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Reinfeldt rejects congressmen’s plea to scold Aftonbladet

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has rebuffed demands by two members of the US Congress that he publicly condemn the Aftonbladet newspaper over a story alleging Israeli soldiers harvested the organs of dead Palestinians.

Five dead in bus crash
Germany

Five dead in bus crash

Five people died in Radevormwald in North Rhine-Westphalia on Tuesday after the bus they were travelling in broke through a safety barrier before plunging 20 metres down a slope into the Wupper River.

The Left’s Sevim Dağdelen: ‘My origins don’t define my political beliefs’
Germany

The Left’s Sevim Dağdelen: ‘My origins don’t define my political beliefs’

In the final week before Germany's election, The Local’s series on politicians with non-German roots features The Left party’s MP Sevim Dağdelen, a Turkish-German socialist who says she’s fighting for equality and economic security for all.

Lehmann suspended after unauthorised Oktoberfest visit
Germany

Lehmann suspended after unauthorised Oktoberfest visit

Stuttgart goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has been suspended for Wednesday's German Cup match against VfB Lübeck because he attended Munich's beer festival last weekend after his side's defeat by Cologne.

‘Flammable’ bras hold back Swedish female conscripts
Sweden

‘Flammable’ bras hold back Swedish female conscripts

The bras issued to Swedish female military conscripts easily catch fire and are prone to coming undone, making them inappropriate for the battlefield, claims a conscripts’ rights group.

Münster Zoo raising rhino by hand after mother attacks
Germany

Münster Zoo raising rhino by hand after mother attacks

Officials at the Münster Zoo have said they will raise the zoo’s latest addition, a baby rhino, by hand after her mother became aggressive just moments after birth.

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Sweden

Cartel probe into division of Sweden’s 4G network

The Swedish Competition Authority (Konkurrensverket) is looking into whether the division of the Sweden's new 4G network by the country's five big mobile operators may have been an attempt to exclude other players from entering the market.

Fiancé held for Falun woman’s murder
Sweden

Fiancé held for Falun woman’s murder

The fiancé of a woman missing in Falun in north-central Sweden, was remanded in custody on Tuesday by the Dalarna District Court on suspicions of having killed the woman he was set to marry.

Professional Swedish clown accused of tax fraud
Sweden

Professional Swedish clown accused of tax fraud

A 55-year-old professional clown from southern Sweden has been accused of committing serious tax crimes totaling around 700,000 kronor ($100,000).

Top researcher ‘too old’ to work in Sweden
Sweden

Top researcher ‘too old’ to work in Sweden

Award-winning professor Jan Åke Gustafsson of the world-renowned Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm is set to quit Sweden due to rules that force him to retire at 67.

Swedish parliament behind Wikipedia celebrity smears
Sweden

Swedish parliament behind Wikipedia celebrity smears

Actor George Clooney is a "communist amateur" and Swedish actress and comedian Nour El-Refai is a "feminist bitch", according to someone, or several people, using computers traced to the Riksdag.

Baden-Württemberg deemed to have best economic potential
Germany

Baden-Württemberg deemed to have best economic potential

The southwestern German state of Baden-Württemberg has been declared the region with the greatest economic potential in a new study published by business daily Handelsblatt.

Magna seen cutting 4,000 Opel jobs in Germany
Germany

Magna seen cutting 4,000 Opel jobs in Germany

Canadian auto parts maker Magna will cut more than 4,000 jobs in Germany when it takes over the Opel business of struggling US auto giant General Motors, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Swede held for killing friend in Colombia

A 23-year-old Swedish man is in custody in Stockholm for allegedly committing a murder in Colombia.

Court rules against spammers
Germany

Court rules against spammers

A Munich court has ruled that sending so-called spam emails is illegal without the prior approval of the recipient.

NPD letter to immigrant politicians tells them to ‘go home’
Germany

NPD letter to immigrant politicians tells them to ‘go home’

Just days before Germany's election, the neo-Nazi National Democratic Party (NPD) have sent racist letters to politicians of multicultural background declaring they should leave the country, daily Der Tagesspiegel reported on Tuesday.

Goverment sacks board of pharmacy monopoly
Sweden

Goverment sacks board of pharmacy monopoly

Sweden’s government is set to replace the board of directors of the Apoteket AB pharmacy monopoly because the current board won’t accept the government’s rules for deregulation.

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Sweden

Vacant pet store filled with dead animals

A chance look by police into an abandoned pet store in western Sweden revealed a gruesome discovery.

FDP’s joker Westerwelle shapes up for coalition with Merkel
Germany

FDP’s joker Westerwelle shapes up for coalition with Merkel

Guido Westerwelle, who aims to become foreign minister in a new government under Chancellor Angela Merkel, has had to shake off his “joker” image to make it in the often staid world of German politics.