Midfielder Mesut Özil's second-half strike fired Germany to a 1-0 win over Ghana on Wednesday and into the World Cup last 16 where archrivals England will be waiting.
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Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has defended embattled US General Stanley McChrystal on Wednesday amid the ongoing fallout over inflammatory remarks allegedly made in a Rolling Stone interview.
The board of state-owned gambling enterprise Svenska Spel has sacked its CEO Meta Persdotter, Chairwoman Margareta Winberg announced on Wednesday.
The US Army on Wednesday announced a three-phase plan for further consolidation of its bases in Germany, reducing troop numbers in Mannheim and Heidelberg by nearly 1,500 over the next five years.
An imprisoned and impoverished Adolf Hitler wrote to a car dealer begging for a discount on a Mercedes he had his eye on, according to a letter being auctioned in Germany next month.
Julie Lindahl has learnt to understand why Swedes disappear to their islands for the summer. These are places for rediscovering our humanity, she writes.
German chemical giant BASF said Wednesday it would buy the specialist company Cognis for a total of €3.1 billion.
German football fans nearly rioted during the last World Cup after FIFA and its beverage sponsors tried to force Budweiser on them. Ben Knight reports on how the popular East German brew Hasseröder became this year’s official beer.
In a dramatic capitulation, former Bishop Walter Mixa abandoned any attempt to claw back his old job on Wednesday and issued an abject apology to the people he had “not treated the right way.”
An increasing number of smokers support Germany’s smoking ban in bars and restaurants, according to a study released by the German Cancer Research Centre (DKFZ) this week.
Two German humanitarian workers were abducted late on Tuesday when gunmen swooped on the offices of the THW group in south Darfur, a United Nations official said on Wednesday.
The Swedish Dock Workers Union (Hamnarbetarförbundet) on Wednesday launched a blockade of Israeli cargo in protest against the deadly raid on the Gaza-bound freedom flotilla last month, union representatives have confirmed.
Swedish consumers are increasingly confident of the prospects for the country’s economy, according to a new report, but growth could be hit by austerity measures in Europe.
Support for the two coalitions in Sweden's parliament, the Riksdag, is currently evenly split, the latest TV4/Novus Opinion poll reveals.
Lars Nittve, the outgoing head of Stockholm's Moderna Museet and former artistic director of London's Tate Modern, is set to move to Hong Kong to lead a new museum and culture project due to open in 2015.
What is going on in the Catholic Church in Germany? Wracked by sexual abuse scandals, it has now decided to get into an ugly row with disgraced Bishop Walter Mixa. Paul Kreiner of Der Tagesspiegel doubts the pope can usher in a new era of reform.
An Erlangen professor was killed when he crashed a replica vintage Siemens electric car this week in the Black Forest, but the cause of the accident remains a mystery, a media report said on Wednesday.
Coach Joachim Löw has warned the German team will need to strike a careful balance between playing a strong, physical game and avoiding yellow cards in Wednesday night's decisive game against Ghana.
A car driver involved in a collision with an elk on the E22 motorway in Blekinge in southern Sweden, claimed a slice of meat from the animal's thigh before fleeing the scene in a callous hit and run incident that has left a local hunter seething.
Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger has dismissed a plan by state counterparts to introduce driving bans for convicted criminals, media reported Wednesday.
Tax cuts swiftly reappeared on the government agenda Wednesday following the unexpected good news this week that the nation’s finances were not as dire as they seemed.
Former Uppsala police chief Göran Lindberg has been formerly charged with sex crimes including aggravated rape in connection with a six month investigation involving nine women, one as young as 14-years-old.
Nigeria coach Lars Lagerbäck praised his team's performance in drawing with South Korea on Tuesday but expressed disappointment at crashing out of the World Cup at the group stage.
Sweden's agriculture minister Eskil Erlandsson pleaded with the EU's health and consumer policy commissioner on Tuesday to save one of the country's most loved - and loathed - delicacies: stinky fermented herring.
Hotels are entitled to refuse rooms to neo-Nazis, a court ruled late Tuesday in overturning a complaint by far-right leader Udo Voigt against a Brandenburg hotel.