Arrest in probe of Swedish ‘sex-chamber’
Sweden

Arrest in probe of Swedish ‘sex-chamber’

A 47-year-old man was taken into custody by Swedish police on Monday after a witness linking him to the discovery of sexual torture chamber in an abandoned farmhouse in western Sweden a few weeks ago.

Friedrich: Muslims must help catch extremists
Germany

Friedrich: Muslims must help catch extremists

German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich said on Tuesday Muslims should help root out Islamists in their community, announcing a new initiative targeting extremists like the one responsible for a recent deadly attack on US soldiers in Frankfurt.

Australian author lands Astrid Lindgren prize
Sweden

Australian author lands Astrid Lindgren prize

Australian illustrator and author Shaun Tan has been named the recipient of the 2011 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for children's literature.

Inflation, global unrest upsetting consumers
Germany

Inflation, global unrest upsetting consumers

German consumer sentiment has been hit by fears of inflation and an unsettled international environment, causing the first dip in an important confidence index in 10 months, the GfK institute said Tuesday.

Portly cross-eyed opossum Heidi slims down with strict diet
Germany

Portly cross-eyed opossum Heidi slims down with strict diet

The strict diet for Germany’s beloved cross-eyed opossum Heidi is taking effect. The furry marsupial has lost almost half a kilo and is much healthier than when she was rescued, the Leipzig Zoo said Tuesday.

Brazilian busted driving 291 kph on autobahn
Germany

Brazilian busted driving 291 kph on autobahn

A 22-year-old Brazilian man has been caught driving at an eye-watering 291 kilometres per hour (181 mph) on the autobahn, almost three times the speed limit, police said.

Green Party proposes new leadership duo
Sweden

Green Party proposes new leadership duo

The Green Party on Tuesday proposed Gustav Fridolin and Åsa Romson as its new spokespersons to be elected at the party congress in May.

Government yes to Gripen deployment
Sweden

Government yes to Gripen deployment

The Swedish government has given the green light to sending JAS Gripen fighters to Libya following a request from the NATO general secretary, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, for Swedish assistance.

Volvo Cars plans to hire 1,200 new staff
Sweden

Volvo Cars plans to hire 1,200 new staff

Swedish car maker Volvo said Tuesday that it plans to hire 1,200 new employees, mostly engineers to meet the development of electric cars and production expansion.

Zürich sushi bars brace for nuclear fears
Switzerland

Zürich sushi bars brace for nuclear fears

Owners of sushi bars in Zürich have told worried customers that their food is not sourced in Japan, amid fears that they may be put of

 

Deutsche Bahn halts Stuttgart 21 construction
Germany

Deutsche Bahn halts Stuttgart 21 construction

Construction work for the controversial Stuttgart 21 rail project will cease until Baden-Württemberg’s new state government has been formed, Germany's national railway operator Deutsche Bahn said Tuesday.

New rules prompt surge in liquor licence applications
Sweden

New rules prompt surge in liquor licence applications

Applications for liquor licences have skyrocketed in Stockholm following a change in licensing laws that took effect at the start of the year.

Kidnapped doctor put on trial for murder in France
Germany

Kidnapped doctor put on trial for murder in France

A German cardiologist went on trial on Tuesday for the 1982 death of the daughter of a Frenchman who took justice into his own hands and had the doctor kidnapped, bound and delivered to a French courthouse.

Eurofighter jet drops fuel tanks during training flight
Germany

Eurofighter jet drops fuel tanks during training flight

The Luftwaffe has admitted that a German Eurofighter jet accidentally lost two external tanks filled with fuel over the countryside near the Bavarian city of Augsburg during a training flight.

Swedish infant scarred in violent ferret attack
Sweden

Swedish infant scarred in violent ferret attack

Nine-month-old Selma, who was attacked by a ferret while sleeping in her pram outside her home in Hultsfred in southern Sweden last week, has been allowed to leave hospital.

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei to work from Berlin
Germany

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei to work from Berlin

Ai Weiwei, perhaps China’s best-known artist, plans on moving to Berlin to escape growing repression in his home country, a media report said Tuesday.

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Switzerland

Swiss Re: cost of global disasters triples in 2010

The global cost of natural and man-made disasters more than tripled in 2010 to $218 billion, leading reinsurer Swiss Re said Tuesday.

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Switzerland

Swiss-Israeli meeting discusses Arab Uprisings

Swiss President Micheline Calmy-Rey met her Israeli counterpart Shimon Peres in Geneva on Monday, where they discussed the uprisings in the Arab world.

Prosecutor drops serial killer case
Sweden

Prosecutor drops serial killer case

A Swedish prosecutor has dropped the case against Thomas Quick related to the murder of nine-year-old Therese Johannessen in Norway in 1988.

Swedish study links swine flu vaccine to narcolepsy
Sweden

Swedish study links swine flu vaccine to narcolepsy

A new Swedish study shows an increased risk of developing the sleeping disease narcolepsy for children vaccinated with swine flu vaccine Pandemrix, a drug manufactured by pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline.

Tanker sinks after explosions at refinery
Germany

Tanker sinks after explosions at refinery

Several explosions occurred on a tanker ship being loaded with fuel at the Lingen-Holthausen refinery in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia late on Monday, police said. The vessel caught fire and sank.

Man convicted over ‘murder list’
Sweden

Man convicted over ‘murder list’

A man dubbed the "Bolt pistol man" after a livestock anaesthetizing device was used in an attack in Linköping in eastern Sweden in January, has been found guilty.

Brüderle quits state leadership post after election disaster
Germany

Brüderle quits state leadership post after election disaster

Economy Minister Rainer Brüderle stepped down from his position as the Free Democrats‘ state leader in Rhineland-Palatinate late on Monday. The move came after the pro-business party failed to clear the five-percent hurdle necessary to win seats in the legislature in Sunday’s election.

Stockholm museum makes history of garbage
Sweden

Stockholm museum makes history of garbage

It may not be the Mona Lisa, but an old milk carton and other refuse can tell an interesting story about our culture, our history and ourselves, AFP's Marc Preel writes after visiting a Stockholm museum's new "Garbage" exhibit.

Sweden replies to EU wolf hunt reprimand
Sweden

Sweden replies to EU wolf hunt reprimand

Sweden's environment minister has responded to European Commission criticism for allowing a recent cull of the country's wolf population, saying that the hunt was needed to boost acceptance of the animal.

Germany second in global green energy race
Germany

Germany second in global green energy race

Germany has outpaced the United States as the number two player in clean energy while China keeps racing ahead as the world's green investment leader, a study said Tuesday.