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US soldier convicted of murders in Iraq

A US sergeant was found guilty Wednesday of the murder of four detainees in Iraq in 2007, but acquitted in the death of a fifth, following a court martial in Vilseck, Germany.

What’s on in Sweden: April 17 – 23
Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: April 17 – 23

What's on in Sweden: Tina Turner & football derby in Stockholm; Zulu 9.30 (ES) & Emilie Autumn (US) in Gothenburg; The Only Ones (UK) in Malmö

English language movies in Germany: April 16-22
Germany

English language movies in Germany: April 16-22

Find the latest English-language movies in Germany with The Local's cinema guide.

Energy firms accused of price gouging
Germany

Energy firms accused of price gouging

Gas and electricity firms are not passing along lower prices to German consumers, according to two energy surveys published on Wednesday.

Asse nuclear waste dump rife with poison
Germany

Asse nuclear waste dump rife with poison

The controversial and unstable nuclear waste storage facility Asse in Lower Saxony also contains tonnes of deadly chemicals like arsenic, mercury, lead and pesticides, Germany’s Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) confirmed on Wednesday.

Pacifists: disarm or we’ll burn more bases
Germany

Pacifists: disarm or we’ll burn more bases

An anti-war group on Wednesday claimed responsibility for an arson attack on a Dresden army barracks which destroyed a hangar, as well as 42 cars, buses and trucks over the holiday weekend.

Feisty frau bombards burglar with spud missiles
Germany

Feisty frau bombards burglar with spud missiles

A woman who saw a man breaking into a retirement home near her house in Neuss managed to scare him away by lobbing potatoes at him from her balcony, police in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia said on Wednesday.

High speed Swede in court in Germany
Sweden

High speed Swede in court in Germany

A man described as one of Sweden’s most notorious criminals appeared in a German court on Wednesday after being arrested following a wild car chase involving a stolen Porsche and up to 24 police cars.

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Sweden’s Investor cuts losses

Swedish holding company Investor reported on Wednesday that it had cut its net losses to 3.02 billion kronor ($368 million) for the first quarter.

Swedish metal band trashes Vienna hotel room
Sweden

Swedish metal band trashes Vienna hotel room

Swedish rock band Hammerfall have admitted to smashing up a Vienna hotel room on their European tour.

Notorious Swede busted after massive car chase
Germany

Notorious Swede busted after massive car chase

A man described as Sweden’s most notorious criminal appeared in a German court on Wednesday after being arrested following a wild car chase involving a stolen Porsche and up to 24 police cars.

Germany’s Rent-a-Granny future
Germany

Germany’s Rent-a-Granny future

With Germany’s society ageing rapidly, Roger Boyes, the Berlin correspondent of British daily The Times, explains why you soon might have to pay your grandmother for her valuable time.

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Sweden

Swedish teen pregnant after implant mix-up

A young Swedish couple found to their amazement that they were expecting a baby - despite the fact that the girl had a contraceptive implant.

Angry Swede attacks neighbour with tree branch
Sweden

Angry Swede attacks neighbour with tree branch

An angry man attacked his neighbour in a Gothenburg suburb on Wednesday. The man's chosen weapon was a large branch from a tree.

Dominatrix speaks out about client’s bizarre sex deaths
Germany

Dominatrix speaks out about client’s bizarre sex deaths

A Düsseldorf dominatrix has defended a customer who apparently committed suicide in a car over the weekend after his girlfriend died in a sadomasochistic sex game, daily Bild reported on Wednesday.

Chancellor candidate Steinmeier falling behind Merkel
Germany

Chancellor candidate Steinmeier falling behind Merkel

Only days before Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) plan to launch their official election campaign, the party's candidate for chancellor, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, continues to lose ground against conservative incumbent Angela Merkel.

Spring budget warns of tough times ahead
Sweden

Spring budget warns of tough times ahead

The Swedish government is set to allocate funds to expand employment opportunities for the the young and the unemployed in its spring budget.

The Swedish psyche – you could write a book about it
Sweden

The Swedish psyche – you could write a book about it

What to do when you’re sick of suffering in silence, frustrated with the reserve and basically bored with the lagom way of life? Try delving into one of the many books on getting to know the Swedes. It could make for a happy-ever-after ending to your story. The Local’s Christine Demsteader opens the page on some of these socio-cultural insights.

Recession making German beer cheaper
Germany

Recession making German beer cheaper

German beer brewers will likely lower their prices to maintain beer sales during the recession, President of the DBB German brewer’s association told daily Berliner Zeitung on Wednesday.

Bayern turfed out of Champions League with Barca draw
Germany

Bayern turfed out of Champions League with Barca draw

French playmaker Franck Ribery ensured Bayern Munich exited the Champions League with at least some dignity as the German giants held Barcelona 1-1 in Tuesday's quarter-final second-leg.

Ex-Nazi Demjanjuk wins stay of deportation from US
Germany

Ex-Nazi Demjanjuk wins stay of deportation from US

A former Nazi death camp guard won a last-minute stay of deportation, shortly after US immigration agents carried the 89 year-old from his home in a wheelchair to face trial in Germany on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Swedish man dies from rare parrot fever

A 50-year-old man from Karlskrona in southern Sweden has died from parrot fever.

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Sweden

Little voter confidence in opposition policies: poll

Healthcare is the only policy area that the Social Democrats and their fellow opposition parties would handle better than the current centre-right Alliance government, a new poll shows.

Mugabe guard roughs up Riksdag member
Sweden

Mugabe guard roughs up Riksdag member

A Swedish parliamentarian’s decision to snap a couple of pictures of Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe did not sit well with the president’s bodyguards.