First suspected swine flu death in Germany
Germany

First suspected swine flu death in Germany

The death of a man in a German hospital was probably due to swine flu, health authorities said Saturday, making it the country's first fatal case of the disease.

Parties make final push before election
Germany

Parties make final push before election

German Chancellor Angela Merkel made an 11th-hour push for votes on Saturday, the eve of an election expected to return her to power but perhaps not in the new coalition she wants.

Skies cleared over Oktoberfest crowds amid terror fear
Germany

Skies cleared over Oktoberfest crowds amid terror fear

A no-fly zone has been established in the skies over Munich’s Oktoberfest from Saturday onwards to prevent terrorists crashing planes into the massive crowds.

German housing prices fall for the first time in five years
Germany

German housing prices fall for the first time in five years

The average price of a German home fell in 2008 for the first time in five years, a housing industry study has found.

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Sweden

Koenigsegg countdown to seal Saab deal

The buy-out of Saab Automobile by the Koenigsegg Group hangs in the balance after co-owner Bård Eker states the company could withdraw if business is not concluded in the next few days.

Summer’s end draws near as ‘Sabine’ runs out of puff
Germany

Summer’s end draws near as ‘Sabine’ runs out of puff

Germany’s Indian summer weather is gradually coming to an end, though not before a fine and sunny election day, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Saturday.

Police in traffic camera scheme talks
Sweden

Police in traffic camera scheme talks

Sweden's National Police Board want to conduct a pilot scheme using traffic cameras with automatic number plate recognition. But the question of integrity for drivers must first be overcome.

Half of Germans back compulsory vote amid falling turnout
Germany

Half of Germans back compulsory vote amid falling turnout

Nearly half of Germans favour the introduction of compulsory voting to lift the participation rate as the country heads into an election that could draw the lowest turnout on record, according to a new poll.

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Sweden

Gothenburg goalie admits moving posts

A goalkeeper for Swedish football club IFK Göteborg is under investigation after being caught on film moving his goalposts before a league game. "I've done it from time to time," he says.

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Sweden

Old meat rations on sale in Sweden

Following revelations that Swedish meat supplies from the Cold War era are being served up in restaurants in Poland, its has been revealed that tinned rations are also on sale in Sweden.

Islamists make threats ahead of election
Germany

Islamists make threats ahead of election

German authorities have uncovered a new video threatening attacks against the country over its military engagement in Afghanistan ahead of this weekend's pivotal elections, according to officials in Berlin.

Steinmeier warns of social unrest with Merkel
Germany

Steinmeier warns of social unrest with Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's embattled challenger Frank-Walter Steinmeier has warned of social injustice and unrest if her right-wing coalition of choice wins Sunday's poll and predicted its lead would vanish on election night.

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Sweden

Malmö man sentenced for sex assault in Texas

A 33-year old man from Malmö has been sentenced to ten years in prison by a US court for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old he met online.

Sweden pushes India and China to act on climate
Sweden

Sweden pushes India and China to act on climate

Sweden is calling for less talk and more action from major emerging economies in climate issues after Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt expressed concerned over progress at a UN summit earlier this week.