Swedish doc tore baby’s windpipe during delivery
Sweden

Swedish doc tore baby’s windpipe during delivery

The delivery of a baby at a Stockholm hospital turned into a struggle of life and death when the specialist doctor pulled and tugged to get the baby out, causing the baby to have multiple brain haemorrhages and a torn windpipe.

Swedish kiddie-mags touch off heated gender debate
Sweden

Swedish kiddie-mags touch off heated gender debate

Two new gender-specific magazines launched this month by a Swedish publisher have sparked a storm of criticism among parents voicing concerns that they promote 'outdated' stereotypes.

University: Guttenberg wilfully plagiarised
Germany

University: Guttenberg wilfully plagiarised

The University of Bayreuth Friday said former German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg deliberately plagiarised his doctoral thesis, a charge which led to his resignation in March.

Controversial naval training ship sails into port as question linger
Germany

Controversial naval training ship sails into port as question linger

Germany's premier naval training vessel Gorch Fock returned to its base in Kiel on Friday months after reports emerged of a mutiny and unsafe conditions following a cadet’s death.

Balmy and dry weekend forecast
Germany

Balmy and dry weekend forecast

It might be time to test your beachwear for the summer, as dry and sunny weather heats up the weekend, the German Weather Service (DWD) said Friday.

Merkel fed up with energy firms over nuclear phaseout
Germany

Merkel fed up with energy firms over nuclear phaseout

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s relationship with German energy companies has reportedly so deteriorated that she no longer wants to meet with their executives to discuss how best to phase out the use of nuclear power.

Lufthansa traffic hit by Japan disaster
Germany

Lufthansa traffic hit by Japan disaster

The head of German flag carrier Lufthansa said Friday that Japan bookings have fallen since the earthquake and tsunami in March but he hoped demand would stabilise in the second and third quarters.

King denies calling Stieg Larsson books ‘horrible’
Sweden

King denies calling Stieg Larsson books ‘horrible’

Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf has denied labeling Stieg Larsson's wildly successful Millennium crime novels "horrible" in an interview with a Polish newspaper.

Suspected sub sighting sets Swedes on edge
Sweden

Suspected sub sighting sets Swedes on edge

The Swedish military is investigating what could be a sighting of a foreign submarine in the Swedish archipelago after a Stockholm resident snapped a photo of a lurking mass on the surface while walking her dog.

Schools at centre of new anti-racism efforts
Sweden

Schools at centre of new anti-racism efforts

The Swedish government on Friday announced plans to step up its efforts to fight racism by appointing a special commission to survey xenophobia in the wake of electoral gains made by the anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats.

Woman ‘misplaces’ her car in Munich for 39 days
Germany

Woman ‘misplaces’ her car in Munich for 39 days

A woman who “misplaced” her car while on a visit to Munich has finally retrieved her Audi after more than a month of searching in vain.

Swedish milkmaid sues jobs agency over ‘pregnancy’ snub
Sweden

Swedish milkmaid sues jobs agency over ‘pregnancy’ snub

A Swedish milkmaid who was denied employment at a dairy farm in southern Sweden over suspicions she may be trying to get pregnant should be compensated by the country's employment agency, Sweden's eqality watchdog claims.

Football hooliganism in Sweden – alive and kicking
Sweden

Football hooliganism in Sweden – alive and kicking

While football hooliganism has all but disappeared in the UK, Sweden continues to struggle with how to deal with the problem, turning it into a political hot potato, The Local's Geoff Mortimore discovers.

Several children injured as truck rams school bus
Germany

Several children injured as truck rams school bus

Several children were injured after a truck rammed their school bus in Gummersbach east of Cologne on Friday morning.

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Sweden

Swedish women hit harder by STD rise: study

Gonorrhoea and syphilis are making a comeback in Sweden, with the number of reported cases among young women soaring by nearly 60 percent in 2010.

Düsseldorf terror plot uncovered via passenger data from US
Germany

Düsseldorf terror plot uncovered via passenger data from US

German authorities were alerted to a terrorist plot in Düsseldorf by US authorities using airline passenger data, the Rheinische Post newspaper reported Friday.

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Switzerland

Pop festival offers money back for bad weather

 

A popular Swiss open air festival has promised revellers that they will get a full refund if the event is marred by rain.

 

Germans say bin Laden’s death no cause for joy
Germany

Germans say bin Laden’s death no cause for joy

Most Germans see no reason to celebrate the death of Osama bin Laden and think the US government should have put the terrorist leader on trial rather than killed him, according to a poll published Friday.

‘Jet Man’ to take on the Grand Canyon
Switzerland

‘Jet Man’ to take on the Grand Canyon

A Swiss adventurer dubbed "JetMan," will on Friday attempt an elaborate flying descent into the Grand Canyon.

Merkel plays down French rift over Palestine
Germany

Merkel plays down French rift over Palestine

German Chancellor Angela Merkel late on Thursday played down differences with France on recognition of a Palestinian state, saying they shared the goal of a quick relaunch of Middle East peace talks.

Drunken Swedish soldiers charged for ambushing group of campers
Sweden

Drunken Swedish soldiers charged for ambushing group of campers

Three drunken and uniformed members of Sweden's National Home Guard (Hemvärnet) have been charged for attacking a group of campers in the forests of eastern Sweden, south of Stockholm.

Stuttgart gets revved up for automotive summer
Germany

Stuttgart gets revved up for automotive summer

A nation of car buffs, Germany is celebrating the 125th anniversary of the invention of the automobile this year. Tracy Moran looks at how Stuttgart, the country’s motor city, is revving up for the festivities.

Saab, Hawtai rebuff embassy criticism
Sweden

Saab, Hawtai rebuff embassy criticism

Saab's new partner Hawtai on Friday defended itself against claims reportedly made by a top Swedish diplomat that raised doubts about the Chinese automaker's ability to salvage the Swedish car brand.

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Sweden

Surgery better for tackling prostate cancer: Swedish study

Surgery appears to be a better treatment option for early prostate cancer than "watchful waiting," particularly for younger patients, according to a Swedish study published Thursday.