Witness says S-Bahn murder victim hit first
Germany

Witness says S-Bahn murder victim hit first

A witness at the trial of the two youths who beat to death Dominik Brunner at a Munich S-Bahn station said on Thursday the victim threw the first punch, potentially making it difficult for prosecutors to pursue a murder conviction.

Sweden’s five weirdest hotels
Sweden

Sweden’s five weirdest hotels

The Tree Hotel, which opens in northern Sweden this week and gives tourists the chance to live in one of several ultra-modernist treehouses, is just the latest addition to and impressive line-up of eccentric Swedish hostelries. The Ice Hotel is perhaps the most famous, but here are some of the others:

Airlines outraged over planned passenger departure tax
Germany

Airlines outraged over planned passenger departure tax

German airlines reacted angrily Thursday to details of a proposed new tax on passengers leaving the country's airports that could boost ticket prices for long-haul destinations by €26 ($33).

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Sweden

Swedes incur US anger over ‘slacker’ Jesus show

Comedy Central, the US television channel which broadcasts South Park, has shown that it is not afraid of courting further controversy after buying in a Swedish idea for a show about Jesus living a regular life in New York, angering US Christian groups.

Waitress demands sick pay for boob op
Sweden

Waitress demands sick pay for boob op

A waitress who works on a Baltic Sea ferry is suing her employers after they refused to give her sick pay while she was recovering from cosmetic breast surgery.

Siemens lands Russian train and turbine deals
Germany

Siemens lands Russian train and turbine deals

German engineering giant Siemens on Thursday signed deals worth several billion euros for the supply of trains and wind turbines to Russia, as the country embarks on a drive to modernise its outdated economy.

Oktoberfest goes back to the roots for 200th anniversary
Germany

Oktoberfest goes back to the roots for 200th anniversary

Organisers of Oktoberfest have announced that Munich's legendary beer festival will go back to its roots for its 200th anniversary this autumn.

Berlin, Paris and London call for deeper CO2 cuts
Germany

Berlin, Paris and London call for deeper CO2 cuts

Germany, France and Britain on Thursday jointly called for the European Union to deepen its planned reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions from 20 to 30 percent by 2020.

Doctor who killed UK patient could lose licence
Germany

Doctor who killed UK patient could lose licence

A doctor who killed an English patient with a massive morphine overdose is to face a “fit for practice” hearing that could mean he is finally stripped of his German licence, medical authorities confirmed Thursday.

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Sweden

Man arrested over boy’s death

A 24-year-old man has been arrested in Linköping on suspicion of murdering a two-year-old boy.

What’s on in Germany: July 15 – 21
Germany

What’s on in Germany: July 15 – 21

This Week's Highlights: BMX in Cologne, short films in Frankfurt, and Schlager music takes over Hamburg.

Brothers jailed for Vilks arson attack
Sweden

Brothers jailed for Vilks arson attack

The two brothers accused of fire-bombing the home of Swedish Muhammad cartoonist Lars Vilks, have been imprisoned, with the older brother being served a three year sentence and the younger two years.

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Sweden

SKF reports hike in profits after sales boost

Swedish industrial bearings giant SKF has reported an increase in second-quarter profits on the back of higher sales and production on 2009.

Germany to hit EU deficit target a year early
Germany

Germany to hit EU deficit target a year early

Germany will meet its European Union deficit goals one year earlier than expected, new Finance Ministry projections showed on Thursday.

Swedish house prices keep rising
Sweden

Swedish house prices keep rising

House prices in Sweden rose by two percent in the second quarter compared to the first quarter, according to new figures from Statistics Sweden. Compared with the second quarter last year, prices were up 8 percent.

Klüft in battle for Euros qualification
Sweden

Klüft in battle for Euros qualification

With just days remaining before deadline for qualification for the 2010 European Championships, Swedish athlete and Olympic heptathlon gold medallist Carolina Klüft is battling to achieve a long jump distance to ensure participation.

Russia identifies activist’s killer after prodding from Merkel
Germany

Russia identifies activist’s killer after prodding from Merkel

Just hours after Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Russia to ''find the truth'' about the murder of rights activist Natalya Estemirova, Russian authorities announced Thursday they had identified the killer.

Police demand tougher powers to fight child porn on web
Germany

Police demand tougher powers to fight child porn on web

Police are struggling to keep the internet clean of child pornography, with four out of 10 offending sites still accessible in Germany a week after they are posted, media reported Thursday.

Trains not equipped for heat wave: watchdog
Germany

Trains not equipped for heat wave: watchdog

Train travellers are in for an uncomfortable 10 days ahead, with rail authorities warning that Deutsche Bahn’s air conditioners are built only to cope with temperatures of up to 32 degrees, according to a Thursday media report.

Crowds greet Victoria Day despite royal absence
Sweden

Crowds greet Victoria Day despite royal absence

While Crown Princess Victoria remained away on honeymoon, the crowds turned up as normal to celebrate her 33rd birthday in Borgholm on Öland with Prince Carl Philip on hand to present the Victoria Award to Olympic skier Charlotte Kalla.

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Sweden

What’s On in Sweden: July 16th – July 22nd

What’s on in Sweden: Jason Rouse in Stockholm, The Gothia Cup in Gothenburg and outdoor cinema Malmö.

Swedish waters cleaner than normal
Sweden

Swedish waters cleaner than normal

The water quality at Swedish swimming beaches is getting cleaner and 2010 set to break quality records, with 95.3 percent of tests from major swimming spots showing safe readings.

‘I’m the captain,’ insists angry Ballack
Germany

‘I’m the captain,’ insists angry Ballack

German captain Michael Ballack hit back at his World Cup replacement Philipp Lahm Wednesday night, vowing in sharp tones he would stay on as the skipper despite Lahm's push to take over full-time.

Deadly storms batter western Germany
Germany

Deadly storms batter western Germany

One man was killed by a falling tree and Frankfurt airport had to be temporarily closed as fierce storms battered much of Germany on Wednesday night.

Hägglund turns down Stockholm Pride invite
Sweden

Hägglund turns down Stockholm Pride invite

Christian Democrat (KD) leader Göran Hägglund is the only party leader to have turned down an invitation to attend Stockholm Pride and KD will be the only parliamentary party without representation at the annual LGBT festival, according to the Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) daily.