Obama to visit Dresden, Buchenwald in June
Germany

Obama to visit Dresden, Buchenwald in June

US President Barack Obama will visit the German city of Dresden and the former Nazi death camp at Buchenwald in June on a trip also taking in D-Day commemorations in France, the White House said Friday.

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Sweden

‘Viking ship’ discovered in Sweden’s largest lake

Marine archaeologists in Sweden have discovered what they believe to be the wreck of a Viking ship at the bottom the country's largest lake.

Recession sparks German angst
Germany

Recession sparks German angst

The global economic crisis hasn’t affected the German psyche much until now, but a new study released on Friday shows fears about the recession and job loss have surged dramatically.

Flow of asylum seekers to Sweden expected to drop: agency
Sweden

Flow of asylum seekers to Sweden expected to drop: agency

Sweden’s Migration Board (Migrationsverket) doesn’t forecast a rise in the number of asylum seekers coming to the country, but instead expects more relatives of existing refugees to seek residency in Sweden.

No double jeopardy for German doc who killed UK patient
Germany

No double jeopardy for German doc who killed UK patient

A German doctor who accidentally killed a British patient will not be extradited to England, the Hamm public prosecutor’s office said on Friday.

Sweden admits foreign aid may not have any long-term impact
Sweden

Sweden admits foreign aid may not have any long-term impact

Sweden’s foreign aid may not have any long-term positive effects for developing countries, according to a comprehensive review of Swedish foreign development assistance.

Whistling orangutan brings out CD of songs
Germany

Whistling orangutan brings out CD of songs

It might not exactly be “Wind of Change” by the Scorpions, but could a self-taught whistling orangutan become Germany’s next pop superstar? The Heidelberg Zoo thinks so and is putting out a CD of the primate’s musical stylings.

Commerzbank reports sharp loss
Germany

Commerzbank reports sharp loss

Commerzbank reported a sharp quarterly loss on Friday due to the financial crisis and its purchase of Dresdner Bank, but said it would recover by 2011 without additional state aid.

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Sweden

Booze monopoly faces privacy investigation

The Swedish Data Inspection Board has launched a probe into revelations that alcohol retail monopoly Systembolaget retains customer credit card details for up to ten years.

Pirate Party Sweden’s third-largest ahead of EU vote: study
Sweden

Pirate Party Sweden’s third-largest ahead of EU vote: study

The Pirate Party will likely be the third largest vote-getter among Swedish political parties in upcoming European Parliamentary elections, according to a new forecast.

German industrial output numbers a reason to hope
Germany

German industrial output numbers a reason to hope

Markets welcomed unexpectedly good German industrial output data on Friday after Europe's biggest economy posted a slight rise in trade, signs it was not finished with recession but was starting to see some hope.

Sony Ericsson and ST-Ericsson axe 800
Sweden

Sony Ericsson and ST-Ericsson axe 800

An estimated 800 people are set to lose their jobs in Lund in southern Sweden as mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson and wireless technologies firm ST-Ericsson announce new staff cutbacks.

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Sweden

Latvia police probe targets Swedish banks

Aggressive methods employed by Swedish banks for collecting money from borrowers in Latvia are the subject of a police investigation, according to the Latvian prime minister.

Archaelogists may have found oldest human figurine ever
Germany

Archaelogists may have found oldest human figurine ever

Archaeologists have unearthed an Ice Age goddess statue in the Swabian Alb mountain range that may be the oldest ever found, German daily Südwest Presse reported on Friday.

Superb goaltending helps Tre Kronor oust Czechs
Sweden

Superb goaltending helps Tre Kronor oust Czechs

Sweden cleared another hurdle on Thursday in its bid to reach the finals of the ice hockey World Championships in Switzerland by defeating the Czech Republic 3-1.

Mecklenburg mulls free birth control to lower abortion rate
Germany

Mecklenburg mulls free birth control to lower abortion rate

Politicians in northeastern German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania want to make birth control available to low-income women for free to halt rising abortion rates, public broadcaster NDR reported this week.

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Sweden

Call for probe into Sweden-CIA terror links

Two prominent Left Party politicians are calling for Sweden to set up an independent truth commission to look into how Sweden cooperated with the United States during the war on terror.

Israeli foreign minister’s visit irks German politicians
Germany

Israeli foreign minister’s visit irks German politicians

German politicians expressed disappointment on Friday over a visit from Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman this week, saying he treated them like weaklings.

Stockholm police make two huge cocaine busts
Sweden

Stockholm police make two huge cocaine busts

In the span of just a few weeks, Stockholm County police have made two large cocaine busts.

Taliban leader won’t be tried in Germany
Germany

Taliban leader won’t be tried in Germany

The high-ranking Taliban leader captured by German special forces will not be brought back to Germany for trial, parliamentary liaison to the Defence Ministry Christian Schmidt said on Friday.

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Sweden

Swede held for child sex crimes in Cambodia

A Swedish man in his sixties has been arrested in Cambodia on suspicions of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy.

Bremen win breaks hearts in Hamburg
Germany

Bremen win breaks hearts in Hamburg

Werder Bremen will face Shakhtar Donetsk in the UEFA Cup final after second-half goals by Claudio Pizarro and captain Frank Baumann sealed a 3-2 win at Hamburg in Thursday night’s semi-final second leg.

Supreme Court denies extradition appeal by ex-Nazi guard
Germany

Supreme Court denies extradition appeal by ex-Nazi guard

A US Supreme Court Justice Thursday denied a bid by ex-Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk to block his extradition to Germany to face charges of aiding the wartime murder of thousands of Jews.