Germany ‘invites’ Iran’s envoy to clear air
Germany

Germany ‘invites’ Iran’s envoy to clear air

The German government "invited" on Monday the Iranian ambassador to explain himself after Tehran accused Western countries of "meddling" in its affairs, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said in Berlin.

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Sweden

Sweden expels Chinese diplomat: report

The Swedish government has expelled a Chinese diplomat following revelations that the Chinese embassy was allegedly involved in spying on political refugees residing in Sweden.

Hostages in Yemen being held by rebels
Germany

Hostages in Yemen being held by rebels

Six foreign hostages, including five Germans, kidnapped this month in Yemen are alive and being held by Shiite rebels, a tribal source said on Monday. Three other hostages were found dead last week.

Last Karmann leaves factory as firm folds
Germany

Last Karmann leaves factory as firm folds

Sports car manufacturer Karmann has produced its last vehicle, which left its factory on Monday, amid a row between management and unions over the reasons for its insolvency.

Volvo Buses lands major order from China
Sweden

Volvo Buses lands major order from China

Volvo Buses, along with its Chinese subsidiary, plans to deliever 1,500 buses to a group in Shanghai, China in a deal worth 1.3 billion kronor ($162 million).

Lufthansa takes over BMI for Heathrow slots
Germany

Lufthansa takes over BMI for Heathrow slots

Lufthansa announced on Monday it had reached an agreement that should finally allow it to buy British Midland (BMI) from the carrier’s dominant shareholder, Michael Bishop.

BASF leaks 10 tonnes of stinging chemical into the Rhine
Germany

BASF leaks 10 tonnes of stinging chemical into the Rhine

Production at the BASF factory near Mannheim was closed down on Monday after ten tonnes of chemicals leaked from it into the Rhine River.

Bildt pushes Iran to allow peaceful protests
Sweden

Bildt pushes Iran to allow peaceful protests

Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt on Monday urged Iran to permit peaceful demonstrations against the results of the country’s recent presidential elections.

Bruno takes Berlin in knit ‘naked’ suit
Germany

Bruno takes Berlin in knit ‘naked’ suit

British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen has donned a skin-tight pink suit complete with sewn on genitalia in front of Berlin's landmark Brandenburg Gate to promote his new film "Bruno."

Taking a bite out of voter apathy
Germany

Taking a bite out of voter apathy

What do finger-chomping chimps at the zoo have to do with voter apathy in Germany? Roger Boyes, the Berlin correspondent of British daily The Times, has the answer.

Germany business confidence rises despite dire conditions
Germany

Germany business confidence rises despite dire conditions

German firms are getting over the recession blues and expect a stabilisation in Europe’s biggest economy after the turmoil of recent months, the closely watched Ifo survey suggested on Monday.

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Sweden

Swedish cops dump toilets to save money

The Malmö police department will stop at no lengths to refrain from spending a penny, employees learned recently.

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Sweden

Bildt urges ‘time out’ over Balkan border dispute

On the eve of Sweden’s taking over of the European Union presidency, foreign minister Carl Bildt encouraged Croatia and Slovenia to reflect on the border dispute which has halted Croatia's EU accession negotiations.

Convicted murderer suspected in new killing
Sweden

Convicted murderer suspected in new killing

A 36-year-old man suspected of murdering a woman on Kungsholmen in Stockholm over the weekend was already serving a life sentence for another brutal murder. He was on furlough from prison at the time of the killing.

Judge backs police breaking up concerts pre-emptively
Germany

Judge backs police breaking up concerts pre-emptively

A court in Koblenz has ruled that police may break up public events pre-emptively on the grounds that they expect crimes to be committed.

Police hunt killer after jogger stabbed to death in Berlin
Germany

Police hunt killer after jogger stabbed to death in Berlin

Police on Monday were still feverishly hunting a blond teenager who stabbed a woman to death while she was jogging in the Spandau forest near Berlin over the weekend.

Red Cross fraudster faked his academic records: report
Sweden

Red Cross fraudster faked his academic records: report

The man suspected of defrauding the Swedish Red Cross (Röda Korset) of 2.7 million kronor ($336,000) to help fund a life of luxury reportedly built his career on falsified university transcripts.

Greenpeace occupies Unterweser nuke plant
Germany

Greenpeace occupies Unterweser nuke plant

Activists from the environmentalist group Greenpeace staged a protest on top of the reactor dome of the Unterweser nuclear power plant in Lower Saxony on Monday.

Schumacher backs rebel F1 teams
Germany

Schumacher backs rebel F1 teams

German driving legend Michael Schumacher has waded into the row engulfing Formula One racing by suggesting the breakaway competitor series being organised by the teams could be more exciting to watch than the original.

Berlin clears way for EU approval of cloned meat
Germany

Berlin clears way for EU approval of cloned meat

Germany has reportedly dropped its opposition to allowing meat and dairy products from cloned animals in the European Union.

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Sweden

Mother arrested for ‘torture-like’ abuse

A woman in her thirties has been remanded into custody on suspicions of abusing her three small children under torture-like conditions.

Frankfurt airport offers ‘gold to go’ vending machine
Germany

Frankfurt airport offers ‘gold to go’ vending machine

Tired of buying perfume or chocolates for your spouse while flying home? Looking for a special and safe investment in these turbulent times? AFP's William Ickes reports on Frankfurt airport's new gold vending machine.

Irregularities reported in Sweden’s EU vote
Sweden

Irregularities reported in Sweden’s EU vote

There were a number of problems associated with the European Parliament vote held in Sweden two weeks ago, according to a post-election report.

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Sweden

Arson suspected in eight Österlen fires

Police suspect arson in eight separate fires which broke out in various locations throughout the Österlen region of southern Sweden early Sunday morning.

Minister proposes ankle bracelets for young criminals
Sweden

Minister proposes ankle bracelets for young criminals

Sweden’s justice minister says she’s open to monitoring young offenders with ankle bracelets rather than keeping them locked up.