Woman charged for ‘Dexter’-killing in Sweden
Sweden

Woman charged for ‘Dexter’-killing in Sweden

A 21-year-old woman charged with killing her father told investigators in Sweden that some of the evidence against her can be attributed to her love of the US television series 'Dexter', which portrays a closeted serial killer.

Bayern boss van Gaal hails ‘Super Mario’
Germany

Bayern boss van Gaal hails ‘Super Mario’

Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal said Thursday hot-shot striker Mario Gomez has more than proved his worth to the German champions after his crucial late goal at Inter Milan.

Schumacher still a role model for F1’s Vettel
Germany

Schumacher still a role model for F1’s Vettel

Germany's world champion Sebastian Vettel has said compatriot Michael Schumacher is still his role-model and has backed the Formula One legend to return to form this season.

Warships head to Libya
Germany

Warships head to Libya

Three warships are on their way toward Libya to help with the evacuation of German citizens from the crisis-hit country, where violence continues to intensify. Germany has recommended all its nationals leave.

Strong-armed Swedish pensioner slugs two young bandits
Sweden

Strong-armed Swedish pensioner slugs two young bandits

Two would-be thieves in central Sweden got an unexpected lesson in respecting their elders when they failed to heed a warning issued by the 62-year-old target of their crime.

Teen in court for holding two boys as ‘slaves’
Germany

Teen in court for holding two boys as ‘slaves’

A 17-year-old German teen faced a court on Thursday for holding two boys like slaves in the attic above his parents‘ apartment and forcing them to steal for him.

Dumpster diving for dinner and a better world
Germany

Dumpster diving for dinner and a better world

A growing number of Germans are joining the so-called "freegan" movement. Finding supper in the rubbish bins behind supermarkets, the radical recyclers eat what others throw away, not due to poverty, but as a protest against a world of über-consumption.

Assange lawyer: fair trial for Julian in Sweden
Sweden

Assange lawyer: fair trial for Julian in Sweden

With Julian Assange facing extradition to Sweden, his Swedish lawyer on Thursday rejected claims that his client would not be treated fairly by Swedish courts, but remained critical of the way Swedish prosecutors have handled the case.

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Sweden

Extradition ruling ‘gang rape’: Assange’s mother

The mother of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange condemned Thursday a court order for his extradition to Sweden as "political and legal gang rape", the Australian Associated Press reported.

New music service takes up the Spotify gauntlet
Sweden

New music service takes up the Spotify gauntlet

Scandinavian mobile technology firm Aspiro has announced the impending launch in Sweden of WiMP, a new music streaming service hoping to imitate the success of pioneering Swedish site Spotify.

Allianz predicts €8-billion profit for 2011, give or take half a billion
Germany

Allianz predicts €8-billion profit for 2011, give or take half a billion

German insurance giant Allianz said Thursday that it foresees an operating profit of €8 billion ($11 billion) this year, accurate to more or less half a billion.

European tourists prefer Germany over France
Germany

European tourists prefer Germany over France

Brandenburg Gate trumps Eiffel Tower? Germany now attracts more European tourists than France, according to figures released this week.

Turkey wants its sphinx back, minister says
Germany

Turkey wants its sphinx back, minister says

Turkey’s culture minister gave Germany an ultimatum on Thursday – return a valuable sphinx displayed at Berlin’s Pergamon Museum or lose the right to continue digging at the archaeological site where it was found.

Antonov sets sights on Saab ownership
Sweden

Antonov sets sights on Saab ownership

Spyker Cars, which owns Swedish carmaker Saab Automobile, is to sell its sports car business to a British firm controlled by Russian financier Vladimir Antonov.

Cross-eyed opossum Heidi makes Oscar picks
Germany

Cross-eyed opossum Heidi makes Oscar picks

Heidi, a famous cross-eyed opossum at the Leipzig Zoo, has picked her favourites to win Oscars this year, predicting Colin Firth will take home the best-actor statuette for his role in “The King’s Speech.”

Assange to be extradited to Sweden: UK court
Sweden

Assange to be extradited to Sweden: UK court

A UK court has ruled that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can be extradited to Sweden to face questioning over sex crimes allegations.

Swedish village prepares for princely homecoming
Sweden

Swedish village prepares for princely homecoming

Villagers in Ockelbo in northern Sweden are busy preparing for the homecoming of Prince Daniel who will make his first official visit with with Crown Princess Victoria in May.

Swedes find right-wingers more ‘attractive’
Sweden

Swedes find right-wingers more ‘attractive’

A study conducted by Swedish and Finnish economists has shown that Swedes find politicians on the right of the political scale to be better looking than their left wing counterparts and reward them for it at the ballot box.

What’s on in Germany: February 24 – March 2
Germany

What’s on in Germany: February 24 – March 2

This week's highlights: Warhol Polaroids in Cologne, pictures of ballerinas in Berlin, and Hercules and Love Affair begin their dance across Germany in Munich.

Chemical giant BASF sees profits soar
Germany

Chemical giant BASF sees profits soar

BASF, the world's biggest chemicals company, presented stunning 2010 results on Thursday, bouncing back from a slump in 2009 and giving an upbeat outlook for the current year despite problems in Libya.

Swedish scientists create three arm illusion
Sweden

Swedish scientists create three arm illusion

Scientists working at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm have demonstrated how to fool the brain into thinking that the body has three arms.

Major fraud suspected with HIV drugs
Germany

Major fraud suspected with HIV drugs

German federal police and prosecutors are investigating suspected large-scale fraud around HIV medicines, according to public broadcaster NDR. Wholesalers allegedly sold subsidized medicines meant for Africa for huge profits in Germany.

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Sweden

Swedish prosecutor awaits Assange ruling

A UK court will on Thursday morning rule on whether WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should be extradited to Sweden to face rape charges.

Swedish man shot in Tripoli
Sweden

Swedish man shot in Tripoli

A Swedish man was shot and injured in the Libyan capital Tripoli, the Swedish ministry of foreign affairs has confirmed, adding that Sweden is preparing to dispatch staff to assist nationals still in the civil war-torn country.

Amnesty: Germany must take Libyan refugees
Germany

Amnesty: Germany must take Libyan refugees

The head of Amnesty International Germany in an interview published on Thursday has called on Berlin to be ready to accept Libyan asylum seekers fleeing the crisis-hit country.