Nordén beaten by Spirig in dramatic photo finish
Sweden

Nordén beaten by Spirig in dramatic photo finish

It took a photo to determine who came in first, but Swedish triathlete Lisa Nordén had to be content with the silver, after being beaten by Swiss Nicola Spirig at the finish line in Saturday’s women’s triathlon final.

Woman suspected of killing partner’s children
Germany

Woman suspected of killing partner’s children

A 30-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of killing her partner's three young children in western Germany, police said on Saturday. They were found in a house fire in their ground floor flat.

Medieval silver treasure found on Gotland
Sweden

Medieval silver treasure found on Gotland

A silver treasure from the 12th century has been found on the Baltic island Gotland, where over 600 pieces of silver coins have been unearthed, according to reports in local media.

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Sweden

Swedish Olympian slammed for ‘cruelty’

Swedish dressage rider Patrik Kittel has been accused of animal cruelty following photographs published in a German sports magazine, but Kittel himself calls the allegations “absurd”.

Survey: Private sector downturn in Germany
Germany

Survey: Private sector downturn in Germany

Eurozone private sector activity contracted for the tenth time in 11 months in July, with data now consistently showing the downturn becoming "entrenched" in Germany, a key survey showed Friday.

US court secrecy makes Assange ‘helpless’
Sweden

US court secrecy makes Assange ‘helpless’

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's defense lawyer said on Friday that his client, seeking asylum in Ecuador, was in a state of limbo because of secrecy from the United States over the charges it may pursue.

Two lions ‘poisoned’ in Berlin zoo
Germany

Two lions ‘poisoned’ in Berlin zoo

Two lions in a Berlin zoo are thought to have been poisoned, officials revealed on Friday. With what, or how, remains a mystery but the animals are reportedly very ill.

Suspected art smuggler freed on bail in China
Germany

Suspected art smuggler freed on bail in China

A suspected German art smuggler is free on bail after more than four months in a Beijing jail on tax evasion charges, Germany's foreign ministry said Friday in a case that has strained ties.

‘Give Wallenberg an annual day’: minister
Sweden

‘Give Wallenberg an annual day’: minister

As the 100 year anniversary of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg’s birth is commemorated in Sweden and globally, democracy minister Birgitta Ohlsson suggests making August 4th Wallenberg’s own annual day in the Swedish calendar.

The Raoul Wallenberg Calendar: Q&A with Brian Palmer
Sweden

The Raoul Wallenberg Calendar: Q&A with Brian Palmer

With the centenary of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg's birth on Saturday, The Local catches up with Brian Palmer, a researcher at Uppsala University who has created a calendar to commemorate individuals of exceptional civic courage.

Stockholm readies for massive Pride parade
Sweden

Stockholm readies for massive Pride parade

Glitter, carnival and beautiful costumes are set to flood the streets of Stockholm on Saturday, along with an important message, as the annual Pride parade kicks off with 45,000 participants.

‘One individual can save the lives of thousands’
Sweden

‘One individual can save the lives of thousands’

As Sweden celebrated the centennial of diplomat Raoul Wallenberg in August, the national coordinator for the Wallenberg year, Olle Wästberg, ponders the importance of individual responsibility.

Ex-Chancellor Schmidt, 93, in love again
Germany

Ex-Chancellor Schmidt, 93, in love again

Former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, 93, has taken to the TV to talk about the stability of the euro, the debt crisis - and his love life.