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Germany

Berlin backs proposal to reform UN Security Council

Germany and several other countries this week submitted a proposal to reform the UN Security Council, a German foreign ministry spokesman said on Saturday.

Schumacher third in motorbike debut
Germany

Schumacher third in motorbike debut

Seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher proved he is just as fast on two-wheels as he is on four after claiming a podium finish on his motorbike racing debut in Hungary.

German economic advisor sees worst crisis since 1945
Germany

German economic advisor sees worst crisis since 1945

A senior German economist has said the global economy is in its worst crisis since 1945, and that he sees clear risks for the German economy.

Swedes engage in Easter sweets binge
Sweden

Swedes engage in Easter sweets binge

Swedes eat at least 4,000 tonnes of chocolate and sweets over the Easter weekend. Dentists recommend a binge followed by a thorough tooth brushing.

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Sweden

Police seize pornographic advertising

Police have seized pornographic pictures distributed by a car-care company at the Elmia motor show in Jönköping, in central Sweden.

Still spring despite cold snap
Sweden

Still spring despite cold snap

Despite the advent of spring Good Friday night was the coldest of the winter at many places across Sweden.

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Sweden

Thousands without power in southern Sweden

Heavy snow falls have left thousands without power in southern Sweden on Easter Saturday morning.

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Germany

Romania expels six Germans ahead of NATO summit

Romanian police said on Friday they briefly detained and then expelled six German "anarchists" allegedly planning to join anti-NATO protests during an upcoming summit of the transatlantic alliance.

Swede tried to buy sex from US teenager
Sweden

Swede tried to buy sex from US teenager

A 41-year-old Swedish man has been arrested in the United States for attempting to buy sex from a 14-year-old girl.

Bishop slams violent Easter TV lineup
Germany

Bishop slams violent Easter TV lineup

The Archbishop of Munich, Reinhard Marx, has spoken out against the decision by private German broadcasters to show violent action movies over the Easter holidays.

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Sweden

Man wanted for Gothenburg shootings

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a 30-year-old man wanted for the murder and attempted murder of two men in Gothenburg on Good Friday.

German official warns biofuels could hurt developing nations
Germany

German official warns biofuels could hurt developing nations

The global boom in biofuels could have dramatic consequences for the food supply in those developing countries that export crops for biofuels, an official at the German development ministry warned on Saturday.