Life sought for killer of Egyptian ‘veil martyr’
Germany

Life sought for killer of Egyptian ‘veil martyr’

German prosecutors said on Tuesday they would push for a life sentence against a man charged with the brutal xenophobic murder of a pregnant Egyptian woman, dubbed the "veil martyr."

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Sweden

Hope for woman denied right to adopt after kidney transplant

A woman with a single functioning kidney has been given new hope in her long battle for the right to adopt children as Sweden's highest administrative court rules that her case deserves a fresh hearing.

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Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: August 28 – September 3

What's on in Sweden: International comedy & classical music festivals in Stockholm; Aero show & international athletics in Gothenburg; Dinosaur Jr in Malmö.

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Sweden

Coop to cut 500 jobs

Fresh cutbacks at supermarket giant Coop Sverige are set to lead to the losses of 500 jobs, the chain's owner, the Swedish Cooperative Union (Kooperativa Förbundet - KF), announced on Tuesday.

Firm probed for illegal corpse tissue trade
Germany

Firm probed for illegal corpse tissue trade

Tutogen Medical GmbH, a Bavarian company specialised in human tissue implants, is being investigated by state prosecutors for illegally trading in body parts from Ukrainian corpses.

Alpine farmers furious over marmot plague
Germany

Alpine farmers furious over marmot plague

An invasion of marmots has Alpine farmers in Germany's southern Allgäu region claiming the rodents have become a fuzzy plague.

‘Aftonbladet must be held accountable for false allegations’
Sweden

‘Aftonbladet must be held accountable for false allegations’

In an open letter to the people of Sweden, Moshe Kantor, President of the European Jewish Congress, calls on government officials to demand editorial responsibility over the publication of an article accusing Israeli defence forces of harvesting the organs of dead Palestinians.

Sweden finds funds for swine flu vaccinations
Sweden

Sweden finds funds for swine flu vaccinations

The Swedish government announced on Tuesday that one billion kronor ($142 million) has been set aside to help fund the the vaccination of the entire population against swine flu.

Football club Union Berlin ditches sponsor over Stasi past
Germany

Football club Union Berlin ditches sponsor over Stasi past

Berlin’s second-tier football club, 1.FC Union, has ditched its main sponsor following revelations the company's chairman had once been an officer with East Germany's dreaded secret police, the Stasi.

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Sweden

Pirate Bay provider reports sabotage

Black Internet, a service provider that supplied capacity to The Pirate Bay, reports that it has been the victim of sabotage.

Christian Democrats pledge to triple funding for electric cars
Germany

Christian Democrats pledge to triple funding for electric cars

Hoping to burnish their green credentials ahead of next month's election, Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats have pledged to triple state funding for developing electric cars if they win, the Financial Times Deutschland reported on Tuesday.

More Iraqi refugees to arrive soon in Hannover
Germany

More Iraqi refugees to arrive soon in Hannover

Another 144 Iraqi refugees are on their way to Germany on Tuesday as part of a European Union’s plan to welcome some 10,000 asylum seekers from the country.

‘Smokers cost Swedish councils billions’: report
Sweden

‘Smokers cost Swedish councils billions’: report

Smokers are costing Swedish municipalities 2.6 billion kronor ($367 million) per annum in the form of breaks and sickness absences, a new report from the Swedish Public Health Institute (Statens Folkhälsoinstitut) shows.

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Sweden

Swedish tabloid reported for racial agitation

Swedish tabloid newspaper Aftonbladet has been reported to the Chancellor of Justice (JK) after publishing an article forwarding claims about the alleged organ harvesting of dead Palestinians by Israeli defence forces.

Germany escapes from recession as growth returns
Germany

Germany escapes from recession as growth returns

Germany has escaped the clutches of its worst recession in over 60 years, official data showed on Tuesday, as consumption helped Europe's biggest economy grow by 0.3 percent in the second quarter.

Pirate Bay closed after court decision
Sweden

Pirate Bay closed after court decision

Swedish file sharing website The Pirate Bay remained closed on Tuesday morning after a Stockholm court decision forced a supplier to cut off server capacity.

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Sweden

Annika Östberg moves closer to release

Annika Östberg Deasy, who was found guilty in 1981 of being an accessory to two murders in California and spent 27 years in a US prison, has taken a step closer to her release after a decision by Sweden's Prison and Probation Service (Kriminalvården).

Ralph’s going to take you to another dimension
Sweden

Ralph’s going to take you to another dimension

In a galaxy quite nearby lives Ralph Lundsten, a palace-dwelling septuagenarian and a true pioneer in the field of electronic music.

Ackermann birthday bash sparks political ire
Germany

Ackermann birthday bash sparks political ire

Social Democrats and opposition politicians have demanded clarification on why Chancellor Angela Merkel hosted a pricey birthday bash for Deutsche Bank boss Josef Ackermann in April 2008, daily Passauer Neue Presse reported on Tuesday.

Archaeologists uncover large Roman statue of Augustus
Germany

Archaeologists uncover large Roman statue of Augustus

Archaeologists in have discovered fragments of a 2,000-year-old bronze Roman equestrian statue of Emperor Augustus in a stream near Giessen, the Hessian state science ministry has announced.

Fuglesang waits as weather delays launch
Sweden

Fuglesang waits as weather delays launch

Swedish astronaut Christer Fuglesang will have to wait for his second trip into space after the launch of the spaceship Discovery was delayed due to poor weather.

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Sweden

Sweden announces EU immigration reform plans

The Swedish EU presidency announced on Monday that proposals to reform the union's immigration policy will be presented in September.

GM may hang on to Opel
Germany

GM may hang on to Opel

General Motors, which for months has been trying to sell Opel, is reportedly now trying to keep the ailing German brand, a move that would drive a stake in Berlin's favoured option: a takeover by Magna.

Pack of circus animals freed from burning transporter
Germany

Pack of circus animals freed from burning transporter

Police and fire fighters freed a group of circus animals from a burning transporter near the town of Ribnitz-Damgarten in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania early on Tuesday morning.