UK bishop’s Holocaust outburst probed
Germany

UK bishop’s Holocaust outburst probed

German prosecutors said on Friday they had launched a probe against a controversial British bishop on suspicion of inciting racial hatred for comments he made about the Holocaust on Swedish television.

TV interview sparks Holocaust denial probe
Sweden

TV interview sparks Holocaust denial probe

An interview broadcast on Swedish television this week has caused German prosecutors to launch an investigation against a controversial British bishop suspected of inciting racial hatred.

Jewish Council supports ban on <i>Zeitungszeugen</i> Nazi reprints
Germany

Jewish Council supports ban on Zeitungszeugen Nazi reprints

The German Jewish Council has said it supports the state of Bavaria’s choice to take legal action against Zeitungszeugen, a publication which reproduces original newspapers from the Third Reich.

Athletics champion Herms death ruled from natural causes
Germany

Athletics champion Herms death ruled from natural causes

German athletics champion Rene Herms died of heart failure due to a viral infection, according to autopsy results released on Friday.

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Sweden

Sweden quizzed over underage nude film acquittal

The European Court of Human Rights is taking Sweden to task over its privacy laws after a man escaped without conviction despite secretly filming his 14-year-old stepdaughter in the shower.

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Sweden

Unemployment insurance enrollment on the rise

The number of Swedes enrolled in unemployment insurance programmes (a-kassa) jumped by 3,000 in the fourth quarter of 2008, according to new statistics.

US soldier found dead in base barracks
Germany

US soldier found dead in base barracks

A US Army soldier has been found dead in the barracks at Grafenwöhr military base in the German state of Bavaria, military officials announced on Friday.

Wilander hopes for Edberg comeback in Davis Cup
Sweden

Wilander hopes for Edberg comeback in Davis Cup

Swedish tennis legend Mats Wilander, current coach of the country’s Davis Cup team, is hoping fellow tennis great Stefan Edberg will be willing to make a comeback to help the squad overcome a spate of injuries.

Two Harz beat as one
Germany

Two Harz beat as one

People flock to the mountainous Harz region year round to climb the highest peak in northern Germany the Brocken. Campbell Jefferys explores spectacular countryside once split by the Iron Curtain and crawling with trigger-happy border guards and Russian soldiers.

Arla exec to take over as head of Systembolaget
Sweden

Arla exec to take over as head of Systembolaget

Sweden’s state-run liquor monopoly Systembolaget has named a successor to Anitra Steen, who is set to retire from her position as managing director on April 30th.

Berlin says Israel must probe banned bomb use
Germany

Berlin says Israel must probe banned bomb use

Germany said Friday it expects Israel to carry out a proper inquiry into allegations it illegally used white phosphorus shells in Gaza but that it was not the time to consider an independent probe.

New database ranks Sweden’s high schools
Sweden

New database ranks Sweden’s high schools

Swedish students applying for admittance to the country’s high schools now have another tool to help them compare various schools following the launch on Friday of a new database.

Lottery millionaire suspected of murder
Sweden

Lottery millionaire suspected of murder

A 30-year-old Swedish lottery millionaire has been arrested on suspicion of having shot and killed a man outside a restaurant north of Stockholm in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Health board slams refugee medical clinic
Sweden

Health board slams refugee medical clinic

Sweden’s National Board of Health and Welfare has directed a scathing critique against a medical centre for asylum seekers in Stockholm County.

Erfurt squatters kidnap talking TV bread loaf
Germany

Erfurt squatters kidnap talking TV bread loaf

Leftist squatters have kidnapped Bernd das Brot – a talking loaf of bread from a children’s TV show – to protest their eviction from an occupied building in the eastern German city of Erfurt.

Fab abs: Sweden’s rippling bodies of work
Sweden

Fab abs: Sweden’s rippling bodies of work

Robert La Bua casts an eye over the multibillion-kronor industry behind the faces - and torsos - of Sweden's male models.

Cleaning woman finds baby girl in hospital wash basin
Germany

Cleaning woman finds baby girl in hospital wash basin

A cleaning woman found an infant in a Frankfurt hospital wash basin this week, police reported on Friday.

Qimonda files for insolvency protection
Germany

Qimonda files for insolvency protection

Troubled German chipmaker Qimonda filed for insolvency protection Friday after talks to secure additional rescue funding collapsed, a court spokeswoman in Munich said.

Lufthansa cabin crew strikes in Frankfurt
Germany

Lufthansa cabin crew strikes in Frankfurt

Lufthansa cabin crew went on a temporary strike at the Frankfurt airport on Friday morning, affecting 80 flights at the busy international hub.

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Sweden

Poisonings hit Gothenburg health office

A series of mysterious poisonings which sent several people to hospital continues to baffle both police and employees from a home healthcare office in Hisingen near Gothenburg.

Berlin to dig up old WWII bombs under Tegel airport runway
Germany

Berlin to dig up old WWII bombs under Tegel airport runway

Authorities have known for some time that old World War II munitions lie underneath the runways at Berlin’s Tegel airport, but now the airport plans to dig them up in early 2009, daily Berliner Morgenpost reported on Friday.

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Sweden

Most Swedish pastors willing to wed gay couples

Nearly seven in ten pastors in the Church of Sweden are open to performing marriage ceremonies for gay couples in churches.

Elderly German woman kidnapped from tour in Mali
Germany

Elderly German woman kidnapped from tour in Mali

A German woman has been kidnapped along with a Swiss couple and a British man in Mali, the website of newsmagazine Der Spiegel reported late on Thursday.

One dead following Mölndal shooting
Sweden

One dead following Mölndal shooting

A man was shot dead on a footpath in a residential area in Mölndal in western Sweden on Thursday night.