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Sweden

GM cuts threaten Saab jobs

General Motors (GM) is planning to cut up to 5,900 jobs from Opel and Saab as part of a cost savings plan.

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Sweden

Interview: Lars Vilks

Swedish artist Lars Vilks sparked international controversy last summer when several Swedish newspapers published his drawings portraying the Muslim prophet Muhammad as a so-called roundabout dog.

Germany sees record level of neo-Nazi violence in 2007
Germany

Germany sees record level of neo-Nazi violence in 2007

A record number of people in Germany were injured in right-wing extremist attacks in 2007, according to former German government spokesman Uwe-Karsten Heye.

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Sweden

Scottish pension fund adds name to Ericsson suit

One of the largest pension funds in Scotland is adding its name to a class action law suit against Ericsson for alleged violations of securities laws that the fund says cost it £2 million ($4 million).

Communism new focus for history agency
Sweden

Communism new focus for history agency

Sweden's Living History Forum on Monday launched a new project designed to highlight crimes against humanity committed by communist regimes around the world.

Merkel: No German troops in south Afghanistan
Germany

Merkel: No German troops in south Afghanistan

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has rejected a request from NATO allies to send Bundeswehr troops into action in southern Afghanistan.

New bionic eye implant to help the blind
Germany

New bionic eye implant to help the blind

German scientists have developed a bionic eye implant that will soon be tested on blind patients.

Abba stars settle copyright dispute over musical
Sweden

Abba stars settle copyright dispute over musical

Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson have averted a return to court after settling a copyright dispute with playwright Carl-Johan Seth over the musical ‘Kristina från Duvemåla’.

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Sweden

Swede rescues family from Oslo fire

A 23-year old Swedish man rescued a mother and her three children from a burning house in Oslo on Monday morning.

Eurovision contestants No Angels accused of plagiarism
Germany

Eurovision contestants No Angels accused of plagiarism

A German radio station is investigating whether the country's hope for the upcoming 2008 Eurovision Song Contest, band No Angels, has plagiarized their winning song.

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Germany

BBC sells Nazi-bashing comedy to German TV

The BBC said Monday it has sold a hit British television comedy series which makes fun of the Gestapo in Nazi-occupied France to a German broadcaster.

Households forecast real estate price hike
Sweden

Households forecast real estate price hike

A growing number of households anticipate housing prices to rise over the coming year, a new study by SEB bank has shown.

German trains on track after dodging huge strike
Germany

German trains on track after dodging huge strike

German rail service has been running smoothly on Monday despite a quick transition from Deutsche Bahn's strike contingency plan to normal service after resolution of a labour dispute over the weekend.

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Sweden

Security car attacked in Gothenburg

Just before a bomb detonated under a car in central Stockholm on Sunday, a car belonging to the same security guard firm was set on fire in Gothenburg.

VW’s Spanish car unit Seat eyeing China market
Germany

VW’s Spanish car unit Seat eyeing China market

The Spanish car maker Seat, a unit of Germany's Volkswagen, is considering entering the Chinese market to spur slumping sales, its boss said in an interview that was published on Monday.

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Germany

German Social Democrats try to quell leadership doubts

Germany’s Social Democrats continued to squabble over the direction of their party on Monday. Despite calls to rally behind embattled party chairman Kurt Beck, centrist SPD members urged him to forgo a bid to become chancellor in 2009.

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Sweden

South Africans race dogs in snowy Sweden

Lifting a large Siberian Husky out of its cage, South Africa's national dog racing champ excitedly describes what it has been like training for her first competition on snow at this weekend's world sled dog racing championship in Sweden.

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Germany

German trade surplus stronger than expected

Germany notched up a trade surplus of €17.1 billion ($26.2 billion) in January, better than expected by economists and despite the strong euro, figures released Monday by the national statistics office showed.

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Germany

Poorest Germans despair as middle class shrinks further

The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. Anne Padieu reports on one of Germany's poorest regions, Prenzlau.

Massive explosion kills one, injures nine in German city
Germany

Massive explosion kills one, injures nine in German city

A huge explosion ripped through an apartment building in the in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia on Sunday. Police think it may have been caused by a gas leak.

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Sweden

SAS reaches settlement over Dash plane problems

SAS has agreed to settle with Bombardier and Goodrich after a string of incidents in the fall of 2007 forced the airline to ground its entire fleet of Dash aircraft.

Man arrested following Stockholm bomb attack
Sweden

Man arrested following Stockholm bomb attack

Police have arrested a 29-year-old man following a Sunday morning explosion in Stockholm’s Vasastan neighborhood which damaged a car and blew out more than 20 windows on Surbrungatan.

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Sweden

Schools employing sex offenders

Careless employers have allowed at least 75 convicted sex criminals to work as substitutes in Swedish schools and daycare centers since 2003.