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Sweden

Debt and Korea cause Stockholm market fall

Increasing concern about the European debt crisis and renewed tensions between North and South Korea caused share prices in Stockholm to fall sharply on Tuesday.

Ministry slams defective Tiger attack helicopter
Germany

Ministry slams defective Tiger attack helicopter

The German Defence Ministry on Tuesday slammed "serious defects" in the Tiger attack helicopter that were keeping them from being deployed in combat operations in Afghanistan.

US must close foreign bases: opposition
Sweden

US must close foreign bases: opposition

Sweden will 'demand' that the United States closes all foreign military bases if the red-green opposition wins power.

Stockholm’s royal love fest unveiled
Sweden

Stockholm’s royal love fest unveiled

The City of Stockholm has unveiled the programme for the "Love 2010" festivities to celebrate the wedding of Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling.

U2’s Bono leaves Munich hospital after temporary ‘paralysis’
Germany

U2’s Bono leaves Munich hospital after temporary ‘paralysis’

U2 said Tuesday frontman Bono had been released from a Munich hospital after emergency back surgery for temporary "paralysis," forcing the cancellation of the band's US tour and its Glastonbury Festival gig.

Misha Aster: A cultural historian
Germany

Misha Aster: A cultural historian

The Local's series "Making it in Germany" presents Misha Aster, a Canadian cultural historian in Berlin.

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Sweden

Curb on online income snoopers moves closer

The Swedish parliament's Constitutional Committee has approved a law change that will make it harder to find out other people's incomes online.

Bus driver fired for tying boy to seat
Germany

Bus driver fired for tying boy to seat

A public bus driver was fired from his job on Tuesday and is under investigation by police in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia after he tied a rambunctious nine-year-old boy to a bus seat last week.

Injury sidelines midfielder Träsch for World Cup
Germany

Injury sidelines midfielder Träsch for World Cup

Midfielder Christian Träsch joined Michael Ballack on the German national team’s casualty list Tuesday when he was ruled out of next month's World Cup with an ankle injury, the German Football Federation (DFB) confirmed.

Tourist board seeks folk costume renaissance
Sweden

Tourist board seeks folk costume renaissance

The Swedish Tourist Association (Svenska Turistföreningen - STF) is hoping that a design competition will encourage people to rediscover the traditional folk costume and provide a debonair wedding gift for Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling.

Volkswagen snaps up Italian car designer
Germany

Volkswagen snaps up Italian car designer

Europe's biggest auto maker, Volkswagen, said Tuesday it would buy the Italian group that designed its first Golf model for an undisclosed amount.

Claudia Schiffer names baby daughter Cosima Violet
Germany

Claudia Schiffer names baby daughter Cosima Violet

German supermodel Claudia Schiffer on Tuesday revealed the name of her newborn child: Cosima Violet Vaughn Drummond.

States reportedly set to grant Opel aid
Germany

States reportedly set to grant Opel aid

Three German states home to Opel factories are reportedly set to grant requested financial guarantees, but the carmaker's parent group GM is still waiting for word on similar aid from the federal government.

Warring bikers decide to play nice
Germany

Warring bikers decide to play nice

As authorities increase pressure on German biker gangs amid an escalating turf war, the two main groups - the Hells Angels and the Bandidos - have forged a truce, a media report said on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Socialite Swede released from Australian jail

A Swedish-born socialite, Charlotte Lindström, jailed for nearly four years in Australia in March 2008 for plotting to murder two witnesses in her boyfriend's drug trial has been released on parole from New South Wales prison.

Swedish unemployment rises in April
Sweden

Swedish unemployment rises in April

Unemployment in Sweden climbed in April to 9.8 percent of the workforce with 483,000 registered job-seekers, exceeding expectations and up 80,000 on the corresponding month of 2009, a new report shows.

Hessian premier Roland Koch to resign
Germany

Hessian premier Roland Koch to resign

Roland Koch, the conservative premier of the German state of Hesse, said on Tuesday he would step down this summer and leave politics.

Brandenburg braces for floods
Germany

Brandenburg braces for floods

Dikes along Germany's eastern Oder River are strong enough to handle approaching floodwaters from Poland, but the situation remains tense, the Brandenburg environmental authority said on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Court ruling paves way for flood of ‘Princes’

A Swedish appeals court has cleared the path for parents to name their children Prince ("Prins") after rejecting a tax agency (Skatteverket) argument that the name was a professional title.

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Sweden

New cancer medicine starves tumours

Swedish researchers have developed a new cancer DNA vaccine which restricts the supply of blood to tumours.

One dead after tornado hits eastern states
Germany

One dead after tornado hits eastern states

Saxony and Brandenburg began cleaning up on Tuesday morning after severe weather and a tornado tore through the two eastern German states on Monday evening, killing a young girl, injuring 38 and causing major property damage.

Merkel begins Gulf tour in Abu Dhabi
Germany

Merkel begins Gulf tour in Abu Dhabi

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has arrived in Abu Dhabi for the first leg of a four-nation Gulf tour and promptly signed a series of accords, including on hydrocarbon sector cooperation.

King to lead princess to the altar: Royal Court
Sweden

King to lead princess to the altar: Royal Court

Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf will lead his daughter, Crown Princess Victoria, to the altar at her wedding to Daniel Westling on June 19th, the Royal Court has confirmed.