Bolt repeats world record sprint feat in Berlin
Germany

Bolt repeats world record sprint feat in Berlin

Usain Bolt repeated his Olympic sprint double at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin on Thursday evening, blitzing to a staggering new world record of 19.19 seconds in the 200m.

The Local falls foul of Great Firewall of China
Sweden

The Local falls foul of Great Firewall of China

The Local has discovered that Chinese readers are unable to access "Sweden's News in English" as the site has been banned in the Asian country.

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Sweden

Trouser thief charged over violent garment swap

A sweatpants-wearing 26-year-old has been charged with theft after knocking a more formally dressed citizen to the ground and removing his jeans.

Porsche HQ raided in insider trading probe
Germany

Porsche HQ raided in insider trading probe

German prosecutors on Thursday raided the headquarters of luxury carmaker Porsche to seize documents in an insider trading investigation, the company said.

Ex-RAF terrorist Becker linked to Buback murder
Germany

Ex-RAF terrorist Becker linked to Buback murder

New DNA evidence has implicated former Red Army Faction member Verena Becker in the leftist assassination of West Germany’s Chief Federal Prosecutor Siegfried Buback more than 30 years ago.

Gränsö: get pampered in the great outdoors
Sweden

Gränsö: get pampered in the great outdoors

If you're looking to combine a one of Sweden's most beautiful natural landscapes with a bit of luxury, Gränsö could be for you, writes Jennifer Heape.

What’s on in Germany: August 20-26
Germany

What’s on in Germany: August 20-26

This Week's Highlights: Jazz in Leipzig, wine in Stuttgart, and a new festival for video art in Berlin.

Reinfeldt fobs off Koenigsegg Saab plea
Sweden

Reinfeldt fobs off Koenigsegg Saab plea

The Swedish state has no intention of bailing out the Koenigsegg Group, the prospective buyers of Saab Automobile, Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has said.

East German town campaigns for 1989 revolution monument
Germany

East German town campaigns for 1989 revolution monument

The town of Plauen in Saxony is seeking to insure its place in history books, alongside Berlin and Leipzig, with plans for a memorial to East Germany's peaceful demonstrations on the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Berlin pressures General Motors over Opel deal
Germany

Berlin pressures General Motors over Opel deal

Germany upped the pressure on US auto giant General Motors on Thursday to sell its European unit Opel to Berlin's preferred bidder, setting the stage for a potential transatlantic showdown.

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Sweden

Unemployment hits 9.1 percent: report

454,000 Swedes were registered as unemployed during the second quarter of 2009, new figures from Statistics Sweden (SCB) show.

Teen murder suspect rushed to hospital
Sweden

Teen murder suspect rushed to hospital

The 16-year-old boy on trial for the murder of 15-year-old Therese Johansson Rojo in the Stockholm suburb of Stureby in June was rushed to hospital on Thursday.

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Germany

Scientist gets 10 years in jail for S&M murder

A court in Potsdam sentenced a sadomasochistic scientist to 10 years in jail on Thursday for strangling a woman to death during what he claimed was a bizarre sex game gone wrong.

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Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: August 21 – 27

What's on in Sweden: Cirkus Cirkör and "progg" poster exhibition in Stockholm; Midnight run and Stephen Lynch (US) in Gothenburg; Orquesta Faela and music festival in Malmö

Green party politician says Germans should buy Japanese cars
Germany

Green party politician says Germans should buy Japanese cars

A senior German politician on Thursday recommended that her compatriots buy Japanese cars because they are more environmentally friendly.

Bomber surrenders after overnight standoff
Germany

Bomber surrenders after overnight standoff

A man in Viernheim surrendered to police on Thursday morning after a tense overnight standoff after barricading himself in his apartment and injuring a family of four with a bomb the day before.

Harting puts on victory show after winning discus gold medal
Germany

Harting puts on victory show after winning discus gold medal

Germany's controversial discus thrower Robert Harting put on a crowd-pleasing show of celebration and then went out partying with fans on Wednesday night in Berlin after he won a gold medal at the IAAF world athletics championships.

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Sweden

UN to monitor Swedish migration board

The United Nations refugee organ, the UNHCR, plans to spend nine months closely monitoring the work methods of the Migration Board (Migrationsverket). The UNHCR regularly directs criticism at Swedish migration policies.

Merkel remains world’s most powerful woman
Germany

Merkel remains world’s most powerful woman

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was named the world’s most powerful woman for the fourth year running in a report released on Thursday by US business magazine Forbes.

Bark beetle beats forest retreat
Sweden

Bark beetle beats forest retreat

The dreaded spruce bark beetle has lived the life of Riley in forests destroyed by Storm Gudrun in January 2005. But there are now signs that the ravaging beetle's long rampage is over for the time being.

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Sweden

Girl, 14, gang raped on internet date

A 14-year-old girl was raped on Wednesday evening by at least two people in a bush by Grönkullagatan in Helsingborg.

Bundeswehr ship thwarts Somalian pirates
Germany

Bundeswehr ship thwarts Somalian pirates

The German naval frigate “Bremen” has captured a pirate boat in the dangerous waters off the coast of Somalia, the Bundeswehr said on Thursday.

Man shot dead in Stockholm suburb
Sweden

Man shot dead in Stockholm suburb

A man in his forties was shot on Wednesday evening in a house in the leafy Stockholm suburb of Tyresö.

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Sweden

Outspoken prosecutor taken off rape cases

Swedish district prosecutor Rolf Hillegren, who was reported to the justice ombudsman for referring to some cases of rape as mere regulatory offences, will no longer work on sex crime cases, it has been announced.

Prussian palaces to get multi-million euro facelift
Germany

Prussian palaces to get multi-million euro facelift

Some of Germany’s most treasured historic Prussian landmarks will soon get a €155-million makeover, the federal government announced this week.