Black widow spider now calls Sweden home
Sweden

Black widow spider now calls Sweden home

The feared black widow spider has established itself in Sweden, according to the country's National Museum of Natural History (Naturhistoriska riksmuseet).

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Sweden

Malmö weekend nightclub tips: September 12 -13

Going out in Malmö has never been easier as The Local teams up with the knowledgeable nightlifers at Djungeltrumman to help point you in the right direction.

Ex-NPD treasurer jailed for stealing neo-Nazi party funds
Germany

Ex-NPD treasurer jailed for stealing neo-Nazi party funds

The former treasurer of Germany’s far-right NPD party on Friday was sentenced to two years and eight months in jail for embezzling more than €700,000 ($976,339) in party funds.

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Sweden

Stockholm weekend going out guide: September 12 – 13

The Local helps fulfil all your Stockholm nightlife needs this weekend in cooperation with the ever-reliable entertainment gurus at Djungeltrumman.

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Sweden

Prosecutor closes Somali terror probe

Public prosecutor Ronnie Jacobsson had decided to close down his investigation into three people suspected of financing terrorist activities in Somalia.

Madonna causes Bundesliga match cancellation
Germany

Madonna causes Bundesliga match cancellation

Friday night's Bundesliga football match between Eintracht Frankfurt and Karlsruhe SC has been cancelled because the pitch was damaged during pop star Madonna's concert last week.

Deutsche Bank seals Postbank deal
Germany

Deutsche Bank seals Postbank deal

Deutsche Bank struck a deal on Friday to buy a stake in Germany's largest retail bank Postbank for €2.79 billion ($3.93 billion) in the country's latest major banking deal.

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Sweden

Takeover rumours halt trading of SAS shares

Trading in shares of Scandinavian airline SAS was halted Friday afternoon by the Stockholm stock exchange following the stock’s dramatic rise on rumours that Germany’s Lufthansa is considering a takeover of the beleaguered airline.

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Acupuncturist fined for treating crying baby

An acupuncturist from Sundsvall in northern Sweden has been convicted of quackery for treating a one-month-old baby suffering from colic.

Germany irked by Wood’s energy critique
Sweden

Germany irked by Wood’s energy critique

Comments by US Ambassador to Sweden Michael Wood about a Baltic Sea pipeline meant to transport Russian gas have prompted the German government to launch a formal complaint.

Berlin lodges protest over US comments on Baltic pipeline
Germany

Berlin lodges protest over US comments on Baltic pipeline

The German government has reportedly lodged an official protest with the US Embassy in Berlin over critical comments made by the US Ambassador to Sweden on a Baltic Sea pipeline meant to transport Russian gas.

VW union stages massive protest against Porsche and EU
Germany

VW union stages massive protest against Porsche and EU

Tens of thousands of workers demonstrated at Volkswagen’s headquarters Friday against what they see as threats to their jobs from Porsche’s takeover efforts and from EU regulators.

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Sweden

Concern over ‘sex games’ at Swedish high school

Chocolate covered torsos and co-ed banana eating are just a couple of things troubling officials about new student initiation rituals at a basketball oriented high school in northern Sweden.

Munich bans hoodlums from Oktoberfest
Germany

Munich bans hoodlums from Oktoberfest

This year's Oktoberfest will be a bit safer after 23 known hooligans and five chronic pickpockets have been banned from the Bavarian beer festival, Munich daily tz reported on Friday.

Steinbrück rejects EU stimulus plan idea
Germany

Steinbrück rejects EU stimulus plan idea

German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück on Friday rejected the idea of a European stimulus plan to revitalize the economy, as EU finance chiefs gathered to map out a way to avert a recession.

900 more jobs to go from Volvo Cars
Sweden

900 more jobs to go from Volvo Cars

Volvo Cars announced on Friday it would be laying off an additional 900 employees.

Deutsche Bahn scraps service charge plan
Germany

Deutsche Bahn scraps service charge plan

German rail operator Deutsche Bahn announced on Friday it was cancelling a much-criticized plan to add a €2.50 surcharge on tickets purchased from service personnel at the ticket counter.

Happy Meal toys may cause hearing damage
Sweden

Happy Meal toys may cause hearing damage

Toys included in McDonald’s Happy Meals sold in Sweden emit sounds loud enough to cause permanent hearing damage and tinnitus in children.

Vacationers land in Frankfurt after ‘Ike’ hits Cuba
Germany

Vacationers land in Frankfurt after ‘Ike’ hits Cuba

A total of 176 Germans vacationing in Cuba landed in Frankfurt on Friday morning after the Caribbean island was slammed by hurricane ‘Ike’ this week.

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Sweden

Opposition parties widen poll lead

The opposition’s lead over the governing centre-right parties in public opinion polls is increasing, according to the latest study by polling firm Demoskop.

Somali pirates release German ship
Germany

Somali pirates release German ship

Somali pirates have released a German-operated ship after a reported $1.1 million ransom was paid.

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Sweden

New Viking grave find in central Sweden

Six grave sites dated from late in the Viking era have been uncovered in Lännäs outside of Örebro in central Sweden.