Bionade looks to world domination with help from Dr. Oetker
Germany

Bionade looks to world domination with help from Dr. Oetker

The hip German softdrink Bionade has been bought out by the food giant Dr. Oetker in order to facilitate a major international expansion of the brand.

Al-Qaida recruiter nabbed with bomb materials
Germany

Al-Qaida recruiter nabbed with bomb materials

German authorities said on Friday that they had arrested a Turkish-German man on suspicion of obtaining bomb-making materials and recruiting people for Islamist terror network al-Qaida.

Wayward elk ‘Knutschi’ found dead
Germany

Wayward elk ‘Knutschi’ found dead

Germany's only known wild elk was found dead in the sate of Hesse on Friday, only days after officials tranquilised and moved the animal.

Michelle’s killer gets nine-and-a-half years
Germany

Michelle’s killer gets nine-and-a-half years

The murderer of eight-year-old Michelle from Leipzig has been sentenced to nine-and-a-half years imprisonment in a youth detention facility.

German solar energy firms face economic ruin
Germany

German solar energy firms face economic ruin

Buffeted by the bad economy and growing competition from Asia, German solar energy firms are facing financial ruin just as the industry fears the new government will abandon them.

Swedish pupils speak out on bully teachers
Sweden

Swedish pupils speak out on bully teachers

An annual survey conducted by Sweden’s biggest children’s magazine – Kamratposten - posed the question: ’What do you think of your teacher?” 16 percent of school children thought they were bullies.

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Sweden

Outrage over drunken Swedish pastor’s funeral service

A family from Skåne in southern Sweden has demanded compensation from the Church of Sweden claiming that the pastor employed to conduct a funeral had consumed a glass too many in the vestry.

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Sweden

Downloads rocket as Swedes go legal

Following months of media coverage on the Pirate Bay, as well the introduction of an anti-piracy law, figures show more Swedes are opting to download their media legally.

Lufthansa to shed staff in savings push
Germany

Lufthansa to shed staff in savings push

Lufthansa announced on Friday it plans to cut 400 administrative jobs by the end of 2011 as part of a major cost-cutting drive.

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Sweden

Pre-teen girl reports rape at Swedish school

Three boys aged 12-13-years-old are suspected of having raped a 10-year-old girl at a school in Linköping in central Sweden.

Conservatives lay out road map for tax cuts
Germany

Conservatives lay out road map for tax cuts

Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) and their Bavarian allies have struck and agreement over tax relief ahead of coalition negotiations with the Free Democrats next week, promising cuts but not setting a firm date for their introduction.

Suspicious suitcase causes bomb scare at Berlin’s central station
Germany

Suspicious suitcase causes bomb scare at Berlin’s central station

Police closed part of Berlin’s central train station on Friday after they discovered a suspicious piece of luggage they thought was a bomb.

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Sweden

Date fixed for Nobel Literature Prize

The Swedish Academy said on Thursday that the winner of the Nobel Literature Prize will be announced on Thursday, October 8th.

Upward swing for Swedish entrepreneurs
Sweden

Upward swing for Swedish entrepreneurs

The number of company start-ups around Sweden rose significantly in September, up 18 percent in comparison with the same month of last year.

Migration Board reports Brazilian footballer over work permit mix-up
Sweden

Migration Board reports Brazilian footballer over work permit mix-up

Brazilian striker Wanderson do Carmo has been netting goals for Swedish football club Gais without a residence permit.

Giants walk Berlin’s streets for Unity Day celebrations
Germany

Giants walk Berlin’s streets for Unity Day celebrations

Big-city Berliners will be turned into Lilliputians as a French theatre company marches its massive marionettes through the streets as part of German Unity Day celebrations this weekend.

Lower Saxony thought to have huge untapped natural gas reserves
Germany

Lower Saxony thought to have huge untapped natural gas reserves

US energy giant ExxonMobil wants to invest millions in the exploration of what it believes to be huge natural gas reserves lying untapped underneath the German state of Lower Saxony.

‘Scared straight’ TV show slammed
Sweden

‘Scared straight’ TV show slammed

A new TV4 reality show featuring youths doing time in an adult prison has been slammed by the Swedish Welfare Board (Socialstyrelsen) for encouraging criminal careers.

Remains of four dead babies found in Berlin
Germany

Remains of four dead babies found in Berlin

Police are investigating the gruesome discovery of the remains of four babies in a Berlin apartment following the suicide of their mother in July.

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Sweden

Two Swedes missing after Samoa tsunami

Two young Swedes are reported to be missing after the tsunami which swept across the South Pacific islands of Samoa on Tuesday evening.

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Sweden

Egypt kicks out Swedish journalist

A Swedish journalist was deported by Egypt on Thursday reportedly due to his alleged involvement in pro-Palestinian march, an Egyptian security official told AFP.

Bundesliga preview: Battered Hertha look to rebuild
Germany

Bundesliga preview: Battered Hertha look to rebuild

Hertha Berlin's caretaker coach Karsten Heine is insisting on a back-to-basics policy as he prepares his side for the unenviable task of facing league-leaders Hamburg in Sunday's showdown.