Man held in Malmö after toddler hostage drama
Sweden

Man held in Malmö after toddler hostage drama

A man who grabbed a 2-year-old boy from his mother at knifepoint in the southern Swedish city of Malmö was arrested after holding the toddler hostage for more than two hours on Monday afternoon.

Outrage over Swedish arms sales to Saudis
Sweden

Outrage over Swedish arms sales to Saudis

Following a report at the weekend that Saab has once again signed a deal to sell equipment to Saudi Arabia, politicians on the left have called for an overhaul of Sweden’s weapons export laws.

Stranger at the feast: Navigating the Frankfurt Book Fair
Germany

Stranger at the feast: Navigating the Frankfurt Book Fair

How do you navigate the planet’s largest shindig dedicated to the printed word while avoiding the likes of Jonathan Franzen and Thilo Sarrazin? Berlin-based US author Ralph Martin offers an insider’s account of the Frankfurt Book Fair.

Iran arrests ‘fake’ German journalists
Germany

Iran arrests ‘fake’ German journalists

Iran said on Monday it has arrested two foreigners thought to be Germans. Tehran claimed they were posing as journalists to interview the son of a woman facing execution by stoning in a case that has triggered international condemnation.

Snow expected in central mountain regions
Germany

Snow expected in central mountain regions

After a glorious autumn weekend across much of Germany, parts of the country could see the season’s first snowfall later this week, the German Weather Service (DWD) said on Monday.

Police officer poet posts rhyming report
Sweden

Police officer poet posts rhyming report

Mats Östman, a police officer with Gotland police in eastern Sweden, took poetic licence on Saturday morning in the framing of an unorthodox incident report published on the police homepage.

Fugitive fare dodger captured on foot at Polish border
Germany

Fugitive fare dodger captured on foot at Polish border

A fugitive public transportation fare dodger has been arrested while trying to enter Germany on foot from Poland, police said on Monday. He will now serve almost five months in jail for failing to pay thousands in fines.

Rapist admits 1,000 sex offences, gets 10 years
Germany

Rapist admits 1,000 sex offences, gets 10 years

A Düsseldorf court on Monday sentenced a serial rapist, who had admitted to committing more than 1,000 sex offences over two decades, to 10 years behind bars.

Saab’s luxurious new 9-5 is ready for take off
Sweden

Saab’s luxurious new 9-5 is ready for take off

For Swedish carmaker Saab, its new 9-5 model could not be more important. Contributor David Hooper finds out if it lives up to all of its pre-launch hype, and considers the company’s plans for the future.

Motorcycle used in RAF killing turns up in private garage
Germany

Motorcycle used in RAF killing turns up in private garage

A motorcycle secured a few days ago by police is likely the vehicle used by the leftist terrorist group the Red Army Faction (RAF) in the notorious shooting of West Germany's federal prosecutor Siegfried Buback in 1977.

Record number appeal Swedish election result
Sweden

Record number appeal Swedish election result

The Swedish Election Authority (Valmyndigheten) has received a record number of appeals requesting that all or part of the 2010 general election be redone.

Live Video: 2010 Nobel Prize in Economics
Sweden

Live Video: 2010 Nobel Prize in Economics

At 1pm Central European Time on Monday the winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, will be announced.

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Sweden

Swede ‘engulfed in flames’ after US surgery

A Swedish woman who received burns on several parts of her body during a surgical procedure at a hospital in the United States is suing the hospital for negligence, according to a federal lawsuit file on Friday.

Three share Nobel Prize in economics
Sweden

Three share Nobel Prize in economics

Three researchers were awarded the the 2010 Nobel Prize in Economics "for their analysis of markets with search frictions".

Sweden unveils new school curriculum
Sweden

Sweden unveils new school curriculum

Sweden's education minister Jan Björklund on Monday presented a new school curriculum promising clearer goals for teachers and pupils, with the introduction of grades from year six.

Daimler recalls Mercedes to fix steering glitch
Germany

Daimler recalls Mercedes to fix steering glitch

Germany's luxury car maker Daimler will recall about 85,000 Mercedes Benz C- and E-class autos in the United States to fix a problem with power steering systems, the US traffic authority NHTSA said on Monday.

Row over Sachsenhausen concentration camp work resolved
Germany

Row over Sachsenhausen concentration camp work resolved

A long-running conflict over a museum at Nazi concentration camp Sachsenhausen has ended, opening the way for the project to be completed by 2012, officials said Monday.

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Sweden

Two held for threatening pimping trial prosecutor

A man and woman have been arrested for making threats in connection with a pimping trial underway in Malmö involving a 14-year-old girl

Swedish combat boats loaned overseas
Sweden

Swedish combat boats loaned overseas

Two Swedish Combat Boat 90s (CB90) have been loaned to the UK and the Netherlands for six months.

Train prices shouldn’t increase due to failing quality, experts say
Germany

Train prices shouldn’t increase due to failing quality, experts say

Due to the imperfect service offered by German national rail provider Deutsche Bahn, the company should refrain from increasing fares as planned, experts said Monday.

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Sweden

Women warned as police hunt serial rapist

Twelve police patrol units are hunting a serial rapist who is now suspected of three rapes or attempted rapes in Örebro in central Sweden in the last few days.

Turkish group demands apology from Seehofer
Germany

Turkish group demands apology from Seehofer

Outraged Turkish groups and German politicians on Monday demanded an apology from Horst Seehofer after the conservative Bavarian state premier suggested over the weekend Germany put a stop to immigration for Turks and Arabs.

Couple fond of ‘triple dates’ marries on 101010
Sweden

Couple fond of ‘triple dates’ marries on 101010

A Swedish couple who became engaged on June 6th, 2006, or 060606, and had twin boys on September 9th, 2009, or 090909, married on Sunday, October 10th, 2010, or 101010, in southern Sweden's Svedala.

Kazakhstan preps for tough match against Germany
Germany

Kazakhstan preps for tough match against Germany

Bernd Stork faces his toughest test as Kazakhstan coach on Tuesday as his underdogs take on his native Germany in their Euro 2012 qualifying campaign.