Sweden welcomes Mubarak’s resignation
Sweden

Sweden welcomes Mubarak’s resignation

Swedish political leaders expressed a mix of hope and uncertainty following the announcement Friday evening that Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak had resigned his post.

Merkel hails departure of Egypt’s Mubarak
Germany

Merkel hails departure of Egypt’s Mubarak

German Chancellor Angela Merkel hailed Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak's resignation Friday as a "historic change" but urged the new leadership to respect the country's 1979 peace treaty with Israel.

Researchers expose locked iPhone passwords in six minutes
Germany

Researchers expose locked iPhone passwords in six minutes

Researchers at Germany's Fraunhofer Institute have discovered a way for hackers to access passwords stored on a locked iPhone in only six minutes, without even cracking the phone’s passcode.

New elections to be held in parts of Sweden
Sweden

New elections to be held in parts of Sweden

Sweden is set to re-run one municipal and one county council election, the country's Election Review Board (Valprövningsnämnden) announced on Friday, more than five months after the country's September 2010 general elections.

Assange made to wait on extradition decision
Sweden

Assange made to wait on extradition decision

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will have to wait to find out if he is to be extradited to Sweden over allegations of sex offences, while his lawyer launched a scathing attack on Sweden's Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt.

Anja Pärson claims world bronze
Sweden

Anja Pärson claims world bronze

Sweden's Anja Pärson claimed a dramatic 12th world championship medal on Friday after she claimed the bronze medal in the super combined in Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Germany.

‘Travel to dictatorships helps destroy them’: CEO
Sweden

‘Travel to dictatorships helps destroy them’: CEO

Pär Kjellin, the CEO of leading Swedish travel package operator Apollo, has argued that travel and tourism to countries with authoritarian regimes helps to undermine them.

Of mullets and men
Germany

Of mullets and men

In the latest installment of Portnoy’s Stammtisch, The Local’s column about life in Germany, Portnoy slicks back his locks to explore the nation’s hairstyle fetishes.

Britain lauds Sweden’s ‘tiger economy’
Sweden

Britain lauds Sweden’s ‘tiger economy’

Sweden's economy came in for high praise on Friday when UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne revealed that he was keen to examine and learn from how the country has dealt with crises and handled its finances over the last 20 years.

Heidi the cross-eyed opossum to tip Oscars
Germany

Heidi the cross-eyed opossum to tip Oscars

A cross-eyed opossum called Heidi, Germany's latest animal sensation after "Cute Knut" the polar bear cub and Paul the Octopus, has been hired as a tipster for the Oscars, her zoo said Friday.

Swedish genes similar to Brits and Danes: study
Sweden

Swedish genes similar to Brits and Danes: study

Swedes have a similar genetic make up to the Danes and the British, although variations between those living in the south and the north of the country are greater than once thought, a new study shows.

Bundesbank boss Weber stepping down
Germany

Bundesbank boss Weber stepping down

Germany said Friday that Bundesbank boss Axel Weber, thought to have been a front-runner to become European Central Bank president, was leaving "for personal reasons" on April 30.

Traffic problems persist as snowfalls continue
Sweden

Traffic problems persist as snowfalls continue

Sweden's Transport Administration has advised drivers in Stockholm to leave their cars at home as the continuing heavy snowfalls and winds leave much of the region at a standstill.

Underage models encouraging paedophilia, ex-supermodel says
Germany

Underage models encouraging paedophilia, ex-supermodel says

Former supermodel Nadja Auermann has reportedly criticised the trend to underage models in the fashion world, saying the situation was creating a beauty ideal flirting with paedophilia.

MBA from Dutch school opens doors across globe
Germany

MBA from Dutch school opens doors across globe

An innovative Dutch business school is turning heads and attracting students to its unique offering of a European, American or British MBA degree taught in English.

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Sweden

Swedish boy, 6, stabbed for ‘wearing pink’

A 6-year-old boy was stabbed in the neck at a preschool in Jönköping in central Sweden after having been the target of bullies for an extended period of time, reported the local Jönköpings-Posten daily.

Social media handicap unfriendly: report
Sweden

Social media handicap unfriendly: report

A Swedish government agency has issued a report revealing that the most popular social media sites continue to present accessibility problems for users with handicaps.

Formaldehyde likely caused Gorch Fock sailor’s weight gain
Germany

Formaldehyde likely caused Gorch Fock sailor’s weight gain

The woman cadet who died after falling from the rigging on German navy training ship Gorch Fock may not have been too overweight for duty as previously suspected. According to a media report, her body may have been pumped full of formaldehyde.

Porsche unveils electric roadster
Germany

Porsche unveils electric roadster

Luxury carmaker Porsche has introduced an electric version of its Boxster roadster as part of an e-mobility pilot programme in the southwestern German city of Stuttgart.

Kidnapped toddler returned to parents after secret investigation
Germany

Kidnapped toddler returned to parents after secret investigation

A kidnapped four-year-old girl was returned unharmed to her parents late on Thursday after a secret police investigation, Brandenburg authorities announced.

Water shortages to force Middle East cooperation
Sweden

Water shortages to force Middle East cooperation

A report jointly funded by the Swedish and Swiss governments warned on Thursday of acute water shortages in the Middle East that would force feuding neighbours in the region to cooperate to address them.

Westerwelle disappointed with Mubarak’s speech
Germany

Westerwelle disappointed with Mubarak’s speech

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has expressed disappointment over Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s latest speech and warned the country’s officials not to use violence to put down the popular revolt there.

Swede Andersson leads Swedish rally in Karlstad
Sweden

Swede Andersson leads Swedish rally in Karlstad

Swedish driver Per-Gunnar "PG" Andersson, behind the wheel of a Ford Fiesta, clocked the best time in the opening super-stage of the season opener world championship event Rally of Sweden in Karlstad in western part of the country.

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Sweden

Söderling reaches Rotterdam semi-finals

Defending champion Robin Söderling saved a match point before defeating Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber on Thursday to reach the Rotterdam ATP quarter-finals.

Berlinale honours jailed Iranian director
Germany

Berlinale honours jailed Iranian director

The Berlin film festival will honour dissident Iranian film-maker Jafar Panahi, who was sentenced to prison in December, on the anniversary of the Islamic revolution Friday.

Pump it up: Theatre mixes art with science
Germany

Pump it up: Theatre mixes art with science

A new production of “An Experiment with an Air Pump” staged at the English Theatre in Berlin proves collaboration between the arts and sciences can thrill audiences, writes The Local’s Ruth Michaelson.