Teen girl who stabbed student planned arson
Germany

Teen girl who stabbed student planned arson

A teenage girl is on the run on Monday after attacking a fellow student in Sankt Augustin near Bonn. She apparently planned to burn the school down.

Steppin’ out for a smoke
Germany

Steppin’ out for a smoke

English musician and Berlin resident Joe Jackson explains why he’s delighted Germany’s smoking ban appears to be unravelling faster than a self-rolled cigarette.

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Sweden

Elderly man kills wife with axe

An 81-year-old man from Norrtälje in eastern Sweden reported to police on Monday morning that he had hit his 67-year-old common law wife with an axe. The woman died from her injuries during the afternoon.

Stenson strikes gold at world’s richest tournament
Sweden

Stenson strikes gold at world’s richest tournament

Swede Henrik Stenson used precision off the tee to set up a commanding four-stroke victory at the world's richest tournament, the $9.5 million Players Championship on Sunday.

SPD rejects amendment for military’s anti-piracy ops
Germany

SPD rejects amendment for military’s anti-piracy ops

A battle has erupted in Germany’s governing coalition over Chancellor Angela Merkel’s suggestion to amend the constitution in order to aid the navy’s mission against piracy on the high seas.

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Sweden

Metro announces 528 million kronor share issue

Crisis-hit Swedish media group Metro International, the global free newspaper publisher, announced on Monday a rights issue aimed at raising 528 million kronor ($68 million).

Man gets six years for selling missile material to Iran
Germany

Man gets six years for selling missile material to Iran

A Koblenz court sentenced a 63-year-old businessman to six years in prison on Monday after confessing to selling materials that could be used in missiles to Iran.

Steel and iron production plummets to below 50 percent
Germany

Steel and iron production plummets to below 50 percent

German steel and iron industry production reached a record low point in April, the Federal Statistics Office (Destatis) reported on Monday.

German gamer gets life for murdering British student
Germany

German gamer gets life for murdering British student

A German office worker was sentenced to life in prison on Monday for murdering a British student after he became infatuated with his girlfriend online.

Saab sale narrows to ‘two or three buyers’
Sweden

Saab sale narrows to ‘two or three buyers’

The sale of Swedish car maker Saab Automobile is entering its closing stages with only two or three interested parties remaining in the hunt for the firm.

Pirate Bay judge faces new bias allegations
Sweden

Pirate Bay judge faces new bias allegations

Several leading Swedish legal experts have called for a retrial in The Pirate Bay case as new details emerged supporting allegations of conflicts of interest against the presiding judge, Tomas Norström.

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Sweden

Is rape rampant in gender-equal Sweden?

A recent European Commission report identifying Sweden as having the highest level of reported rapes in Europe should be treated with a healthy dose of scepticism, argues sociologist Laura Agustín.

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Sweden

Football hooligans run riot on Swedish flight

Five Swedish football supporters were forced to leave a plane at Malmö Airport on Sunday with a further seven suspected of air traffic sabotage after threatening crew and beating up a fellow passenger.

Surprise strike delays flights from Düsseldorf
Germany

Surprise strike delays flights from Düsseldorf

Airline workers staged an unannouced strike early on Monday in Düsseldorf, triggering delays that will likely last throughout the day, service workers’ union Verdi said.

Berlin exhibition brings East Germany alive for kids
Germany

Berlin exhibition brings East Germany alive for kids

AFP's Arnaud Bouvier looks at a new exhibition seeking to explain what it was like to live in communist East Germany to children with no memory of their country's turbulent past some 20 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Dairy farmers threaten strike over retail pricing
Germany

Dairy farmers threaten strike over retail pricing

Every fourth German dairy farmer is going broke and the industry is planning widespread protests against retail milk pricing practices in the coming days, daily Die Welt reported on Monday.

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Sweden

Swedish toads croak to choir song crown

The Swedish fire-bellied toad choir won the second European Bombina Song Contest on Saturday.

83-year-old held hostage in cellar over land dispute
Germany

83-year-old held hostage in cellar over land dispute

Bavarian police have freed an 83-year-old man from a Starnberg cellar where a couple were holding him hostage in a land dispute.

Swedish group opens ‘world’s largest’ UFO archive
Sweden

Swedish group opens ‘world’s largest’ UFO archive

The world's largest UFO archive, with over 18,000 Swedish reports, pictures and foreign reports over mysterious happenings was opened to the general public in Norrköping in eastern Sweden on Sunday.

Merkel attacks British eurosceptics
Germany

Merkel attacks British eurosceptics

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has made a thinly veiled attack on Britain's eurosceptic main opposition Conservative Party, who are currently riding high in opinion polls.

Sweden claims bronze at World Ice Hockey Championships
Sweden

Sweden claims bronze at World Ice Hockey Championships

Sweden battled from a goal down to beat the United States 4-2 and claim the bronze medal at the World Ice Hockey Championships in Berne on Sunday.

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Sweden

Sweden confirms new swine flu case

Sweden confirmed its second case of swine flu on Sunday.