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Sweden

Newspaper bomb threat traced to police

A bomb threat which emptied the offices of a newspaper in Luleå in northern Sweden last week has been traced to the town’s police headquarters.

Travelling to Germany’s heart of darkness
Germany

Travelling to Germany’s heart of darkness

In the latest installment of Portnoy’s Stammtisch, The Local’s column about life in Germany, Portnoy ventures into the country’s heart of darkness.

Scania accused of Iraq oil-for-food bribes
Sweden

Scania accused of Iraq oil-for-food bribes

Managers from Swedish truckmaker Scania are expected to be charged for violating United Nations sanctions for their role in paying millions of kronor in bribes to the former Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein.

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Sweden

‘Sleepwalking’ Swede beats drunken driving charges

A 51-year-old Swedish man has been acquitted of drunken driving charges after a court couldn't rule out the possibility that the man was asleep when he got behind the wheel.

Deutsche Bahn to reduce freight train noise with ‘whisper brakes’
Germany

Deutsche Bahn to reduce freight train noise with ‘whisper brakes’

German national rail provider Deutsche Bahn has announced that it will outfit its freight train fleet with quieter brakes in an effort to cut noise and the costs of protective walls in residential areas.

Sinkhole swallows car
Germany

Sinkhole swallows car

A large sinkhole opened up overnight in the middle of residential area in Thuringia, sucking a nearby car and part of a garage into its depths and forcing authorities to evacuate residents, police said on Monday.

Swedes show little faith in pensions agency
Sweden

Swedes show little faith in pensions agency

After 10 years of retirement savings under the Premium Pension Authority, only one percent of Swedes are very satisfied with their savings, while 17 percent said they were happy with the performance of their nest egg, a survey has found.

No bribery probe for Arkelsten: prosecutor
Sweden

No bribery probe for Arkelsten: prosecutor

A Swedish prosecutor has decided not to launch a preliminary investigation into whether sponsored trips taken by Moderate party secretary Sofia Arkelsten amounted to bribery.

Deal struck on Swedish troops in Afghanistan
Sweden

Deal struck on Swedish troops in Afghanistan

The centre-right Alliance government has reached an agreement with the Social Democrats and the Green Party regarding Sweden’s military mission in Afghanistan.

Aachen stinks
Germany

Aachen stinks

A mysterious stench has plagued the western German city of Aachen for much of the past year, but neither city officials nor scientists have been able to determine the foul odour's source.

Flight ban extended to Yemeni passenger jets
Germany

Flight ban extended to Yemeni passenger jets

Germany has extended a ban on air freight from Yemen to passenger flights, a Transport Ministry spokesman said Monday, after parcel bombs posted in that country were found on US-bound cargo flights.

Efforts to curb youth drinking ‘ineffective’
Sweden

Efforts to curb youth drinking ‘ineffective’

A new report released on Monday has questioned the efficacy of the Swedish government's investment of about 900 million kronor ($135.81 million) over the last 10 years in reducing youth alcohol consumption.

Olof Palme and Obamania: Swedes’ love-hate relationship with the US
Sweden

Olof Palme and Obamania: Swedes’ love-hate relationship with the US

On the eve of the US mid-term elections, libertarian Swedish commentator and author Fredrik Segerfeldt takes a look at the evolution of Swedes' attitudes toward the United States – with some help from one of Sweden’s most revered singer-songwriters.

New shooting in Malmö reported on Saturday
Sweden

New shooting in Malmö reported on Saturday

Police in Malmö spent the weekend investigating a shooting that occurred in the city on Friday night, but was not reported until Saturday evening.

Merkel: Public service needs more immigrants
Germany

Merkel: Public service needs more immigrants

Only two weeks after saying attempts to forge a multicultural society had failed, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for more immigrants in the country's civil service and deplored discrimination in employment.

TV licence fee collector fined for Nazi salute
Germany

TV licence fee collector fined for Nazi salute

A woman collecting Germany's GEZ public broadcasting licence fees in Ulm has reportedly been fined after a dispute with a pub owner escalated and she made racist comments and a Nazi salute.

Stock scam warnings jump sharply in 2010
Sweden

Stock scam warnings jump sharply in 2010

The Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority has put over 500 fake stockbrokers and other swindlers on its warning list so far this year, a significantly higher number than in the whole of 2009.

Röttgen to lead North Rhine-Westphalia CDU
Germany

Röttgen to lead North Rhine-Westphalia CDU

German Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen was elected leader of the conservative Christian Democrats in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia on Sunday, a victory party members expect will increase his standing in Berlin too.

Left Party drops out of Afghanistan talks
Sweden

Left Party drops out of Afghanistan talks

The Left Party has dropped out of talks on a broad agreement on Sweden's troops in Afghanistan, the party said in a statement.

Swedish director wins award at Doha film fest
Sweden

Swedish director wins award at Doha film fest

Swedish-Lebanese director Josef Fares was voted best director at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival in Qatar on Saturday for his newest film, "Farsan."

Dortmund back at Bundesliga top after beating Mainz
Germany

Dortmund back at Bundesliga top after beating Mainz

Borussia Dortmund returned to the top of the Bundesliga on Sunday after a hard-earned 2-0 win at title-rivals Mainz with the winning goals coming from teenager Mario Götze and striker Lucas Barrios.