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Germany

Merkel rejects Olympics boycott over Tibet

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday she does not favour a boycott of the Beijing Olympics in August over China's crackdown on pro-independence protests in Tibet.

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Sweden

Candles lit in Stockholm for murdered Iraqi Kurds

Thousands of candles were lit in central Stockholm on Sunday in memory of around 5,000 Iraqi Kurds from Halabja massacred 20 years ago in a chemical attack blamed on Saddam Hussein's forces.

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Germany

Deutsche Post to trim operations

Germany's privatized postal service said on Sunday it planned to sell hundreds of its branch offices to other companies but had no plans to cut jobs in the process.

Swedish protests over Iraq war
Sweden

Swedish protests over Iraq war

Hundreds of protesters gathered in towns across Sweden on Saturday to demonstrate against the continued US presence in Iraq five years after the invasion.

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Germany

Merkel to stress Germany’s responsibility to Israel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives in Israel on Sunday to cement ties with the Jewish state nearly 60 years after its creation following World War II and the Nazi Holocaust.

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Sweden

More women live in hiding from their men

The number of people living under protected identities is on the increase in Sweden. Women hiding from their ex-partners form the largest group.

Germany wants cash back from Nokia
Germany

Germany wants cash back from Nokia

Germany’s research ministry has joined calls to demand a return of subsidies from Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia which is under fire from Germans for moving production to Romania.

Sweden chooses Perrelli for Eurovision
Sweden

Sweden chooses Perrelli for Eurovision

Sweden is to send former Eurovision Song Contest winner Charlotte Perrelli to represent the country at this year's final in Belgrade, after the singer won the Melodifestivalen competition in Stockholm on Saturday with her song Hero.

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Sweden

Swede stabbed to death in Thailand

A 27-year-old Swedish woman has been found dead on a beach in Thailand. Hanna Charlotta Bäcklund was found stabbed to death on Mai Khao beach on the tourist island of Phuket, said Thai police to AFP.

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Germany

Candidate kicked off reality show for Nazi gaffe

A candidate on Germany’s "Big Brother" reality TV show has been shown the door for using a notorious Nazi slogan.

‘Black day’ for Bayern as Cottbus thrash leaders
Germany

‘Black day’ for Bayern as Cottbus thrash leaders

Germany’s Bundesliga suffered its shock of the season when league leaders Bayern Munich were humbled by lowly Energie Cottbus on Saturday.

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Sweden

June List leader resigns

The chairman of the June List, Nils Lundgren, has resigned as leader of the party. Lundgren will sit out his mandate period in the EU parliament but will not stand for re-election.

Shipwreck near Australia may solve war mystery
Germany

Shipwreck near Australia may solve war mystery

Wreckage of a legendary German ship said to have sunk the HMAS Sydney during World War II has been found near Australia, raising hopes that an enduring mystery will be solved.

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Sweden

Alliance gains on opposition

Opposition parties remain in the lead over the governing Alliance, a new poll shows. The lead is narrowing however.

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Sweden

Young man found dead in Stockholm

A young man has been found dead in central Stockholm. Police suspect that the man died as a result of an assault.

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Sweden

Sweden chooses Perrelli for Eurovision

Sweden is to send former Eurovision Song Contest winner Charlotte Perrelli to represent the country at this year's final in Belgrade, after the singer won the Melodifestivalen competition in Stockholm on Saturday with her song Hero.