Hackers blackmailed major pop stars
Germany

Hackers blackmailed major pop stars

Two young German hackers have reportedly managed to access personal data belonging to huge pop stars including Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga, blackmailing them with threats to release new music and intimate photos.

Germany plans increased web privacy protection
Germany

Germany plans increased web privacy protection

Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière on Wednesday announced plans to introduce sweeping new measures to protect the personal data of internet users.

Social Democrat asked US for Afghan aid: report
Sweden

Social Democrat asked US for Afghan aid: report

The Social Democrats' foreign policy spokesman has denied a report from the US embassy in Stockholm alleging that he asked for American assistance to boost support for the Swedish mission in Afghanistan.

Lawyers connect Interpol alert to WikiLeaks anger
Sweden

Lawyers connect Interpol alert to WikiLeaks anger

The Swedish and British lawyers representing WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Wednesday linked the pursuit of their client by Interpol to US reactions to the recent release of secret diplomatic cables.

Sweden tells L’Oréal to prove anti-wrinkle claims
Sweden

Sweden tells L’Oréal to prove anti-wrinkle claims

The Swedish consumer ombudsman has won a case against L'Oréal Sweden, which means that firm has to provide proof in order to claim in advertising that its face creams can reduce or remove wrinkles.

New firm start ups at record highs
Sweden

New firm start ups at record highs

The number of newly registered Swedish companies increased by almost 30 percent in November, according to a new report published by financia software firm Visma based on figures from the Swedish Companies Registration Office (Bolagsverket).

EON unloads Gazprom stake for €3.4 billion
Germany

EON unloads Gazprom stake for €3.4 billion

German energy concern EON said Wednesday it had sold its 3.5-percent stake in Russian gas giant Gazprom for a total of €3.4 billion ($4.4 billion).

Swedish law behind rise in HIV cases: experts
Sweden

Swedish law behind rise in HIV cases: experts

Four experts on HIV and criminal law have called for an overhaul of the law against infectious diseases act on World AIDS Day, alleging that the duty of disclosure has resulted in a spike in new Swedish HIV cases.

Penis boxing video game to promote safe sex
Germany

Penis boxing video game to promote safe sex

To mark World AIDS Day on Wednesday, a German organisation has created a risqué online game allowing men to use their penises to “cock out” the deadly disease in a boxing match using a high-tech condom and a webcam.

Bavarian pupils told to chew their way to good grades
Germany

Bavarian pupils told to chew their way to good grades

Few things annoy most teachers more than pupils chewing gum in class, but a primary school in Bavaria is now actively encouraging them to do so — in order to improve their grades.

Investors eschew bonds amid eurozone crisis
Germany

Investors eschew bonds amid eurozone crisis

A German five-year bond issue on Wednesday was undersubscribed, figures released by the Bundesbank showed, a sign that even Germany's benchmark debt has not been spared by the latest eurozone crisis.

Swedish universities prep for tuition fee fallout
Sweden

Swedish universities prep for tuition fee fallout

Despite good intentions, the decision to introduce tuition fees for non-European students who enroll at Swedish universities may end up doing more harm than good, contributor Adam Mullett discovers.

Sweden launches integration policy reform
Sweden

Sweden launches integration policy reform

The Swedish government has launched a "sweeping" reform of integration policy, shifting the main responsibility for immigrant "establishment" in the country on the Public Employment Service (Arbetsförmedlingen).

Family covers house with impressive holiday light display
Germany

Family covers house with impressive holiday light display

Decking the halls this year? It might be tough to beat a house in Calle, Lower Saxony for festive cheer after its owners decorated it with a record-breaking 420,000 Christmas lights.

Swedish-led team ‘rewrites’ Amazon history
Sweden

Swedish-led team ‘rewrites’ Amazon history

The history of the Amazon rainforest's huge biodiversity dates back further than previously thought, according to a discovery by a team led by a researcher at the University of Gothenburg.

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Sweden

Assange’s mum to Sweden: ‘lay off my son’

The mother of WikiLeaks head Julian Assange has said that she does not want her son to be "hunted down" after Interpol issued an alert for his arrest at the behest of the Swedish authorities.

Swedish city takes fight to water parasite
Sweden

Swedish city takes fight to water parasite

Ozone and chlorine are among the measures deployed by Östersund municipality in northern Sweden to try kill off the parasite which has afflicted the stomachs of thousands of residents and rendered the water undrinkable.

Most Germans unruffled by terrorism alerts
Germany

Most Germans unruffled by terrorism alerts

Despite dire warnings by authorities and the heavy police presence at train stations, airports and tourist sites, the overwhelming majority of Germans have greeted the latest terrorism alert with a shrug, a poll published on Wednesday found.

Swedish rail problems roll into second day
Sweden

Swedish rail problems roll into second day

Problems continued for Sweden’s rail network a day after hundreds of passengers were evacuated from stranded trains in the east, with normal service not expected to resume until Wednesday afternoon.

Scientist hits on recycling plan for vital ‘rare earth’ metals
Germany

Scientist hits on recycling plan for vital ‘rare earth’ metals

Surrounded by smoking vats in his tumble-down factory in former communist East Germany, Wolfram Palitzsch sees a golden future in recycling "rare earths," the metals crucial to gadgets such as mobile phones and TVs.

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Sweden

Interpol issues alert for WikiLeaks’ Assange

The global police agency Interpol said Wednesday it had alerted member states to arrest WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange on suspicion of rape on the basis of a Swedish arrest warrant.

Berlin faces record cold start to December
Germany

Berlin faces record cold start to December

Berlin is set for the coldest start to December on record, the German Weather Service (DWD) said Wednesday, as freezing temperatures and snow continued to cause transport chaos across the country.

Wrong to ban student with niqab: ombudsman
Sweden

Wrong to ban student with niqab: ombudsman

Banning a student from class for wearing a headscarf is a violation of Sweden’s anti-discrimination laws, the country’s Equality Ombudsman (Diskrimineringsombudsmannen – DO) has ruled.

Taxpayers face rising cost for Stuttgart 21
Germany

Taxpayers face rising cost for Stuttgart 21

Taxpayers face higher costs on the controversial Stuttgart 21 project, with Transport Minister Peter Ramsauer vowing the government would “assess” any new expenses arising from changes demanded by an independent mediator.