Nuclear reactor shuts down after malfunction
Germany

Nuclear reactor shuts down after malfunction

One of Germany's most modern nuclear power stations was shut down on Friday due to a technical fault, operator RWE said, less than three weeks after problems at another reactor hit the headlines.

Porn star suffers from electoral dysfunction
Germany

Porn star suffers from electoral dysfunction

The former porn star known as Dolly Buster is asking the German city of Wesel not to vote for her this week after accidentally registering as a candidate for upcoming city council elections.

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Sweden

Nine years for Zyklon B poisoning attempt

The 32-year-old Swedish man who tried four times to kill his girlfriend using Zyklon B pesticide was sentenced on Friday to nine years in prison for attempted murder.

Conservatives rally opposition to adoption for gay couples
Germany

Conservatives rally opposition to adoption for gay couples

German conservatives on Friday rejected German Justice Minister Brigitte Zypries’ suggestion that gay couples should be allowed to adopt children. But gay rights advocates said current laws were contradictory.

Berlin Wall art restoration in full swing ahead of anniversary
Germany

Berlin Wall art restoration in full swing ahead of anniversary

As the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall approaches, 91 artists are feverishly working to restore their original contributions to the famed East Side Gallery. The Local’s Andrew Mach reports.

German stimulus plan ranked world’s best
Germany

German stimulus plan ranked world’s best

Germany has implemented the best economic stimulus package in the world, according to a new study released by Manager Magazin on Friday.

Pirate Bay-trio to sue Dutch copyright group
Sweden

Pirate Bay-trio to sue Dutch copyright group

The three men behind The Pirate Bay file sharing site are filing a defamation lawsuit in Swedish court against a Dutch anti-piracy organization.

Dresden court stabber charged with murder
Germany

Dresden court stabber charged with murder

The Dresden public prosecutor’s office has charged a man who stabbed a pregnant Egyptian woman to death in a courtroom with murder - more than three weeks after her death sparked outrage around the world.

German firms growing more optimistic
Germany

German firms growing more optimistic

The mood among German firms brightened for the fourth month running in July amid signs that the worst may be over for Europe's biggest economy, the closely watched Ifo index showed on Friday.

Sweden calls for EU to act on climate change
Sweden

Sweden calls for EU to act on climate change

Swedish officials called for a tough stance on climate change at a meeting of European environment and energy ministers held in Åre in central Sweden on Friday.

Ibrahimovic leaves Inter ahead of expected Barca signing
Sweden

Ibrahimovic leaves Inter ahead of expected Barca signing

Swedish football favourite Zlatan Ibrahimovic has left his Inter Milan teammates to return to Sweden in anticipation of signing a new contract with Spanish Champions Barcelona.

Obama restores confidence in America
Germany

Obama restores confidence in America

The election of US President Barack Obama has more than doubled German confidence in America, a study released this week by the Washington-based Pew Research Center reported.

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Sweden

Swine flu Brit flown to Sweden for care

A gravely ill pregnant woman from Britain who is suffering from the swine flu is in Sweden for treatment due to a lack of specialist beds in Britain.

Another rape conviction thrown out in wake of new precedent
Sweden

Another rape conviction thrown out in wake of new precedent

A Swedish court has overturned the conviction of a man previously found guilty of rape, citing a new legal precedent set by the the Supreme Court earlier this month.

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Sweden

Docs tell 83-year-old Swede she’s ‘too old’ for treatment

An 83-year-old woman from Östergötland in southern Sweden was forced to pay for back surgery out of her own pocket after doctors at her local public hospital told her she was too old for the treatment.

Ministers meet in Sweden to spar over EU energy targets
Sweden

Ministers meet in Sweden to spar over EU energy targets

The energy and environment ministers of the European Union are meeting this week in the Swedish resort town of Åre to work out details of how exactly the EU will meet its ambitious goals to reduce the 27-member bloc’s energy consumption, report the AFP’s Catherine Marciano and James Franey.

Ericsson’s quarterly profits plummet
Sweden

Ericsson’s quarterly profits plummet

With the mobile phone market taking a major hit in the wake of the economic crisis, Swedish telecom giant Ericsson reported an almost 60 percent drop in second-quarter net profits, coming in well below market expectations.

Swedes kill three in Afghanistan fire fight
Sweden

Swedes kill three in Afghanistan fire fight

Swedish military forces were involved in a battle in Aqchah in northern Afghanistan on Thursday night. No Swedish soldiers have been reported injured.

Storms wallop Germany and injure three
Germany

Storms wallop Germany and injure three

Continuing severe weather caused damage and injuries across Germany on Thursday evening with gale force winds and heavy rainfall, police said.

Underground East German fashion show comes to Berlin
Germany

Underground East German fashion show comes to Berlin

In 1980s communist East Germany, nearly all clothing available was mass-produced and functional rather than fashionable, leaving little room for individuality and self-expression.

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Sweden

Skanska profits up as gloomy outlook remains

Swedish construction firm Skanska reported significantly improved results on Thursday, exceeding consensus expectations for second quarter net profits.