Teachers rejoice as swine flu brings soap back to schools
Germany

Teachers rejoice as swine flu brings soap back to schools

State health officials said on Wednesday they were gearing up to fight swine flu across Germany ahead of the new school year. Teachers are celebrating the return of soap after budgetary cuts left many school restroom dispensers empty.

Steinbrück mulling state loans to combat credit crunch
Germany

Steinbrück mulling state loans to combat credit crunch

German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück said on Wednesday he was considering giving low-interest state loans to cash-strapped firms in order to prevent a credit crunch hampering a recovery in Europe's biggest economy.

Merkel prods GM to decide Opel’s fate
Germany

Merkel prods GM to decide Opel’s fate

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday prodded US carmaker General Motors to decide the fate of its German unit Opel unit over the next fortnight.

Suspect questioned in campsite double murder
Germany

Suspect questioned in campsite double murder

Police are questioning a 30-year-old man in Cuxhaven after two women were found murdered at a camping ground in the picturesque coastal town early on Wednesday morning.

Stockholm plays host to international laughter fest
Sweden

Stockholm plays host to international laughter fest

Sweden's capital will this weekend welcome a host of international comedy stars when the very first Stockholm Comedy Festival opens on Friday.

Frozen pizza hankering costs man his driver’s licence
Germany

Frozen pizza hankering costs man his driver’s licence

A frozen pizza craving cost a Cologne man €480 in fines and his driver’s licence after he barrelled through a speed trap on his way home to chow down, police announced Wednesday.

Sweden mulls EU summit to discuss crisis
Sweden

Sweden mulls EU summit to discuss crisis

The Swedish EU presidency is considering calling an extraordinary EU summit in September to find common ground ahead of a G20 meeting about the global economic crisis in Pittsburgh.

Accused paedophile guru Shanti faces trial from glass box
Germany

Accused paedophile guru Shanti faces trial from glass box

A Bavarian spiritual guru known as Oliver Shanti went on trial in Munich on Wednesday for 314 charges of sexual assault against children.

Business confidence rises for fifth consecutive month
Germany

Business confidence rises for fifth consecutive month

German firms are at their most confident since the spectacular collapse of US banking giant Lehman Brothers in September 2008 and the subsequent global recession, a survey showed Wednesday.

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Sweden

Swede caught with 10,000 films in file sharing raid

A 33-year-old man from Västerås in central Sweden has been arrested for alleged crimes in breach of copyright legislation. Local media report that police uncovered up to 10,000 films hidden in the man's cellar.

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Sweden

Sweden allocates billions to fight unemployment

The Swedish government has promised to find 8.4 billion kronor ($1.19 billion) to fund education and training measures designed to combat growing unemployment.

Four Swedes critically ill with swine flu
Sweden

Four Swedes critically ill with swine flu

Four Swedes are described by medical authorities as having a life-threatening condition following infection with the A/H1N1 swine flu.

Man buys city street for €1,000 in auction goof
Germany

Man buys city street for €1,000 in auction goof

A Lebanese translator from Berlin now owns a street in the Brandenburg town of Havelsee for the low price of €1,000 after officials botched an auction.

Escaping in Berlin
Germany

Escaping in Berlin

Roger Boyes, the Berlin correspondent of British daily The Times, knuckles down to write his new book – but only after a valiant effort to escape work.

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Sweden

Fuglesang space adventure delayed again

Swedish astronaut Christer Fuglesang's second trip to space has been delayed again due to a faulty valve on the US shuttle Discovery.

Swedish woman in porn flakes breakfast shock
Sweden

Swedish woman in porn flakes breakfast shock

Ida Riedel Palmer, 23, was left disappointed when what was advertised as a free "body jam" dance CD with her breakfast cereal directed her to a hardcore porn website.

Nuclear waste authority says Germany needs new storage site
Germany

Nuclear waste authority says Germany needs new storage site

The Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) said Wednesday that Germany needs to look for a new nuclear waste depot because the current Gorleben facility has “many birth defects.”

High court proclaims gay adoption legal
Germany

High court proclaims gay adoption legal

Germany's highest tribunal has affirmed that gays and lesbians have the right to adopt their partner's children, overturning a lower court ruling.

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Sweden

Swedish surgeon warned after removing wrong organ

A pregnant woman went to the doctor complaining of stomach pains. The doctor suspected appendicitis and decided to operate, but instead of removing the offending organ the surgeon removed her ovary.

Sweden score three in dream Euro 2009 opener
Sweden

Sweden score three in dream Euro 2009 opener

Sweden's women stamped their intentions on Euro 2009 in Finland with an impressive 3-0 win over Russia in their group C opener.

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Sweden

Thief surfs for porn and bemoans poor hygiene

A thief in southern Sweden took time off during a weekend break-in to surf pornographic websites on a company computer and leave a note complaining about unsatisfactory hygiene standards, local newspaper Helsingborgs Dagblad reports.

Pirate Bay cites Churchill in online comeback
Sweden

Pirate Bay cites Churchill in online comeback

The Pirate Bay, one of the world's most popular filesharing websites, was back online on Tuesday hours after being shut down following a Swedish court order.

School officials cleared of blame in hidden girl case
Germany

School officials cleared of blame in hidden girl case

School officials will not be penalised in the case of a developmentally disabled Lübbenow girl recently found to have been kept locked up by her parents since 2002, daily Berliner Morgenpost reported on Wednesday.