Swedish doc to face trial over baby’s death
Sweden

Swedish doc to face trial over baby’s death

The paediatrician suspected of the alleged mercy killing of a baby at Astrid Lindgren's Children's Hospital in Stockholm in September 2008 is to face trial for manslaughter, the prosecutor decided Tuesday.

Information overload drains Swedish work hours: study
Sweden

Information overload drains Swedish work hours: study

Swedes are wasting up to 20 working hours a month dealing with an increasing flow of information, a new report published on Tuesday showed.

‘Nazi guard’ Demjanjuk faces six years in jail
Germany

‘Nazi guard’ Demjanjuk faces six years in jail

German prosecutors Tuesday said John Demjanjuk should serve a six-year jail term for helping to murder 27,900 Jews during his alleged time as a Nazi death camp guard during World War II.

US scientist wins Stockholm Water Prize
Sweden

US scientist wins Stockholm Water Prize

American ecologist Stephen R. Carpenter has been awarded the 2011 Stockholm Water Prize for his groundbreaking research on how lake ecosystems are affected by the surrounding landscape and by human activities.

Knut died of brain disorder
Germany

Knut died of brain disorder

Berlin's celebrity polar bear Knut, who died suddenly over the weekend, likely fell victim to an undiagnosed brain disorder, his zoo said Tuesday.

Deutsche Bank to pay investing compensation
Germany

Deutsche Bank to pay investing compensation

Germany's biggest bank, Deutsche Bank, on Tuesday was told to pay €541,000 ($768,000) in compensation to a client who had not been sufficiently informed of the risks of certain financial products, the court said.

More Swedes favour nuclear phase out: poll
Sweden

More Swedes favour nuclear phase out: poll

Some 36 percent of Swedes now support a phasing out of nuclear power, up from 15 percent in 2008 and having risen sharply after the disaster in Japan, a poll showed Tuesday.

Public health body backs call for tobacco-display ban
Sweden

Public health body backs call for tobacco-display ban

The Greens and the Left Party want to ban tobacco displays in Swedish shops, a proposal supported by the Swedish National Institute of Public Health (Folkhälsoinstitutet).

Novartis buys Chinese vaccine maker
Switzerland

Novartis buys Chinese vaccine maker

Swiss pharmaceutical group Novartis said on Tuesday that it had acquired 85 percent of Chinese vaccines maker Zhejiang Tianyuan Bio-Pharmaceutical company.

Snowflakes forecast for weekend
Germany

Snowflakes forecast for weekend

The weather will remain sunny and pleasant for most of the week, but spring isn’t here to stay just yet, the German Weather Service (DWD) said on Tuesday. Cold and even a few snowflakes could return this weekend.

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Switzerland

Swiss Re: Japan quake costs ‘over a billion’

Reinsurance giant Swiss Re estimated on Monday that Japan's earthquake and tsunami have cost it some $1.2 billion, but said this figure could be revised upwards.

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Switzerland

Three Germans killed in avalanche

Three German skiers were killed in an avalanche in eastern Switzerland's Alps, local police said Sunday.

Swiss diplomats ditch Tokyo
Switzerland

Swiss diplomats ditch Tokyo

Swiss authorities said Sunday their embassy in Tokyo will temporarily move to Osaka amid fears that wind changes could carry more radioactive particles from Japan's stricken nuclear plant to the capital.

Retailer Metro warns of difficult path ahead
Germany

Retailer Metro warns of difficult path ahead

Metro, the third biggest global retail group, posted solid 2010 results Tuesday but could now be hit by government austerity measures, political unrest and effects of Asian catastrophes and nuclear crisis.

Wave of ‘Nigeria letter’ fraud hits elderly Swedes
Sweden

Wave of ‘Nigeria letter’ fraud hits elderly Swedes

International fraud by so-called "Nigeria letters" have increased dramatically in recent months with a growing number of Swedish victims left millions of kronor out of pocket.

Incest trucker receives maximum jail sentence
Germany

Incest trucker receives maximum jail sentence

A German court on Tuesday jailed an ex-trucker for 14 and a half years for sexually abusing his daughter, stepson and stepdaughter, with whom he fathered eight children.

Schäuble says Islam is part of Germany
Germany

Schäuble says Islam is part of Germany

Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble on Tuesday warned Germany must not discriminate against its Muslim population, saying that Islam was a part of its society. His comments contrast starkly with those of the country's new conservative interior minister.

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Sweden

Babysitting free for all exposes children: report

Since Sweden's household services tax relief (RUT-avdrag) came in to effect, the babysitting business in the country has boomed.

Study finds high concentration of chemicals at kindergartens
Germany

Study finds high concentration of chemicals at kindergartens

Many German kindergartens have three times the level of dangerous chemicals than an average household, posing serious health risks to children, a study released on Tuesday revealed.

Sadistic sex crimes on animals rise in Sweden
Sweden

Sadistic sex crimes on animals rise in Sweden

The number of sadistic sex crimes against animals in Sweden has doubled over the past four years, according to statistics compiled by broadcaster TV4.

Bundeswehr general optimistic as Afghan regions tipped for handover
Germany

Bundeswehr general optimistic as Afghan regions tipped for handover

With seven regions set to be turned over to Afghan troops this summer, Bundeswehr Gen. Bruno Kasdorf said Tuesday he was cautiously optimistic about the situation in the strife-torn country.

More reactor closures ‘could cause blackouts’
Germany

More reactor closures ‘could cause blackouts’

If any more nuclear power plants are taken off the grid in Germany, the country would be in danger of blackouts and higher electricity prices, the German Energy Agency (DENA) said Tuesday.

Swedes back Libya deployment: poll
Sweden

Swedes back Libya deployment: poll

Nine out ten Swedes support the UN-backed mission to stop Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi with a vast majority backing Swedish involvement in the military operation in the north African country.

BASF boosts Russian gas pipeline
Germany

BASF boosts Russian gas pipeline

Russia's bid to build a rival to a US-backed gas pipeline to Europe received a major boost this week when the project was joined by the hydrocarbon subsidiary of the German powerhouse BASF.

Flu stops Queen Silvia Botswana visit
Sweden

Flu stops Queen Silvia Botswana visit

Sweden's Queen Silvia has been struck down with the flu and has been forced to cancel her participation in the royal couple's state visit to Botswana which begins on Tuesday.

Sweden’s EQT nets billions in Kabel BW sale
Sweden

Sweden’s EQT nets billions in Kabel BW sale

Swedish fund EQT Monday announced the sale of Kabel BW, a German cable operator, to US-based Liberty Global for €3.16 billion ($4.49 billion).