New HIV treatment found
Germany

New HIV treatment found

German scientists have discovered a new way to treat HIV-AIDS by stopping the virus attaching itself to a human cell, which reduces side effects and the chance of viral resistance.

Swedish Christmas sales hit by snow chaos
Sweden

Swedish Christmas sales hit by snow chaos

Sales of toys, clothing and footwear have shrunk during this year's Christmas season, probably due to the intense wintry weather.

Swedes send 35 million Christmas cards
Sweden

Swedes send 35 million Christmas cards

Christmas cards by snail mail remain popular among Swedes, with Swedish postal service Posten estimating that it will deliver nearly 35 million Christmas cards this year.

Dozens injured in Düsseldorf bus crash
Germany

Dozens injured in Düsseldorf bus crash

More than 20 people, most of them children, were injured when a Düsseldorf bus careened through an intersection and smashed into a tree after the driver collapsed at the wheel Thursday morning.

Christmas transport situation worsens
Sweden

Christmas transport situation worsens

Thousands of Christmas travellers in Sweden faced misery on Thursday as snow, freezing temperatures and an electricity failure led to major disruption on the road and rail networks.

Glögg shortage threatens Swedish Christmas
Sweden

Glögg shortage threatens Swedish Christmas

Swedes who have left their Christmas booze shopping until the last minute could be in for a nasty surprise - stocks of Glögg, the traditional Swedish mulled wine, are running out in stores up and down the country.

EU challenges Sweden’s wolf hunt policy
Sweden

EU challenges Sweden’s wolf hunt policy

The European Commission has issued a new challenge to Sweden's wolf hunt policy, with the EU environment commissioner warning the government against letting the hunt begin before it receives answers to its questions.

CDU fined €1.2 mln for illegal party funding
Germany

CDU fined €1.2 mln for illegal party funding

The German parliament on Thursday fined Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) more than €1.2 million ($1.6 million) for violating campaign contribution laws in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate.

Retailers expect booming Christmas trade
Germany

Retailers expect booming Christmas trade

German retailers believe the crucial Christmas shopping season will be the best in a long time, with sales expected to rise by 2.5 percent in Europe's top economy.

Lufthansa plans SAS acquisition: report
Sweden

Lufthansa plans SAS acquisition: report

German airline Lufthansa could take over Scandinavian carrier SAS as early as the first half of 2011, with talks pending, according to Bloomberg News.

Woman wins damages after seeking mystic help
Sweden

Woman wins damages after seeking mystic help

A Stockholm woman who approached a psychic medium for help to free her from the evil which she felt had begotten her, has been awarded damages after claiming fraud when results were less than satisfactory.

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Sweden

Swedish site urges people to talk about sex

While the world continues to talk about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's case, Sweden-based journalist Johanna Koljonen is encouraging women around the world to share their feelings online about negative sexual experiences.

Rhine-Main region shaken by earthquake
Germany

Rhine-Main region shaken by earthquake

Residents of the Rhine-Main region west of Frankfurt were shaken by an earthquake early Thursday morning that scientists say registered 3.5 on the Richter scale.

What’s on in Germany: December 23 – January 5
Germany

What’s on in Germany: December 23 – January 5

The next fortnight's highlights: The Nutcracker in Hamburg, Marilyn Monroe in Berlin and Frankfurt, and magic in Munich.

Sweden’s SSAB issues profits warning
Sweden

Sweden’s SSAB issues profits warning

Swedish steelmaker issued a profits warning on Thursday, expecting weak demand and lower production to push operating profits to near zero.

Berlin mulls independent euro rescue fund
Germany

Berlin mulls independent euro rescue fund

Germany, along with several European neighbours, is working on a permanent euro rescue mechanism that would include the creation of a new and independent funding institution, media reported Thursday.

The Lowdown: Christmas in Sweden
Sweden

The Lowdown: Christmas in Sweden

Jellied pigs’ feet, Donald Duck and a goat-riding gnome may not be your typical global Christmas symbols, but for Swedes they’re all part of the fun, writes Jennifer Heape.

McClaren’s job on the line at Wolfsburg
Germany

McClaren’s job on the line at Wolfsburg

Former England manager Steve McClaren's future as coach of Bundesliga side VfL Wolfsburg hung by a thread on Wednesday after his team were knocked out of the German Cup by Second Division Cottbus.

What’s On in Sweden: December 24th – 30th
Sweden

What’s On in Sweden: December 24th – 30th

What’s on in Sweden: Charles Dickens classic and new circus in Stockholm, Balkan beats in Gothenburg and electronica in Malmö.

Motorists warned of delays and danger
Germany

Motorists warned of delays and danger

Motorists should expect clogged roads and long traffic jams on Thursday as hordes of people go on holiday, compounding the effects of recent bad weather, the ADAC motor club has warned.

Transport trouble to continue on Thursday
Sweden

Transport trouble to continue on Thursday

A new snowstorm pushing in through the south of Sweden, with more snow and winds forecast, has led to the cancellation of train services in some areas as operators are forced to prioritise key routes.

Germany welcomes US approval of new nuclear treaty
Germany

Germany welcomes US approval of new nuclear treaty

Germany praised the US Senate's ratification of a nuclear disarmament treaty with Russia late on Wednesday and urged Moscow to quickly grant its own final approval.

Wikileaks donations still flowing, but not to Assange legal fund
Germany

Wikileaks donations still flowing, but not to Assange legal fund

Have moves by PayPal and major credit cards choked off Wikileaks' donations? Not according to the chairman of a German foundation that channels donations to the whistleblower website.

South Africa seeks to extradite Shrien Dewani
Sweden

South Africa seeks to extradite Shrien Dewani

An application has been submitted by South African prosecutors to extradite the husband of slain Swedish bride, Anni Dewani, accused of hiring hitmen to murder his wife during their Cape Town honeymoon.