Fashion magazine ‘Brigitte’ goes model-free
Germany

Fashion magazine ‘Brigitte’ goes model-free

Brigitte, one of Germany’s most popular glossy women’s magazines, announced on Monday that it will no longer use models in photo spreads in response to changing ideas about beauty.

Sweden tops broadband quality survey
Sweden

Sweden tops broadband quality survey

Sweden has the highest quality broadband in Europe, and the third best in the world, according to a new study.

Hypo Real Estate needs five years to pay off state aid
Germany

Hypo Real Estate needs five years to pay off state aid

Troubled German property financier Hypo Real Estate (Hypo RE) will need until 2015 to repay about €100 billion of state aid, chief executive Axel Wieandt said Monday.

Wolf pup killed by car in Saxony
Germany

Wolf pup killed by car in Saxony

A five-month-old wolf pup has been run over by a car in the state of Saxony, officials in Rietschen reported on Monday.

Chinese media tempted by fantasy of women-only Swedish town
Sweden

Chinese media tempted by fantasy of women-only Swedish town

A mythical Swedish town where men are barred from entering and women turn to homosexuality has piqued the interest of several Chinese media outlets.

Soldier dies from injuries suffered in Afghanistan suicide attack
Germany

Soldier dies from injuries suffered in Afghanistan suicide attack

A 24-year-old German soldier has died from injuries suffered during a suicide attack in Afghanistan last year, the Defence Ministry said on Monday.

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Sweden

Reinfeldt steps up pressure to ensure Lisbon treaty adoption

Sweden's Fredrik Reinfeldt on Monday pushed the Czech Republic and Britain not to further delay passage of the European Union's Lisbon reform treaty.

President honours man killed by bullies at Munich S-Bahn station
Germany

President honours man killed by bullies at Munich S-Bahn station

German President Horst Köhler has posthumously awarded the Federal Cross of Merit to Dominik Brunner, the man who was beaten to death at a Munich S-Bahn stop while trying to protect a group of children from bullies.

Nobel Prize for medicine split three ways
Sweden

Nobel Prize for medicine split three ways

The 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been awarded to three American researchers.

Långholmen crowned champions in final day drama
Sweden

Långholmen crowned champions in final day drama

The Local's partner football club Långholmen FC earned promotion to Division 3 on Sunday in a dramatic final day of the season that saw the Stripes overtake pre-game table toppers Marieberg with a 3-1 win over Reymersholms IK.

Alfred Nobel’s last will and testament
Sweden

Alfred Nobel’s last will and testament

Swedish inventor and scholar Alfred Nobel created the Nobel prizes in his will, written in 1895, bequeathing his fortune to a fund that would honour "those who, during the preceding year, shall have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind."

Merkel starts contentious coalition talks with FDP
Germany

Merkel starts contentious coalition talks with FDP

Freshly re-elected Chancellor Angela Merkel begins on Monday what could be prickly negotiations with her new coalition partners over forming a government amid differences over taxes and ministerial portfolios.

Helicopter heist hits global top ten list
Sweden

Helicopter heist hits global top ten list

September's helicopter cash depot heist in Stockholm qualifies as one of the ten most spectacular heists of all time, according to a new list published by Time magazine.

Publisher shelves honour killing book in fear of Islamist retaliation
Germany

Publisher shelves honour killing book in fear of Islamist retaliation

A Düsseldorf publisher has cancelled print of a murder mystery because of fears that its subject matter – an honour killing – would put employees at risk for Islamist retaliation, according to news magazine Der Spiegel.

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Sweden

Passed out vodka lover comes to sporting lewd tattoo

A 27-year-old man from northern Sweden has certain regrets about drinking a full bottle of vodka after waking up the morning after with a six inch penis tattooed on his leg, newspaper Aftonbladet reports.

Stasi victims still searching for peace after 20 years
Germany

Stasi victims still searching for peace after 20 years

Twenty years have passed since the fall of the Berlin Wall, but victims of communist East Germany's despised Stasi secret police say fighting off history's ghosts is still a daily struggle.

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Sweden

Carrier pigeon massacre near Gothenburg

Police in western Sweden are looking for someone who broke the necks of 30 carrier pigeons in a cage in a community allotment area north of Gothenburg.

Warmer temperatures on their way after autumn storms
Germany

Warmer temperatures on their way after autumn storms

After a rash of autumn storms, Germany’s weather is set to warm up briefly to summer-like temperatures, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Monday.

Case of dead infants likely to go unsolved
Germany

Case of dead infants likely to go unsolved

The case of four dead babies found last week in Berlin’s Charlottenburg district will likely never be solved, daily Berliner Zeitung reported on Monday.

Payment problems plague more Swedish homeowners
Sweden

Payment problems plague more Swedish homeowners

Despite record-low interest rates, an increasing number of Swedish homeowners are having trouble paying their debts, according to a new study.

‘Make parents pay for children’s crimes’: Ask
Sweden

‘Make parents pay for children’s crimes’: Ask

Parents in Sweden should be responsible for paying for damages caused when their children commit crimes, according to a new government proposal.