Kunduz air strike victims to get $5,000 payout
Germany

Kunduz air strike victims to get $5,000 payout

The families of 102 Afghan civilians killed or injured in a botched NATO air strike in Kunduz last year are to be paid $5,000 each in compensation, the German government announced Thursday.

Opel offers ‘lifetime’ guarantee on cars
Germany

Opel offers ‘lifetime’ guarantee on cars

Beleaguered German automaker Opel announced on Thursday it would offer a ‘lifetime guarantee’ on its cars in an attempt to attract new customers and boost its flagging market share.

Gothenburg’s five best bars
Sweden

Gothenburg’s five best bars

While on a smaller scale, Gothenburg’s nightlife has a style and pace that frequently rivals Stockholm. A large student population gives the city a youthful vibe, while music festivals like Way Out West draw visitors from around the world. These are our favourite hang-outs in Sweden’s second city:

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Sweden

Borg: economy will continue to strengthen

The Swedish economy will continue to strengthen in coming months, Finance Minister Anders Borg has said. But he also warned that there remained risks to global economic stability.

Ryanair reverses plan to axe London route
Sweden

Ryanair reverses plan to axe London route

Ryanair has reversed plans to axe its routes between Stockholm Västerås and London, the airline has confirmed.

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Sweden

Elderly Samaritan refunds robbed teenagers

An 80-year-old man who was so moved by the story of three teenagers robbed of their travel money as they were about to deposit it in the bank, has forked out 10,000 kronor ($1,400) to enable them to go through with their trip.

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Sweden

Man arrested over woman’s disappearance

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering 31-year-old Marina Johansson, who has been missing from her home near Gothenburg since the end of July.

German teenager raped on Turkish beach
Germany

German teenager raped on Turkish beach

A 17-year-old girl German girl has allegedly been raped on a beach by six men while on holiday in Turkey.

Skarsgård offered Millennium film role
Sweden

Skarsgård offered Millennium film role

Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård has been offered a role in the US remake of the first of Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which is due for release in 2011.

Cologne woman hits plush pay dirt with tours for teddy bears
Germany

Cologne woman hits plush pay dirt with tours for teddy bears

Even stuffed animals need a holiday every now and then, according to a Cologne woman who runs a travel agency catering exclusively to teddy bears and other plush toy friends.

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Sweden

Unemployment jumps to 9.5 percent in June

Unemployment in Sweden climbed to 9.5 percent of the workforce in June, from 8.8 percent in May but remained down on last year, new figures showed on Thursday.

Pirate Party: Cartoons are not child porn
Sweden

Pirate Party: Cartoons are not child porn

Sweden's Pirate Party said on Thursday that child pornography should be permitted in cartoons. The law should focus on 'real criminals' abusing children, its leader said.

Pensioners’ choir on a highway to hell-raising
Germany

Pensioners’ choir on a highway to hell-raising

To a rock ‘n’ roll choir made up of singers in the autumn of their lives, Stairway to Heaven might seem an enticing choice of signature tune. But the bad boys and girls of the “Rock Not Retirement” group have opted instead for “Highway to Hell.”

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Sweden

Fears for missing woman after car is found

A car belonging to a missing 31-year-old woman from western Sweden has been found a few kilometres from her home. Police fear she has been murdered.

Deutsche Telekom Q2 hit by loss of T-Mobile UK
Germany

Deutsche Telekom Q2 hit by loss of T-Mobile UK

Deutsche Telekom, the biggest European telecommunications operator, posted weaker second quarter results on Thursday after it stripped out contributions from British mobile unit T-Mobile UK.

Legendary Wacken heavy metal festival strikes opening chord
Germany

Legendary Wacken heavy metal festival strikes opening chord

The 21st annual Wacken Open Air heavy metal music festival kicked off on Thursday in northern Germany, with a sold-out crowd of 75,000 headbangers expected through Saturday.

Commerzbank back in black in second quarter
Germany

Commerzbank back in black in second quarter

Commerzbank, the second biggest German bank, said Thursday that it swung back into profit in the second quarter of the year and predicted it would end 2010 with a profit as well.

What’s on in Germany: August 5 – 11
Germany

What’s on in Germany: August 5 – 11

This Week's Highlights: Art in Munich, beer in Berlin, and U2's 360 Tour spins through Frankfurt.

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Sweden

What’s On August 6th – August 12th

What’s on in Sweden: Horses for courses in Stockholm, a culture party in Gothenburg while Malmö brings on the clowns.

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Sweden

Elk hunts and ‘paparazzi’ threaten berry pickers

A firm in northern Sweden has claimed in a letter to the Work Environment Authority (Arbetsmiljöverket) that its berry pickers face a slew of dangers including poisonous mushrooms, elk hunters, monotony, and "paparazzi-style" journalists.

Rhineland students need Facebook lessons, minister says
Germany

Rhineland students need Facebook lessons, minister says

Students in North Rhine-Westphalia needed to learn responsible online behaviour on social networks like Facebook, the state government said on Thursday, as it proposed a new education programme for internet manners in schools.

Merkel offers aid in fighting Russian fires
Germany

Merkel offers aid in fighting Russian fires

German Chancellor Angela Merkel took a break from her vacation in the Dolomites on Wednesday night to offer Russian President Dmitri Medvedev help in fighting raging wildfires across the country.

Swedes host mouth-watering sprint clash
Sweden

Swedes host mouth-watering sprint clash

Friday's Diamond League men's 100 metres in Stockholm is set to be extra special with the world's three fastest men meeting for the first time since last year's world championships in Berlin.

Paradise for sale in Hamburg
Germany

Paradise for sale in Hamburg

Marlon Brando started it, Diana Ross and Nicolas Cage picked up the trend and Johnny Depp perfected it. The rich and famous often dream of owning their own private island and a German-born Canadian entrepreneur has made a fortune making it happen for them.

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Sweden

French court rejects AstraZeneca complaint

A French court has dismissed a writ from Anglo-Swedish drugs firm AstraZeneca brought against an insurance firm which advised doctors to be restrictive in prescribing one of its products.