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Sweden

Dive for missing tourist inconclusive

The search for missing tourist John Aherne is continuing on Tuesday evening after a dive conducted by police again proved inconclusive.

Alliance parties split over child allowance proposal
Sweden

Alliance parties split over child allowance proposal

A proposal by Centre Party leader and Minister of Energy Maud Olofsson to introduce means testing for child allowance payments (barnbidrag) doesn’t have the support of her Alliance government partners at the Moderate Party.

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Germany

Adidas unit Reebok to team up with Brazil’s Vulcabras

German sporting goods company Adidas said on Tuesday it's Reebok unit is teaming up with Vulcabras to sell products in Brazil and Paraguay.

German transit freeloader gets nearly 2 years in jail
Germany

German transit freeloader gets nearly 2 years in jail

A 24-year-old German man in has been sentenced to one year and 10 months in prison for habitually riding public transportation without a ticket, the district court in Essen announced on Tuesday.

Telia internet dispute: ‘No end in sight’
Sweden

Telia internet dispute: ‘No end in sight’

Internet traffic between Sweden’s TeliaSonera and US-based Cogent Communications has been cut off for more than ten days and both sides point fingers at one another while customers continue to suffer.

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Sweden

Volvo announces Indian order for city buses

Swedish vehicle giant Volvo said on Tuesday it had received an order to deliver 240 buses to the operator in Bangalore, India's traffic-choked information-technology capital.

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Sweden

Men get eight years for ‘sadistic’ kidnapping

Two men from western Sweden have been sentenced to eight years each in jail after they forced a man at needlepoint to sign over ownership of a car, a motorbike and a ride-on lawnmower.

Stuttgart’s Super Mario looking to blitz the Swiss
Germany

Stuttgart’s Super Mario looking to blitz the Swiss

Less training has meant more goals for striker Mario Gomez, and Germany's player of 2007 is looking to torment Switzerland in Wednesday night's pre-Euro 2008 friendly in Basel.

40,000 German doctors to strike
Germany

40,000 German doctors to strike

Some 40,000 German doctors are expected to join a protest on Tuesday of the country's medical policies by closing their practices across the country until the end of the week.

Stockholm design district: SoFo no good?
Sweden

Stockholm design district: SoFo no good?

In the first of a series of regular columns, David Bartal searches high and low for Stockholm's design district. Eventually he finds it -- in Finland.

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Sweden

Angry mob threatens TV4 journalist

On Monday yet another journalist was attacked at the site where a man was murdered in the Bergsjön district of Gothenburg on Friday.

Sex no longer sells in St. Pauli
Germany

Sex no longer sells in St. Pauli

Hamburg's oldest bordello might be closing, but the city’s bawdy neighbourhood St. Pauli is still thriving. Campbell Jefferys takes a closer look at a red light district in flux and the demise of its sex industry.

Germany urges Pakistan’s new premier to make reforms
Germany

Germany urges Pakistan’s new premier to make reforms

The German government welcomed the swearing-in of Pakistan's new Prime Minister Yousef Raza Gilani on Tuesday and urged him to pursue democratic reforms.

Neo-Nazi NPD leader charged for racist World Cup pamphlet
Germany

Neo-Nazi NPD leader charged for racist World Cup pamphlet

Germany's neo-Nazi NPD party leader Udo Voigt and two other party functionaries are being prosecuted for the alleged defamation of Bremen football player Patrick Owomoyela - two years after the party published a racist pamphlet for the 2006 World Cup.

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Sweden

West coast fashion: it’s all in the jeans

The dapper denizens of Gothenburg have mounted a challenge to Stockholm's long-time dominance of the Swedish fashion world, writes Matt O'Leary.

Sweden without star Ibrahimovic for Brazil friendly
Sweden

Sweden without star Ibrahimovic for Brazil friendly

A lingering knee injury will leave Sweden without its star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic when the squad meets Brazil for a football friendly in London on Wednesday, the Swedish Football Association said.

Tokio Hotel singer to have surgery
Germany

Tokio Hotel singer to have surgery

The lead singer of the German band Tokio Hotel, Bill Kaulitz, will have to undergo a larynx operation. The 18-year-old received medical care for inflamed vocal chords last week, the band's manager David Jost told German tabloid daily Bild.

Sony BMG said to offer unlimited online music plan
Germany

Sony BMG said to offer unlimited online music plan

Music company Sony BMG wants to launch a subscription plan to give clients unlimited access to its digital catalogue, boss Rolf Schmidt-Holtz said in an interview published on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Swedish bank charges on the rise

Bank charges in Sweden have increased by 4.9 percent over the last year, according to a study by consultancy firm Capgemini.

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Germany

German hostage in poor health

After spending some three months in captivity, Harald Kleber, the German hostage taken in Afghanistan, is in poor health.

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Sweden

Asylum system ‘stuck in Stone Age’

The Swedish Migration Board has proposed changing the regulations for asylum seekers with Swedish families.

Metal industry booming in Germany
Germany

Metal industry booming in Germany

Despite the strong euro, steady orders are fostering unexpected new growth in the German metal and electronics industries, according to the employer’s association Gesamtmetall.

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Sweden

Double murder suspect caught on camera

A 31-year-old woman suspected of the brutal murder of two children in Arboga is believed to have been captured by security cameras at the train station in the central Swedish town on the day of the murders.

Drunk passengers cause emergency Lufthansa landings
Germany

Drunk passengers cause emergency Lufthansa landings

Two Lufthansa flights made emergency landings in Poland on Monday due to unruly passengers, including a man from Russia, apparently drunk, who began shouting that he was a terrorist, police said.