Colombia’s FARC frees Swedish hostage
Sweden

Colombia’s FARC frees Swedish hostage

Rebels in Colombia have freed Swedish citizen Erik Roland Larsson who has been held captive by the leftist FARC guerrilla movement since being kidnapped in 2007.

Teen gunman’s family issues apology
Germany

Teen gunman’s family issues apology

The family of a 17-year-old who shot dead 15 people in southwestern Germany last week before turning the gun on himself apologised to his victims and their families in a letter published on Tuesday.

Germany pans EU proposal for longer maternity leave
Germany

Germany pans EU proposal for longer maternity leave

The European Union has proposed increasing minimum maternity leave from 14 to 18 weeks, but the German Family Ministry told The Local on Tuesday that current rules are sufficient despite the country's meagre birthrate.

Hamburg scientist quarantined after contact with Ebola virus
Germany

Hamburg scientist quarantined after contact with Ebola virus

A researcher from a tropical disease research institute in Hamburg has been hospitalised after possibly being infected with the deadly Ebola virus in a laboratory accident, doctors announced on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Police to quiz 8 year olds in sex crime probe

Police in Skåne in southern Sweden have begun investigating an eight-year-old boy's claims that he was sexually abused at school by boys his own age.

Berlin and Paris demand ‘concrete results’ at G20 summit
Germany

Berlin and Paris demand ‘concrete results’ at G20 summit

France and Germany insisted on Tuesday that an upcoming crisis summit of the Group of 20 rich and emerging nations must result in stricter financial market regulation.

Jil Sander to design for Japan’s Uniqlo
Germany

Jil Sander to design for Japan’s Uniqlo

German fashion designer Jil Sander is teaming up with Japanese no-frills clothing retailer Uniqlo, the company said on Tuesday.

Banning video games will not halt youth violence
Germany

Banning video games will not halt youth violence

Tragic incidents such as the recent school shooting in Winnenden cannot be prevented simply by banning violent video games, argues Olaf Wolters from Germany’s BIU Association of Interactive Entertainment Software.

English skills help Swedes go global
Sweden

English skills help Swedes go global

Language-learning has always been of great importance to a small country like Sweden, and good English proficiency is crucial in helping the country adapt to a globalized world, writes Olle Wästberg, Director-General of the Swedish Institute.

Buyers showing interest in Saab: Olofsson
Sweden

Buyers showing interest in Saab: Olofsson

Struggling carmaker Saab Automobiles has attracted widespread interest from prospective buyers, Sweden's Enterprise Minister Maud Olofsson said on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Swedish police officer drunk on duty

A Swedish police officer faces a warning after admitting to being intoxicated while in uniform on official business.

Study says 80 percent of German speed traps flawed
Germany

Study says 80 percent of German speed traps flawed

The overwhelming majority of motorist speed traps in Germany are flawed, according to a new study by the German motorists’ club (AvD) this week.

Getting fit for the Swedish Classic
Sweden

Getting fit for the Swedish Classic

The Local's Keith Moore examines the rigours of the supremely challenging Swedish Classic as part of a new series on keeping fit in Sweden, in association with Planet Fitness.

German tourist attacked by roving pack of dogs on beach
Germany

German tourist attacked by roving pack of dogs on beach

A German tourist attacked by a pack of roving dogs in southern Italy on Tuesday morning has suffered life-threatening injuries, Italian news agency ANSA reported.

AMF Pension sacks senior executive
Sweden

AMF Pension sacks senior executive

The vice-CEO at Swedish pensions firm AMF Pension, Ingvar Skeberg, has been sacked after revelations of malpractice.

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Sweden

Carnegie in agreement with real estate tycoon

Swedish financier Maths O Sundqvist has reached an agreement with his main creditor, investment bank Carnegie, which will now assume control of his business empire.

German investor confidence index posts fifth straight gain
Germany

German investor confidence index posts fifth straight gain

German investor confidence rose slightly for the fifth straight month in March, a closely watched survey showed Tuesday, brightening the outlook for Europe's biggest economy.

Research reveals depth of Sweden-US Cold War relations
Sweden

Research reveals depth of Sweden-US Cold War relations

New research has shown that Sweden's relations with the United States ran more deeply during the Cold War than was previously known and the countries enjoyed a close military cooperation.

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Sweden

Swedes say no to copyright law: poll

Support is weak among Swedes for the new IPRED copyright law designed to make it easier to investigate suspected cases of illegal file sharing, a new poll shows.

Pigs boiled alive at Swedish meat plants
Sweden

Pigs boiled alive at Swedish meat plants

Living pigs have been scalded to death at four large Swedish meat processing plants, according to the National Food Administration (Livsmedelsverket).

GM tells Guttenberg Opel split up to US
Germany

GM tells Guttenberg Opel split up to US

General Motors executives have told German Economy Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg that the company is willing to help save their German subsidiary Opel, but the final call whether it becomes independent is up to the US government.

Munich wants Chinese Gitmo detainees
Germany

Munich wants Chinese Gitmo detainees

The German city of Munich, best known for Bayern Munich, lederhosen and the Oktoberfest beer festival, is also home to the world's largest community of Uighurs, an ethnic minority from China's extreme west.

Edeka recalls ground pork on salmonella suspicions
Germany

Edeka recalls ground pork on salmonella suspicions

German supermarket chain Edeka recalled one of their packaged meats in Hamburg due to a salmonella scare late on Monday.

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Sweden

Inconsistent rulings frustrate Somali asylum seekers

The fate of Somalis seeking asylum in Sweden depends a great deal which court hears their case.

Alshammar’s new world record stripped
Sweden

Alshammar’s new world record stripped

Swedish swimmer Therese Alshammar broke her previous world record in the 50m butterfly on Tuesday, only to have the record stripped because she wore two swimming suits.