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Germany

Sisters found murdered in Lower Saxony

The bodies of a four-month-old girl and her five-year-old sister were discovered Tuesday morning by their grandfather in Lower Saxony – just three weeks after the gruesome murder of two sisters in Bavaria.

Man climbed altar and preached own faith
Sweden

Man climbed altar and preached own faith

In the middle of Sunday service a man jumped up on the altar in a church in Hässleholm, in the south of Sweden. Once installed, he launched forth to preach his own, alternative faith.

Swedish king exhumed to solve grave mystery
Sweden

Swedish king exhumed to solve grave mystery

Researchers have begun exhuming the remains of Magnus III Ladulås, who reigned as Swedish king from 1275 until 1290, in order to perform DNA tests to ascertain the identity of those with whom he is buried.

Lufthansa pilot caught with deadly slingshots
Germany

Lufthansa pilot caught with deadly slingshots

A Lufthansa pilot has been arrested at Frankfurt Airport after he tried to bring two deadly slingshots and hundreds of ball bearings into Germany, officials said Tuesday.

Prosecutor demands 14 years for Örebro rapes
Sweden

Prosecutor demands 14 years for Örebro rapes

The trial of a 24-year-old man charged with 14 sex offences in Sweden's to date largest serial rape case closed on Tuesday in Örebro district court.

Housing, clothes push up Swedish inflation
Sweden

Housing, clothes push up Swedish inflation

Swedish inflation rose at a higher rate in March than the previous month driven by price hikes for clothing and footwear and housing, official data showed on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Sweden lags on Turkey genocide recognition

Despite a request from the Riksdag last year, the Swedish government still hasn’t recognized the genocide of Armenians and other ethnic groups in WWI.

Pope’s plans for September trip to Germany finalized
Germany

Pope’s plans for September trip to Germany finalized

The plans for Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Germany from September 22 to 25 have been given the pope’s stamp of approval, the German Bishops’ Conference said Tuesday in Bonn.

‘Explain plagiarism,’ Merkel asks Guttenberg
Germany

‘Explain plagiarism,’ Merkel asks Guttenberg

Chancellor Angela Merkel this week asked former Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg to explain the plagiarism of his doctoral thesis, and he has agreed. But he is also trying to block a report by his alma mater that details the extent of his alleged academic violations.

German ‘thought car’ could be driven on Sabbath, Rabbi says
Germany

German ‘thought car’ could be driven on Sabbath, Rabbi says

A German-designed car that can be driven by thought alone could allow Jews to drive on the Sabbath, a young Rabbi and artificial intelligence scientist says.

Investor confidence shaken by Japan, Middle East unrest
Germany

Investor confidence shaken by Japan, Middle East unrest

The devastating earthquake and nuclear crisis in Japan, as well as the ongoing crisis in Libya, have hit German investor confidence, the closely-watched ZEW index showed Tuesday.

Daimler to team with Bosch on electric car venture
Germany

Daimler to team with Bosch on electric car venture

German carmaker Daimler will team up with industrial giant Bosch in a joint venture to produce electric motors to be used in Mercedes and Smart cars next year, both companies said on Tuesday.

Saab confirms ‘extended’ production stoppage
Sweden

Saab confirms ‘extended’ production stoppage

Spyker Cars, the Dutch owner of Sweden's Saab, has said that production will remain on hold indefinitely while it searches for a solution to funding problems in order to pay suppliers.

Hooliganism on the rise, police say
Germany

Hooliganism on the rise, police say

Violence and crime associated with football games in Germany’s first and second divisions of the Bundesliga have reached a new high, a media report said Tuesday.

Swiss skin cancer rates highest in Europe – study
Switzerland

Swiss skin cancer rates highest in Europe – study

The Swiss are 40 times more likely than people elsewhere in Europe to develop the most dangerous form of skin cancer, according to new research.

 

Sweden moots further tax cuts for wage earners
Sweden

Sweden moots further tax cuts for wage earners

The four alliance party leaders announced in an article Tuesday that they are ready to push ahead with further tax cuts provided public finances continue to grow.

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Switzerland

Swiss ‘could abandon nuclear power’

Switzerland is considering abandoning nuclear power, President Micheline Calmy-Rey said Monday following talks with her Austrian counterpart Heinz Fischer in Vienna.

Fun named Germans’ main motivator for sex
Germany

Fun named Germans’ main motivator for sex

For more than three-quarters of Germans, fun is the most important motivation to have sex, according to a poll released this week.

Dutch Queen Beatrix visits Berlin
Germany

Dutch Queen Beatrix visits Berlin

Dutch Queen Beatrix visits Germany on Tuesday for a four-day tour that includes meetings with Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Christian Wulff.

Schalke’s Raul wary of wounded Inter for quarter final
Germany

Schalke’s Raul wary of wounded Inter for quarter final

Veteran striker Raul says his Schalke 04 side need to be wary of wounded Inter Milan as they look to finish off the Champions League holders at home in Wednesday's quarter-final, second-leg.

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Sweden

Sweden’s Ericsson sued for patent infringement

Swedish mobile network giant Ericsson is the target of a writ from Chinese telecom equipment supplier ZTE, alleging patent infringement and escalating a legal dispute between the two rivals.

Ibrahimovic red card incurs three match ban
Sweden

Ibrahimovic red card incurs three match ban

AC Milan's Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was given a three-match ban on Monday after a foul-mouthed tirade at a linesman earned him a sending off during his side's 2-1 win at Fiorentina over the weekend.

Sweden increases humanitarian aid to Libya
Sweden

Sweden increases humanitarian aid to Libya

Sweden's government announced on Monday that it planned to increase its humanitarian aid to civil war-torn Libya by 10 million kronor ($1.6 million).