First autumn frost expected over the weekend
Germany

First autumn frost expected over the weekend

After friendly Friday weather, temperatures are set to drop to chillier autumnal temperatures, bringing rain and the season’s first frost, German Weather Service (DWD) reported.

Trade surplus plummets amid weak exports
Germany

Trade surplus plummets amid weak exports

Germany's trade surplus plunged 43 percent in August compared to July after a huge drop in exports from Europe's biggest economy, official data showed on Friday.

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Sweden

Swedish journalist claims Obama Nobel jackpot

While the decision to award US President Barack Obama the Nobel Peace Prize has been received by widespread surprise, one Swedish journalist is toasting the Norwegians after winning 50,000 kronor ($7,177) betting on the outcome.

Munich remains Germany’s economic powerhouse
Germany

Munich remains Germany’s economic powerhouse

Munich has been crowned Germany's most economically successful city for the sixth year in a row, according to a new survey published in weekly business magazine WirtschaftsWoche on Friday.

Strawberry yoghurt recalled over metal shard fears
Germany

Strawberry yoghurt recalled over metal shard fears

The Zott dairy factory in the Bavarian city of Mertingen recalled its strawberry yoghurt on Friday over fears that a broken machine could have contaminated the product with metal slivers.

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Sweden

Swedish bus driver sacked for sending text message

A Swedish bus driver has been sacked for sending a text message while driving from Stockholm to Norrtälje. The driver was caught on film by a passenger.

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Sweden

ICA announces in-store pharmacy plans

Swedish retailer ICA has announced plans to open 100 pharmacies across the country.

Merkel: Obama’s Nobel prize ‘incentive’ for peace
Germany

Merkel: Obama’s Nobel prize ‘incentive’ for peace

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday welcomed the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to US President Barack Obama, calling it an "incentive to the president and to us all" to do more for peace.

Pilots report surge in laser pointer attacks during landings
Germany

Pilots report surge in laser pointer attacks during landings

Pilots have been reporting an increasing number of potentially deadly attacks on commercial jets with laser pointers during night landings at major German airports.

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Sweden

Immigrants fuel upswing in company start ups

Foreign-born residents of Sweden are helping to boost booming figures of new business start ups across the country in recent years, a new report indicates.

Obama Nobel win shocks Swedish peace group
Sweden

Obama Nobel win shocks Swedish peace group

The Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society (Svenska Freds) has classified as "shameful" the decision by the Nobel Committee in Oslo to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 to Barack Obama.

Swedish destiny resides in Copenhagen clash
Sweden

Swedish destiny resides in Copenhagen clash

The Swedish football team heads to Parken stadium in Copenhagen on Saturday hoping to claim the points and a real chance of winning a World Cup group that long seemed out of their grasp.

Broadcaster ZDF confuses ‘phishing’ with ‘fisting’ on air
Germany

Broadcaster ZDF confuses ‘phishing’ with ‘fisting’ on air

Germany was aflutter on Friday after an embarrassing blunder by a news reader for public broadcaster ZDF, who confused “phishing” with the sexual term “fisting” while referring to recent online attacks on email accounts worldwide.

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Sweden

Swedish soldiers shot in Afghanistan firefight

Two Swedish soldiers are recovering after sustaining injuries in a firefight in the vicinity of Mazar-i-Sharif in Afghanistan late on Thursday evening.

Delays expected as Frankfurt Airport custodial workers strike
Germany

Delays expected as Frankfurt Airport custodial workers strike

Delays are expected at the Frankfurt Airport on Friday during an early morning strike by more than 150 custodial workers, union IG BAU said.

Man shot in Duisburg biker bar bathroom
Germany

Man shot in Duisburg biker bar bathroom

A 32-year-old man is dead after a shoot-out at a biker gang bar in Duisburg, police in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia said on Friday morning.

Fewer Swedes want swine flu vaccine
Sweden

Fewer Swedes want swine flu vaccine

The number of Swedes keen on being vaccinated against the swine flu virus has declined since August, according to a new survey by Sifo.

National football team ‘ready to beat Russia’ on Saturday
Germany

National football team ‘ready to beat Russia’ on Saturday

National team member Thomas Hitzlsperger says Germany is determined to close down Russian play-maker Andrei Arshavin to win Saturday’s game in Moscow, which would secure their spot at the 2010 World Cup.

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Sweden

Masturbating trucker charged with reckless driving

A German truck driver who caused an accident on route 40 near Borås in western Sweden in September while high on drugs and playing with himself, has been charged with reckless driving and assault.

Sweden cautions Czechs over Lisbon ‘opt outs’
Sweden

Sweden cautions Czechs over Lisbon ‘opt outs’

The Swedish EU presidency has cautioned the Czechs that their demands for an extra "footnote" on the Lisbon treaty sends out "the wrong message at the wrong time".