Germany urges China to change rare metals policy
Germany

Germany urges China to change rare metals policy

Germany on Friday urged a visiting senior Chinese official to review Beijing's restrictions on exporting so-called "rare earths" critical to manufacturing hi-tech goods.

Daimler and VW post strong 2010 sales
Germany

Daimler and VW post strong 2010 sales

German automakers Daimler and Volkswagen posted stellar 2010 sales figures Friday, with emerging markets such as China creating voracious demand for Mercedes-Benz, Audi and VW vehicles.

Stockholm bomber trained in Iraq: official
Sweden

Stockholm bomber trained in Iraq: official

Three months before the bomb blasts in Stockholm last month, the suicide bomber trained in Mosul in Iraq and learned how to make bombs, the director of the fight against terrorism in Iraq said on Friday.

‘Almost T-shirt weather’ forecast for weekend
Germany

‘Almost T-shirt weather’ forecast for weekend

The big thaw is set to continue over the weekend, with temperatures hitting double figures in much of the country and peaking at 16 degrees in the south, according to the German Weather Service (DWD).

Sweden’s Volvo Cars increases sales in 2010
Sweden

Sweden’s Volvo Cars increases sales in 2010

After two straight years of slumping sales, Sweden's Volvo Cars bounced back in 2010 despite continued weakness in the US.

Sweden opens first-ever cinema for dogs
Sweden

Sweden opens first-ever cinema for dogs

Sweden has opened its first-ever cinema for dogs so that pet pooches can accompany their owners to the movies.

Pastor sacked for sex in Hamburg church
Germany

Pastor sacked for sex in Hamburg church

A pastor in Hamburg has been fired and is being investigated on suspicion of sexual assault for having drunken sex with a parishioner in his church, media reported Friday.

German Media Roundup: Westerwelle’s buoyant navel-gazing
Germany

German Media Roundup: Westerwelle’s buoyant navel-gazing

A day after Guido Westerwelle made speech considered crucial to his political fate, commentators in The Local's media roundup on Friday blasted the failure of Free Democratic Party leader to admit he has made mistakes.

‘Merge Sweden’s Centre and Liberal Parties’
Sweden

‘Merge Sweden’s Centre and Liberal Parties’

The presidents of Sweden's Centre and Liberal Parties' youth wings have proposed the parties merge to strengthen the liberal movement in Sweden, but the motion has received opposition from several fronts.

Police stop search for missing Swedish prof
Sweden

Police stop search for missing Swedish prof

Police investigating the disappearance of a missing Örebro University lecturer broke off their search of an area about 10 kilometres north of the central Swedish city on Friday afternoon.

Cologne Cathedral’s ‘Fat Peter’ bell clapped out
Germany

Cologne Cathedral’s ‘Fat Peter’ bell clapped out

The Cologne Cathedral's St. Peter's Bell, said to be the largest functioning free-swinging bell in the world, has fallen silent after its clapper broke abruptly.

Sweden gets dancing with the stars
Sweden

Sweden gets dancing with the stars

Friday night marks the season premiere of one of Sweden's most popular television shows, with viewers chomping at the bit for the chance to watch an odd mix of celebrities strut their stuff on Let's Dance.

Lakes emit greenhouse gases: Swedish scientist
Sweden

Lakes emit greenhouse gases: Swedish scientist

Greenhouse gas emissions from inland waters are greater than previously thought, a Swedish-led study has found.

Imports hit all-time high
Germany

Imports hit all-time high

German imports hit a record high level in November, slashing the national trade surplus as a global recovery drove up prices for oil and other commodities, official data showed on Friday.

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Sweden

Doc convicted of rape may lose licence

A Stockholm-area doctor who was sentenced to two years in prison for raping a patient during "touch therapy" sessions risks having his licence revoked.

Thaw threatens floods
Germany

Thaw threatens floods

Rising waters threatened many German river regions on Friday, as rain and milder temperatures continued to melt snow and ice. The Rhine and Mosel could see widespread flooding over the weekend.

Dioxin contamination 77 times safe level
Germany

Dioxin contamination 77 times safe level

Samples taken from the animal feed firm at the centre of the dioxin contamination scandal revealed its products contained up to 77 times the safe level of the toxic chemical, authorities said Friday.

‘Saab’s future in jeopardy’: auto expert
Sweden

‘Saab’s future in jeopardy’: auto expert

A prominent auto industry expert has warned that, based on current figures, Saab Automobile won’t likely survive more than three more years.

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Sweden

Swedish politician suspected of war crimes

A local Swedish politician has been arrested in Denmark on war crimes suspicions stemming from a fatal shooting at a Balkan border control in 1991.

Cross-eyed opossum wins legions of fans
Germany

Cross-eyed opossum wins legions of fans

A cross-eyed opossum at Leipzig Zoo named Heidi has won worldwide adoration, with nearly 50,000 fans on her Facebook page.

Two Swedish skiers reach World Cup podium
Sweden

Two Swedish skiers reach World Cup podium

Sweden's Andre Myhrer clinched his second career World Cup win on Thursday when he triumphed in the night slalom ahead of Croatia's Ivica Kostelic.