US drone kills German Islamists in Pakistan
Germany

US drone kills German Islamists in Pakistan

A US drone strike has killed eight militants, including five Germans, in Pakistan's anarchic tribal belt where Western intelligence has traced an alleged plot to attack an array of targets in Europe.

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Sweden

Teacher acquitted for arm lock on 5-year-old

A female preschool teacher facing charges for molesting a 5-year-old boy was acquitted on Monday by the district court in Varberg in western Sweden.

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Sweden

Swedish wages plagued by record-low increases

Wages in Sweden have increased at historically low rates so far this year, according to preliminary figures from the National Mediation Office (Medlingsinstitutet).

End to Oktoberfest marred by crowd chaos
Germany

End to Oktoberfest marred by crowd chaos

Oktoberfest shuts off its taps on Monday evening after Munich's beer festival welcomed record numbers of visitors to its 200th anniversary celebration. But along with the crowds came chaos this weekend.

Terror threat prompts Sweden travel warning
Sweden

Terror threat prompts Sweden travel warning

Sweden’s foreign ministry has issued a new warning to travelers in light of the increased threat of terrorist attacks in Europe.

Böhse Onkelz singer jailed for hit-and-run accident on drugs
Germany

Böhse Onkelz singer jailed for hit-and-run accident on drugs

Kevin Russell, the former singer of the German hard rock band Böhse Onkelz, was sentenced to two years and three months in prison by a Frankfurt court on Monday for seriously injuring two people in a hit-and-run accident while driving under the influence of drugs.

Opel decides to close plant in Antwerp
Germany

Opel decides to close plant in Antwerp

German automaker Opel, a unit of US car giant General Motors, said Monday it would shut down a plant in Antwerp, Belgium by the end of the year because no suitable buyer had been found.

17,000 minks set free in southern Sweden
Sweden

17,000 minks set free in southern Sweden

17,000 minks escaped from a farm in Skillingaryd in southern Sweden on Monday after a lock on the animals' cage was bust open.

Suicide attempt traps 600 in Bavarian train tunnel
Germany

Suicide attempt traps 600 in Bavarian train tunnel

Hundreds of passengers were trapped in a tunnel in Bavaria on Monday morning after a suicide attempt on the tracks forced their high-speed ICE train to engage emergency brakes, leading to technical problems, police reported.

‘Swedes paid hostage ransom from secret fund’
Sweden

‘Swedes paid hostage ransom from secret fund’

Sweden paid several million kronor to buy the release of a Swedish UN worker and a Norwegian colleague who had been kidnapped in Lebanon, according to a new book.

Cinnamon Bun Day: Just another manic bun day
Sweden

Cinnamon Bun Day: Just another manic bun day

Forget about Swedish springtime's notoriously sweet semla, the delicious wheat bun spiced with cardamom, filled with almond paste and topped with lashings of cream.

Alliance candidate wins Riksdag speaker vote
Sweden

Alliance candidate wins Riksdag speaker vote

The Alliance government candidate Per Westerberg on Monday won the election to speaker of Sweden's Riksdag by 194 votes to 153 for Kent Härstedt.

Muslim group lauds Wulff’s remarks on Islam
Germany

Muslim group lauds Wulff’s remarks on Islam

A senior Muslim representative in Germany praised on Monday comments by President Christian Wulff that Islam was integral part of the country's society, aimed at cooling a heated debate on integration.

Father of test tube babies claims Nobel in medicine
Sweden

Father of test tube babies claims Nobel in medicine

The first of the 2010 Nobel Prizes, the prize for medicine, has been awarded to British researcher Robert Edwards for his work on in-vitro fertilization.

German warship thwarts Somali pirates
Germany

German warship thwarts Somali pirates

A German naval warship thwarted an attack by pirates on a vessel off the coast of Somalia, the Defence Ministry said on Monday.

Alfred Nobel’s last will and testament
Sweden

Alfred Nobel’s last will and testament

Swedish industrialist and scholar Alfred Nobel (1833-1896), who made a substantial fortune from his invention of dynamite in 1866, established the Nobel Prizes in his will.

How ‘merchant of death’ Alfred Nobel became a champion of peace
Sweden

How ‘merchant of death’ Alfred Nobel became a champion of peace

The legacy of Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel, who made a fortune off the destructive power of dynamite, has become synonymous with peace, in large part due to a small twist of fate, writes the AFP's Marc Preel.

Allianz fills war chest to buy insurance firms
Germany

Allianz fills war chest to buy insurance firms

German insurer Allianz has set aside a €1 billion ($1.37 billion) for future acquisitions but will take its time and shop carefully, chief executive Michael Diekmann said on Monday.

Saab wins billion kronor defence system order
Sweden

Saab wins billion kronor defence system order

Sweden defence firm Saab has received an order for an airborne surveillance system worth in excess of 4.5 billion kronor ($669 million).

Eastern floodwaters ease but alert remains high
Germany

Eastern floodwaters ease but alert remains high

Floodwaters in the eastern states of Saxony-Anhalt and Brandenburg were slowly receding on Monday morning, following several tense days along the region’s dykes.

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Sweden

Police chief slammed over ‘racist’ joke

A Swedish police chief has courted controversy after he dressed up and told a joke about a black prostitute in front of a group of colleagues, reported Sveriges Radio Gothenburg.

State justice minister calls Stuttgart rail protestors ‘spoiled’
Germany

State justice minister calls Stuttgart rail protestors ‘spoiled’

Ulrich Goll, state justice minister in Baden-Württemberg, on Monday labeled the massive protests against the controversial rail project Stuttgart 21 “spoiled” and selfish.

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Sweden

Reinfeldt rejects Sweden Democrat overtures

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has declined to negotiate with the Sweden Democrats, who may hold the key to the ballot to appoint the next speaker of Sweden's parliament, the Riksdag, on Monday.

Berlin warns against ‘alarmist’ terror threats
Germany

Berlin warns against ‘alarmist’ terror threats

Islamist extremists are reportedly plotting attacks against Berlin's TV tower and a hotel next to the Brandenburg Gate, but Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere warned Monday against being "alarmist" about the threat of terrorist attacks.