T-Mobile suffers nationwide blackout
Germany

T-Mobile suffers nationwide blackout

Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile network suffered a major nationwide outage on Tuesday afternoon, disrupting wireless service for millions of customers in Germany.

Berlin hammers out ‘bad bank’ plan
Germany

Berlin hammers out ‘bad bank’ plan

Germany has struck a broad agreement on a plan to clean up toxic assets from banks' balance sheets, Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück said Tuesday after a crunch meeting with key government leaders.

Newspaper Bild hooks up with Facebook
Germany

Newspaper Bild hooks up with Facebook

Germany's biggest newspaper Bild has partnered with social networking website Facebook to integrate user content and comments, publisher Axel Springer announced on Tuesday.

Naked Swedish crispbread dancers go global
Sweden

Naked Swedish crispbread dancers go global

Four young men from Sweden's industrial heartland have taken talent to new levels with a taste-defying video clip that has captured the imagination of a large international audience.

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Court rules Zeitungszeugen Nazi newspaper project is legal

Court rules <i>Zeitungszeugen</i> Nazi newspaper project is legal
Germany

Court rules Zeitungszeugen Nazi newspaper project is legal

A British publisher who has reprinted Nazi-era newspapers for educational purposes has won a German court battle over their distribution, a tribunal spokeswoman said Tuesday.

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Sweden

Woman jailed for rape of teenage girls

A 28-year-old Swedish woman has been convicted of rape after she and her boyfriend forced two teenage girls to engage in sex acts against their will over a 12-hour period.

Death camp guard escaped by faking Nazi victim status
Germany

Death camp guard escaped by faking Nazi victim status

A former death camp guard wanted by Germany for abetting the killing of 29,000 Jews presented himself as a Nazi victim to refugee aid workers at the end of the war, documents indicated Tuesday.

Peace activists jailed over failed Saab sabotage
Sweden

Peace activists jailed over failed Saab sabotage

Three peace activists were sentenced to prison and fined on Tuesday for attempting to destroy three Saab Gripen fighter planes last month.

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Sweden

Playboy poser charged for defrauding Swedish men

A 31-year-old Swedish woman claiming to be a Playboy model in need of money has been charged with fraud after convincing several men to lend her sizeable sums for fictional emergencies.

Police raid huge pot plantation
Germany

Police raid huge pot plantation

An enormous cannabis plantation has been found at a former factory site in Osterode, police in the state of Lower Saxony reported on Tuesday.

HIV positive No Angels singer Nadja released from jail
Germany

HIV positive No Angels singer Nadja released from jail

Nadja Benaissa, singer in the popular German girl band No Angels, was released from police custody in Frankfurt on Tuesday after being arrested ten days ago on suspicion of infecting a lover with HIV.

Germany expecting economic slump despite improving sentiment
Germany

Germany expecting economic slump despite improving sentiment

An important economic sentiment index posted a surprising rebound on Tuesday, but Germany is still reportedly expecting the worst recession since World War II.

Credit card fraudsters target Ikea
Sweden

Credit card fraudsters target Ikea

Police have launched a credit card fraud investigation after employees at an Ikea in central Sweden discovered a suspicious device attached to one of the store’s card payment machines.

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Sweden

Swedish pastor accused in sex chat scandal

A Swedish pastor has been reported to church authorities for harassing a young man on a internet chat and dating site.

Sweden’s Riksbank cuts base interest rate
Sweden

Sweden’s Riksbank cuts base interest rate

The Swedish central bank (Riksbank) has cut its main base (repo) interest rate by 0.5 points to 0.5 percent.

Court backs church bell noise probe
Sweden

Court backs church bell noise probe

A 65-year-old man living near St. Göran's Church in Stockholm has demanded that the church bells be silenced; he has received backing from the Swedish Environmental Court.

Berlin police beef up search for anarchist car arsonists
Germany

Berlin police beef up search for anarchist car arsonists

Berlin police are stepping up their efforts to nab anarchists who burn dozens of luxury cars in the city each year, state interior minister Ehrhart Körting told daily Berliner Zeitung on Tuesday.

Four teen girls killed in head on collision
Germany

Four teen girls killed in head on collision

Four teenage girls died in a head-on car collision in Bavaria, police said on Tuesday.

US rejects Nazi guard’s ‘delaying tactics’
Germany

US rejects Nazi guard’s ‘delaying tactics’

The US government has sought to clear the way to deport former death camp guard John Demjanjuk, just days after a US court postponed his deportation for proof that he is fit to travel to Germany.

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Sweden

Sweden joins UN racism conference walkout

Swedish and EU delegates walked out of the UN World Conference on Racism in Geneva in protest at remarks by Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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Sweden

Swede to face London court on terror charges

A Swedish citizen will face a London court on Tuesday charged with fundraising for a Somali terrorist organization.

Volvo recalls 21,000 cars over faulty fan
Sweden

Volvo recalls 21,000 cars over faulty fan

Sweden's Volvo Cars is set to recall will recall over 21,000 vehicles across Europe due to reports of faulty cooling fans, according to a company spokesperson on Monday.