweden on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Man sentenced for ‘torturing’ wife and lover

A 30-year-old Malmö resident who held his wife and lover in an apartment and abused and raped them for years was sentenced on Tuesday to 12 years in prison.

Munich Re sails through crisis posting profits for 2008
Germany

Munich Re sails through crisis posting profits for 2008

Munich Re, the world's second biggest re-insurance group, on Wednesday posted a net profit of €1.5 billion for 2008, with a slight gain of around €100 million in the last quarter.

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Sweden

Electrolux profits down on fourth quarter losses

Appliance maker Electrolux on Wednesday reported net fourth quarter losses of 474 million kronor ($57 million) due to weak demand and downsizing costs, compared to a profit of 1.15 billion kronor a year earlier.

Criminal flees country after massive payment blunder
Sweden

Criminal flees country after massive payment blunder

A Gothenburg criminal is believed to be hiding out in Thailand after local authorities accidentally paid almost half a million kronor into his bank account, Metro reports.

Stressed-out Germans boost sweets sales
Germany

Stressed-out Germans boost sweets sales

German candy makers are thriving despite the global financial crisis - it seems typically temperate Teutons pig out when they’re stressed out, daily Die Welt reported on Wednesday.

SVT denies Vatican conspiracy rumours
Sweden

SVT denies Vatican conspiracy rumours

The journalist for Sveriges Television (SVT) who conducted an interview with conservative Catholic bishop Richard Williamson in which he denied the Holocaust, has denied allegations that SVT was involved in a plot to damage Pope Benedict XVI.

Stuttgart man wins Empire State Building Run-Up race
Germany

Stuttgart man wins Empire State Building Run-Up race

A German man has won the race to the top of the Empire State Building Run-Up in New York City, improving on his win from last year by one second.

Mysterious Hamburg death was a suicide
Germany

Mysterious Hamburg death was a suicide

Investigators have determined that the bloody corpse of a man found under a Hamburg train overpass was not the victim of a crime, but a suicide, police announced late on Tuesday.

Income gap widening in Sweden: study
Sweden

Income gap widening in Sweden: study

Top managers from the Swedish business world earn 50 times as much as a common labourer, according to a new study carried out by one of the country’s largest labour organizations.

German troops to be stationed in France
Germany

German troops to be stationed in France

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel confirmed Wednesday that a German battalion will shortly be stationed on French soil for the first time since World War II.

Swedish Match and Philip Morris to market smokeless tobacco
Sweden

Swedish Match and Philip Morris to market smokeless tobacco

Swedish Match is joining forces with Swiss-based tobacco giant Philip Morris International (PMI) to market smoke-free tobacco around the world