Swedish terrorist gets life sentence
Sweden

Swedish terrorist gets life sentence

Swedish citizen Ousama Kassir was sentenced to life imprisonment on Tuesday by a New York court after being after being found guilty earlier this year of planning to set up an Al-Qaeda training camp in the United States.

German parties present miniature political utopia in Hamburg
Germany

German parties present miniature political utopia in Hamburg

As Germany's election race draws to a close, Hamburg’s Miniature Wonderland has opened an exhibition which makes it possible for voters to experience the vision of a perfect society as imagined by the country's six biggest parties.

‘Sugar bombs and fat traps’ lurking in foods
Germany

‘Sugar bombs and fat traps’ lurking in foods

A new study shows that German food companies often misrepresent the sugar and fat content of their unhealthiest products, according to the country's consumer protection agencies.

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Sweden

GM set to pump billions into Saab deal

General Motors is set to pay out an estimated 10 billion kronor ($1.4 billion) in a bid to ensure it completes the sale of its troubled Swedish subsidiary.

Nine-year-old girl found seriously injured in gully
Germany

Nine-year-old girl found seriously injured in gully

Police in the town of Velbert, North Rhine-Westphalia have found a critically injured nine-year-old girl in a gully after she was reported missing by her parents on Monday night.

Frankfurt motor show hopes for boost from electric cars
Germany

Frankfurt motor show hopes for boost from electric cars

Frankfurt's 63rd motor show is a compact version of the last event two years ago that will be jumpstarted by electric autos as the sector searches for a future without state lifelines.

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Sweden

Teen girl kidnappers: ‘strip now or die’

Three Swedish teenage girls have been charged for kidnapping and stripping another 17-year-old girl who had once dated the ex-boyfriend of one of the kidnappers.

Afghanistan talks should be held in Kabul: Bildt
Sweden

Afghanistan talks should be held in Kabul: Bildt

Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt has said the EU would like to see Kabul host an impending international conference on Afghanistan.

The Best of Berlin in September
Germany

The Best of Berlin in September

This month Exberliner, Berlin's leading English-language magazine, highlights girl comics, the fifth anniversary celebration at an artists' collective, the perfect gift shop, and a new online web community for film buffs.

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Sweden

‘Schizophrenic’ woman guilty of benefits fraud

A Swedish woman who managed to convince her doctor she suffered from schizophrenia has been exposed as a benefits cheat after the same doctor ran into her years later at a department store.

Opposition rails against grand coalition but blocks alternatives
Germany

Opposition rails against grand coalition but blocks alternatives

Germany’s three main opposition parties all agree the worst possible outcome of the September 27th election would be a continuation of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s grand coalition government. Unfortunately for them they’ve also torpedoed the possibility of forming any viable alternative.

Court urges early release for Bosnian war criminal
Sweden

Court urges early release for Bosnian war criminal

Biljana Plavsic, the former Bosnian Serb leader who is serving an 11-year jail sentence in Sweden for crimes against humanity, should be released early for good behaviour, according to court documents.

Making it in Germany: An Irish rock singer
Germany

Making it in Germany: An Irish rock singer

The Local's series "Making it in Germany" presents Rea Garvey, Irish expat and frontman for the rock band Reamonn.

Volvo Cars celebrates upswing in sales
Sweden

Volvo Cars celebrates upswing in sales

A nearly four percent increase in worldwide sales for Volvo Cars in August signals a turning point, according to company head Stephen Odell, despite a continued sales drop in Europe.

China warns Germany against taking Uighur Gitmo detainees
Germany

China warns Germany against taking Uighur Gitmo detainees

China has warned the German government against accommodating Chinese Uighur Guantanamo Bay prisoners, saying they should face justice in their own country, according daily Berliner Zeitung on Tuesday.

Teen apologises for murder in Munich S-Bahn
Germany

Teen apologises for murder in Munich S-Bahn

One of the teens involved in the brutal beating death of a 50-year-old man at a Munich S-Bahn stop on over the weekend has asked for the family’s forgiveness, daily tz reported on Tuesday.

Court says drivers responsible for dodging Oktoberfest drunks
Germany

Court says drivers responsible for dodging Oktoberfest drunks

Four days before the world's largest beer festival begins, a German court has ruled that a motorcyclist who collided with a drunken pedestrian during Oktoberfest in 2006 was partly to blame because she should have expected the road to be full of party-goers.

Sweden wants EU ‘snus’ tobacco ban to go up in smoke
Sweden

Sweden wants EU ‘snus’ tobacco ban to go up in smoke

As countries across the EU curb smoking in public, Sweden is fighting to get a European-wide ban lifted on 'snus,' a moist tobacco popular across Scandinavia that is sucked rather than chewed or smoked.

Berlin police officers transferred during video beating probe
Germany

Berlin police officers transferred during video beating probe

Two officers involved in the beating of a demonstrator over the weekend have been transferred to other positions while they are under investigation, Berlin police said late on Monday.

Belgium takes case against Opel to next level
Germany

Belgium takes case against Opel to next level

Belgium has stepped up its offensive against German state aid to auto manufacturer Opel's planned new owners, demanding that the slightest hint of protectionism be slapped down by Brussels.

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Sweden

Sweden mulls application fees for foreign students

Students from outside the European Union (EU) may soon be required to pay 1000 kronor ($143) just to apply for admission to Swedish colleges and universities.

Swedish shops ban Red Bull for youngsters
Sweden

Swedish shops ban Red Bull for youngsters

Two of Sweden’s largest convenience store chains have elected to ban the sale of Red Bull and other energy drinks to children younger than 15-years-old.

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Sweden

Smoking during pregnancy raises babies’ asthma risk: study

Babies born to mothers who smoked during pregnancy are up to six times more likely to develop asthma, according to a Swedish study.