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Germany

BASF cuts 3,700 jobs

The German chemical giant BASF announced on Monday 3,700 job cuts by 2013 under a deep restructuring plan that follows its takeover of the Swiss group Ciba.

Steinmeier says Israel must stop settlements
Germany

Steinmeier says Israel must stop settlements

An Israeli refusal to halt settlement building would hobble fresh hopes for the Middle East peace process, Germany’s foreign minister said on Monday on the first leg of a regional tour.

61 of 70 pizzerias fail hygiene inspection
Sweden

61 of 70 pizzerias fail hygiene inspection

Food safety authorities in Halmstad in western Sweden have been shocked to find minimum hygiene standards observed by just nine out of seventy restaurants serving pizzas in the town, newspaper Hallands-Posten reports.

Clay Ketter exhibition at Moderna Museet
Sweden

Clay Ketter exhibition at Moderna Museet

Paint, wood, photos and plastic might not seem like a list of artistic mediums to be used collectively, but creative mastermind Clay Ketter uses these and more in executing his artistic visions.

Hitler oak divides Polish town
Germany

Hitler oak divides Polish town

Residents of the southeastern Polish city of Jaslo are debating whether to destroy a 67-year-old oak tree that was given to the town by Adolf Hitler.

Swine flu outbreak closes two schools
Germany

Swine flu outbreak closes two schools

High schools in Berlin and Bayreuth will be closed for a week beginning on Monday due to ten cases of swine flu, officials confirmed Monday.

Grönefeld follows Graf to Wimbledon victory
Germany

Grönefeld follows Graf to Wimbledon victory

German tennis player Anna-Lena Grönefeld became the first female German tennis player to win an event at Wimbledon since Steffi Graf’s 1996 victory after winning the mixed-doubles competition with partner Mark Knowles Monday.

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Sweden

Young man gets nine years for murder

A 19-year-old man was sentenced on Monday to nine years in prison after shooting a man to death and burning the body in a Stockholm suburb.

The best of Berlin in July
Germany

The best of Berlin in July

Exberliner, Berlin's leading English-language magazine, this month sends you out to bridge the gap between amateur and artist, take a visit to Neverland (not the ranch) and travel around the city balancing on a two-wheeled gizmo.

Germany awards first medals for bravery
Germany

Germany awards first medals for bravery

Chancellor Angela Merkel awarded the first medals for military bravery since World War II to four German soldiers who served in Afghanistan at a ceremony in Berlin Monday.

Newlywed dies after suspicious Malmö fall
Sweden

Newlywed dies after suspicious Malmö fall

A 28-year-old woman died after falling out of a third-floor window of a building in Malmö on Sunday. Police have not ruled out the possibility of foul play.

Eco-friendly jewellery for a higher cause
Sweden

Eco-friendly jewellery for a higher cause

An empty soda can may seem like nothing but garbage, but to designer Kumvana Gomani, it’s a piece of art waiting to happen. Nearly two years ago, the eco-friendly entrepreneur started a jewellery company, using recyclable materials to make sustainable, hand-crafted pieces.

Record lightning strikes Germany
Germany

Record lightning strikes Germany

Over 600,000 bolts of lightning have struck Germany in the past week, a new record, the daily Bild reported Monday.

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Sweden

Girl arrested for attempted bikini murder

A sunbathing session in western Sweden took a sinister turn on Friday when a teenage girl in Lidköping attempted to strangle her cousin with a bikini top.

Formula One chief tries to clarify praise for Hitler
Germany

Formula One chief tries to clarify praise for Hitler

“It was a misunderstanding,” is the latest coming from Bernie Ecclestone on Monday, after a British newspaper printed controversial compliments of Adolf Hitler from the Formula One president and CEO.

Freckles increase risk of cancer: study
Sweden

Freckles increase risk of cancer: study

People with freckles or birthmarks are at greater risk of developing malignant melinoma, a kind of skin cancer.

Building a perfect Union
Germany

Building a perfect Union

Having just been promoted to the Bundesliga’s second division, Berlin football club Eisern Union is about to inaugurate its newly renovated stadium - rebuilt by the loving hands of its devoted fans. Ben Knight helped out for a day.

German teen victim of ‘South African Fritzl’
Germany

German teen victim of ‘South African Fritzl’

A man is being called the Josef Fritzl of South Africa after he allegedly made his visiting 18-year-old German daughter his sex slave for two months, a South African newspaper reported.

SPD to form ‘shadow cabinet’ to win over voters
Germany

SPD to form ‘shadow cabinet’ to win over voters

With the election three months away, Social Democratic chancellor candidate Frank-Walter Steinmeier has announced his plans to form a “shadow cabinet” to show off what a possible SPD-led coalition would look like.

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Sweden

Woman jailed for rape of boy

A 39-year-old woman who sexually assualted an underage boy and photographed the attack was sentenced to two and a half years in prison on Friday.

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Sweden

More Swedes buying private insurance: report

More and more Swedes are purchasing private insurance for income protection as a result of the economic crisis.

Swedes spending less and saving more
Sweden

Swedes spending less and saving more

One fifth of Swedes are buying less as a result of the financial crisis. Among low income earners, close to a third have reduced their spending in the wake of economic turmoil, according to a new study from insurance company Länsförsäkringar.

Patient dies due to improper IV administration
Sweden

Patient dies due to improper IV administration

A patient at Danderyd hospital in Stockholm was reported dead after having received a nutritional intravenous drip too quickly, reports Radio Stockholm.

Chinese carmaker BAIC bids on Opel
Germany

Chinese carmaker BAIC bids on Opel

Chinese carmaker BAIC has proposed taking a majority stake in GM's European arm Opel with a bid worth €660 million, a move that could boost negotiations for the unit, reports said Sunday.

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Sweden

Two arrested for gang rape at music festival

Two people have been arrested on suspicions of gang rape on Saturday night at Arvikafestivalen, a synth and electronica music festival held every summer in western Sweden.