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Sweden

AstraZeneca sees 2007 profits sag

Anglo-Swedish pharmaceuticals giant AstraZeneca said on Thursday that net profit fell 7.2 percent last year to $5.63 billion (€3.79 billion), owing partly to a major restructuring.

Sweden gives go-ahead for Iraq flights
Sweden

Sweden gives go-ahead for Iraq flights

Swedish aviation authorities said on Thursday they would allow one airline to resume flights to northern Iraq, nearly six months after all Swedish flights to the country were grounded following a suspected missile attack on a plane.

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‘Tuva’ to bring stormy weather

Meteorologists in Sweden and Norway have both issued warnings ahead of the arrival of Tuva, a storm expected to hit both countries on Thursday evening.

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Swedish film-lovers fall for Mexican talent

A warm Latin American breeze is warming Gothenburg film-lovers this winter, as the city's film festival adopts a Mexican accent, writes Matt O'Leary.

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Germany

Jamaican government popular with youth in CDU and FDP

The youth organizations of the CDU (centre-right) and FDP (centre/liberal) parties have called upon their party elders to form a so-called Jamaican coalition government.

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Swede jailed for claiming ex son-in-law was terrorist

A court in Sweden on Thursday sentenced a man to three months in jail for aggravated libel for falsely informing the FBI that his former son-in-law had links to al-Qaeda.

Two girls feared dead in house fire
Sweden

Two girls feared dead in house fire

Two girls, 12 and 14, are feared to have died in a fire at a house near Älmhult in southern Sweden.

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Man ‘smuggled ecstasy in bread loaf’

A man arrested last year carrying a loaf of bread stuffed with ecstasy has been formally charged with drug smuggling by a court in Helsingborg, southern Sweden.

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Hennes and Mauritz grows but misses expectations

Swedish clothing giant H&M on Thursday reported strong fourth quarter and full-year growth but saw its share price dip amid disappointment that its results were slightly below analyst expectations.

Four indicted in Pirate Bay case
Sweden

Four indicted in Pirate Bay case

Four people involved in the running of file-sharing site The Pirate Bay were indicted in Sweden on Thursday on charges of being accessories to breaking copyright law.

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Sweden

Photo Gallery: Stockholm Fashion Week

With Stockholm Fashion Week over for another two years, we take a look at the designs that made it to the catwalk.

Volvo fined over children’s death
Sweden

Volvo fined over children’s death

Swedish car manufacturer Volvo was found guilty of manslaughter and fined €200,000 ($296,000) by a court in Saverne on Thursday over a car crash that cost the lives of two children in eastern France in 1999.

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Military cuts slammed by government

Sweden's defence minister has criticized plans by the head of the country's armed forces to cut the length of national service and slash flying hours for fighter pilots.

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Germany

Only slight increase in unemployment

Unemployment in Germany is at its lowest level in 15 years and was better than expected this January, despite stock market volatility and fears of a US recession. The number of unemployed increased in January by 253,000 to 3.66 million, according to a report by the Federal Agency of Employment (BA) on Thursday. January and February are usually slow months for the economy, however, the milder weather might have helped to soften the seasonal effect.

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Germany

Solar energy to become mandatory

The western German city of Marburg is the first city in German to make solar panels mandatory for almost all rooves, possibly by this summer. The new law will require a solar panel for every new building and every old building that is being renovated, said Marburg’s mayor and Green Party member Franz Kahle on Thursday at a drafting session of the new law.

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Sweden

Gant sold to Swiss chain

Swedish fashion brand Gant has been bought by Swiss company Maus Frères following a takeover battle that started last month.

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Sweden

Lessing finally receives Nobel Prize

British author Doris Lessing received her Nobel Prize for Literature at a ceremony in London on Wednesday, after having been too ill to travel to Sweden for a presentation last month.