Former Assange cohort says WikiLeaks is broken
Germany

Former Assange cohort says WikiLeaks is broken

Julian Assange’s estranged former collaborator at WikiLeaks, Daniel Domscheit-Berg, said on Thursday the whistleblower website was effectively shut down and unable to accept any more sensitive information.

Guttenberg to fly in Eurofighter jet
Germany

Guttenberg to fly in Eurofighter jet

German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg on Thursday said he intended to take a training flight in a Eurofighter jet this year. He justified his plan by saying he may one day have to authorize a mission using the attack aircraft.

Man accused of having eight children with step-daughter
Germany

Man accused of having eight children with step-daughter

A man is to appear in a German court on sexual assault and child abuse charges next week after being accused of conceiving eight children with his step-daughter.

Heavy snow wallops central Sweden
Sweden

Heavy snow wallops central Sweden

Winter has returned to central Sweden, with heavy snowfall of up to 20 centimetres expected on Thursday.

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Sweden

Abused foster kids to receive compensation

Children who were subjected to abuse in foster homes from 1920-1980 are set to receive 250,000 kronor ($38,500) per person in compensation and a public apology, a government mandated inquiry has proposed.

Sweden pledges more aid for ‘web activists’
Sweden

Sweden pledges more aid for ‘web activists’

Sweden's minister for development cooperation has pledged to increase aid for social media and technical systems to prevent repressive regimes from shutting off the internet, such as the Egyptian government's measures last week.

Daimler hit with EADS insider trading charges
Germany

Daimler hit with EADS insider trading charges

French judges have charged the German auto giant Daimler in an insider trading scandal centring on the European defence group EADS, a judicial official said Thursday.

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Sweden

Boys discriminated in school grading: report

Boys are given lower marks in school more often than girls compared to the results each group achieves in national tests, a report based on statistics from the National Agency for Education (Skolverket) shows.

No sign Stockholm bomber had help: Säpo
Sweden

No sign Stockholm bomber had help: Säpo

Sweden's intelligence agency announced on Thursday that there are no indications that the man behind Sweden's first suicide bombing had any accomplices.

What’s on in Germany: February 10 – 16
Germany

What’s on in Germany: February 10 – 16

This Week's Highlights: The Berlinale begins in Berlin, Finnish musicians perform in Hamburg, and storytime in Munich takes on a Valentine's Day theme.

Winter to return
Germany

Winter to return

This week’s unseasonably mild weather is likely to give way to wintry conditions in the coming days, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported Thursday.

DAX companies oppose gender quota
Germany

DAX companies oppose gender quota

A new survey shows Germany’s largest companies are overwhelmingly opposed to a mandatory quota for women in executive positions, with only one firm coming out in favour.

UPS sued for demanding Muslim shave beard
Sweden

UPS sued for demanding Muslim shave beard

Sweden's Equality Ombudsman (Diskrimineringsombudsmannen, DO) has filed a lawsuit against parcel delivery company United Parcel Service (UPS) after the company dismissed a Muslim driver who refused to shave his beard.

Manhunt for intruder at Mona Sahlin’s home
Sweden

Manhunt for intruder at Mona Sahlin’s home

Reports of an attempted break-in at the home of Social Democratic leader Mona Sahlin on Thursday morning prompted a massive response as police hunted for the intruder.

Winnenden father found guilty of manslaughter
Germany

Winnenden father found guilty of manslaughter

Nearly two years after a deadly school rampage in the southern German town of Winnenden, the father of the shooter was given a suspended sentence of one year and nine months because he failed to keep the gun used in the killings locked away.

Skanska sales up, profits remain elusive
Sweden

Skanska sales up, profits remain elusive

Swedish construction and civil engineering giant Skanska on Thursday posted an increase in sales in the fourth quarter 2011, the first rise since the outbreak of the financial crisis, but full-year profits remained firmly in the red.

Wetten, dass? turns 30
Germany

Wetten, dass? turns 30

German TV institution Wetten, dass...? celebrates its 30th anniversary on Saturday. The 193rd installment is the first since the show was thrown into crisis by an accident that paralyzed one of its contestants.

VW hopes mini Vader ad will boost US sales
Germany

VW hopes mini Vader ad will boost US sales

Volkswagen is hoping to jumpstart sales in the United States after scoring a huge hit at the Super Bowl with its ad featuring a mini Darth Vader.

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Sweden

Immigrants in Sweden feel less safe: study

One in four immigrants doesn't feel safe in Sweden, according to a new study. In general, however, Swedes feel safer than in years past.

Pensioners want kids out of residential areas
Germany

Pensioners want kids out of residential areas

The German Child Protection Association has reacted angrily to a proposal from a senior citizens’ organization to remove children’s day care centres from residential areas.

Sweden Democrats suffer municipal exodus
Sweden

Sweden Democrats suffer municipal exodus

Almost 400 municipal councillors have vacated their posts since the September 2010 election, with the Sweden Democrats (SD) grossly overrepresented among the withdrawals, according to a report by Sveriges Radio's Ekot news programme.

Farmers angry over minister’s animal protection plan
Germany

Farmers angry over minister’s animal protection plan

Germany’s farmers have expressed outrage over Agriculture Minister Ilse Aigner’s planned animal protection legislation, saying her suggestions imply they don’t care about the issue.

Sweden imports foreign trash
Sweden

Sweden imports foreign trash

Sweden does not generate enough rubbish and 600,000 tonnes of foreign refuse were imported in 2010 to meet demand from district heating plants.

Germany fail to break Italian curse
Germany

Germany fail to break Italian curse

Germany failed to break their 15-year-old run without a win over Italy on Wednesday as striker Giuseppe Rossi came off the bench to score a late equaliser and seal Wednesday's 1-1 friendly draw.