SAS shares extend gains on sale speculation
Sweden

SAS shares extend gains on sale speculation

Shares in Scandinavian airline SAS jumped nearly 10 percent on Tuesday, adding to sharp gains as speculation grew that its state owners are moving to sell the carrier.

Diplomat attacked with döner knives
Germany

Diplomat attacked with döner knives

A high-ranking German diplomat in the Turkish capital Ankara has reportedly been attacked by three men wielding döner kebab knives following a traffic altercation.

Millennium’s Rapace tops Guldbagge nominations
Sweden

Millennium’s Rapace tops Guldbagge nominations

Sweden's Millennium Trilogy actress Noomi Rapace and the son of Swedish star Stellan Skarsgård topped the list of nominees for Sweden's 2010 national film awards, which will be announced later this month.

Fresenius boosts eastern Europe ops with big buy
Germany

Fresenius boosts eastern Europe ops with big buy

Germany's Fresenius Medical Care, the world number one in dialysis machines, said on Tuesday it was making a €485-million ($647-million) acquisition to boost its presence in Eastern Europe.

Palme prize awarded to Palestinian psychiatrist
Sweden

Palme prize awarded to Palestinian psychiatrist

Palestinian psychiatrist Eyad El-Sarraj on Tuesday won the 2010 Olof Palme Prize for his "self-sacrificing and indefatigable struggle for common sense, reconciliation, and peace" in the Middle East, the Swedish jury said.

Former St. Pauli player admits taking match-fixing bribes
Germany

Former St. Pauli player admits taking match-fixing bribes

A former striker at Bundesliga club St. Pauli has admitted to pocketing more than €100,000 ($134,000) in bribes to fix five matches in 2008, according to a media report.

German overstays New Zealand visa by 20 years
Germany

German overstays New Zealand visa by 20 years

An elderly German man who had overstayed his visa in New Zealand by 20 years was finally set to be deported on Monday, local media reported.

Prof suspected in case of missing colleague
Sweden

Prof suspected in case of missing colleague

Swedish prosecutors have requested a 50-year-old academic from Örebro University in central Sweden be remanded in custody on suspicions he was involved in the disappearance of a female colleague.

Let students rate teachers: Centre Party
Sweden

Let students rate teachers: Centre Party

Centre Party leader Maud Olofsson has proposed allowing Swedish students to rate their teachers in an effort to broaden the party's education policy. However, both students and teachers have already quashed the proposal.

Unemployment falls to 7.7 percent in 2010
Germany

Unemployment falls to 7.7 percent in 2010

Unemployment dropped last year to 7.7 percent of the workforce amid Germany's strong economic recovery, official figures showed on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Brawling parents mar youth football event

Police were called to break up a fight among parents in the stands at a youth indoor football tournament in southern Sweden which left several players in tears as they watched adults exchange punches.

Malmö train wreck removal completed
Sweden

Malmö train wreck removal completed

Authorities have completed the removal of a train that crashed at Malmö Central Station on the morning of New Year's Day.

Spain’s ACS grabs crucial Hochtief stake
Germany

Spain’s ACS grabs crucial Hochtief stake

Spain's biggest public works group ACS said on Tuesday it had succeeded in snapping up more than 30 percent of shares in German rival Hochtief, a key step towards taking overall control.

Berlin S-Bahn woes plague commuters
Germany

Berlin S-Bahn woes plague commuters

Commuters in Berlin struggled to get to work on Tuesday, with the city’s rickety S-Bahn train network running only half its trains due to technical problems. Service to entire suburbs has been cut.

Firm admits mistake in farm dioxin scandal
Germany

Firm admits mistake in farm dioxin scandal

The dioxin contamination scare gripping Germany's farming industry was caused by an animal food manufacturer’s mistake in using fatty acids meant for industrial purposes in chicken feed, officials said Tuesday.

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Sweden

Swedish businessman fined for porn star sex

A well heeled Stockholm businessman has been fined for buying sex from a known porn star in what he calls a "legal scandal."

Swedish medical errors prove ever more costly
Sweden

Swedish medical errors prove ever more costly

The cost of paying for harm done to patients in the Swedish healthcare system has nearly doubled in the last decade, according to a new report.

Police search train for explosives
Germany

Police search train for explosives

Dutch police early Tuesday were searching for explosives on a passenger train from Germany to Amsterdam that was halted and evacuated in Barneveld, the Netherlands, local authorities announced.

Centre Party councillor backtracks on obesity tax
Sweden

Centre Party councillor backtracks on obesity tax

A local Swedish politician who suggested levying a tax linked to people's weight has apologised for the controversial proposal after it was reported to Sweden's Ombudsmen for Justice (Justitieombudsmännen - JO).

CSU calls for end to European Union perks
Germany

CSU calls for end to European Union perks

Bavaria’s conservatives, the Christian Social Union, announced on Tuesday a push to end the perks given to European Union officials, arguing they are no longer needed to attract workers.

Sweden sees steep rise in asylum seekers
Sweden

Sweden sees steep rise in asylum seekers

Figures from Sweden's Migration Board (Migrationsverket) reveal a sharp increase in the number of people who sought asylum in Sweden during 2010.

Solar eclipse to occur Tuesday morning
Germany

Solar eclipse to occur Tuesday morning

Germany will see a partial solar eclipse Tuesday morning, when the moon will hide up to three quarters of the sun.