BMW to invest in Chinese expansion
Germany

BMW to invest in Chinese expansion

BMW and its Chinese partner will invest five billion yuan ($732 million) to expand production capacity in the world's biggest car market, the German auto maker said Thursday.

New programme teaches Turkish imams to lead prayer in German
Germany

New programme teaches Turkish imams to lead prayer in German

A new programme is helping 17 Turkish imams learn German in a bid for improved integration, a North Rhine-Westphalian cultural organisation said on Thursday.

Opel is not the world
Germany

Opel is not the world

International solidarity among autoworkers? Malte Lehming from Berlin daily Der Tagesspiegel believes German outrage over GM’s decision not to sell Opel needs to be put in transatlantic perspective.

Six-month-olds should be vaccinated: Sweden
Sweden

Six-month-olds should be vaccinated: Sweden

Swedish health authorities have lowered the recommended age-limit for the swine flu vaccine from three years old to six months as the number of cases has doubled in the last week.

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Sweden

TeliaSonera in new bid to end Turkcell dispute

Nordic telecom operator TeliaSonera and Russia’s Altimo have decided to combine their stakes in MegaFon and Turkcell in a new company to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

Munich doctors rebuild breasts with pig tissue after cancer
Germany

Munich doctors rebuild breasts with pig tissue after cancer

Doctors in Bavaria have become the first in Europe to test a new post-mastectomy plastic surgery procedure that uses subcutaneous pig tissue, the University of Munich’s women’s health centre announced on Thursday.

Swedish soldiers ‘unstable’ after Afghanistan explosion
Sweden

Swedish soldiers ‘unstable’ after Afghanistan explosion

The conditions of two of the soldiers injured in a bomb explosion in Afghanistan on Wednesday are reported to have deteriorated overnight.

Tim Kretschmer’s father faces criminal charges
Germany

Tim Kretschmer’s father faces criminal charges

The father of the boy who killed 15 people in Winnenden last spring faces charges of negligent manslaughter for not securing the gun his son used in the rampage, the Baden-Württemberg state justice ministry in Stuttgart confirmed on Thursday.

Council colleagues in violent clash over scent of a woman
Sweden

Council colleagues in violent clash over scent of a woman

Two female council employees in Motala, central Sweden, came to blows after a woman became irritated by another's choice of perfume, resulting in a physical attack and a death threat.

Dating site singles out Swedes as world’s most beautiful men
Sweden

Dating site singles out Swedes as world’s most beautiful men

Is it the chiselled jaw, the tall and blonde reputation or the manly genes of their Viking roots?

Coalition bickers over tax reform promises
Germany

Coalition bickers over tax reform promises

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble on Thursday ruled out a major tax reform before 2013, potentially setting the stage for conflict within Chancellor Angela Merkel's new centre-right coalition.

Protests over housing for refugee children
Sweden

Protests over housing for refugee children

A former youth hostel in Vellinge outside of Malmö in southern Sweden opened its doors on Thursday as temporary housing for refugee children, despite bitter complaints from local residents and politicians.

Nearly all young Swedes surf the web daily: study
Sweden

Nearly all young Swedes surf the web daily: study

Virtually every Swede between the ages of 16- and 30-years-old uses the internet on a daily basis, a new report shows.

35,000 pay respects to footballer Enke
Germany

35,000 pay respects to footballer Enke

Around 35,000 people took part in a solemn procession through central Hannover to pay their respects to Robert Enke, the star goalkeeper who committed suicide this week, police said Thursday.

Education minister calls for speedy reform as students protest
Germany

Education minister calls for speedy reform as students protest

As student protests across Germany continue, Education Minister Annette Schavan on Thursday called for states to quickly enact reforms that have already been agreed upon.

What’s on in Sweden: November 13 – 19
Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: November 13 – 19

What's on in Sweden: International film festival & monster truck extravaganza in Stockholm; Cliff Richard & The Shadows (UK) in Gothenburg; Tower of Power (US) in Malmö/Lund.

What’s on in Germany: November 12 – 18
Germany

What’s on in Germany: November 12 – 18

This Week's Highlights: Botticelli comes to Frankfurt, Phoenix plays Hamburg, and Berlin hosts a British film festival.

Rate concerns shake up Swedish housing market
Sweden

Rate concerns shake up Swedish housing market

Amid growing concerns about a bubble in the Swedish housing market, warnings about future interest rate hikes appear to have caused a slowdown in rising home prices.

German ‘fog catcher’ brings water to Peru slums
Germany

German ‘fog catcher’ brings water to Peru slums

Many of Peru's grittiest slums can only dream of access to water. But thanks to a German NGO, simple technology and hard work, some humble homes are the first to use plastic netting to harvest water from the fog cloaking the night sky, writes AFP's Luis Jaime Cisneros.

Wet and windy weather will warm up weekend
Germany

Wet and windy weather will warm up weekend

The wet and windy weather in Germany will continue into the weekend, but it is set to become considerably warmer.

Guttenberg makes surprise Afghanistan visit
Germany

Guttenberg makes surprise Afghanistan visit

Under heavy security, German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg made a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Thursday to meet with international military commanders and Afghan officials.

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Sweden

‘Hamburglar’ hits Stockholm-area McDonald’s

A hungry thief sent an employee from a Stockholm-area McDonald’s to hospital on Wednesday night before making off with a booty that included more than just money.

Alshammar breaks her own world record
Sweden

Alshammar breaks her own world record

Swedish swimmer Therese Alshammar set a new world record at the World Cup meet in Stockholm on Wednesday, while another one of her previous world records fell.

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Sweden

Sweden refuses Turkish extradition request

Sweden’s highest court on Wednesday rejected a request from Turkey to have one of its citizens extradited to face accusations of committing murder while a member of the separatist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).