Controversy over green fuel ad campaign
Sweden

Controversy over green fuel ad campaign

A marketing campaign promoting a Swedish bus company’s use of environmentally friendly biofuels has come under fire for depicting children drinking from petrol pumps.

Sweden sends extra troops to Afghanistan
Sweden

Sweden sends extra troops to Afghanistan

Sweden will send a rifle platoon of 27 soldiers to Afghanistan in the coming days, bringing the number of Swedish troops in the country to 375, the military said on Thursday.

German Eurovision hopeful in illness scare
Germany

German Eurovision hopeful in illness scare

A full complement of angels will represent Germany at this weekend's Eurovision song contest as No Angels singer Jessica Wahls said she had recovered from a virus and would be able to compete.

Allianz and Commerzbank reportedly bid for Postbank
Germany

Allianz and Commerzbank reportedly bid for Postbank

The German insurer Allianz and Commerzbank have put forward a joint bid for Postbank worth €10 billion ($15.7 billion), the weekly Manager Magazin reported on its website Thursday.

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Sweden

Government to examine imam education in Sweden

The government announced plans on Thursday to examine whether Sweden should implement a special training program for imams.

Sweden opens the doors to its secret spaces
Sweden

Sweden opens the doors to its secret spaces

Sweden's National Property Board (SFV) is a landlord of giant proportions. It manages a seventh of the country's land area and owns 1,800 properties in Sweden and another 73 abroad.

Tomato invasion from outer space
Sweden

Tomato invasion from outer space

You say potato, I say pot-ah-to. You say tomato, David Bartal says extraterrestrial plant fraud.

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Sweden

Ikea opens first U.S. manufacturing facility

Swedish furniture maker Ikea celebrated the opening of its first factory in the United States on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Government hints at partial Svenska Spel sell off

The government is open to selling off parts of the Svenska Spel gaming monopoly to other actors in the market.

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Sweden

Stockholm art gallery guide: May 23 – 29

Stockholm art gallery tips for the week ahead from Kalendarium (Click links for more information)

German nudist flights scrapped over ‘moral’ qualms
Germany

German nudist flights scrapped over ‘moral’ qualms

Despite being fully booked by naturists wanting to take off and strip off, a German travel company said on Thursday it has decided to scrap a special nude flight that had been scheduled for this summer.

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Sweden

Stockholm club and concert guide: May 22 – 28

Weekend club and concert tips for Stockholm from Kalendarium (Click links for more information)

Dismembered woman found in suitcase died of head injury
Germany

Dismembered woman found in suitcase died of head injury

A woman whose decomposing torso was found this week in a suitcase in the northern German city of Braunschweig died of a head injury, police said on Thursday.

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Sweden

Gothenburg club and concert tips – May 22 – 24

Where to go out in Gothenburg this weekend? Monthly Magazine has the answers (Click links for more information)

Wrong number: Munich image printed on Berlin phone books
Germany

Wrong number: Munich image printed on Berlin phone books

In a galling mix-up for the proud residents of the German capital, Berliners will have to use a phone book for the next year that appears to belong the city's southern rival Munich.

Köhler to stand for second term as German president
Germany

Köhler to stand for second term as German president

Conservative German President Horst Köhler on Thursday said he will seek a second term in office, in a move that could create more strife in Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition.

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Sweden

Nuclear sabotage suspects released

Two contractors suspected of planning to sabotage a nuclear power plant in southern Sweden using explosives have been released from custody, police said Thursday.

Bribery allegations rock Migration Board
Sweden

Bribery allegations rock Migration Board

The Swedish Migration Board has called in the police to help investigate an alleged residence permit bribery scandal.

German post admits neo-Nazis put Hess on stamp
Germany

German post admits neo-Nazis put Hess on stamp

Far-right sympathizers in Germany have managed to get around 20 stamps printed bearing the image of Adolf Hitler's Nazi party deputy Rudolf Hess, Deutsche Post said on Thursday.

What’s on in Germany: May 22-28
Germany

What’s on in Germany: May 22-28

Airbag thieves strike on cue
Sweden

Airbag thieves strike on cue

Thieves in the south east of Sweden acted on Wednesday exactly as police had predicted a day earlier -- they entered a car dealership and stole a number of airbags.

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Sweden

A course in seduction

Finding a dishy date is often the easy part. Ronnie Gilghrist offers culinary tips on how to keep your date coming back for more.

No explosives found at nuclear plant
Sweden

No explosives found at nuclear plant

A search of one of the reactors at the Oskarshamn nuclear power plant has not resulted in the discovery of any explosives. Two men were arrested on Wednesday suspected of preparing to sabotage the plant.

Industry says oil price a danger to German economy
Germany

Industry says oil price a danger to German economy

The skyrocketing price for oil poses an increasing danger to the Germany economy, the BDI industry group told a newspaper on Thursday.

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Sweden

Woman charged over violent rape

A 32-year-old woman from northern Sweden has been indicted on a charge of aggravated rape after forcing another woman at knifepoint to perform oral sex.

Drunken German cyclists could face driving ban
Germany

Drunken German cyclists could face driving ban

If you thought cycling home after the pub was a good idea, think again. A German court ruled on Wednesday that inebriated cyclists could forfeit their right to drive a car.

Drug addict confesses to deadly Autobahn attack
Germany

Drug addict confesses to deadly Autobahn attack

A case involving a chunk of wood thrown from a motorway bridge in Lower Saxony has been solved after a drug addict confessed to killing a woman in a passing car two months ago.

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Sweden

Sweden tightens healthcare rules for illegal immigrants

Sweden's parliament on Wednesday approved a centre-right government proposal to deny subsidized public healthcare services to illegal immigrants as of July 1st.

Russian interest in Deutsche Bahn raises concerns
Germany

Russian interest in Deutsche Bahn raises concerns

Interest from Moscow in buying part of German rail carrier Deutsche Bahn when it is partially privatized later this year has drawn skepticism from conservative MPs in Germany's ruling coalition, according to a newspaper report on Thursday.