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Sweden

Chef hurls meat cleaver at fleeing thief

A chef at a Stockholm restaurant rushed out of his kitchen on Thursday afternoon and threw a meat cleaver at a departing thief as his restaurant was robbed for the second time in a week.

Princess feels ‘panic’ as wedding nears
Sweden

Princess feels ‘panic’ as wedding nears

Crown Princess Victoria has said she is eagerly awaiting her impending wedding but confessed to feeling a sense of panic as her big day draws near.

Christians gather for interfaith congress
Germany

Christians gather for interfaith congress

With appeals for peace and greater social justice, hundreds of thousands of Christians joined together in Munich on Thursday for Germany's biggest interfaith meeting since the recent Catholic child abuse scandal came to light.

Merkel: EU facing biggest threat since communism
Germany

Merkel: EU facing biggest threat since communism

Europe's currency crisis constitutes its “greatest test” since the collapse of communism, Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Thursday, as she called for the eurozone’s economic policies to become more tightly meshed.

Bridging discord in the Mosel Valley
Germany

Bridging discord in the Mosel Valley

The Mosel Valley is known for its scenic views and Riesling vineyards, but plans to build a massive new bridge have brought discord to this idyllic part of Germany. David Wroe reports.

Two Moroccan deportees in comas after prison fire
Germany

Two Moroccan deportees in comas after prison fire

Two Moroccan men set for deportation were in comas Thursday after a fire broke out at the Mannheim prison where they were being held, police have announced.

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Sweden

Big deal caught in Swedish waters

A fisherman in western Sweden has caught the first deal fish seen in Swedish waters since 1969, just days after another deep sea fish made its first appearance in the country for more than a century.

Grey May to continue into weekend
Germany

Grey May to continue into weekend

Germany’s spring will continue to cough and splutter a while longer, with the next few days set to be cool and moody, the German Weather Service (DWD) said Thursday.

Blow to Islamic Conference as leading Muslims pull out
Germany

Blow to Islamic Conference as leading Muslims pull out

The second German Islamic Conference – a key meeting to improve Muslim integration – is set for a shaky start Monday after one of the main Muslim associations abruptly announced this week it was pulling out.

What’s on in Germany: May 13 – 19
Germany

What’s on in Germany: May 13 – 19

This Week's Highlights: John Malkovich plays a serial killer in Hamburg, Rufus Wainright sings in Munich, and electric Smart cars buzz around Berlin.

Vilks website hacked as cyber hate grows
Sweden

Vilks website hacked as cyber hate grows

The website of artist Lars Vilks was hacked on Wednesday, just a day after the 53-year-old was attacked as he gave a lecture at Uppsala University.

Löw mulls future ahead of World Cup prep match
Germany

Löw mulls future ahead of World Cup prep match

Germany start their World Cup preparations with a friendly against Malta on Thursday, but coach Joachim Löw has admitted he may walk away after next month's tournament in South Africa.

Internet users must secure wireless connections against abuse
Germany

Internet users must secure wireless connections against abuse

Internet users who don’t properly secure their wireless connection with a password can be held partly responsible if third parties use their account to illegally download music, a German court has ruled.

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Sweden

What’s On in Sweden: May 14th – 20th

What’s on in Sweden: Erotica in Stockholm, Badminton in Gothenburg and The Almighty Defenders in Malmö.

SAP buys Californian Sybase for €4.6bn
Germany

SAP buys Californian Sybase for €4.6bn

German business software titan SAP announced late on Wednesday that it has agreed to buy California-based Sybase for $5.8 billion (€4.6 billion).

21-year-old admits killing siblings and their father
Sweden

21-year-old admits killing siblings and their father

The 21-year-old half brother of two of the victims of a triple murder in northern Sweden has confessed to killing the children and their father.

German among dead in Libyan plane crash
Germany

German among dead in Libyan plane crash

At least one German was among the 103 people killed when a passenger plane crashed in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, authorities announced late Wednesday.

Saab making steady return to health: CEO
Sweden

Saab making steady return to health: CEO

Saab CEO Jan Åke Jonsson has said the iconic Swedish brand is showing good signs of recovery after teetering close to the abyss before its sale to Dutch luxury car maker Spyker.