Swedish weapons used by Libyan rebels: report
Sweden

Swedish weapons used by Libyan rebels: report

Libyan rebels have been seen using Swedish-designed weapons in their battle to oust Muammar Qaddafi from power. Swedish arms export officials suspect the weapons arrived via the UK.

Lufthansa scans Japan flights for radioactivity
Germany

Lufthansa scans Japan flights for radioactivity

Lufthansa is scanning aircraft that return from Japan for radioactivity but has not detected any yet, the German airline said on Monday.

Booming economy seen shrinking deficit in coming years
Germany

Booming economy seen shrinking deficit in coming years

Thanks to the booming economy and shrinking unemployment, Germany’s deficit for 2012 will likely be much lower than initially feared, sinking to €31.5 billion, according to government sources.

Foreign buyers snapping up Swedish homes
Sweden

Foreign buyers snapping up Swedish homes

Foreign ownership of Swedish summer houses, houses, land and farms has increased by 36 percent over the past five years, new statistics from the Swedish land registration authority (Lantmäteriet) show.

Wet cold to put damper on spring respite
Germany

Wet cold to put damper on spring respite

The lovely spring weather of the last several days will give way to colder, rainier conditions later this week, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Monday.

UK police charge man over Stockholm bomb
Sweden

UK police charge man over Stockholm bomb

Police in Scotland have confirmed that they have charged a 30-year-old man with terror crimes in connection with the suicide bombing in Stockholm in December.

The best of Berlin in March
Germany

The best of Berlin in March

Exberliner, Berlin’s leading English-language magazine, in March develops the trust of a doorman, gets bent, and finds an erotic shop for ladies.

Tourism trade fair turns German wanderlust into euros
Germany

Tourism trade fair turns German wanderlust into euros

The world’s largest travel trade fair, Berlin's ITB, closed its doors Sunday after exhibitors attempted for five busy days to turn German wanderlust into cash for the international tourism industry.

Merkel suspends nuclear power extension
Germany

Merkel suspends nuclear power extension

Fears of a nuclear disaster in Japan on Monday forced Chancellor Angela Merkel to temporarily suspend an extension of the lifespans of Germany’s nuclear power for three months.

Teacher to get licence despite ‘naked shower’ SMS to Swedish teen
Sweden

Teacher to get licence despite ‘naked shower’ SMS to Swedish teen

Charges stemming from sexually suggestive text messages sent to a 15-year-old Swedish girl by a teacher-in-training will not likely stop him from receiving his teaching licence.

US Jewish centre meets Malmö mayor
Sweden

US Jewish centre meets Malmö mayor

A US-based Jewish group was in Malmö in southern Sweden on Monday to meet with the mayor Ilmar Reepalu, who has previously been the target of criticism for allegedly failing to protect Jews in the city.

Hamburg’s landmark Michel church turns 350
Germany

Hamburg’s landmark Michel church turns 350

Surviving fires, Allied bombings and even motorcycle club worship services, Hamburg’s landmark Michel celebrated its 350th anniversary on Monday.

Berry picker plight examined by rights group
Sweden

Berry picker plight examined by rights group

After several years of scandals involving guest workers imported to Sweden to pick berries in the north of the country, the Swedish human rights and corporate social responsibility watchdog Swedwatch has opened an investigation.

Halal or Haram? A new council gives advice to Muslims in Sweden
Sweden

Halal or Haram? A new council gives advice to Muslims in Sweden

The newly-formed Swedish Fatwa Council sets out to help Muslims in Sweden seeking advice about how to live in accordance with Islam, but not everyone is convinced the group is necessary, The Local's Karen Holst discovers.

Swedish hunter falls to his death in New Zealand
Sweden

Swedish hunter falls to his death in New Zealand

A 25-year-old Swedish man on holiday in New Zealand has been found dead near a waterfall in a national park.

Train drivers’ strike postponed till Thursday
Germany

Train drivers’ strike postponed till Thursday

Train drivers' union GDL will likely refrain from further strikes until Thursday, two days later than expected, according to a media report.

David Lynch launches German interview project
Germany

David Lynch launches German interview project

US filmmaker David Lynch and his son Austin have launched a German version of their popular online video project detailing the everyday lives of regular people.

India leads arms imports: Swedish think tank
Sweden

India leads arms imports: Swedish think tank

India has been the world's biggest importer of weapons over the past five years, with Asian countries making up four of the top five, according to a new report from Swedish think tank SIPRI.

Leipzig Book Fair eyes record attendance rate
Germany

Leipzig Book Fair eyes record attendance rate

Once a year, the Leipzig convention centre transform into a playground for publishers, authors, booksellers and readers. The Leipzig Book Fair, Germany’s second-largest, is less about business than it is about the public – and a love of books themselves.

Bayer beat Mainz to close in on Dortmund’s lead
Germany

Bayer beat Mainz to close in on Dortmund’s lead

Brazil midfielder Renato Augusto trimmed Borussia Dortmund's Bundesliga lead to nine points with an excellent strike on Sunday to give second-place Bayer Leverkusen a 1-0 win at Mainz.

‘Dusk and dawn pyromaniac’ faces court
Sweden

‘Dusk and dawn pyromaniac’ faces court

The 47-year-old man known as the "dusk and dawn pyromaniac" faces trial in Ystad in southern Sweden on Monday, charged with having set fire to an apartment block in the town in December.

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Sweden

Two men arrested after holding woman prisoner

Two men were detained in Malmö on Sunday night on suspicion of having held a young woman imprisoned for two days, with one of them also suspected of aggravated rape.