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Switzerland

Third Swiss EHEC case diagnosed

Switzerland has identified a third person infected with a rare strain of the E. coli bacteria that has killed 18 people in Europe, authorities said Friday.

‘Different disease-causing E. coli bacteria have created a new type’
Germany

‘Different disease-causing E. coli bacteria have created a new type’

At Germany’s Federal Institute for Risk Assessment, health authorities are searching to find the source of the country's virulent E. coli (EHEC) outbreak. Microbiologist Lothar Beutin, head of its reference laboratory, describes the race to find the cause.

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Sweden

Social Democrats ‘hopeful’ on Libya action

Urban Ahlin, the foreign policy spokesman for the Social Democrats, said on Friday that he is "hopeful" to reach an agreement with the government on how the Swedish mission in Libya should continue.

Drinks wagon fight led to fatal Rostock beating
Germany

Drinks wagon fight led to fatal Rostock beating

Police said on Friday that the man who was beaten to death in Rostock on Thursday was killed in a senseless argument over whose drinks wagon was better-looking.

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Switzerland

Tax evasion failings ‘will be tackled’

The Swiss authorities said on Thursday they will look at ways of fulfilling tax recommendations from the OECD which has complained that the country is still not doing enough to combat tax evasion.

E. coli infection figures stabilising
Germany

E. coli infection figures stabilising

The E. coli outbreak that has killed at least 18 people appears to be stabilising, a senior German doctor said on Friday, as police investigated two food distributors and a restaurant owner in Hamburg.

Tasting sweet success with Peaches
Germany

Tasting sweet success with Peaches

The Local’s series “Making it in Germany” presents Peaches, a Canadian musician and performance artist who has rocked Berlin like few others. She spoke with Nadja Sayej.

Stormy weekend ahead
Germany

Stormy weekend ahead

Severe weather will hit the country over the weekend, the German Weather Service (DWD) said on Friday. Storms will hammer the country with heavy winds and sustained rainfall and even hailstorms in some regions.

EHEC search ‘detective work’: Swedish specialist
Sweden

EHEC search ‘detective work’: Swedish specialist

Swedish scientists are concerned that it may be some time before the properties of the bacteria causing the current EHEC infection in Europe are fully understood.

Violinist calls for tax changes to favour supporting the arts
Germany

Violinist calls for tax changes to favour supporting the arts

One of Germany’s best-known classical violinists, Anne-Sophie Mutter, has called for the country's tax system to be changed to encourage private donations to cultural causes.

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Sweden

Saab Group receives major Thai navy order

The defence and security company Saab Group has received two orders from the Royal Thai Navy, worth a total of 454 million kronor ($73 million).

Many young Swedes favour dictatorship
Sweden

Many young Swedes favour dictatorship

Over 25 percent young Swedes think that it would be “good or very good” for Sweden to be less democratic and ruled by a strong and dictatorial leader, according to a new study.

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Switzerland

Swiss Alps welcome summer – with snow

 

Some snow, heavy rain and cold temperatures have been registered in Switzerland on June 1st, the first day of meteorological summer.

 

Deutsche Bahn decides against boarding intercity buses
Germany

Deutsche Bahn decides against boarding intercity buses

Deutsche Bahn said on Friday it had abandoned a project to expand its current regional bus services to include intercity routes in Germany.

Swiss skateboarder in crazy Aussie tunnel ride
Switzerland

Swiss skateboarder in crazy Aussie tunnel ride

A 21-year-old Swiss backpacker rode his skateboard through a busy highway tunnel near Melbourne during rush hour, startling drivers, disrupting traffic and ending up in police custody.

 

 

Aerial photos show Germany from striking new angle
Germany

Aerial photos show Germany from striking new angle

A new book of aerial photography reveals fascinating new textures and patterns in German landscapes that can look completely different from above.

Prosecutor probes Solar Millennium manager’s pay deal
Germany

Prosecutor probes Solar Millennium manager’s pay deal

The state prosecutor is investigating the goings on in the boardroom of Germany’s flagship solar power company Solar Millennium, after a CEO who stayed just 74 days was paid €9 million, according to the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

Swedish supermodel in ‘age-bullying’ lawsuit
Sweden

Swedish supermodel in ‘age-bullying’ lawsuit

A Swedish model is suing beauty giant Estée Lauder for 12 million kronor ($1.93 million), after the cosmetics company portrayed her as old and wrinkly in an advert, according to Swedish daily Aftonbladet.

Group says little people still disadvantaged in Germany
Germany

Group says little people still disadvantaged in Germany

German society must better accommodate the needs of little people, according to the national organization representing their interests.

Parents fail to cash in on gender equity bonus
Sweden

Parents fail to cash in on gender equity bonus

Swedish parents missed out on over 60 million kronor ($ 9.67 million) last year after almost half of couples entitled to the government's gender equity bonus (Jämställdhetsbonus) neglected to apply, according to recent figures from the Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan).

Renowned US choir back in Sweden after 90 years
Sweden

Renowned US choir back in Sweden after 90 years

The Yale Glee Club chose Sweden to kick off a reprise the US singing group's 1928 international tour undertaken to celebrate its 150th anniversary. Contributor Lina Sennevall finds out why.

Löw expects slugfest against Austrians in Euro 2012 qualifier
Germany

Löw expects slugfest against Austrians in Euro 2012 qualifier

Germany coach Joachim Löw said his side was preparing for a battle against Austria when the two neighbours face off on Friday in a Euro 2012 qualifier in Vienna.

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Sweden

Stockholm mum acquitted of trafficking

The 47-year-old Stockholm mum, who last year was sentenced to prison after keeping Polish women under “slave-like conditions” has been acquitted of the trafficking charges by the Svea Court of Appeal (Hovrätten).

Cash problems force Sobibor death camp museum to close
Germany

Cash problems force Sobibor death camp museum to close

A museum at the former Nazi German death camp in Sobibor, eastern Poland, has been shut down until further notice due to underfunding as Polish authorities scramble to raise the money to re-open it.

Gothenburg football legend robbed of ball
Sweden

Gothenburg football legend robbed of ball

The statue of legendary Swedish footballer Gunnar Gren was overthrown and robbed of its football on Wednesday night, in what is suspected to be a student prank.

Merkel defends E. coli reaction to Zapatero
Germany

Merkel defends E. coli reaction to Zapatero

Chancellor Angela Merkel has defended the German health authorities from criticism that their reaction to the EHEC E. coli outbreak during a telephone call with Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.

Suicide attack could happen again: prosecutor
Sweden

Suicide attack could happen again: prosecutor

As a more complete portrait of the Stockholm suicide bomber emerges six months after he blew himself up in the Swedish capital, the country's top prosecutor believes a future attack is still possible.

Drunken Swedish sailor forgot his wife was on shore
Sweden

Drunken Swedish sailor forgot his wife was on shore

A Swedish sailor called sea rescue services on Thursday morning believing his wife had fallen overboard when in fact she had never been on the boat.

More EHEC cases reported in Sweden
Sweden

More EHEC cases reported in Sweden

More Swedes have been infected with the virulent enterohaemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) bacteria which some health experts believe comes from an entirely new strain of the bacteria.