Cap Anamur boss acquitted of illegal immigration charges
Germany

Cap Anamur boss acquitted of illegal immigration charges

The former head of German humanitarian organisation Cap Anamur was acquitted Wednesday of charges of encouraging illegal immigration by bringing 37 Africans into Italy aboard a ship.

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Sweden

Pakistan to free Swede held in terror probe

The 19-year-old Safia Benaouda and her two-year-old son, who have been imprisoned in Pakistan since August, are to be released “shortly”, according to the Swedish foreign ministry.

Police raid suspected Islamist terrorists
Germany

Police raid suspected Islamist terrorists

German police carried out dawn raids on 26 premises in Berlin on Wednesday in an operation aimed at suspected Islamists believed to be planning "terror attacks" on Russia, prosecutors said.

Daimler starts Islamic financing for the United Arab Emirates
Germany

Daimler starts Islamic financing for the United Arab Emirates

The German luxury car maker Daimler said on Wednesday it would launch a financial services unit in the United Arab Emirates to offer credits which conform to Islamic law.

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Sweden

Swedish grocers demand talks with Dole over Bananas!* lawsuit

Swedish grocery store chains ICA and Axfood have said they want to meet with the Swedish subsidiary of Dole Foods to discuss Dole’s attempts to ban a Swedish documentary film about the US food giant.

Giving German hoop dreams a helping hand
Germany

Giving German hoop dreams a helping hand

Germany’s professional basketball league might be popular, but it isn’t very German. David Hein looks at a new rule intended to nurture homegrown talent at the expense of American interlopers.

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Sweden

ABB fined for breaching EU competition rules

Swedish-Swiss engineering firm ABB, along with six other manufacturers of power transformers, have been fined a total €67.6 million ($99.4 million) for violating European Union competition rules.

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Sweden

Street grovelling leads to work for jobless Swede

A 21-year-old Swedish man is rejoicing following the unexpected success of a decidedly unorthodox plan to find gainful employment.

Group therapy deaths caused by Ecstasy overdoses
Germany

Group therapy deaths caused by Ecstasy overdoses

Autopsies show that two men who died after a group therapy session in Berlin last month both suffered an overdose of Ecstasy, daily Berliner Morgenpost reported on Wednesday.

Three to split Nobel chemistry prize
Sweden

Three to split Nobel chemistry prize

Three chemists are to share the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work in revealing more about how cells go about using bits of DNA to form the blueprints for living organisms.

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Sweden

Son may have murdered ‘holidaying’ dad

Police in western Sweden are soon to start digging for the body of a 65-year-old man who friends believed was in the Canary Islands but may in fact have been killed by his son.

Secretary fired over meatball snack after 34 years on the job
Germany

Secretary fired over meatball snack after 34 years on the job

A Dortmund secretary is fighting for her job of 34 years after being fired for snacking on a meatball from a conference buffet on the job, daily Bild reported on Wednesday.

Suitor admits Pirate Bay purchase in peril
Sweden

Suitor admits Pirate Bay purchase in peril

Global Gaming Factory (GGF) admitted on Wednesday that its planned purchase of The Pirate Bay file sharing site is in danger of falling apart.

Recession cuts ranks of German billionaires
Germany

Recession cuts ranks of German billionaires

Germany's worst post-war recession has cut the ranks of the country's billionaires to 99 and the fortunes of those still making the grade have plummeted dramatically, according to a survey released this week.

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Sweden

Snow storms strike in northern Sweden

Heavy overnight snowfalls have been playing havoc with traffic conditions in inland areas of northern Norrland on Wednesday morning.

Politician calls for green diaper bonus
Sweden

Politician calls for green diaper bonus

Politicians have used their full powers of imagination in drafting more than 3,000 parliamentary motions this year that deal with everything from the need for a Minister of the Suburbs to a government inquiry into the lives of cats.

Man’s dog finds dead infant along Munich’s Isar River
Germany

Man’s dog finds dead infant along Munich’s Isar River

A man’s dog has discovered a dead infant in shrubbery along Munich’s Isar River, according to the city's police.

American GI returns stolen books to Germany
Germany

American GI returns stolen books to Germany

A World War II veteran, who during the closing weeks of the war stole two 16th-century books stashed for safe-keeping in a German salt mine, returned the works to the German government on Tuesday.

Violence against women tops list of police crimes
Sweden

Violence against women tops list of police crimes

Acts of violence against women accounted for more indictments against off duty police officers than any other crime in the last decade.

Two apartment fires leave one dead, 17 injured
Germany

Two apartment fires leave one dead, 17 injured

Seventeen people were injured in an apartment building fire overnight in the southern Hessian city of Mörfelden-Walldorf, while another fire in Bremen left one woman dead, police reported on Wednesday.