Germany denies interest in Pentagon’s armed drones
Germany

Germany denies interest in Pentagon’s armed drones

Germany on Tuesday disputed an announcement by the Pentagon that it was seeking to buy MQ-9 Reapers, the new armed drones that the United States recently began flying in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Sweden

Swedish fund invests in Daimler

The Swedish investment fund Cevian Capital is buying shares in the German car maker Daimler, a press report said on Tuesday.

German policewomen get special safety bras
Germany

German policewomen get special safety bras

Germany's federal police have begun distributing special wire-less safety bras to some 3,000 female officers to prevent potentially lethal chest injuries, a spokesman said Tuesday.

German murder suspect takes the stand
Sweden

German murder suspect takes the stand

The Arboga murder trial continued on Tuesday in Västmanland District Court the central Swedish town of Köping as the accused, 32-year-old Christine Schürrer, took the stand for the first time.

Sony buys BMG stake from Bertelsmann
Germany

Sony buys BMG stake from Bertelsmann

Sony on Tuesday agreed to buy the 50 percent it does not already own in music giant Sony BMG from German media group Bertelsmann.

Postal service ‘holding our mail as ransom’
Sweden

Postal service ‘holding our mail as ransom’

A British woman living in southern Sweden is doing battle with the country’s postal service after it decided to stop delivering her mail.

Foreigners tempted by Swedish town’s cash incentive
Sweden

Foreigners tempted by Swedish town’s cash incentive

The northern Swedish town of Arjeplog has been inundated with requests in recent days from prospective migrants interested in cashing in on the municipality's innovative new repopulation scheme.

Victoria Beckham related to German friend of Karl Marx
Germany

Victoria Beckham related to German friend of Karl Marx

A hobby historian says he's discovered that Posh Spice, also known as Victoria Beckham, is a descendant of a German communist from Heilbronn who was close to Karl Marx.

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Sweden

Palestinians from Iraq granted shelter in Sweden and Iceland

Palestinian refugees stranded for two years in desperate conditions on the Iraq-Syria border will be resettled in Iceland and Sweden in the coming weeks, the United Nations refugee agency said on Tuesday.

Germany wants limits for uranium levels in drinking water
Germany

Germany wants limits for uranium levels in drinking water

The German Health Ministry is reportedly preparing to establish maximum levels for uranium in drinking water after a study found the radioactive material in water supplies throughout the country.

German and Russian sailors missing off Swedish coast
Sweden

German and Russian sailors missing off Swedish coast

Two men were reported missing and feared to have drowned on Tuesday after they were washed off their sailboats in a heavy storm in two separate accidents off Sweden, rescue services said.

Former East German parliament steel headed to Dubai
Germany

Former East German parliament steel headed to Dubai

At one time the Palace of the Republic in Berlin was the most prestigious building in communist East Germany, and now steel from the dismantled building will be used for the world's highest skyscraper and in VW car engines, German daily Bild reported on Tuesday.

German tourist feared dead in Swedish sailing accident
Germany

German tourist feared dead in Swedish sailing accident

A 58-year-old German man is believed to have fallen overboard from his sailboat and drowned during Monday night's storm over southern Sweden and the North Sea.

Economic downturn hasn’t stopped Swedes from borrowing
Sweden

Economic downturn hasn’t stopped Swedes from borrowing

Despite higher interest rates, rising prices, and signs of slowing economy, Swedes have yet to curb their borrowing habits, according to new statistics.

Adidas Q2 strong despite limping Reebok
Germany

Adidas Q2 strong despite limping Reebok

Adidas, the second biggest sports equipment maker, posted Tuesday a 12 percent increase in second quarter net profit, although its troubled US unit Reebok saw first-half sales fall by 11 percent.

High seas injure 23 German ferry passengers
Germany

High seas injure 23 German ferry passengers

Twenty-three ferry passengers were injured on Monday evening when high seas broke one of the boats windows, German police reported on Tuesday morning.

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Sweden

Trains halted by fallen trees

Rail traffic has ground to a halt in parts of Sweden as a result of Monday night's storm.

German to reunite with North Korean husband after 47 years
Germany

German to reunite with North Korean husband after 47 years

A German woman and her sons have travelled to Pyongyang for a reunion with the North Korean husband she last saw 47 years ago in communist East Germany, a report said Tuesday.

Kalmar defeat AIK to stay on top
Sweden

Kalmar defeat AIK to stay on top

Kalmar came from behind on Monday night to defeat AIK and remain on top of Allsvenskan, the Swedish first division. Title rivals Elfsborg and Helsingborg also recorded victories.

Mating German badgers cause police chopper emergency call
Germany

Mating German badgers cause police chopper emergency call

Residents of the tiny German town of Vettelschoss alerted police to what they thought were female screams coming from the woods on Monday evening – but after police sent out a helicopter they discovered the noises were coming from mating badgers.

Storm brings month of rain in one day
Sweden

Storm brings month of rain in one day

Stormy conditions on Monday night led to power cuts in southern and central parts of Sweden.