Elk makes unexpected visit to Swedish health clinic
Sweden

Elk makes unexpected visit to Swedish health clinic

An elk cow with swollen udders shattered two windows as it dashed into a health clinic near Borås in western Sweden on Wednesday, startling personnel who then called police and local hunters for help.

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Sweden

Two Swedish teens killed in train accident

Two 18-year-old women died after being hit by a train just south of Stenungsund in western Sweden on Thursday afternoon.

Beate Uhse looks to 3-D porn for salvation
Germany

Beate Uhse looks to 3-D porn for salvation

Flagging German sex shop chain Beate Uhse said this week it would embrace 3-D porn movies to boost limp sales.

Berlin buskers break record for longest street concert
Germany

Berlin buskers break record for longest street concert

A group of German musicians broke the world record for busking on Thursday, logging 24-hour street concert in Berlin to kick off the city’s Popkomm international music trade show.

‘Frankenfood’ spuds in Sweden due to ‘error’
Sweden

‘Frankenfood’ spuds in Sweden due to ‘error’

Seeds of a genetically modified potato ended up in a Swedish field due to “human error”, chemical giant BASF said on Thursday.

Madam uses ‘voodoo’ to exploit prostitutes
Germany

Madam uses ‘voodoo’ to exploit prostitutes

A 30-year-old woman accused of forcing young Nigerian women into prostitution with “voodoo magic” will face trial for human trafficking, Bonn police said on Thursday.

US Marines rescue German ship from pirates
Germany

US Marines rescue German ship from pirates

US Marines rescued on Thursday a German-owned ship seized by pirates a day earlier, as part of multinational operations to stem piracy in the Gulf of Aden off Somalia, the US Fifth Fleet said.

Steinbach to leave CDU leadership after WWII row
Germany

Steinbach to leave CDU leadership after WWII row

Erika Steinbach, under fire for implying Poland was jointly to blame for World War II, announced on Thursday she would leave the leadership of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats.

‘Well-meaning Swedes treat migrants like pets’
Sweden

‘Well-meaning Swedes treat migrants like pets’

With a xenophobic political party knocking on the door of the Riksdag, Swedish journalist Lars Åberg examines why, despite good intentions, many Swedes still view immigrants like household pets.

Cosmetic surgery on the rise
Germany

Cosmetic surgery on the rise

While plastic surgery slowly loses popularity in the US, beauty treatments such as wrinkle-smoothing Botox shots are rising steadily in Germany, the GÄCD cosmetic surgery association said Thursday.

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Sweden

Son saves father’s life by cutting off his arm

An elderly man who got stuck in forestry machinery near Olofström in southern Sweden on Wednesday, was saved by his son who was forced to cut off his arm in order to free him.

What’s on in Germany: September 9 – 15
Germany

What’s on in Germany: September 9 – 15

This Week's Highlights: A weekend of art in Munich, Hamburg celebrates China, and the Berlin Festival lands at Tempelhof Airport.

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Sweden

Introducing the Left

The Left are currently the third largest party within the centre-left Red-Green coalition that is fighting to wrestle back power after four years in opposition.

Eriksson: Green-Alliance tie-up ‘not on the table’
Sweden

Eriksson: Green-Alliance tie-up ‘not on the table’

Although leading Green Party officials have indicated they would cooperate with the centre-right Alliance should the Sweden Democrats hold the balance of power following the election, Green spokesman Peter Eriksson has flatly rejected the possibility.

Sweden passes US in competitiveness survey
Sweden

Sweden passes US in competitiveness survey

Sweden has overtaken the United States and Singapore in a new ranking of the world’s most competitive economies published by the World Economic Forum.

Google boss tries to allay German privacy fears
Germany

Google boss tries to allay German privacy fears

Google CEO Eric Schmidt said on Thursday he understood why Germans were uneasy about the company's Street View service for historical reasons, as he began a charm offensive aimed at assuaging their privacy concerns.

Booze and butts a human right, drug commissioner says
Germany

Booze and butts a human right, drug commissioner says

Germany’s drug policy commissioner Mechthild Dyckmans defended welfare allowances for alcohol and cigarettes on Thursday, saying that little indulgences were a human right.

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Sweden

Swedish inflation drops slightly in August

Sweden's consumer price index (CPI) remained unchanged between July and August, according to Statistics Sweden (SCB) with the annual inflation rate dropping to 0.9 percent, down from 1.1 percent in July.

Secret pact on nuclear deal could fill government coffers
Germany

Secret pact on nuclear deal could fill government coffers

The German government’s plan to extend the life of the country’s nuclear reactors could turn out to be more expensive for energy companies than previously thought, according to a secret agreement cited in a media report on Thursday.

Fischer blasts rival Russian gas pipeline
Germany

Fischer blasts rival Russian gas pipeline

Russia's South Stream gas pipeline project is not in Europe's interest and makes no sense on an economic level, former German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer said on Thursday.

Severance pay for Sarrazin in question
Germany

Severance pay for Sarrazin in question

Embattled Bundesbank board member Thilo Sarrazin may not receive a severance package if he is removed from his post following incendiary claims about race and immigration, a media report said on Thursday.

Helicopter heist trial closes in Stockholm
Sweden

Helicopter heist trial closes in Stockholm

The court trial of the ten men charged with the dramatic helicopter heist on a cash depot in southern Stockholm last September wrapped up on Wednesday, a judge in the case confirmed.

Bildt condemns Ashtiani stoning sentence
Sweden

Bildt condemns Ashtiani stoning sentence

The Iranian Ambassador in Stockholm was on Wednesday summoned by the Sweden over Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani, the 43-year-old woman sentenced to death by stoning by an Iranian court.

Söderling falls at Federer hurdle
Sweden

Söderling falls at Federer hurdle

Swedish tennis ace Robin Söderling was knocked out of the US Open on Wednesday, losing in straight sets to Swiss star Roger Federer.