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Sweden

Baking prisoner banned over booze fears

A court has forbidden a cake-loving criminal from baking buns after jail chiefs suspected he might use the yeast to brew alcohol.

Rainfall warning in effect for southern Sweden
Sweden

Rainfall warning in effect for southern Sweden

A heavy rainfall warning is in effect over southern Sweden for Thursday, the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (Sveriges meteorologiska och hydrologiska institut, SMHI) has announced.

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Sweden

What’s On July 30th to August 5th

What’s on in Sweden: Rugby Tens in Stockholm, World swimming championships in Gothenburg and the best of Bhangra in Malmö.

Glitch makes losing impossible at web casino
Sweden

Glitch makes losing impossible at web casino

Swedish online casino Mr Green announced on Wednesday that it has corrected a technical problem that made it impossible to lose money when gambling on the site.

Officials blame parade organiser for stampede
Germany

Officials blame parade organiser for stampede

The Love Parade organiser bears responsibility for the mass panic that left 21 people dead at Saturday's event in Duisburg, the interior minister for the state of North Rhine-Westphalia said Wednesday.

New von Trier film starts shooting in Trollhättan
Sweden

New von Trier film starts shooting in Trollhättan

Controversial Danish director Lars von Trier has begun shooting Melancholia in Trollhättan with a star-studded cast, including Swedish father and son Stellan and Alexander Skarsgård.

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Sweden

Politician dissed man – then said he’d kill journo

A Swedish politician threatened to murder a journalist after making insulting comments about the family of an autistic man, it has been alleged.

Klüft leaps into European Championships final
Sweden

Klüft leaps into European Championships final

Swedish Olympic champion Carolina Klüft squeaked into Wednesday's long jump final at the European Athletics Championships in Barcelona on Tuesday, jumping 6.62m for 12th for the last spot.

Nazi death camp guard charged with murder
Germany

Nazi death camp guard charged with murder

German prosecutors said Wednesday they had charged an elderly former Nazi death camp guard with helping to murder 430,000 Jews and Roma Gypsies in World War II.

Reclusive billionaire co-founder of discount chain Aldi dies at 88
Germany

Reclusive billionaire co-founder of discount chain Aldi dies at 88

Theo Albrecht, the billionaire co-founder of budget supermarket empire Aldi, last seen in public after his release from kidnap nearly 40 years ago, has died at age 88, the firm said Wednesday.

Green BMW ad slammed as ‘misleading’
Germany

Green BMW ad slammed as ‘misleading’

Britain has banned a “misleading” BMW advertisement that claimed the German firm’s new electric car offered “100 percent joy, zero percent emissions,” the nation’s advertising watchdog announced Wednesday.

Art collective reaches out beyond gay audience
Sweden

Art collective reaches out beyond gay audience

One group got a head start to Stockholm Pride's opening over the weekend, with Södermalm's Galleri Kocks hosting the vernissage of collective art group Gardet's new multimedia art exhibit on Friday, writes Emy Gelb.

Pride flash mob takes over Sergels torg
Sweden

Pride flash mob takes over Sergels torg

Four young women kicked off Stockholm's Pride Festival with a bang on Monday by organising a flash mob that included The Local's Emy Gelb.

Woman’s death takes Love Parade toll to 21
Germany

Woman’s death takes Love Parade toll to 21

The death toll from Saturday’s Love Parade crush has risen again with a 25-year-old German woman succumbing to injuries overnight, bringing the number of dead to 21, prosecutors announced Wednesday.

The right to tap water
Germany

The right to tap water

Lead pipes, snobbery or just plain stinginess: why is it so difficult to get a glass of tap water in a Berlin? Viktoria Larsson attempts to quench her thirst for Berlin’s English-language magazine Exberliner.

DNA tests to reveal secrets of the ‘iceman’
Germany

DNA tests to reveal secrets of the ‘iceman’

German scientists are helping decode the genome of the 5,300-year-old Tyrolean “iceman” Ötzi, which could answer the tantalising question of whether he has living descendants, it was revealed this week.

Tap or bottle: How clean is our drinking water?
Germany

Tap or bottle: How clean is our drinking water?

Germans may love their bottled water, but it turns out their tap water is just as good, if not better. Tobias Jochum spoke with the establishment, a connoisseur and a purist for Berlin’s English-language magazine Exberliner.

Police seize ‘ancient’ bus after 1.8 million kilometres
Germany

Police seize ‘ancient’ bus after 1.8 million kilometres

Berlin police have impounded an “ancient” Latvian tour bus they found creaking along the streets of the capital with a whopping 1.8 million kilometres on the odometer, they announced Wednesday.

Transgender need more protection in law
Sweden

Transgender need more protection in law

Transgender people need more protection, the Liberal Party has announced, adding it proposes that the hate crime law be clarified so that it is clear that it also applies to this group, Sveriges Radio's news bulletin Ekot reported on Wednesday.

Merkel’s conservatives still haven’t hit rock bottom
Germany

Merkel’s conservatives still haven’t hit rock bottom

The plunge in support for Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats appears to be endless, with the leading Forsa poll showing on Wednesday the party’s support had fallen below 30 percent for the first time in a decade.

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Sweden

Swede caught with 1.4 tonnes of cocaine

A 54-year-old Swedish man is currently in custody on the Caribbean island of Martinique after French customs seized 1.4 tonnes of cocaine on his boat estimated to be worth about 800 million kronor ($109.51 million).

Alliance extends lead ahead of election: poll
Sweden

Alliance extends lead ahead of election: poll

The ruling centre-right Alliance coalition leads ahead of the general election in September, according to an opinion poll from Skop.

Gay German theologian lashes Catholic Church
Germany

Gay German theologian lashes Catholic Church

A leading German theologian has been barred from the prestigious papal academy of Saint Thomas Aquinas after admitting he was gay, media reported Wednesday.

First Love Parade report to be released today
Germany

First Love Parade report to be released today

The organisers of the Love Parade at which 20 people were crushed to death in a stampede will face intense pressure Wednesday with the release of an interim government assessment that reportedly blames them squarely for the deaths.

Stieg Larsson first to sell one million Kindle books
Sweden

Stieg Larsson first to sell one million Kindle books

Sweden's Stieg Larsson is the first author to sell more than one million books in Amazon's Kindle electronic bookstore, the company announced on Tuesday.