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Sweden

Man stabbed to death in Malmö

A man was stabbed to death in an internet café on Drottninggatan in Malmö at around 4:30 this afternoon, according to a breaking report in the Sydsvenskan newspaper.

‘No time line for Afghanistan exit’: Bildt
Sweden

‘No time line for Afghanistan exit’: Bildt

The international community will not leave Afghanistan until the country has undergone a secure transition in which "rule of law, governance and anti-corruption mechanisms" are central, Sweden's foreign minister Carl Bildt said on Tuesday.

Merkel: WWII caused ‘endless suffering’
Germany

Merkel: WWII caused ‘endless suffering’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday that her country unleashed "endless suffering" by starting World War II, but also recalled the fate of ethnic Germans expelled at the end of the conflict.

Demonstrators scale Reichstag façade for anti-nuke protest
Germany

Demonstrators scale Reichstag façade for anti-nuke protest

Demonstrators from the environmentalist group Greenpeace on Tuesday scaled the large columns on the façade of the Reichstag building, home to the German parliament, to attach an anti-nuclear energy banner.

Oste bridge ferry still going strong after century of service
Germany

Oste bridge ferry still going strong after century of service

The Schwebefähre, or bridge ferry, over the Oste River in Lower Saxony this year celebrates a century of service. Taking a journey on Germany's oldest transporter bridge offers visitors a chance to become a party of its long history.

New train tickets aim to beat black market
Sweden

New train tickets aim to beat black market

Swedish Rail (SJ) will on Wednesday move to broaden its personalised ticket system in a bid to thwart the black market in cheap tickets and improve customer service, the company said in a statement.

Feminist porn ‘challenges traditional gender roles’
Sweden

Feminist porn ‘challenges traditional gender roles’

Film maker Mia Engberg explains the genesis of Dirty Diaries, a movie made up of 12 'feminist porn' shorts that has been generating heated debate across Sweden in the lead-up to its premiere this week.

Publicly funded ‘feminist porn’ to premiere
Sweden

Publicly funded ‘feminist porn’ to premiere

'Feminist porn' movie Dirty Diaries, which received 500,000 kronor ($69,000) in public funding, is to premiere this Thursday in Stockholm.

Germany unveils €17.5-billion plan to fight credit crunch
Germany

Germany unveils €17.5-billion plan to fight credit crunch

Germany on Tuesday unveiled a €17.5-billion ($25-billion) plan to fight lingering credit crunch problems in Europe's largest economy by lending directly to banks and bolstering insurers.

The Greens’ Omid Nouripour: ‘You have to fight for democracy’
Germany

The Greens’ Omid Nouripour: ‘You have to fight for democracy’

As the federal election approaches, The Local's new series on politicians with non-German roots features Green party MP Omid Nouripour, an Iranian-born Hessian who says his background gives him a special appreciation for democracy.

Political parties jockey for power after German state polls
Germany

Political parties jockey for power after German state polls

Parties across Germany’s political spectrum continued to jockey for position on Tuesday after polls in Saxony, Saarland and Thuringia shook up the country’s general election campaign.

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Sweden

Swedish banks: Interest rates set to rise

Two of Sweden's biggest banks, SEB and Nordea, have predicted that the Riksbank will raise its benchmark interest rate to 2 percent by the end of next year from its current level of 0.25 percent.

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Sweden

Swedish doctor found drunk on the job

Swedish health authorities have recommended that a doctor from a clinic in Umeå in northern Sweden be placed on probation for three years after he was caught under the heavy influence of alcohol at work.

Three trucks full of weaponry removed from bomber’s home
Germany

Three trucks full of weaponry removed from bomber’s home

Two weeks after Hessian police arrested a man who bombed a family's home in Viernheim near Mannheim, officers closed roads early on Wednesday to transport three trucks full of explosives and other weaponry confiscated from his apartment.

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Sweden

Economy on track despite August hiccup

The Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), which measures the manufacturing industry business cycle, fell in August to 52.4 from 54.3 in the previous month. An index over 50 indicates economic growth.

Economic crisis boosts German unemployment
Germany

Economic crisis boosts German unemployment

German unemployment rose slightly to 8.3 percent of in August, official data showed on Tuesday, while analysts and officials warned of likely further pressure on the labour market in Europe's biggest economy.

Storms to follow final summer heat
Germany

Storms to follow final summer heat

Germany will see one last day of glorious summer heat on Tuesday before the rest of the week turns windy and rainy.

Three babies die of bacterial infection
Sweden

Three babies die of bacterial infection

Three newborn children have died at Västerås hospital in central Sweden following infection with a strain of multiresistant bacteria.

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Sweden

Wild boar hunter in strife for elk kill

A hunter in Lessebo who thought he had shot a wild boar but instead found he had shot a small elk has been charged by Växjö district court with illegal hunting, reports the Smålandsposten newspaper.

Light bulb ban begins
Germany

Light bulb ban begins

Starting on Tuesday, classic incandescent light bulbs will begin to be phased out in Germany and the rest of the European Union in a bid to save energy and protect the environment.

70th anniversary of start to WWII remembered
Germany

70th anniversary of start to WWII remembered

Germany's invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939, marked the start of massive military operations, but the Nazis paved the way with a largely-forgotten campaign of low-level attacks.

Ibrahimovic finds net in league debut
Sweden

Ibrahimovic finds net in league debut

Barcelona's record signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored the final goal in a comprehensive 3-0 home win for his new club over Sporting Gijon in the opening league game of the season on Monday.

Man knifes teen girl and threatens to blow up building
Germany

Man knifes teen girl and threatens to blow up building

An Aachen man injured a 15-year-old girl with a knife and then threatened to blow up his apartment building on Monday evening, police reported.