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Sweden

Swedish town swept up in world’s biggest sled dog race

On a snow-covered hilltop next to a quaint, wooden church, the smell of urine and wet fur fills the air and the sound of howling, snarling dogs is almost deafening: the world's largest sled dog race is about to begin.

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Sweden

Bildt sees economic challenge for Kosovo

Kosovo faces a major challenge in developing a sustainable economy after its February 17th declaration of independence from Serbia, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said on Saturday.

Germany avoids massive rail strike
Germany

Germany avoids massive rail strike

German train drivers have abandoned plans for a huge nationwide strike on Monday after reaching agreement with the country's national railway operator Deutsche Bahn.

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Germany

Prosecutors set to offer deal to fallen cycling star Ullrich

German prosecutors are reported to be prepared to drop doping charges against Jan Ullrich if the fallen cycling star cooperates with their inquiry and pays a €1-million fine.

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Germany

Survey: Germans positive about new smoking ban

German smokers and nonsmokers alike may be coming to terms with a new smoking ban, according to a survey by the news magazine Focus.

German railway might avoid crippling strike
Germany

German railway might avoid crippling strike

Germany’s state-owned railway Deutsche Bahn is hoping to avert a crippling nationwide train strike in last ditch talks late on Sunday. But even if a resolution is found, rail traffic is not expected to function normally on Monday.

German town seeks Easter egg world record
Germany

German town seeks Easter egg world record

A small city in Germany's Black Forest region hopes to set a new world record after installing a nine-metre-high Easter egg in front of its town hall.

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Sweden

Woman raped in southern Stockholm

A 23-year-old woman was raped in southern Stockholm early Sunday morning. The woman was walking home from the metro.

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Germany

Working poor undermine Germany’s prosperous image

Despite Germany’s prosperous image, the country faces a widening income gap and growing outrage over “breadline wages” for the working poor, reports AFP’s Arnaud Bouvier.

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Sweden

Parental benefit cheats fewer than expected

Parents cheat less on temporary parental benefits for their sick children than at first thought. A new report indicates that only 1.6 percent of payments are erroneous.

Explosion in central Stockholm
Sweden

Explosion in central Stockholm

An explosion has been reported in central Stockholm. Police confirmed on Sunday morning that a bomb squad was at the scene and that no casualties had been reported.

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Germany

German tax scandal informer says life in danger

An informant who provided German authorities with data from a Liechtenstein bank that sparked a massive tax fraud probe has said his life is threatened, two news magazines are to report Monday.

Carola left out in the cold in Kiruna
Sweden

Carola left out in the cold in Kiruna

Eurovision queen Carola Häggkvist was knocked out of the Melodifestival in Kiruna. Nordman and Sibel took the second chance road to Globen.