Nintendo wins trademark battle with Swedish dental clinic
Sweden

Nintendo wins trademark battle with Swedish dental clinic

A modest dental clinic in Malmö may be forced to find a new logo following a complaint by Japanese gaming giant Nintendo.

Message in a bottle from Auschwitz prisoner found
Germany

Message in a bottle from Auschwitz prisoner found

One of the Auschwitz prisoners who left a message in a bottle found recently near the Nazi death camp has likely been located living in France, memorial spokesperson Jarek Mensfelt told The Local on Tuesday.

Heynckes targets Champions League for Bayern
Germany

Heynckes targets Champions League for Bayern

In the wake of Jürgen Klinsmann's sacking by Bayern Munich, caretaker coach Jupp Heynckes said Tuesday his goal is to ensure his side qualify for the Champions League in his five games in charge.

Daimler posts dire loss and cuts wages
Germany

Daimler posts dire loss and cuts wages

German luxury car and truck maker Daimler posted a stiff first-quarter loss Tuesday and warned sales would "decrease significantly" this year. Some 60,000 workers will also see their wages cut by nearly 9 percent.

Possible swine flu cases probed
Germany

Possible swine flu cases probed

The Health Ministry confirmed on Tuesday that one of three cases of suspected swine flu in Germany came back negative. But the country is prepared to handle any possible epidemic, Health Minister Ulla Schmidt said.

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Sweden

SAS posts new loss after ‘horrifying’ year

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) saw its troubles deepen on Wednesday as it reported a loss for the sixth quarter in succession.

Rosengård firefighters call it quits
Sweden

Rosengård firefighters call it quits

After months of suffering through thrown rocks and threats directed at his squadron during numerous calls to the Rosengård neighbourhood in Malmö, local fire chief Henrik Persson said on Tuesday he is stepping down from his post.

Köhler: East Germans deserve more respect
Germany

Köhler: East Germans deserve more respect

Almost 20 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, German President Horst Köhler on Monday said people from the formerly communist eastern half of the country deserved more respect from their western cousins.

Pranksters flag Berlin’s dog doo-doo dilemma
Germany

Pranksters flag Berlin’s dog doo-doo dilemma

“Shit Happens,” a new citizens’ initiative in Berlin, is attempting to use humour to create awareness of the city’s substantial dog doo problem.

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Sweden

Swedish paper maker SCA to slash 2,200 jobs in Europe

Swedish paper maker SCA planned to shutter 11 factories and cut 2,200 European jobs, the company announced on Tuesday.

‘Unbending squirrel’ blocks nuclear train delivery
Germany

‘Unbending squirrel’ blocks nuclear train delivery

A French anti-nuclear activist nicknamed the "unbending squirrel" managed to stop a train carrying uranium from a German processing plant in spectacular fashion, police said on Tuesday.

Horses domesticated more than 5,000 years ago
Germany

Horses domesticated more than 5,000 years ago

Dogs have always enjoyed wide acceptance and man’s best friend, but a German team of scientists has revealed that horses may have been domesticated more than five millennia ago.

Namibia: a taste of old-fashioned African Gemütlichkeit
Germany

Namibia: a taste of old-fashioned African Gemütlichkeit

The former German colony of Namibia has become an attractive destination for German tourists and expats looking for a new home offering a touch of Teutonic Gemütlichkeit - or hospitality.

‘Make conscription mandatory for women’: Social Democrats
Sweden

‘Make conscription mandatory for women’: Social Democrats

The Social Democrats want make it mandatory for Swedish women to register for military conscription, rather than allowing them to do so voluntarily.

Swedish rapists ‘enjoy impunity’: Amnesty International
Sweden

Swedish rapists ‘enjoy impunity’: Amnesty International

Sweden needs to do much more to clamp down on rapists, according to reports from Amnesty International and the United Nations. Jennifer Heape examines the disparity between the country's high incidence of rape and its low conviction rate.

‘Bandwagon jumper’ Bildt in Sri Lanka snub
Sweden

‘Bandwagon jumper’ Bildt in Sri Lanka snub

Authorities in Sri Lanka have denied Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt a visa to enter the country, prompting him to recall Sweden's highest ranking diplomat from the country.

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Sweden

Robot attacked Swedish factory worker

A Swedish company has been fined 25,000 kronor ($3,000) after a malfunctioning robot attacked and almost killed one of its workers at a factory north of Stockholm.

Daimler bails out on Chrysler stake and forgives debt
Germany

Daimler bails out on Chrysler stake and forgives debt

German automaker Daimler said Monday it would give up its 19.9 percent stake in its former US unit Chrysler and forgiving outstanding loans from the struggling Detroit firm.

Kabul calls on Germany to help fight Afghan drug trade
Germany

Kabul calls on Germany to help fight Afghan drug trade

The Afghan government has asked the German military to help fight the country’s rampant drug trade, broadcaster ARD reported on Tuesday.

Deutsche Bank’s strong results give hope for end to crisis
Germany

Deutsche Bank’s strong results give hope for end to crisis

Germany's largest bank, Deutsche Bank, posted strong first quarter results on Tuesday, becoming the latest major bank in Europe and North America to offer hope for an eventual end to the financial crisis.

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Sweden

Man shot dead in central Sweden

A 45-year-old man was shot dead near his home just south of Fagersta in central Sweden on Monday night.

Latvia upsets Sweden at ice hockey world championships
Sweden

Latvia upsets Sweden at ice hockey world championships

Sweden suffered an unexpected loss to Latvia in the world ice hockey championships in Switzerland on Monday, falling 2-3 in a penalty shootout.

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Sweden

Second ISP undermines file sharing law

Swedish telecom operator Tele2 announced on Monday it will erase data identifying their customers, a decision police claim may complicate their efforts to track down those who share copyrighted material illegally over the internet.