Student acquitted for shoe toss at China’s PM
Germany

Student acquitted for shoe toss at China’s PM

A German student who hurled a shoe at Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao was cleared Tuesday of committing a public order offence as he defended his protest as a symbolic act of defiance.

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Germany

WWII ghetto survivors win court pension battle

Jews who worked for the Nazis in ghettos in Eastern Europe during World War II are now entitled to claim pension payments, following a German court decision on Tuesday.

BND sees economic crisis boosting China
Germany

BND sees economic crisis boosting China

The global financial crisis is resulting in a "geopolitical metamorphosis" that is likely to boost China's standing in the world, the head of Germany's foreign intelligence service said Tuesday.

Two Orthodox rabbis first to be ordained since WWII
Germany

Two Orthodox rabbis first to be ordained since WWII

Two Orthodox rabbis were ordained in Munich on Tuesday for the first time in more than 70 years. Jewish leaders called the event a “small miracle” that proved Jewish life has returned to Germany despite the Holocaust.

Merkel warns Opel state aid no precedent
Germany

Merkel warns Opel state aid no precedent

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday warned that state aid for carmaker Opel should not be considered a precedent by other troubled firms.

Titiyo: Swedish music royalty
Sweden

Titiyo: Swedish music royalty

After a seven year break, Titiyo returns with a new sound and new enthusiasm. Keith Moore talks to the sister of Neneh and Eagle Eye Cherry about music, family, the past and the future.

Söderling cruises into French Open semi final
Sweden

Söderling cruises into French Open semi final

Robin Söderling, the Swedish tennis star who ended Rafael Nadal's remarkable unbeaten run at Roland Garros, took another step towards French Open glory on Tuesday with a straight set victory over Russian Nikolay Davydenko.

Merkel ‘stunned’ by Air France crash
Germany

Merkel ‘stunned’ by Air France crash

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday she was "stunned" by the disappearance of an Air France aircraft over the Atlantic Ocean with 228 people on board including 26 Germans.

Goths darken Leipzig’s days
Germany

Goths darken Leipzig’s days

Each year, the eastern German city of Leipzig becomes a Mecca for thousands of gothic scene fans for four days of gloomy goodness. Rebecca Miller documents the darkness.

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Sweden

Saab Bofors to shed 370 white collar workers

Swedish defence company Saab announced plans on Tuesday to lay off 370 employees at four different plants located around the country.

Christofer Fjellner: A friend of free trade
Sweden

Christofer Fjellner: A friend of free trade

“I believe I am the fair voice for free trade in EU Parliament, and that’s more important now than ever,” says Christofer Fjellner, whose main focus in campaigning for the EU Parliament elections has been the free trade debate.

Swedish publisher blasts Salinger’s ‘ludicrous’ lawsuit
Sweden

Swedish publisher blasts Salinger’s ‘ludicrous’ lawsuit

The Sweden-based publishers behind an unauthorized sequel to J.D. Salinger’s classic novel The Catcher in the Rye have rejected the reclusive American author’s attempt to scuttle the book’s publication in the United States.

Scientists find giant crabs have evolved sense of smell
Germany

Scientists find giant crabs have evolved sense of smell

Evolutionary biologists in Germany have discovered that the world’s largest land crab has a well-developed sense of smell to aid its adaptation from life away from the sea.

Germany wants EU to fight Google Books project
Germany

Germany wants EU to fight Google Books project

German politicians are encouraging the EU to take strong action against internet search engine Google’s online library project, financial daily Handelsblatt reported on Tuesday.

Helpful 12-year-old girl demolishes five cars
Germany

Helpful 12-year-old girl demolishes five cars

A helpful 12-year-old girl sent to ensure her parent's parking pass was displayed in the family car ended up demolishing five vehicles in the lot of public swimming pool in Bad Salzuflen in North Rhine-Westphalia on Monday.

Sweden poised to bury nuclear waste for 100,000 years
Sweden

Sweden poised to bury nuclear waste for 100,000 years

Two towns in eastern Sweden are competing to be the first in the world to store nuclear waste for hundreds of thousands of years, writes AFP's Pia Ohlin.

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Sweden

Swedish banks able to survive increased losses: Riksbank

While Swedish banks are expected to suffer increased losses due to the credit crisis through 2010, the Riksbank believes the country’s banks have sufficient capital to deal with the situation.

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Sweden

‘Outlaw forced marriages in Sweden’

Nearly 70,000 young Swedes feel they aren’t able to freely choose whom they want to marry, according to a new study, leading the report’s authors to propose Sweden outlaw forced arranged marriages altogether.

Liberals launch EU pro-choice abortion initiative
Sweden

Liberals launch EU pro-choice abortion initiative

The Swedish Liberal party has launched a new initiative to give the women of Europe the right to choose an abortion and establish abortion as a human right.

Missing German student found dead near Spanish resort
Germany

Missing German student found dead near Spanish resort

A 20-year-old German student missing for almost a week has been found dead in Spain, Lloret de Mar police said on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Refugee facility hit by arson attack

A refugee housing facility in Karlskoga in central Sweden was subject to an arson attack early Tuesday morning, according to police.

Three Swedes on ill- fated Air France flight
Sweden

Three Swedes on ill- fated Air France flight

Sweden’s embassy in Paris has confirmed that three Swedes were among the 228 passengers on board an Air France plane which is feared to have crashed into the Atlantic Ocean en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris on Monday.

Kindergarten strikes drag on
Germany

Kindergarten strikes drag on

Public day care workers continued strikes across Germany on Tuesday in an ongoing wage dispute with state employers.

GM bankruptcy has ‘no impact’ on Saab: CEO
Sweden

GM bankruptcy has ‘no impact’ on Saab: CEO

Sweden's Saab Automobile will be unaffected by its parent company General Motors filing for bankruptcy in the United States, Saab chief executive Jan-Åke Jonsson told AFP on Monday.

EU poll tests German domestic policy
Germany

EU poll tests German domestic policy

The European parliament election in Germany is a litmus test for Chancellor Angela Merkel and her conservatives ahead of legislative polls in September in the continent's biggest economy.

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Sweden

Swedish envoy meets US journalists held in North Korea

Sweden’s envoy in North Korea met on Monday with two US reporters being held in the country as one of the women’s sister urged Washington and Pyongyang to discuss the issue.