What’s on in Germany: April 16 – 22
Germany

What’s on in Germany: April 16 – 22

This Week's Highlights: Lionel Richie takes the stage in Frankfurt, a spring festival swirls through Munich, and one of Germany's biggest art fairs kicks off in Cologne.

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Germany

US soldier sentenced to life for Iraqi murders

A US soldier will be jailed for life for the murder of four bound and blindfolded prisoners in Iraq, a court martial in Germany ruled on Thursday.

Introducing…Filip and Fredrik
Sweden

Introducing…Filip and Fredrik

This pair of zany, youngish guys have made one heckuva splash on Swedish television in the last year, and are now set break more TV barriers with a talk show to be broadcast live in Sweden from New York City.

No Angels star could leave prison soon
Germany

No Angels star could leave prison soon

Nadja Benaissa, the No Angels singer accused of grievous bodily harm for allegedly having unprotected sex without telling her lover she was HIV positive – and infecting him – may soon be out of custody.

Crocodile on riverbank spooks cops near Berlin
Germany

Crocodile on riverbank spooks cops near Berlin

Police in Berlin are trying to find out how a 1.20-metre-long dead crocodile turned up on the banks of the Oberhavel in Spandau.

Germany to boycott UN anti-racism conference
Germany

Germany to boycott UN anti-racism conference

The German government is set to boycott the United Nations anti-racism conference in Geneva next week, according to newspaper.

Sweden’s Filip and Fredrik get lost in the Big Apple
Sweden

Sweden’s Filip and Fredrik get lost in the Big Apple

Live television is often full of surprises – even in Sweden. And when comic duo Filip and Fredrik are involved, there’s no way to predict what sort of wackiness may ensue when the cameras start rolling, The Local’s David Landes discovers.

Sleepless couple sues over loud snorer in upstairs flat
Germany

Sleepless couple sues over loud snorer in upstairs flat

A couple from Bonn is suing their landlord for promising them a quiet flat – but failing to tell them about the man living above who snored so loudly they could not sleep.

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Sweden

More Swedish unions approve pay cuts to save jobs

The number of unions in Sweden’s manufacturing sector agreeing to pay cuts and shorter working hours in an effort to save jobs is increasing dramatically.

Suitors tour Saab headquarters
Sweden

Suitors tour Saab headquarters

Buyers interested in purchasing in beleaguered Saab Automobile have been visiting the company’s main base of operations this week to get more information about its factories, organization, and business plan.

Prosecutor: giving the pill to teens aids rape
Sweden

Prosecutor: giving the pill to teens aids rape

A Swedish prosecutor thinks that health professionals who prescribe birth control pills to girls younger than 15-years-old should be charged as accomplices to rape.

Bayern’s Ribery fuels speculation on switch to Barcelona
Germany

Bayern’s Ribery fuels speculation on switch to Barcelona

Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery on Thursday fuelled further speculation over a switch to Barcelona after saying he understands why compatriot Thierry Henry plies his trade for the Spanish giants.

Blogs attack Facebook for neo-Nazi content
Germany

Blogs attack Facebook for neo-Nazi content

Critique from bloggers has spurred social networking site Facebook to block several profiles and groups preaching neo-Nazi rhetoric – but these are a small fraction of the hundreds of offenders, critics say.

Confiscated Pirate Bay server on display in Swedish museum
Sweden

Confiscated Pirate Bay server on display in Swedish museum

A server previously used by The Pirate Bay file sharing site and taken by Swedish police in January 2008 is now on display at a Stockholm-area museum.

Eccentric Swede turned empty cans into gold
Sweden

Eccentric Swede turned empty cans into gold

The relatives of a man who spent the last three decades collecting empty cans on the streets of a town in northern Sweden were surprised to learn he was worth millions when he died.

iTunes launches movie downloads in Germany
Germany

iTunes launches movie downloads in Germany

Apple Deutschland now offers films for purchase and rent via iTunes, with some 500 available so far, the company announced on Thursday.

ISP sabotages file sharing law
Sweden

ISP sabotages file sharing law

Broadband operator Bahnhof is continuing to destroy the IP address details of its customers in an open and fully legal bid to undermine Sweden's new anti-file sharing laws.

High rents threaten thousands of retailers
Germany

High rents threaten thousands of retailers

Some 5,000 German retailers are on the verge of ruin due to rising rents, the HDE industry association told daily Neue Rhein Zeitung on Thursday.

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Sweden

‘Dad killed kids’ in Good Friday crash

Police believe that a car crash in southern Sweden in which two young boys died on Good Friday may have been planned by their 37-year-old father, who also died in the frontal collision with a local bus.

Desperate Opel: GM owes us millions
Germany

Desperate Opel: GM owes us millions

Troubled German carmaker Opel will likely soon demand millions of euros from its beleaguered US parent General Motors, which is threatened by impending bankruptcy.

Artists give Berlin Wall murals anniversary makeover
Germany

Artists give Berlin Wall murals anniversary makeover

Restoration work began this week on murals painted on the longest remaining stretch of the Berlin Wall, 20 years after the Cold War barrier fell, organisers said. But some of the original artists are unhappy with their plan.

Swedish navy set to join hunt for pirates off Somali coast
Sweden

Swedish navy set to join hunt for pirates off Somali coast

Sweden, along with Germany, is set to add manpower and materiel to a European Union anti-piracy operation currently underway off the Somali coast, according to the Spanish captain heading up the mission.

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Sweden

Father confesses to gassing children

A father of three from Dalarna in central Sweden has been charged with attempted murder for trying to poison his children with the exhaust from a running car.

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Sweden

Ex-girlfriend botches stun gun castration

A 26-year-old woman from Malmö has been charged for pointing a stun gun at her ex-boyfriend's genitals.