Hamburg calls for probe into alleged CIA assassination plot
Germany

Hamburg calls for probe into alleged CIA assassination plot

Hamburg's interior minister called on the German government on Wednesday to investigate claims that the CIA intended to assassinate a suspected al-Qaida helper in the port city after 9/11 terror attacks.

Many jobs paying less than in 1990
Germany

Many jobs paying less than in 1990

Many Germans are earning less than they did twenty years ago, according to a new salary survey of top professions.

Police identify dismembered woman in Hannover
Germany

Police identify dismembered woman in Hannover

A 24-year-old woman who worked occasionally as a prostitute has emerged as the likely victim in a gruesome dismemberment murder case in Hannover, police said Wednesday.

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Sweden

Warning follows spate of fake police robberies

Swedish police have issued a warning via their website after criminals have been caught using false police identification to lure their way into people's homes before running away with cash and valuables.

German exports on the ropes as China overtakes
Germany

German exports on the ropes as China overtakes

German exporters took a double hit of bad news Wednesday, with latest figures showing China had snatched Germany's title as the world's biggest exporter and industry warning the sector would not recover from the recession until 2014.

Freight train wreck disrupts Rhineland high-speed rail links
Germany

Freight train wreck disrupts Rhineland high-speed rail links

German railway operator Deutsche Bahn on Wednesday warned customers of disruptions to its high-speed links between the Rhineland and Berlin, as repair work continued following a freight train accident.

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Sweden

US film giants appeal in file-sharing case

In a corporate David and Goliath-style case, a Stockholm-based internet operator is fighting a file-sharing lawsuit against a collective of large US film companies.

Teen boy charged with attempted murder for Kassandra attack
Germany

Teen boy charged with attempted murder for Kassandra attack

Prosecutors have charged a 14-year-old boy with attempted murder over an attack last September in which a nine-year-old girl was beaten and left to die in a drainage ditch, daily Bild reported Wednesday.

Holbrooke pressures Berlin on Afghanistan
Germany

Holbrooke pressures Berlin on Afghanistan

US diplomat Richard Holbrooke on Wednesday called on Germany to honour its military commitments in Afghanistan, as German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg said Berlin might disappoint Washington's wish for more troops there.

Military salute for Saab in Brazil fighter jet deal
Sweden

Military salute for Saab in Brazil fighter jet deal

Saab has been boosted by news that the Brazilian Air Force favours the Swedish firm for a $7 billion contract over its French and American rivals.

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Sweden

Cold spell puts Swedish homes in the dark

A cosy night at home ended in a blackout for around 14,500 people in central Sweden on Tuesday evening when the pressure to keep warm caused mass power cuts.

30 million bank cards hit by 2010 glitch
Germany

30 million bank cards hit by 2010 glitch

Around 30 million high-tech German bank cards are estimated to have been rendered useless this week by a computer bug related to the New Year's switch.

Suspected murder on Finland-Sweden ferry
Sweden

Suspected murder on Finland-Sweden ferry

A 39-year-old Finnish man is being held by Swedish police on suspicion of murder after a witness reports seeing him throw a fellow passenger overboard.

‘Daisy’ to dump snow
Germany

‘Daisy’ to dump snow

Arctic cold might already have an icy grip on much of Germany, but meteorologists are predicting the low-pressure system “Daisy” could dump up to 40 centimetres of snow on the country towards the end of the week.

Family’s holiday torpedoed by explosive underwear joke
Germany

Family’s holiday torpedoed by explosive underwear joke

A 42-year-old man from Stuttgart ruined his family’s holiday to Egypt on Tuesday after he was overheard telling an acquaintance he had explosives his underwear while going through airport security.