Söderling in Wimbledon comeback thriller
Sweden

Söderling in Wimbledon comeback thriller

Swedish fifth seed Robin Söderling came from two sets down to defeat Australia's Lleyton Hewitt and reach the third round at Wimbledon on Thursday.

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Sweden

Man jailed for having sex with sleeping girlfriend

A 19-year-old man from central Sweden has been convicted of rape for having anal sex with his girlfriend while she was asleep.

Hamburg metro braces for boozy Facebook party
Germany

Hamburg metro braces for boozy Facebook party

The northern German city of Hamburg is bracing for a mass drunken party organised via Facebook on its metro system in September, a day before an alcohol ban on trains starts, authorities said Thursday.

Industry frets about nuclear energy phaseout
Germany

Industry frets about nuclear energy phaseout

Following Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to phase out of nuclear power by 2022, major energy-consuming companies say the decision puts Germany’s international competitiveness at risk.

‘Classic’ midsummer weather for Sweden
Sweden

‘Classic’ midsummer weather for Sweden

Cloudy, showery but with some chances of sunshine - Swedish Midsummer weather seems to follow tradition, according to meteorologists, who were still unsure of how the weather would develop with the holiday less than a day away.

Watching women’s football – it’s just no fun
Germany

Watching women’s football – it’s just no fun

Germany is about to host the Women's World Cup and Sonia Phalnikar couldn't care less – a tough thing to admit for someone considering herself both a feminist and a football fan. A commentary.

Holding back wages ‘last resort’: experts
Sweden

Holding back wages ‘last resort’: experts

The future of disaster-riddled carmaker Saab doesn’t look bright, according to several analysts, who say that holding back salaries is a company’s very last way out.

Army admits shooting, driving problems
Germany

Army admits shooting, driving problems

The Bundeswehr is in danger of failing its mission in Afghanistan because German soldiers cannot use their weapons, drive their armoured vehicles or take care of their wounded properly, according to classified internal documents.

Wrong to sack principal over ‘lewd’ Facebook pics: Swedish court
Sweden

Wrong to sack principal over ‘lewd’ Facebook pics: Swedish court

A Swedish court has ruled that a school was unjustified in sacking its principal after he joined a number of sexually themed groups on Facebook and published half-naked pictures of himself on the popular social networking site.

Swedish diplomat attacked in Belarus
Sweden

Swedish diplomat attacked in Belarus

Sweden's top diplomat in Belarus was attacked by police at an anti-government protest in Minsk on Wednesday, prompting foreign minister Carl Bildt to summon the Belarussian ambassador.

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France

Ex-minister charged with rape

A former French minister and mayor with the ruling party has been charged with rape after accusations he sexually assaulted women working for him at city hall, prosecutors said Wednesday.

‘Dollar’ millionaires hit record high in Sweden
Sweden

‘Dollar’ millionaires hit record high in Sweden

The number of Swedish “dollar” millionaires reached a staggering 60,900 last year, signifying an increase in Sweden by 26 percent, according to the annual World Wealth Report, carried out by companies Cap Gemini and Merrill Lynch.

Cell phones disturb bees’ buzz – study
Switzerland

Cell phones disturb bees’ buzz – study

New research carried out at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology has found that bees buzz differently near mobile phone signals – causing behaviour that endangers colonies.

Mafia makes inroads in Switzerland
Switzerland

Mafia makes inroads in Switzerland

The Italian Mafia is becoming more and more active in Switzerland, according to an annual police report published Thursday. The country is mainly being used for money-laundering operations, the report says.

 

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France

Sales get off to soggy start

The twice yearly sales started yesterday under cloudy skies in most of the country.

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France

Three year old spends day on school bus

A girl in Saint-Calais, Sarthe, was left on a bus yesterday and spent the day in a car park.

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France

Teen arrested for schoolgirl murder

The mother of the 14-year old boy accused of murdering a 13-year old girl said he wanted to “protect his sister”.

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Switzerland

Minority quotas to be set in public service

Quotas for women, disabled people and French speakers are to be introduced into Swiss public service, the government decided on Wednesday.

 

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France

Hollande and Aubry neck-and-neck

A new poll shows the two Socialists ahead of other candidates in the upcoming primaries.

Koch-Mehrin gets European research post after losing doctorate
Germany

Koch-Mehrin gets European research post after losing doctorate

Free Democratic European MEP Silvana Koch-Mehrin, who recently had her doctorate withdrawn for plagiarism, has been promoted to a European Parliamentary committee responsible for research.

More Swedes having three kids: study
Sweden

More Swedes having three kids: study

It is becoming more common for Swedish families to choose to have a third child, a new study from Statistics Sweden (Statistiska centralbyrån - SCB) shows.

Site exposing Guttenberg plagiarism wins award
Germany

Site exposing Guttenberg plagiarism wins award

The internet site which exposed the massive plagiarism in the then Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg’s doctoral thesis, forcing his resignation, has won a prestigious media award.

Swedes Sedin, Lidström scoop up NHL awards
Sweden

Swedes Sedin, Lidström scoop up NHL awards

Swedish hockey star Daniel Sedin was among the big winners at the National Hockey League's annual awards show on Wednesday, with fellow Swede Nicklas Lidström also taking another step toward making history.

Study: Germany’s E. coli was a deadly genetic mix
Germany

Study: Germany’s E. coli was a deadly genetic mix

A strain of E. coli bacteria which killed dozens of people in Germany is a genetic mix whose ability to stick to intestinal walls may have made it so lethal, a study in The Lancet said on Wednesday.

What’s on in Germany: June 23 – June 29
Germany

What’s on in Germany: June 23 – June 29

This Week's Highlights: Christopher Street Day in Berlin, Art Week in Hamburg, and TV on the Radio play in Munich.

Two killed as storm front batters Germany
Germany

Two killed as storm front batters Germany

Two people were killed, several people injured and thousands more had their electricity cut after a storm front causing hundreds of thousands of euros of damage battered Germany on Wednesday night.

Saab lacks funds to pay staff wages
Sweden

Saab lacks funds to pay staff wages

Cash-strapped carmaker Saab won't be able to pay this months wages to its 3,800 employees, according to a statement from the company.

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Sweden

Swedish man had ‘stick’ in stomach for 25 years

A 65-year-old man from Lycksele in northern Sweden had been complaining from stomach pains for 25 years. Recently doctors found the cause of his complaints – a six centimetre long wooden “stick” with sharp edges lodged in his bowels.

Swedes against church dabbling in politics
Sweden

Swedes against church dabbling in politics

Most Swedes think that the church should look out for the vulnerable in society and join in the societal debate but not get involved politically, according to a new study carried out by the Church of Sweden and the church newspaper Kyrkans Tidning.

Ai Weiwei’s release must be first step says Merkel
Germany

Ai Weiwei’s release must be first step says Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday that China's release of dissident artist Ai Weiwei on bail must be just a first step, calling for the charges against him to be clearly explained.

Insurance may have to pay if accident driver is drunk enough
Germany

Insurance may have to pay if accident driver is drunk enough

Drivers who crash their own cars when drunk cannot expect their insurers to pay up, the German Federal Court has ruled – but a loophole still remains which means that a driver who is drunk out of their minds could rightfully make a claim.

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France

Galliano tells court: I remember nothing

Fashion designer John Galliano will learn 11 weeks from today the outcome of his day-long trial on charges of hurling racist and anti-Semitic remarks at patrons in a hip Paris bar.