Computer seen behind Lufthansa near-crash
Germany

Computer seen behind Lufthansa near-crash

A new enquiry has concluded that a computer error may have been to blame for a near-disaster on the runway at Hamburg Airport on March 1, 2008.

Deutsche Bahn’s new ticket-cheat policy to inflate crime stats
Germany

Deutsche Bahn’s new ticket-cheat policy to inflate crime stats

The German crime rate is set to be boosted in the next months by the new zero tolerance policy of rail operator Deutsche Bahn towards tickets cheats, Der Spiegel reported Saturday.

Doctors looking for swine flu test-subjects
Germany

Doctors looking for swine flu test-subjects

German doctors are looking for candidates for swine flu vaccine tests, news magazine Focus reported Saturday.

Hunger strikers in Berlin want Iranian prisoners freed
Germany

Hunger strikers in Berlin want Iranian prisoners freed

Some 60 people began a three-day hunger strike in Berlin on Friday to demand the release of political prisoners in Iran, a month after the disputed re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Jewish group sues Amazon for Nazi books
Germany

Jewish group sues Amazon for Nazi books

The American Jewish Committee (AJC) is to sue online bookseller Amazon for selling extreme right-wing books, the AJC’s Berlin office announced Friday.

VW and Porsche: Germany’s unending automotive saga
Germany

VW and Porsche: Germany’s unending automotive saga

Volkswagen’s takeover of Porsche is a wreck of epic proportions for fans of the fancy sports carmaker. But Henrik Mortsiefer from Berlin newspaper Der Tagesspiegel argues the saga might not be over just yet.

Bildt to meet Holbrooke in Kabul ahead of elections
Sweden

Bildt to meet Holbrooke in Kabul ahead of elections

While Swedish troops stationed at Aqchah in northern Afghanistan on Thursday night battled in a firefight with opposing forces, Foreign Minister Carl Bildt was in Kabul on Friday to join US regional envoy Richard Holbrooke for a pre-election assessment trip, according to the European Union.

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Sweden

‘Overwhelming evidence’ against father: court

A guilty verdict appears likely for the father of four in Uppsala accused of abusing his wife and children and keeping them confined to the family apartment. The district court has found that there is overwhelming evidence against the man and has ordered him to undergo a physiatric evaluation.

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Sweden

Ericsson to acquire Nortel wireless division

Swedish telecom giant Ericsson has bought the wireless division of Canadian group Nortel, currently under bankruptcy protection from creditors, for the equivalent of more than $1 billion (8 billion kronor).

Ferry delays continue following collision
Sweden

Ferry delays continue following collision

Disruptions in ferry traffic between the island of Gotland and the Swedish mainland will continue following the Thursday collision of two passenger ferries near the port of Nynäshamn off Sweden's east coast.

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Sweden

Swedish doctors refuse to circumcise boys

Many doctors and several local authorities in Sweden refuse to circumcise boys unless it is medically motivated, reported Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper.

Bayreuth Wagner festival opens
Germany

Bayreuth Wagner festival opens

The curtain rises on the 98th Richard Wagner Festspiele in Bayreuth on Saturday night with a revival of a production of Tristan and Isolde by Swiss director Christoph Marthaler.