Technical glitch kills German bank cards
Germany

Technical glitch kills German bank cards

Many Germans have been hit by a computer bug linked to the year 2010 that has rendered their bank cards useless, the ZKA banking commission said on Monday.

Icebreakers do battle with Swedish waters
Sweden

Icebreakers do battle with Swedish waters

All but one of Sweden's icebreakers have been called into action as half of the Gulf of Bothnia separating Sweden and Finland freezes over.

US to increase troops in German sector in Afghanistan
Germany

US to increase troops in German sector in Afghanistan

The US military plans to increase its presence significantly in northern Afghanistan, where the Bundeswehr has long been the dominant NATO force, news magazine Der Spiegel reported Monday.

Somali threats against Swedish illustrator
Sweden

Somali threats against Swedish illustrator

Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who sparked outrage with caricatures of the Muslim prophet Muhammad as a dog, has received threats via telephone from Somalia.

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Sweden

Saab lovers to GM: don’t shut Saab down

Saab enthusiasts in North America are heading to Detroit in hopes of urging the company’s US-owner General Motors to sell the struggling Swedish automaker instead of shutting it down as Dutch luxury carmaker Spyker puts the finishing touches to a final bid.

Bosch announces $400-million diesel engine project in India
Germany

Bosch announces $400-million diesel engine project in India

The Indian arm of German engineering giant Bosch said Monday it would invest more than $400 million over two years to expand in the country's fast-growing diesel engine market.

CIA reportedly ordered murder of 9/11 suspect in Hamburg
Germany

CIA reportedly ordered murder of 9/11 suspect in Hamburg

A CIA assassination team reportedly targeted a Syrian-German man living in Hamburg after he was connected to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

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Sweden

Man sentenced for ‘executing’ ex-girlfriend

A 37-year-old Swedish man has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for murdering his ex-girlfriend with a bolt pistol normally used for anaesthetizing livestock.

Policeman suspended from duty after sex in church
Germany

Policeman suspended from duty after sex in church

A Bavarian police officer has been suspended from duty after he was caught ringing in the New Year with a quickie in a Baroque church during the morning prayer service, a police spokesperson confirmed Monday.

Söderling heads to sizzling India for Aussie Open warm up
Sweden

Söderling heads to sizzling India for Aussie Open warm up

Sweden’s Robin Söderling is set to swing his racquet in India for the first time on Tuesday, in preparation for what he hopes will be a long run in the 2010 Australian Open later this month.

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Sweden

Conviction for Sweden’s ‘youngest female pimp’

A 17-year-old girl from Malmö in southern Sweden has been convicted for selling the sexual services of a 14-year-old mentally disabled girl. The 20-year-old man suspected of masterminding the pimping operation was acquitted.

‘Stop discrimination of foreign doctoral candidates’
Sweden

‘Stop discrimination of foreign doctoral candidates’

Sweden needs to do more to ensure foreign doctoral candidates are offered equal working conditions by the country's colleges and universities, argue students' rights advocates Martin Dackling and Lars Abrahamsson.

Making it in Germany: A cabaret songstress
Germany

Making it in Germany: A cabaret songstress

The Local's series "Making it in Germany" presents Saudia Young, a US cabaret singer working Berlin’s live music circuit.

Teen skiers die in cliff fall
Germany

Teen skiers die in cliff fall

Two German teenagers have been found dead after a skiing accident in the Austrian state of Vorarlberg, the country’s news agency APA reported on Monday.

Sweden’s car sales rev up in December
Sweden

Sweden’s car sales rev up in December

Swedes showed a renewed zeal for buying new cars in December, with new vehicle registrations shooting up 13 percent compared to the previous year, new statistics show.

Massive snowball fight descends into chaos in Leipzig
Germany

Massive snowball fight descends into chaos in Leipzig

Police were forced to break up a massive snowball fight in Leipzig at the weekend after some of the 200 participants started attacking trams and buses, according to daily Die Welt.

Bayern Munich plans player salary reductions
Germany

Bayern Munich plans player salary reductions

Bundesliga powerhouse Bayern Munich plans to cut player salaries in the future despite making a sizeable profit last year, football magazine kicker reported on Monday.

Brit hired Swedish Nazis for Auschwitz raid: report
Sweden

Brit hired Swedish Nazis for Auschwitz raid: report

A Swedish right-wing extremist group agreed to help a wealthy UK-based collector and Nazi sympathizer acquire the “Arbeit Macht Frei” sign from the Auschwitz concentration camp in exchange for "huge money", according to a British newspaper.

Child subsidies should be paid in vouchers, FDP says
Germany

Child subsidies should be paid in vouchers, FDP says

Junior coalition partners the Free Democrats want increases in government subsidies for children to be doled out in the form of coupons, daily Bild reported on Monday.

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Sweden

Two teens held in probe of 18-year-old’s killing

Two 16-year-old boys have been detained in connection with last week’s murder of an 18-year-old woman in the Hjällbo district of Gothenburg after police traced the woman’s missing mobile phone.

More businesses founded than failed in 2009
Germany

More businesses founded than failed in 2009

Despite suffering the worst economic crisis since World War II, more businesses were founded in Germany in 2009 than shuttered, according to a study cited in daily Rheinische Post on Monday.

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Sweden

Thin ice spells double trouble for persistent Swedish motorist

Things didn’t go as planned for a 42-year-old man when he tried to retrieve his car after it crashed through the ice on a lake near Lidköping in central Sweden.

Nazi resistance widow Moltke dies at 98
Germany

Nazi resistance widow Moltke dies at 98

Freya von Moltke, the 98-year-old widow of executed Nazi resistance figure Helmuth James Graf von Moltke, has died at her home in the US state of Vermont, a family member confirmed on Sunday.