Sweden downs Colombia to win World Cup opener
Sweden

Sweden downs Colombia to win World Cup opener

A second-half goal from Jessica Landström got Sweden's women's World Cup campaign off the mark here on Tuesday with a 1-0 win over newcomers Colombia in their opening Group C tie.

Foreign student numbers plummet in Sweden
Sweden

Foreign student numbers plummet in Sweden

Fewer than 1,300 non-European students have paid the new tuition fees required for them to study at Swedish universities, according to higher education officials. In the 2009-10 academic year, there were more than 16,000 non-European university students in Sweden.

Sweden reports first domestic EHEC case
Sweden

Sweden reports first domestic EHEC case

For the first time, a Swede with no connections to Germany has been infected with the virulent enterohaemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) bacteria that has claimed dozens of lives across Europe, Swedish health authorities reported on Tuesday.

Killer bacteria helps contain inflation
Germany

Killer bacteria helps contain inflation

Inflation in Germany stayed put at 2.3 percent in June, in part because of a drop in vegetable prices sparked by a killer bacteria, the national statistics office said Tuesday.

Revenge attacks spark fear of extremist violence
Germany

Revenge attacks spark fear of extremist violence

A string of tit-for-tat attacks in Berlin between political extremists on the far-left and right, including an alleged knife attack on a young mother walking with her three children, has given rise to fears of surging ideological violence.

Sweden’s Riksbank extends Ingves’ term
Sweden

Sweden’s Riksbank extends Ingves’ term

Sweden's Riksbank has announced that governor Stefan Ingves will be given a further six year term as chairman of its executive board.

Kohl blasts portrayals of his private life
Germany

Kohl blasts portrayals of his private life

Former Chancellor Helmut Kohl has lashed out at media recent and biography portrayals of his private life, saying they have been inaccurate and inappropriate.

Berlin inks deals, differs with Beijing on rights
Germany

Berlin inks deals, differs with Beijing on rights

Germany and China held their first joint cabinet meeting Tuesday and inked more than $15 billion in business deals but Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao warned Europe against interfering in its internal affairs over human rights.

BayernLB sues ex-execs over Austrian debacle
Germany

BayernLB sues ex-execs over Austrian debacle

Bavaria's state-owned regional bank BayernLB said Tuesday it would sue former board members for damages over its disastrous 2007 purchase of a majority stake in Austrian lender Hypo Group Alpe Adria (HGAA).

Nowitzki cheered by thousands upon return home
Germany

Nowitzki cheered by thousands upon return home

German basketball star Dirk Nowitzki received a hero's welcome upon his return home to Würzburg, Bavaria on Tuesday. Dirk got the cheers, but one super-fan earned a seat of honour for helping to galvanize thousands to attend the lavish event.

Aubry makes French presidency bid official
France

Aubry makes French presidency bid official

The leader of France's opposition Socialists, Martine Aubry, on Tuesday formally announced her bid to challenge President Nicolas Sarkozy in next year's presidential election.

‘Tighten border controls’: Sweden Democrats
Sweden

‘Tighten border controls’: Sweden Democrats

The Sweden Democrats demanded increased border controls when the Riksdag debated free movement within the European Union on Tuesday.

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France

Kids find loaded gun in Paris sandbox

Three children discovered a .22-calibre long rifle while playing in a park on Saturday morning.

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Sweden

Swedish Gaza flotilla ship sabotaged: report

The ship scheduled to carry the Swedish activists in the Ship to Gaza aid flotilla at the end of the week has been sabotaged in its berth in Greece, the organisation reported on Monday.

Swedish women start 2011 World Cup quest
Sweden

Swedish women start 2011 World Cup quest

As Sweden kicks off their FIFA Women's World Cup campaign on Tuesday in Germany, contributor Oliver Gee takes stock of the Swedes' chances of being crowned the world champions of women's football.

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Switzerland

Murderer on the run in Lake Neuchatel area

Swiss authorities have launched a massive manhunt to find a convicted murderer and rapist on the run after breaking free from custody in the Lake Neuchâtel area.

