Booming sex trade begins to diversify
Germany

Booming sex trade begins to diversify

With prostitution legal in Germany since 2002, the country's sex trade is moving towards greater specialisation, with niches including companionship for the elderly and disabled, a sex worker group said on Tuesday.

Police search for suitcase baby suspect
Germany

Police search for suitcase baby suspect

Hamburg police on Tuesday said they had received several tips after releasing a video of a man suspected of abandoning a baby in a suitcase last week.

Taiwan’s TSMC teams up with Centrosolar
Germany

Taiwan’s TSMC teams up with Centrosolar

Chip giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) announced Tuesday that it had teamed up with German firm Centrosolar to produce solar modules.

Swedish skier killed by avalanche in French Alps
Sweden

Swedish skier killed by avalanche in French Alps

A Swede was among the four skiers who died at the French Alpine resort of Val d'Isère after an avalanche swept the group away while they had ventured off-piste, police announced on Tuesday.

Merkel backs Cyprus reunification efforts
Germany

Merkel backs Cyprus reunification efforts

Chancellor Angela Merkel, on the first visit by a German head of government to Europe's last divided capital, voiced her solidarity on Tuesday with Cyprus in its elusive efforts to reunify the island.

New H&M line designed by top Swedish blogger
Sweden

New H&M line designed by top Swedish blogger

Swedish clothing chain Hennes & Mauritz has turned to one of the country's most prominent fashion bloggers, who has designed an apparel line exclusively for the Swedish market.

Assange team attack ‘corrupt’ Swedish lawyers
Sweden

Assange team attack ‘corrupt’ Swedish lawyers

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's lawyers have accused Swedish prosecutors of "corrupt" behaviour in their attempts to extradite him on rape allegations.

First signs of spring reported in Sweden
Sweden

First signs of spring reported in Sweden

Even though Sweden's unseasonably cold winter is far from over, some parts of the country are already reporting the first signs of spring.

Örebro rape suspect detained for 14 assaults
Sweden

Örebro rape suspect detained for 14 assaults

A 24-year-old suspect who has been detained since October for probable cause for 10 assaults against women in Örebro was remanded in custody on Tuesday for four additional crimes.

Frostbitten cyclist ‘didn’t think Siberia would be so cold’
Germany

Frostbitten cyclist ‘didn’t think Siberia would be so cold’

A German cycling enthusiast almost lost a few fingers after attempting to bike through Siberia in subzero temperatures, a Russian news report said Tuesday.

Fuel prices hit two-year high
Germany

Fuel prices hit two-year high

German drivers are facing the country’s highest fuel prices since 2008, paying up to €1.529 per litre of “super” grade petrol, the ADAC motor club reported on Tuesday.

Örebro prof’s colleague detained for murder
Sweden

Örebro prof’s colleague detained for murder

A 51-year-old man is now in custody on suspicion of murdering a Örebro University professor and colleague whose body parts were positively identified on Tuesday afternoon.

High levels of dioxin found in German pork
Germany

High levels of dioxin found in German pork

German authorities Tuesday ordered the slaughter of hundreds of pigs after finding high levels of dioxin in pork for the first time since shutting down thousands of farms for tests last week.

WikiLeaks to release new US cables: Assange
Sweden

WikiLeaks to release new US cables: Assange

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange announced on Tuesday that the website will release new classified US cables.

Google Analytics targeted by data protection officials
Germany

Google Analytics targeted by data protection officials

German web companies could face hefty fines for using Google's online metrics service after data protection officials broke off talks with the US internet giant this week and threatened to pursue a precedent-setting court case.

Stockholm University still attractive option for foreign students
Sweden

Stockholm University still attractive option for foreign students

The next academic year will be the first in which many foreign students will have to pay to study at Swedish universities. But Stockholm University hopes the number of overseas students will remain just as high as in the past.

Swedish zoo rejoices over rare anteater birth
Sweden

Swedish zoo rejoices over rare anteater birth

For the first time ever, a giant anteater has been born in Sweden, officials at Parken Zoo in Eskilstuna reported on Tuesday.

Ericsson wins Norway network deal with Huawei
Sweden

Ericsson wins Norway network deal with Huawei

Sweden's Ericsson and Chinese telecom giant Huawei have been commissioned by Sweden's TeliaSonera to modernise and expand Norway's entire mobile network, the companies announced on Tuesday.

Sweden’s Ask pushes for new weapons amnesty
Sweden

Sweden’s Ask pushes for new weapons amnesty

Swedish justice minister Beatrice Ask renewed her pledge to implement a new weapons amnesty within the current government's mandate period on Monday.

Heavy rain in forecast as floods begin to recede
Germany

Heavy rain in forecast as floods begin to recede

Flooding caused by melting snow eased in parts of Germany on Tuesday, but with heavy rain in the forecast, the situation remained tense. Meanwhile authorities reported three flood-related deaths.

No end to terror alert in sight, minister says
Germany

No end to terror alert in sight, minister says

Some two months after declaring a heightened terrorism alert, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière said Tuesday he still couldn’t give an all-clear signal.

Swedish Muslim Council renews support for leader
Sweden

Swedish Muslim Council renews support for leader

The Swedish Muslim Council declared its support on Sunday for chairwoman Helena Benaouda despite the fact that one of the terror suspects in Copenhagen is the father of her daughter's children.

Carmakers aim for big gains in US market
Germany

Carmakers aim for big gains in US market

German auto makers, lagging behind their American, Japanese and Korean competitors, are hoping for big gains from this month's Detroit auto show, which is pointing to a full recovery of the US market.

Stockholm University offers attractive option for foreign students
Germany

Stockholm University offers attractive option for foreign students

The next academic year will be the first in which many foreign students will have to pay to study at Swedish universities. But Stockholm University hopes the number of overseas students will remain just as high as in the past.