WikiLeaks slams paper after Gitmo Swede leak
Sweden

WikiLeaks slams paper after Gitmo Swede leak

Whistleblower website WikiLeaks has slammed a Swedish tabloid as 'corrupt and politicized' the day after it published a scoop on Swedish Guantanamo detainee Mehdi Ghezali.

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Sweden

Stockholm family assigned Scientologist pre-school

A family in Stockholm were surprised to find out that their daughter had been assigned a place at a preschool with a teaching method created by L Ron Hubbard, the father of Scientology.

Putin slams ‘double standards’ over Libya
Sweden

Putin slams ‘double standards’ over Libya

During a visit to Sweden on Wednesday, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin blasted the gulf between words and practice in modern international relations, using an anecdote from his KGB past to denounce civilian deaths in Libya.

Frankfurt bouncers held in Briton’s beating death
Germany

Frankfurt bouncers held in Briton’s beating death

Five security personnel have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the beating death of a British man visiting a popular Frankfurt techno club.

Typo turns Eurovision gay
Germany

Typo turns Eurovision gay

Organizers for next month's Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf admitted on Wednesday an embarrassing typo in an informational pamphlet for the competition mixed up the German words for “schools” with “gays.”

Loan loss fall boosts Handelsbanken profits
Sweden

Loan loss fall boosts Handelsbanken profits

Swedish bank Handelsbanken posted a slight increase in profits on Wednesday on the back of a sharp fall in bad loan losses.

Volvo upbeat despite Japan impact warning
Sweden

Volvo upbeat despite Japan impact warning

Swedish truck maker Volvo Group reported strong first quarter earnings on Wednesday, although the firm warned that the Japan disaster could impact its second quarter.

Volkswagen sets sales record in first quarter
Germany

Volkswagen sets sales record in first quarter

Volkswagen reported a three-fold profit leap Wednesday and said it had sold two million cars in the three months from January through March, a new milestone for the biggest car maker in Europe.

Germany ‘strongly’ backs EU sanctions on Syria
Germany

Germany ‘strongly’ backs EU sanctions on Syria

Germany on Wednesday said it would strongly back European Union sanctions against Syria over its bloody crackdown on anti-government protesters.

Booty haul: thieves clean out dominatrix studio
Germany

Booty haul: thieves clean out dominatrix studio

Thieves broke into a studio belonging to a dominatrix in the Saxon city of Zwickau and stole whips, chains and other sex toys, police said Wednesday.

Sami win long fight for reindeer grazing rights
Sweden

Sami win long fight for reindeer grazing rights

Sweden's Supreme Court (Högsta Domstolen) has ruled that Sami reindeer herders in northern Sweden can continue to let their animals graze in forests despite the objections of landowners, ending a 20 year dispute.

Lemming hordes perish in Swedish roadside ‘massacre’
Sweden

Lemming hordes perish in Swedish roadside ‘massacre’

Hordes of lemmings have been spotted leaving the safety of the mountains to make their way down to more inhabited areas, falling victim to traffic and being preyed upon by other animals.

Löw dismisses gay and toupee rumours
Germany

Löw dismisses gay and toupee rumours

In an unusually frank personal interview, Germany's national football coach Joachim Löw has denied wearing a toupee and waved away rumours that he is homosexual.

Sweden’s Electrolux reports profits slump
Sweden

Sweden’s Electrolux reports profits slump

Swedish household goods manufacturer Electrolux reported a 50 percent drop in net profits for the first quarter on Wednesday, citing a rise in raw materials costs.

Putin in Sweden: visa rules to be eased
Sweden

Putin in Sweden: visa rules to be eased

At a meeting in Stockholm with Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin announced that visa regulations would be eased while emphasising economic cooperation between the countries.

Job market finally opens to eastern Europeans
Germany

Job market finally opens to eastern Europeans

Germany put off opening its borders to eastern European workers until the last possible minute, but as May 1 now approaches, some fear a golden opportunity has already been missed.

Firefighters quench huge forest blaze near Aachen
Germany

Firefighters quench huge forest blaze near Aachen

More than 300 firefighters near Aachen on the Belgian border fought back the region's biggest forest fire in 60 years early this week.

Switzerland to destroy swine flu vaccine
Switzerland

Switzerland to destroy swine flu vaccine

Switzerland said it will destroy its remaining 3.4 million unused doses of vaccines against the H1N1 virus by the end of the year.

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Switzerland

Synthes agrees $21 billion takeover

Swiss-based medical technology company Synthes said on Wednesday that it had reached an agreement on a $21.3 billion takeover by US health care giant Johnson & Johnson.

Iconic Hamburg harbour canteen gets a makeover
Germany

Iconic Hamburg harbour canteen gets a makeover

Weißwurst in Hamburg? Jiffer Bourguignon heads down to the harbour to report on the revival of one of the city’s legendary eateries.

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Switzerland

Swiss slow at mapping natural hazards

Switzerland may be particularly prone to natural disasters like avalanches and landslides, but some cantons have been slow to assess the risks in their territories, reports say.

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Switzerland

Fire follows drought in southern Switzerland

Ten helicopters and 350 firemen were on Tuesday battling a forest fire near the town of Viege in the south of drought-stricken Switzerland.

Sweden’s Ericsson posts massive profits hike
Sweden

Sweden’s Ericsson posts massive profits hike

Swedish telecom giant Ericsson reported a whopping 224 percent rise in profits on Wednesday, surprising analysts and sending its stock up almost 7 percent in early trading.

Indian man drowns in Swiss lake
Switzerland

Indian man drowns in Swiss lake

A 36-year-old Indian man drowned on Tuesday in Switzerland's Lake Brienz, police have  said.

Two thirds of joggers may be damaging themselves
Germany

Two thirds of joggers may be damaging themselves

Up to two thirds of casual joggers may actually be risking their health by overstraining themselves and ignoring body stress and pain, a study commissioned by German health insurer AOK has found.

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Sweden

ABB profit rise falls short of expectations

Swedish-Swiss engineering giant ABB on Wednesday reported a 41 percent increase in first quarter net profit, driven by strong demand from industry and power utilities.

‘Not OK’ for pastors to operate machine guns: Swedish church
Sweden

‘Not OK’ for pastors to operate machine guns: Swedish church

The Church of Sweden has ruled that pastors are not allowed to man machine gun turrets while serving in the field with Swedish troops in Afghanistan.

Hugh ‘House’ Laurie plays New Orleans blues in Hamburg
Germany

Hugh ‘House’ Laurie plays New Orleans blues in Hamburg

British actor Hugh Laurie, best known as “House” from the hit US medical drama, will make his German musical debut in Hamburg on Wednesday.

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Sweden

‘Roma need better legal protection in Sweden’

The daily discrimination faced by Sweden's Roma population violates Swedish law, according to a new report by the country's Equality Ombudsman (Diskrimineringsombudsmannen – DO), which argues for tougher legislation to protect the Roma's rights.

Schalke’s prospects of Champs final dim
Germany

Schalke’s prospects of Champs final dim

Manchester United produced a devastating attacking performance to record a 2-0 win over Schalke 04 in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final on Tuesday.

Rescuer of Congolese child sex slaves honoured in Sweden
Sweden

Rescuer of Congolese child sex slaves honoured in Sweden

Murhabazi Namegabe of the Democratic Republic of Congo Tuesday was awarded a children's rights prize for his "long perilous struggle" to free child soldiers and sex slaves in his homeland.