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Sweden

Hunter shot dead in northern Sweden

A 62-year-old hunter was shot dead on Tuesday afternoon near a hunting shelter in Norrtannflo outside of Sollefteå in northern Sweden, according to local police.

Klinsmann says he turned down coaching job for US Soccer
Germany

Klinsmann says he turned down coaching job for US Soccer

Former Germany star Jürgen Klinsmann revealed on Tuesday that he turned down the chance to coach the United States after the World Cup having failed to agree terms with the US Soccer Federation.

Greens still in hot seat ahead of final tally
Sweden

Greens still in hot seat ahead of final tally

With veiled overtures from party leaders about a possible tie-up between the Green Party and the centre-right Alliance, and most Green voters rejecting the idea, the party’s allegiance seems in play as Sweden nervously awaits final election results.

Merkel says developing world needs better governance
Germany

Merkel says developing world needs better governance

German Chancellor Angela Merkel told a UN summit on Tuesday that developing nations needed better governance and urged them to take more responsibility for building up their economies to combat poverty.

Schalke boss backs beleaguered Magath
Germany

Schalke boss backs beleaguered Magath

Schalke 04's chairman Clemens Tönnies said on Tuesday he has every confidence in manager Felix Magath, despite the Royal Blues suffering their worst start to the Bundesliga in the club's history.

Consumers in west still ignore eastern German brands
Germany

Consumers in west still ignore eastern German brands

Twenty years after reunification, eastern German products remain virtually unknown in western Germany, illustrating a lingering economic gap between the two sides to the formerly divided nation.

Munich breweries reap Oktoberfest PR bonanza
Germany

Munich breweries reap Oktoberfest PR bonanza

Though rivers of beer are consumed each year at Oktoberfest, it's just a fraction of Munich breweries' overall sales. For them the festival is not just tradition, it's also a massive public relations event fuelling their international business.

Autopsy reveals Lörrach woman smothered son
Germany

Autopsy reveals Lörrach woman smothered son

Post-mortem results revealed on Tuesday that Sabine R. suffocated her five-year-old son with a plastic bag and that police halted her deadly rampage in Lörrach by shooting her 17 times.

Saab reported to debt collectors
Sweden

Saab reported to debt collectors

Swedish carmaker Saab Automobile has been been referred to the Swedish Enforcement Service (Kronofogdemyndigheten) for the collection of outstanding debts due by the administrative board of Västra Götaland county.

Wind energy trade fair opens in Husum
Germany

Wind energy trade fair opens in Husum

The world's leading wind energy trade fair opened in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein on Tuesday, with close to 1,000 exhibitors from around 70 countries expected to draw some 30,000 visitors.

Scientists discover rare ape species in Southeast Asia
Germany

Scientists discover rare ape species in Southeast Asia

German scientists said Tuesday they had discovered a new rare and endangered ape species in the tropical rainforests between Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia by its distinctive song.

Vattenfall keeps German plants despite cost cuts
Sweden

Vattenfall keeps German plants despite cost cuts

State-owned energy giant Vattenfall is pursuing a cost-cutting plan involving 6 billion kronor ($862.67 million), but it has ruled out the sale of its much-criticised lignite power plants in Germany, according to CEO Øystein Løseth.

Swedish group to study horse whispering youth
Sweden

Swedish group to study horse whispering youth

A research team drawn from three Swedish universities is planning to study how children from various cultural backgrounds communicate with horses.

German Media Roundup: Removing weapons from the home
Germany

German Media Roundup: Removing weapons from the home

Following another shooting rampage with a legally owned sporting weapon that left four dead in the southern German city of Lörrach Sunday, newspapers in The Local’s Media Roundup questioned whether protecting the rights ofgun owners outweighs the risks.

More Thai women in Swedish sex trade: report
Sweden

More Thai women in Swedish sex trade: report

The number of Thai and Nigerian women exploited for sexual purposes in Sweden has increased, according to a police report on human trafficking.

Economy trumps welfare worries in tight Swedish election
Sweden

Economy trumps welfare worries in tight Swedish election

With the final results hinging on a few thousand advance ballots, the 2010 elections marked a major shift in Swedish politics, while at the same time showing the power of a strong economy, writes contributor Roger Choate.

Alliance majority ‘still possible’ as results lag
Sweden

Alliance majority ‘still possible’ as results lag

The final count of the results in the Swedish election may not be completed until Thursday morning, the Swedish Election Authority (Valmyndigheten) has said, while experts claim that that the Alliance coalition could still claim an overall majority.

Explosives cache found in apartment building
Germany

Explosives cache found in apartment building

Police have uncovered a hobby bomb maker’s large cache of explosives in an apartment building in the Baden-Württemberg town of Merdingen after the man severely injured himself in a botched detonation.

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Sweden

‘Chlamydia blog’ mum deprived of benefits

Annica Holmquist, the 55-year-old whose battle with the Swedish Social Insurance Agency caused an election campaign stir after her plight was published on her daughter's blog, will lose her benefits, despite assurances of a "solution".

Von der Leyen under fire for Hartz IV changes
Germany

Von der Leyen under fire for Hartz IV changes

Opposition parties on Tuesday blasted Labour Minister Ursula von der Leyen’s announcement about changes to Hartz IV unemployment benefits, saying she had dodged the question about the precise rise in rates.

Boy, 12, attacks mother with knife over truancy row
Germany

Boy, 12, attacks mother with knife over truancy row

A 12-year-old boy stabbed his mother in the head and neck in Hannover because he didn’t want to go to school, police announced late Monday.

Shootings spark debate over sports weapons
Germany

Shootings spark debate over sports weapons

A senior government lawmaker rejected calls on Tuesday for a ban on keeping sports and hunting weapons in private homes after it emerged the Lörrach gunwoman was a recreational shooter who owned the murder weapon legally.

Avoid getting tripped up by German family law
Germany

Avoid getting tripped up by German family law

Divorces are difficult anywhere in the world, but they are especially challenging in foreign countries for non-citizens who are unfamiliar with the national laws.

Elk takes harbour dip as police give chase
Sweden

Elk takes harbour dip as police give chase

An elk leapt into a lake in central Stockholm on Monday in a bid to evade police officers who had spent several hours pursuing the disorientated animal through the city.

Sweden Democrat members exposed in leak
Sweden

Sweden Democrat members exposed in leak

A register of over 5,000 people who are either members or have registered their interest in the anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats (SD), has been published on the internet.

Stockholm takes a stand for racial tolerance
Sweden

Stockholm takes a stand for racial tolerance

A crowd of around 10,000 people gathered in central Stockholm on Monday evening to demonstrate against racism after the anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats were voted into Sweden's parliament.