Neolithic ruins receive UNESCO World Heritage status
Switzerland

Neolithic ruins receive UNESCO World Heritage status

Several lakeside prehistoric settlements in the Alps have been awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO, the United Nations' cultural arm.

Sadness and anger where little Mary-Jane lived and was killed
Germany

Sadness and anger where little Mary-Jane lived and was killed

In the Thuringian town of Zella-Mehlis, residents are in shock after a murdered girl's body was found in a mountain stream at the weekend. As in many places affected by tragedy, they’ve closed ranks to protect one another.

Haye throws verbal jabs ahead of Hamburg bout with Klitschko
Germany

Haye throws verbal jabs ahead of Hamburg bout with Klitschko

Britain's world heavyweight champion David Haye has said he will only shake the hand of Wladimir Klitschko when he visits him in hospital after their eagerly awaited unification bout on Saturday.

Veolia takes over Öresund train services
Sweden

Veolia takes over Öresund train services

Veolia Transport is to take over rail operations on the Swedish side of the Öresund after an agreement reached in light of financial difficulties at Danish-British operator DSB First, according to a statement from regional transport firm Skånetrafiken.

Minister falls foul of Riksdag dress code: MPs
Sweden

Minister falls foul of Riksdag dress code: MPs

A fashion storm, apparently long brewing in the Swedish Riksdag, reached its climax after a Swedish minister chose to take the podium in a leather jacket earlier this year, with parliamentary colleagues responding unfavourably.

Heat wave scorches Switzerland
Switzerland

Heat wave scorches Switzerland

Switzerland faced a scorcher on Tuesday, as a heat wave rolling north of the Alps brought blistering temperatures and sunny weather. But meteorologists are forecasting an end to the hot days and steamy nights later this week.

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France

Sarkozy: ‘we won’t let Greece fail’

French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Monday that France and a number of private lenders were working together with the EU to come up with a new rescue plan for debt-laden Greece.

Berlin treads China human rights tightrope
Germany

Berlin treads China human rights tightrope

Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has offered a bright perspective on human rights in China, saying that long-term progress was possible despite some short-term speed bumps such as the jailing of artist Ai Weiwei.

Short-lived heatwave interrupted by storms
France

Short-lived heatwave interrupted by storms

France experienced its hottest day of the year yesterday with temperatures above 30˚C in most parts of the country.

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France

Fifth person questioned in exam leak case

A 52-year old man is talking to police about the leaking of a question in the recent Baccalauréat final exams for French secondary students.

‘Bosses’ boss’ likens sexism to racism
France

‘Bosses’ boss’ likens sexism to racism

The leader of France's main employers' organisation, Laurence Parisot, has launched an attack on the enduring sexism in French society in the wake of the scandal involving IMF head Dominique Strauss Kahn.

Chance of tax cuts dims as squabble goes on
Germany

Chance of tax cuts dims as squabble goes on

The prospect of quick and substantial tax cuts appears to be receding with a key government finance figure warning German taxpayers on Tuesday not to get too excited about future relief.

Saab cash boost after property sale
Sweden

Saab cash boost after property sale

Saab parent company Swedish Automobile has signed an agreement to sell 50.1 percent of the shares in its property arm for 255 million kronor ($40 million), providing much needed cash for the crisis-hit Swedish car maker.

Germany to supply bombs for Libya mission
Germany

Germany to supply bombs for Libya mission

Germany will supply bombs and weapons technology to NATO for the military intervention into Libya despite its stated opposition to the mission, according to a media report.

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Sweden

Swedish police arrest knifeman after shoot out

A man was arrested in Gällivare in northern Sweden on Tuesday morning after attacking a police officer with a knife and barricading himself in a house in the town, after the police opened fire in return.

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Sweden

Swedish man missing in Spain

A 60-year-old Swedish man has been reported missing after disappearing during a shopping trip on Saturday afternoon in Barcelona.

Strikes loom at EasyJet
Germany

Strikes loom at EasyJet

EasyJet, the no-frills airline, faces strike action in Germany starting next week following a vote by pilots and flight attendants demanding a new contract, trade union Verdi said Monday.