Puma splashes out on sponsorship deal for Bolt
Germany

Puma splashes out on sponsorship deal for Bolt

Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt has renewed his sponsorship contract with German sportswear giant Puma through until the end of 2013, making him the best paid person in athletics.

Catholic priest charged with raping teen girl
Germany

Catholic priest charged with raping teen girl

German prosecutors said Tuesday they had charged a Catholic priest with raping an underage girl after a tip-off from a special body set up to combat abuse scandals that have rocked the Church.

Nordea CEO: Let banks fail
Sweden

Nordea CEO: Let banks fail

Christian Clausen, the CEO of Nordic banking group Nordea has spoken out against state bail outs of troubled banks, arguing that they should be allowed to fold.

Bullet found in man’s head years after drunken New Year’s Eve
Germany

Bullet found in man’s head years after drunken New Year’s Eve

A 35-year-old man in North Rhine-Westphalia has lived for the past several years unaware a bullet became lodged in his head one drunken New Year's Eve, police told The Local on Tuesday.

Assange prosecutor cited for secrecy breach
Sweden

Assange prosecutor cited for secrecy breach

The prosecutor who issued the warrant for the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been reported for violating rules on the confidentiality of preliminary investigations, newspaper Dagens Juridik (DJ) reported on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Stockholm investigates Midnight Run death

Stockholm county council has launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of a runner at this year's Midnight Run (Midnattsloppet) after being turned away from a Stockholm hospital because it was full.

Bavarian cornfield swastika stokes fears of neo-Nazi resurgence
Germany

Bavarian cornfield swastika stokes fears of neo-Nazi resurgence

Unknown perpetrators have trampled an enormous swastika into a corn field in the Upper Bavarian municipality of Aßling, and authorities fear it may signal renewed neo-Nazi activity in the region, a media report said this week.

Ticket holders miss out after Hultsfred closure
Sweden

Ticket holders miss out after Hultsfred closure

Hultsfredsfestivalen AB, the firm behind the iconic Swedish music festival which has filed for bankruptcy, is unlikely to offer refunds to any ticket holders, with total debts for its parent company totalling almost 30 million kronor ($4 million).

Barça pursuing sale of Ibrahimovic to AC Milan
Sweden

Barça pursuing sale of Ibrahimovic to AC Milan

Barcelona still hopes to sell out-of-favour Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic to AC Milan despite denials by his agent, Spanish sports newspapers reported on Tuesday.

Hälsingland prepares for Hollywood welcome
Sweden

Hälsingland prepares for Hollywood welcome

The region of Hälsingland in northern Sweden is set to host the cast of the US remake of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" - the first of the Stieg Larsson Millennium trilogy, with local residents and businesses ready to cash in on the Hollywood windfall.

New government ID cards easily hacked
Germany

New government ID cards easily hacked

The sensitive personal information found on the new German identification cards with data chips scheduled for nationwide introduction this November can be easily hacked, according to testing done by a TV news show.

‘It would be naïve not to have reservations about helping Pakistan’
Germany

‘It would be naïve not to have reservations about helping Pakistan’

Germans have been reluctant to donate to the flood victims in Pakistan. The Local spoke with Shahid Riaz, president of the Pak-German Council for Culture and Democracy, about the need to ditch prejudices and focus on the humanitarian catastrophe.

Landslide clogs traffic in Göttingen
Germany

Landslide clogs traffic in Göttingen

There was traffic chaos on the motorways around Göttingen in the state of Lower Saxony following closures forced by a landslide, officials said.

Blood pudding most disliked Swedish dish
Sweden

Blood pudding most disliked Swedish dish

Foreigners living in Sweden can't get enough of smoked salmon, cinnamon buns, crayfish and meatballs. However, they have a harder time warming up to blood pudding, fried herring, Kalles kaviar and pasta with ketchup, The Local's readers revealed in a survey.

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Sweden

Schoolgirls fined for bugging teachers

Two Stockholm schoolgirls have been taken to court for trying to bug their teachers during a grading conference. They were found out after one of them revealed all on Facebook.

New tax breaks for green cars – Alliance
Sweden

New tax breaks for green cars – Alliance

People who buy low-emission cars will from 2012 be entitled to a 40,000 ($5,400) kronor grant, the governing four-party centre-right Alliance has proposed.

Third baby dies from bacterial exposure
Germany

Third baby dies from bacterial exposure

A third baby has died from bacteria-tainted feeding infusions at an infant care unit in Mainz, hospital officials said on Tuesday.

‘Free tuition for students who stay in Sweden’
Sweden

‘Free tuition for students who stay in Sweden’

Gifted foreign students should be allowed to take their Masters’ for free at Swedish universities, in exchange for a promise to stay in Sweden and work after completing their courses, Higher Education Minister Tobias Krantz has suggested.

Tornado wallops Hesse
Germany

Tornado wallops Hesse

A tornado raged through eastern and central Hesse on Monday evening, causing severe damages estimated to be in the millions of euros, according to the authorities in the state.

Robust economy seen chugging forward
Germany

Robust economy seen chugging forward

Domestic consumption and business investment have helped Germany post record growth and raised the chances that Europe's economic engine will keep chugging along this year, economists said on Tuesday.

Woods and Nordegren divorce
Sweden

Woods and Nordegren divorce

Tiger Woods and Swedish model wife Elin Nordegren divorced Monday, their marriage "irretrievably broken" by a blistering sex scandal that has left the world number one golfer's life in disarray.