Swedish TV giant eyes Apple with web campaign
Sweden

Swedish TV giant eyes Apple with web campaign

Swedish public service broadcaster Sveriges Television (SVT) is hoping to secure a speedy approval of its iPhone application by launching a guerrilla campaign aimed directly at Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

Rosa Luxemburg murder mystery probed
Germany

Rosa Luxemburg murder mystery probed

Experts have performed an autopsy on the alleged body of murdered communist revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg more than six months after it was discovered in the cellar of a Berlin hospital, state prosecutors told The Local on Thursday.

Snow wreaks havoc on Sweden’s roadways
Sweden

Snow wreaks havoc on Sweden’s roadways

Heavy snowfall and high winds continued to disrupt traffic in many parts of Sweden into Thursday afternoon.

ECB signs off on new Frankfurt headquarters
Germany

ECB signs off on new Frankfurt headquarters

The European Central Bank said Thursday it would start construction of new Frankfurt headquarters in early 2010 and would meet its initial budget despite a nearly three-year delay.

Snack bar sells gold-covered schnitzel for €150
Germany

Snack bar sells gold-covered schnitzel for €150

A German snack bar is bucking the economic crisis with a posh twist on a favourite local dish: a veal filet coated with gold leaf and truffles that has been dubbed the world's priciest schnitzel.

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Germany

Catholic school girl found dead in Dresden

An 18-year-old Catholic high school girl was found murdered in a Dresden apartment, daily Sächsische Zeitung reported on Thursday.

‘Feminists have better sex’: Swedish party
Sweden

‘Feminists have better sex’: Swedish party

Sweden's feminist political party is hoping logo items featuring a bold claim about their supporters’ supposed prowess in the bedroom will raise awareness about the party during the holiday shopping season.

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Sweden

Jönsson claims third biathlon win of the season

Sweden’s Helena Jönsson, the reigning biathlon World Cup champion, cruised to her third victory in five races on Thursday be winning the women's 15km individual race in Slovenia.

Daimler delivers first e-Smart cars in Berlin
Germany

Daimler delivers first e-Smart cars in Berlin

Aiming to make urban driving more environmentally friendly, German carmaker Daimler delivered the first fully electric version of its small Smart model in Berlin on Thursday.

Snow and ice freeze traffic
Germany

Snow and ice freeze traffic

Snow and ice caused numerous accidents and road closures around Germany on Thursday, as meteorologists warned more winter weather was on the way.

What’s On in Sweden: December 18th – 24th
Sweden

What’s On in Sweden: December 18th – 24th

What’s on in Sweden: Eddie Izzard strips all over Sweden, Rave photos in Stockholm, Turkish puppetry in Gothenburg and a Synthfest in Malmö.

German hackers arrested in South Korea for extortion
Germany

German hackers arrested in South Korea for extortion

South Korean police said on Thursday two German college students have been arrested for attempting to extort money from a local company after hacking its server to acquire business secrets.

Pensioners rally behind slap-happy 70-year-old
Sweden

Pensioners rally behind slap-happy 70-year-old

Pensioners in south central Sweden are mobilizing in support of 70-year-old Ronald Fasth who was charged with assault for striking a 12-year-old boy in response to verbal insults from the youth.

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Sweden

Church of Sweden pastor accused of rape

A 60-year-old Church of Sweden pastor faces a remand hearing this Friday for the alleged sexual abuse of two children during an overseas trip with a group of candidates for confirmation.

Twitter introduces German service
Germany

Twitter introduces German service

Micro-blogging service Twitter is now available in German, the San Francisco-based company announced this week.

Swedish serial killer granted new trial
Sweden

Swedish serial killer granted new trial

Convicted Swedish serial murderer Thomas Quick has been granted a new trial for the 1988 killing of a tourist in Dalarna in central Sweden after he recanted his confessions to several killings.

Merkel says climate talks ‘not looking promising’
Germany

Merkel says climate talks ‘not looking promising’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday the outcome of the climate summit in Copenhagen did "not look promising" but hoped the arrival of world leaders at the meeting would unblock negotiations.

Swedish Rail Destinations: Piteå
Sweden

Swedish Rail Destinations: Piteå

From sunbathing at midnight in summer to long walks over frozen ice in winter, Piteå is never short on fun and surreal activities.

What’s on in Germany: December 17 – 23
Germany

What’s on in Germany: December 17 – 23

This Week's Highlights: A 1980s supermodel party in Berlin, an Alice in Wonderland opera in Cologne, and Hannover does Bach for the holidays.

Parliamentary mothers push for babies in the Bundestag
Germany

Parliamentary mothers push for babies in the Bundestag

Babies may soon be allowed into parliamentary debates at Germany's lower house, the Bundestag, if female politicians get their way, Cologne daily Express reported on Thursday.

Computer flap causes morning train chaos in Hannover
Germany

Computer flap causes morning train chaos in Hannover

A computer malfunction at a railway control centre in Hannover caused chaos for commuters on Thursday morning as trains were delayed and cancelled across the region.

Löw’s contract extended until 2012
Germany

Löw’s contract extended until 2012

German national football team coach Joachim Löw is set to sign a two-year extension to his current contract which will keep him in charge until 2012, the German Football Federation (DFB) announced late on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Swedish firm pips Canal Plus to Premier League rights

A niche Swedish sports rights consultancy has snagged the exclusive rights to broadcast English Premier League football matches in Sweden and the rest of the Nordic region from media giant Canal Plus.

Elin’s split with Tiger ‘100 percent on’: report
Sweden

Elin’s split with Tiger ‘100 percent on’: report

Elin Nordegren plans to divorce her husband Tiger Woods and spend Christmas away from the disgraced billionaire golf star following the infidelity scandal which has put his career on hold, according to several media reports.

ABBA set to enter Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Sweden

ABBA set to enter Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The groundbreaking Swedish pop group ABBA is set to be inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year.