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Sweden’s ‘youngest female pimp’ remanded in custody

A 17-year-old girl and 19-year-old woman have been remanded in custody in Malmö on suspicion of selling a disabled teenager for sex.

Steinbrück calls for global financial transaction tax at G20
Germany

Steinbrück calls for global financial transaction tax at G20

German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück called Friday for a global tax on financial transactions as the Group of 20 developed and developing economies met in Pittsburgh.

Stuttgart institute working on ‘one-litre plane’ for NASA contest
Germany

Stuttgart institute working on ‘one-litre plane’ for NASA contest

The University of Stuttgart’s Institute of Aircraft Design (IFB) has announced that it has begun the construction of an aircraft powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, the Hydrogenius, which it hopes will compete in NASA’s Green Flight Challenge competition.

Passau police officer shot in the face with his service weapon
Germany

Passau police officer shot in the face with his service weapon

A man in Passau took a police officer’s gun and shot him in the face early on Friday morning, Bavarian authorities reported.

Merkel faces ‘hanging chad’ election victory
Germany

Merkel faces ‘hanging chad’ election victory

Angela Merkel looks set to remain chancellor after Germany’s general election on Sunday. But as The Local’s Marc Young explains, she could end up governing with a coalition lacking democratic legitimacy.

Emden shipyard workers protest closure plans
Germany

Emden shipyard workers protest closure plans

Some 2,000 people demonstrated at the traditional northern German seaport of Emden on Friday against the possible closure of its shipyard.

Casino gunman sentence confirmed
Sweden

Casino gunman sentence confirmed

The ten year prison sentence handed down to the 23-year-old man convicted of shooting into the entrance of Casino Cosmopol in Stockholm on Christmas Eve was confirmed by the appeals court on Friday.

Vehicle inspection driver crashes iconic Ferrari
Sweden

Vehicle inspection driver crashes iconic Ferrari

A Ferrari worth 3 million kronor ($434,000) was left nursing a crumpled front end after a hapless Swedish motor vehicle inspection driver took it for an impromptu spin.

Study finds regional food products not necessarily ‘greener’
Germany

Study finds regional food products not necessarily ‘greener’

Regionally produced food is not always as environmentally friendly as many may assume, according to a new study cited by daily Frankfurter Rundschau on Friday.

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Sweden

‘We are all immigrants’: Swedish researchers

Swedish researchers have concluded from DNA samples that Scandinavians are descended from immigrants that landed in the region 4,000 to 6,000 years ago.

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Sweden

Swedish woman freed in Pakistan terror probe

Safia Benaouda, the 19-year-old Swedish woman arrested in Pakistan earlier in September in the company of former Guantanamo inmate Mehdi Ghezali, is reported to have been released, according to local media.

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Sweden

Ford ‘examining Chinese Volvo bid’

Ford's chief executive Alan Mulally has said plans to sell Swedish subsidiary Volvo Cars are proceeding, despite rumours two weeks ago that Chinese automaker Geely had lost interest in the company.

Helicopter heist: millions offered as reward for tips
Sweden

Helicopter heist: millions offered as reward for tips

Stockholm police have received more than 300 tips from the general public in connection with the helicopter heist in Västberga on Wednesday. Security firm G4S has offered a 7 million kronor ($1 million) reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

Taxi driver forces man to enter airport naked after fare dispute
Germany

Taxi driver forces man to enter airport naked after fare dispute

A Leipzig man was forced to traipse through the Munich Airport naked after an enraged taxi driver took all of his possessions when he couldn’t pay his entire fare, daily Bild reported on Friday.

Legendary Berlin punk club SO36 loses lease
Germany

Legendary Berlin punk club SO36 loses lease

The legendary punk club SO36 in Berlin's Kreuzberg district has had its lease cancelled and could be forced to shut down early next year, daily newspaper Der Tagesspiegel reported on Friday.

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Sweden

Rancid Swedish Cold War meat sold to Poland

Meat from Swedish stockpiles dating back to the Cold War has been sold to Poland to be served in restaurants, according to a report in the Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) newspaper.

Last East German leader still a convinced socialist
Germany

Last East German leader still a convinced socialist

Communist East Germany's last leader Egon Krenz said this week he still believes socialism will triumph over capitalism in the end, almost 20 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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Sweden

Sweden concerned over climate talks

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt expressed deep concern on Thursday over the progress of climate negotiations at the G20 meeting in Pittsburgh, with only weeks to go before the Copenhagen conference.

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Sweden

Estonia approves TeliaSonera purchase

The Estonian government formally approved the sale on Thursday of the state's 27 percent stake in telecoms provider Eesti Telekom to the Nordic group TeliaSonera.

Widespread sun forecast for Sunday’s vote
Germany

Widespread sun forecast for Sunday’s vote

There will be no weather excuse for voters not to visit their polling stations on Sunday, as forecasters predict widespread sun throughout the country on election day.