Muslim inventor set to take orthopaedic prayer rugs worldwide
Germany

Muslim inventor set to take orthopaedic prayer rugs worldwide

Ritual prayer for Muslims with knee problems can be painful, but an entrepreneur in Germany has patented a revolutionary solution to facilitate the centuries-old tradition – orthopaedic prayer rugs.

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Sweden

Father prosecuted for scolding son’s bully

A Lund man has been charged with trespassing after going to the home of a boy who had been bullying his son and verbally scolding him.

Deutsche Bank’s Ackermann says banks to follow G20 on bonuses
Germany

Deutsche Bank’s Ackermann says banks to follow G20 on bonuses

Josef Ackermann, the head of Deutsche Bank, said on Friday the German banking sector would adhere to self-regulation on salaries and bonuses similar to G20 recommendations this year.

Swedish one-two in World Cup biathlon sprint
Sweden

Swedish one-two in World Cup biathlon sprint

Returning mum Anna-Carin Olofsson-Zidek and last year's number one Helena Jonsson finished top of the pile in Friday's World Cup sprint event at Hochfilzen in Austria.

EU pledges climate cash to poor nations: Reinfeldt
Sweden

EU pledges climate cash to poor nations: Reinfeldt

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has announced that the European Union's member states have agreed to give €7.2 billion ($10.6 billion, 75.3 billion kronor) to help developing nations tackle climate change.

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Sweden

Professor trashes Saab suitor Spyker

Dutch luxury sports carmaker Spyker, which has expressed its interest in buying Saab automobile, is an even less reliable potential suitor than Koenigsegg, claims Christian Berggren, a professor in industrial organization at Linköping University.

Gourmet guerrillas invade Berlin’s culinary scene
Germany

Gourmet guerrillas invade Berlin’s culinary scene

David Wroe bellies up to the table to experience the latest culinary craze sweeping Berlin: eating gourmet food with complete strangers.

Mercedes F1 team reportedly hoping to sign Schumacher
Germany

Mercedes F1 team reportedly hoping to sign Schumacher

New Formula One team Mercedes Grand Prix are set to offer a driver's contract to retired former world champion Michael Schumacher, the daily Bild reported on Friday.

Allied Museum angles for space at Tempelhof Airport
Germany

Allied Museum angles for space at Tempelhof Airport

Berlin’s Allied Museum has unveiled a proposal to move from its remote location in the city's Zehlendorf district to Tempelhof Airport by 2014.

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Sweden

Fines for corrections officers who let man die

Three corrections officers have been convicted of dereliction of duty, after they failed to save an inmate who had hanged himself at a remand centre in Mariestad in 2008. They each received fines equivalent to 80 days' wages.

Stieg Larsson’s partner rejects family millions
Sweden

Stieg Larsson’s partner rejects family millions

Eva Gabrielsson, the long-time partner of the prolific author, Stieg Larsson, who died of a heart attack in 2004 aged only 50, has refused the 20 million Swedish kronor ($2.8 million) that the author’s brother and father offered her in a gesture to alleviate a long-running dispute over the author’s estate, her brother has told the news agency TT.

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Sweden

Gangland submachine gun maker jailed

A 30-year-old man has been jailed for two-and-a-half years for making submachine guns which he was accused of then selling to the Bandidos crime gang.

Merkel to present university reform plan next week
Germany

Merkel to present university reform plan next week

Chancellor Angela Merkel plans to present a roadmap to insure the quality of Germany's university bachelor’s degree at a summit in Berlin next week following months of student protests over controversial educational reforms.

Spread of Islam feared by 3 out of 4 Germans
Germany

Spread of Islam feared by 3 out of 4 Germans

Nearly three quarters of Germans fear the spread of Islam, according to a survey released on Friday.

Müller slams Russia at Nobel awards ceremony
Sweden

Müller slams Russia at Nobel awards ceremony

While the glittering Nobel Prize ceremony opened to a trumpet fanfare, things were more serious as the presentations got underway, as Herta Müller, winner of the Nobel Literature Prize, criticized a number of countries, including Russia, for their lack of commitment to human rights.

Health insurance experts warn of extra fees to come
Germany

Health insurance experts warn of extra fees to come

Health insurers in Germany can no longer rule out millions in euros of additional fees for customers following a recent analysis of state-run health insurance (GKV) budgets, daily Frankfurter Rundschau reported on Friday.

Driver in shock as drilling crushes subway train
Sweden

Driver in shock as drilling crushes subway train

The red line in Stockholm’s subway was stopped for one hour on Thursday after a work team’s drilling punctured the subway tunnel and damaged a train.

Guttenberg on surprise trip to Afghanistan
Germany

Guttenberg on surprise trip to Afghanistan

German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg arrived in Afghanistan on Friday morning for a surprise visit to Bundeswehr troops stationed there, a ministry spokesperson said.

Bremen coach says team must prove worthy of Bundesliga title
Germany

Bremen coach says team must prove worthy of Bundesliga title

Werder Bremen welcome striker Claudio Pizarro back for Saturday's key Bundesliga clash against Schalke 04 with coach Thomas Schaaf insisting his side must prove they are Bundesliga title contenders.

Göteborg changes name back to Gothenburg
Sweden

Göteborg changes name back to Gothenburg

Göteborg is officially changing its name to Gothenburg, the Gothenburg city council has decided. The city councillors have agreed that the city will be referred to as the City of Gothenburg in all international communications.