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Sweden

Five charged for heroin smuggling

Five men were charged in Malmö on Friday for transporting 19 kilogrammes of heroin, half of which was confiscated in Serbia.

Man drowns in storm drain trying to get lost car keys
Germany

Man drowns in storm drain trying to get lost car keys

A 22-year-old Bonn man apparently drowned in a storm drain while trying to retrieve the keys to his car, local police officials said Friday.

Fast food can increase Alzheimer’s risk: study
Sweden

Fast food can increase Alzheimer’s risk: study

Results from a new Swedish study indicate there may be a connection between eating fast food and an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Swedish docs: thumbs up for tinned skin
Sweden

Swedish docs: thumbs up for tinned skin

Doctors are predicting that spray-on skin cells will be used as a common form of sore treatment in the Swedish healthcare system within the coming years.

The Local’s Winter Concert Guide: 20 shows worth seeing
Sweden

The Local’s Winter Concert Guide: 20 shows worth seeing

Looking for some tips about where to go for live music in Sweden this winter? Omri Grinberg offers a number of enticing options to warm up the cool Swedish winter.

Group poisons coworker’s coffee
Germany

Group poisons coworker’s coffee

“Funny” colleagues went a little overboard when “watering down” their co-worker’s coffee with antifreeze at a restaurant, police in Radolfzell reported on Friday.

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Sweden

Ambulance staff draw lots over heart patients

Ambulance personnel in Malmö have been instructed to play a game of chance when deciding which treatment to apply to heart attack patients.

Germany on track to meet Kyoto targets
Germany

Germany on track to meet Kyoto targets

The German government released data for 2007 greenhouse gas emissions on Friday that it said showed it was well on track to meet its international climate change commitments under the Kyoto Protocol.

Parliament approves record 2009 budget
Germany

Parliament approves record 2009 budget

After four days of tough debate, Germany’s lower house of parliament on Friday approved a record €290 billion budget for next year that was unanimously rejected by the country’s opposition parties.

Lapland walkers find English kids’ balloon
Sweden

Lapland walkers find English kids’ balloon

A balloon released from a children's centre on the east coast of England a year ago has been found more than 1,500 kilometres away in the wilds of northern Sweden.

Chris Corner: ‘Berlin is special’
Germany

Chris Corner: ‘Berlin is special’

Ex-Sneaker Pimp Chris Corner loves Berlin. Like many musicians, he’s made the city his home base. Exberliner Magazine's Julie Colthorpe grilled him on the IAMX project, his stage persona – and the Germans.

Trade minister vows to snuff out EU snus ban
Sweden

Trade minister vows to snuff out EU snus ban

Swedish trade minister Ewa Björling has called on Brussels to lift the EU ban on exports of Swedish moist snuff, or ‘snus’, calling the prohibition discriminatory.

Teen suspect’s new book claims he didn’t abuse Brit
Germany

Teen suspect’s new book claims he didn’t abuse Brit

In a new book, the German teenager accused of sexually abusing a 13-year-old British girl during a family vacation in Turkey pleads his innocence and details his time behind bars even before a Turkish court has ruled on the case.

Vendor sells all-natural dildos at Hamburg Christmas market
Germany

Vendor sells all-natural dildos at Hamburg Christmas market

One vendor at the Santa Pauli Christmas market in Hamburg has taken a non-traditional but all-natural approach to Christmas gifts this year, selling handmade spruce wood dildos, daily Hamburger Morgenpost reported on Friday.

Commerzbank speeds Dresdner deal
Germany

Commerzbank speeds Dresdner deal

Reassuring investors that its acquisition of crosstown rival Dresdner Bank wouldn’t be crushed by the financial crisis, Commerzbank on Friday said it would step up the purchase of an additional 40 percent Dresdner Bank stake and pay in cash rather than shares.

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Sweden

Sweden stumbles into recession

Seasonally adjusted data shows that Sweden’s gross domestic product (GDP) contracted by 0.1 percent in both the second and third quarters, technically putting the country in a recession.

Police still on hunt for mailbox bomber
Germany

Police still on hunt for mailbox bomber

Doctors will likely be able to save the life of a 12-year-old girl critically injured in a mailbox bombing in Berlin, while police are still on the hunt for the main suspect in the attack, reports said Saturday.

Germans escape Indian hotel held by terrorists
Germany

Germans escape Indian hotel held by terrorists

Two German foreign ministry workers and two Lufthansa airline employees have been rescued from a Mumbai hotel on Friday morning after being trapped inside by terrorists, Indian police reported.

Building occupied in pay dispute
Sweden

Building occupied in pay dispute

Several construction workers barricaded themselves in a building in the Gärdet district of Stockholm late Friday night vowing not to leave the site until they get paid.

Film confronts rapes of German women in WWII
Germany

Film confronts rapes of German women in WWII

One of the long-ignored chapters of World War II hit German screens this month with a harrowing account of the mass rapes of German women by Russian soldiers as the Nazi regime crumbled around them.

Navy chopper fishes pirate victims out of sea
Germany

Navy chopper fishes pirate victims out of sea

A German navy helicopter has fished three men out of the ocean after Somali pirates hijacked a Liberia-flagged vessel in the Gulf of Aden on Friday morning, French navy sources have reported.

Sweden to launch beetle rescue mission
Sweden

Sweden to launch beetle rescue mission

Sweden plans to employ helicopters to save an endangered species of beetle in the country’s far north, regional officials said Thursday.

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Sweden

SAS open to increasing stake in Estonian airline

Scandinavian airline SAS said on Thursday it wants to buy all or part of the Estonian government’s 34 percent stake in Estonian Air.