US striker Davies leaves Sweden
Sweden

US striker Davies leaves Sweden

US international striker Charlie Davies has completed a transfer to French club Sochaux, bringing to an end a two and a half year spell with Stockholm team Hammarby.

Merkel and Medvedev talk trade and rights
Germany

Merkel and Medvedev talk trade and rights

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev held talks on Thursday dominated by their countries close and growing economic ties.

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Sweden

Swine flu infection puts Swede on respirator

A 22-year-old man suffering from the swine flu has been placed on a respirator at the Vrinnevi hospital in Norrköping in eastern Sweden.

Drug commissioner urges binge drinking prevention course
Germany

Drug commissioner urges binge drinking prevention course

German drug commissioner Sabine Bätzing said Thursday that schools need to require a health course to educate students on the dangers of binge drinking, which experts say has intensified among teenagers in recent years.

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Sweden

European court halts Rwandan genocide suspect extradition

Sweden has delayed plans to extradite a Rwandan genocide suspected following an appeal by the European Court of Human Rights to review the case.

Sony Ericsson profits take a dive
Sweden

Sony Ericsson profits take a dive

Sony Ericsson’s CEO said on Thursday that his company faced “difficult” times, as falling handset sales dented the mobile phone maker’s second quarter earnings.

Number crunching at the parental leave precipice
Sweden

Number crunching at the parental leave precipice

A sense of giddiness is tempered with trepidation as proud pop Joel Sherwood prepares to embark on a seemingly endless period of parental leave.

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Sweden

Anglo-Swedish rift over church gay marriage

The Church of England has condemned a proposal by the Church of Sweden to grant same-sex couples the right to religious wedding ceremonies.

What’s on in Germany: July 16 – 22
Germany

What’s on in Germany: July 16 – 22

This Week's Highlights: U2 in Berlin, tennis in Hamburg, and Sven Väth drops in for an all-day party in Munich.

Fewer than half of Germans know their national anthem
Germany

Fewer than half of Germans know their national anthem

Never particularly patriotic due to their country’s jingoistic history, a poll released on Thursday showed fewer than half of all Germans know the lyrics to their national anthem.

Swine flu shots to arrive in September
Germany

Swine flu shots to arrive in September

Everyone who wants a swine flu vaccination will get one, German Health Minister Ulla Schmidt said on Thursday, but limited supplies could mean a lengthy wait.

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Sweden

What’s on in Stockholm: July 17 – 23

What's on in Stockholm: Jazz fest, humour exhibition & Globe tours in Stockholm

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

What’s on in Sweden: July 17 – 23

What's on in Sweden: Humour exhibition & Globe tours in Stockholm; 60s & 70s art exhibition in Gothenburg; Tibetan monks & folk & world music festival in Malmö/Österlen

Lufthansa losses spur huge savings plan
Germany

Lufthansa losses spur huge savings plan

German airline Lufthansa is planning to lay off 20 percent of administrative employees as part of a massive programme to reduce costs by €1 billion each year, daily Handelsblatt reported on Thursday.

Porsche reportedly close to deal with VW
Germany

Porsche reportedly close to deal with VW

Owners of sports carmaker Porsche are close to an agreement which would combine the heavily indebted company with Volkswagen and sell VW stock options to Qatar, according to press reports on Thursday.

Stone martens are coming for your car
Germany

Stone martens are coming for your car

The stone marten may look like a cute wild mammal, but the German Hunter’s Association (DJV) warned on Thursday that the predator’s breeding habits are damaging more cars than ever.

More evidence against Malmö ‘skimmers’
Sweden

More evidence against Malmö ‘skimmers’

Swedish police are increasingly certain that two men arrested last week in Hungary are the masterminds behind the widespread credit card scam which recently hit residents in Malmö in southern Sweden.

Swedish man attacked by tattooed girl gang
Sweden

Swedish man attacked by tattooed girl gang

Police in central Sweden are on the hunt for a gang of tattooed women who sexually molested a 50-year-old man as he was riding by on his bicycle.

The eye of the tiger
Germany

The eye of the tiger

Lions, giraffes, tigers, rabbits, bears, rhinoceroses and even owls can go blind from cataracts. But as AFP’s Deborah Cole reports, an eastern German firm has an answer: custom-made "contact lenses."

Schleswig-Holstein coalition crumbles
Germany

Schleswig-Holstein coalition crumbles

The grand coalition parliament in the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein collapsed on Wednesday night, just 10 weeks ahead of national elections.

Russia talks centred on gas and economy
Germany

Russia talks centred on gas and economy

German Chancellor Angela Merkel hosts Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday for talks dominated by efforts to avoid a new spat over gas supplies to Europe and the global financial crisis.

Family minister urges end to preschool worker strikes
Germany

Family minister urges end to preschool worker strikes

Family Minister Ursula von der Leyen urged a speedy solution to an ongoing labour dispute between public day care workers and state employers ahead of negotiations on Thursday, saying parents can’t handle any more strikes.

Bavarian nuns make up perfect scientific sample group
Germany

Bavarian nuns make up perfect scientific sample group

Scientists in Germany found that a group of more than 400 nuns were the perfect sample group for an investigation into links between education and senility, the lead researcher said this week.

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Sweden

Three run down in gang feud murder bid

Three people were taken to hospital after being hit by a car in what police believe was a murder attempt connected to a feud between rival gangs in Västerås in central Sweden.

Stockholm to host Detroit Red Wings NHL opener
Sweden

Stockholm to host Detroit Red Wings NHL opener

A number of Swedish stars from North America’s National Hockey League (NHL) will have the chance to open their 2009-2010 season in Stockholm, the league announced on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Bildt: EU faces ‘difficult choices’ on Iran

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt reiterated on Wednesday that Iran's nuclear ambitions will present the European Union with some tough decisions in the coming months.