Elin Nordegren’s mother in surprise US trip: report
Sweden

Elin Nordegren’s mother in surprise US trip: report

Barbro Holmberg, the mother of golfer Tiger Woods’ Swedish wife Elin Nordegren, has unexpectedly cleared her schedule for the week and traveled to the United States, according to Swedish media reports.

What can’t be said can be written: Herta Müller
Sweden

What can’t be said can be written: Herta Müller

Nobel literature laureate Herta Müller contemplated the power and meaning of words as she began her literature lecture on Monday at the Swedish Academy in Stockholm.

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Sweden

Jakob group ‘ready to bid’ for Volvo Cars

The Swedish consortium Jakob said on Monday it is ready to buy Volvo Cars if the opportunity arises.

Ibrahimovic confirms national team hiatus
Sweden

Ibrahimovic confirms national team hiatus

Barcelona striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has said he lacks motivation to play for the Swedish national team following the side's failure to qualify for this summer's World Cup.

Google Earth adds WWII aerial shots of Berlin
Germany

Google Earth adds WWII aerial shots of Berlin

Google Earth recently added a new feature for history fans: With the program’s historical imagery function, users now can explore the devastating ruin of Berlin just before the end of the Second World War.

The (second) breakfast of champions
Germany

The (second) breakfast of champions

Roger Boyes, the Berlin correspondent for the British newspaper The Times, explores the more mystifying rituals of Teutonic breakfast culture.

Berlin to compensate Afghan air strike victims
Germany

Berlin to compensate Afghan air strike victims

The German government said Monday it would compensate victims of an air strike ordered by a German commander in Afghanistan which it has acknowledged was "militarily inappropriate."

Anna Anka faces split with Hollywood husband after latest row
Sweden

Anna Anka faces split with Hollywood husband after latest row

Singer-songwriter Paul Anka has filed for divorce from his Swedish wife Anna following a violent spat at the couple’s Hollywood home last week.

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Sweden

Seven arrests as police smash trafficking ring

Police in Sweden arrested seven people on Monday morning for their suspected role in a human trafficking network.

Regulator demands Deutsche Telekom open fast internet network
Germany

Regulator demands Deutsche Telekom open fast internet network

The German telecommunications regulator said Monday it will force Deutsche Telekom to open its high-speed internet network to competitors.

Pete Doherty arrested in Berlin
Germany

Pete Doherty arrested in Berlin

British rocker Pete Doherty was arrested in Berlin over the weekend for drunken and disorderly behaviour, daily Bild reported on Monday.

LBBW bank raided for suspected fraud
Germany

LBBW bank raided for suspected fraud

Investigators in the southwestern city of Stuttgart on Monday raided the headquarters of regional bank LBBW to probe alleged fraud by several of its directors, the prosecutor's office said.

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Sweden

Music industry to test Sweden’s anti-piracy law

The recording industry has decided to take a stab at using Sweden’s new anti-piracy laws to reveal the identity of what an industry association is calling a “rather normal” file sharer.

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Sweden

Letter to the Editor: UK MPs back Sweden over Palestinian capital

As EU foreign ministers gather in Brussels to debate the future of Israeli-Palestinian relations, a group of British MPs have come out in support of a Swedish proposal to establish East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state.

UK MPs back Swedish presidency on Jerusalem
Sweden

UK MPs back Swedish presidency on Jerusalem

A group of nearly 50 members of the British parliament have written a letter voicing their support for a controversial Swedish EU presidency proposal to recognize East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state.

Hundreds of leads in Passau police chief stabbing case
Germany

Hundreds of leads in Passau police chief stabbing case

One year after the alleged stabbing of Passau police chief Alois Mannichl by a neo-Nazi, there are some 430 open leads in the case, the city’s public prosecutor announced on Monday.

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Sweden

Sick pay switch may leave 17,000 penniless

Around 17,000 people set to lose their sickness benefits at the end of the year may be left with empty pockets as Sweden's unemployment insurance funds (a-kassa) struggle to keep up with a backlog of cases during the transition.

Fifty-car pileup injures 16 in Bavaria
Germany

Fifty-car pileup injures 16 in Bavaria

A massive pileup involving more than 50 vehicles on the A71 motorway near Geldersheim in northern Bavaria left 16 people injured, police reported on Monday.

Opel expected to turn a profit in 2009
Germany

Opel expected to turn a profit in 2009

German automaker Opel is expected to earn an unexpected profit for 2009 with sales surging 34.5 percent from the previous year, daily Die Welt reported on Monday.

Swine flu threat continues as Germans opt out of vaccine
Germany

Swine flu threat continues as Germans opt out of vaccine

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI), Germany’s centre for disease control and prevention, on Monday warned Germans hesitant to get immunised that the swine flu epidemic is not finished yet.

‘Hire non-Swedes for sensitive posts’: Säpo
Sweden

‘Hire non-Swedes for sensitive posts’: Säpo

Swedish security service Säpo wants to make it easier for foreign nationals to fill sensitive positions within the Swedish state as part of a “necessary modernization”.

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Sweden

Fire causes woman to leap from fourth floor

A woman leapt from her fourth floor apartment to escape a fire at an assisted living facility in northwest Stockholm early on Monday morning.

Federal institute warns of toxins in toys
Germany

Federal institute warns of toxins in toys

The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) warned on Monday that children's toys contain far too many carcinogenic substances that are not regulated by the European Union.

Swedes slam service at rail company SJ
Sweden

Swedes slam service at rail company SJ

Passengers on Sweden’s national railway SJ have derided the company for poor service and punctuality, slapping SJ with one of the worst scores in the transit industry in a recent survey.

VfB Stuttgart fires coach Babbel after dire draw
Germany

VfB Stuttgart fires coach Babbel after dire draw

Struggling Bundesliga side VfB Stuttgart has confirmed the sacking of coach Markus Babbel just a few days before their crucial Champions League clash.