Domestic dispute leaves several dead
Germany

Domestic dispute leaves several dead

Several people were shot dead in a suspected domestic dispute in near Düsseldorf on Tuesday evening. The police said one person was in custody.

Berlin paves the way for ratification of EU treaty
Germany

Berlin paves the way for ratification of EU treaty

Germany's ruling parties have reached broad agreement on a bill that will allow the country to ratify the Lisbon Treaty, a parliamentary whip said on Tuesday, removing a key hurdle to a broad reform of the European Union.

Superdad wields umbrella in evil sun ray battle
Sweden

Superdad wields umbrella in evil sun ray battle

First-time dad Joel Sherwood curses the few short days of summer as he walks around backwards pointing an angry umbrella at the skies.

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Sweden

Sweden coming out of recession: Riksbank

“The deep recession has hit bottom, but the recovery will be weak", Sweden's deputy central bank governor Svante Öberg said in a speech made on Tuesday.

O2 opens networks for VoIP use on mobile phones
Germany

O2 opens networks for VoIP use on mobile phones

O2 Germany announced plans on Monday to be the first major mobile phone provider in the country that would no longer block internet voice (VoIP) applications on devices.

Deutsche Post slacking off, customers complain
Germany

Deutsche Post slacking off, customers complain

Germany’s main mail carrier Deutsche Post has its customers hot under the collar this summer as it uses the seasonal slowdown to cut back on their letter delivery service.

Nuremberg fugitive still on the loose after bedsheet escape
Germany

Nuremberg fugitive still on the loose after bedsheet escape

An escaped prisoner accused of rape is back in jail on Tuesday while his companion remains on the lam after the two escaped from a Nuremberg jail with a plan straight from a cliché cops-and-robbers film.

Investor confidence returning in Germany
Germany

Investor confidence returning in Germany

A survey suggesting soaring investor confidence provided more cheer for the German economy on Tuesday, less than a week after data showed its worst recession in decades ending sooner than expected.

Poisonous snake bites British tourist in Bavarian supermarket
Germany

Poisonous snake bites British tourist in Bavarian supermarket

The relaxing Bavarian holiday of a British tourist recently took a dramatic turn after she was bitten by a poisonous snake in an Oberammergau grocery store.

Two injured in Stockholm ferry fire
Sweden

Two injured in Stockholm ferry fire

Two people are being treated for smoke inhalation after a fire broke on Tuesday afternoon on a ferry docked in Stockholm and carrying 2,300 passengers.

Ibrahimovic to face Man City in Barcelona debut
Sweden

Ibrahimovic to face Man City in Barcelona debut

Swedish international striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is set to make his debut for new club Barcelona on Wednesday in a pre-season clash with big-spending Premier League side Manchester City.

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Sweden

Sweden refuses asylum to gay Iraqis

A Swedish gay rights organisation has called on the government not to deport any homosexual Iraqi asylum seekers in the light of a shocking new report categorising an extermination campaign against gay men in the Middle Eastern country.

Swedish church launches online prayer service
Sweden

Swedish church launches online prayer service

Say prayers over the internet, and link to your friends on Twitter or Facebook. This is the Church of Sweden's plan to raise the historically low turnout for upcoming church elections.

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Sweden

Police raid occupied youth centre in Lund

Ten people were arrested following a dawn police raid on a Romani youth centre in Lund in southern Sweden.

Hottest day of summer expected on Thursday
Germany

Hottest day of summer expected on Thursday

Get out your swimming trunks, Thursday will likely be Germany's warmest day of the summer as hot and humid air blows north from Africa, according to the German Weather Service.

Balkan pilgrimage used to smuggle illicit cigarettes
Germany

Balkan pilgrimage used to smuggle illicit cigarettes

Catholic travellers found out they were carrying much more than the Holy Spirit back from a pilgrimage in southeastern Europe on Monday evening, when customs officers in Bavaria discovered their tour buses were loaded with 50,000 smuggled cigarettes.

GM confirms Saab sale
Sweden

GM confirms Saab sale

US automotive giant General Motors has confirmed that it has signed a stock purchase agreement with the Koenigsegg Group regarding the sale of Saab Automobile to the Swedish-led consortium.

‘Arctic Sea hijackers in custody’: Russia
Sweden

‘Arctic Sea hijackers in custody’: Russia

The Russian navy has arrested eight men who allegedly hijacked the Maltese-registered freighter the Arctic Sea off the coast of Öland in Swedish waters in July, the Russian defence minister has confirmed.

Politicians call for SPD to remove Schmidt
Germany

Politicians call for SPD to remove Schmidt

New information on how Health Minister Ulla Schmidt used her official car in the past has politicians on Tuesday calling for Social Democratic chancellor candidate Frank-Walter Steinmeier to re-examine her position on his election campaign team.

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Sweden

Sweden hosts global water summit

The World Water Week opened in Stockholm on Monday welcoming an international cast of politicians, industry leaders and United Nations officials aiming to improve access to water and halt a tide of deaths in poor nations.

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Sweden

Man remanded in custody for killing wife

A man in his sixties has been remanded into custody on suspicion of the manslaughter of his wife.

Germany’s largest solar park added to grid
Germany

Germany’s largest solar park added to grid

Germany’s biggest solar park officially goes on the grid on Thursday. Politicians are raving over the project, but environmentalists aren't so sure.

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Sweden

‘Bildt interview supports my immunity deal’: Karadzic

Bosnian Serb war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic asserted on Monday that Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has submitted information backing his claims of an immunity deal.

Doctors implant smallest artificial heart pump ever
Germany

Doctors implant smallest artificial heart pump ever

Doctors in Germany have successfully implanted the world's smallest artificial heart pump, billed as more effective and unobtrusive than earlier devices, a hospital in Heidelberg said.