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Sweden

Pound and dollar hit new krona lows

The international credit crisis has pushed the US dollar and the British pound to new lows against the Swedish krona. The pound was on Wednesday threatening to fall below the 12 kronor mark for the second time in a week, and the dollar was hovering just a fraction above a historically low level of 6 kronor.

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Sweden

Tetra Pak to invest in East Africa factory

Swedish food packaging group Tetra Pak said on Wednesday it is investing 300 million Kenyan shillings ($4.67 million) to upgrade its East Africa plant.

Abramovich orders colossal German tunnel borer
Germany

Abramovich orders colossal German tunnel borer

Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich has commissioned German manufacturer Herrenknecht to build the world's largest tunnel borer.

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Sweden

Stockholm night life: Thursday to Sunday

Check out this weekend’s club and concert tips from Kalendarium (Click links for more information)

Canada demands Germany join south Afghanistan fight
Germany

Canada demands Germany join south Afghanistan fight

Canadian Foreign Minister Peter MacKay on Wednesday urged Germany to take part in the simmering conflict in southern Afghanistan.

Sweden regulates pet ownership
Sweden

Sweden regulates pet ownership

Sweden’s Board of Agriculture has issued an extensive set of new guidelines regulating how pet owners treat their dogs and cats.

Bruno the bear debuts
Germany

Bruno the bear debuts

Germany's notorious brown bear has been stuffed for posterity and is on display at Munich's Museum for Man and Nature. Decide here whether Germany's most controversial bear was worth all the fuss.

Löw lays down the law to Germany’s Euro squad
Germany

Löw lays down the law to Germany’s Euro squad

Germany's national football coach Joachim Löw has imposed a tough ground rules on his players in their quest to win Euro 2008 - late-night visits to discos and hotel room service are Verboten.

Body of missing Irish tourist found
Sweden

Body of missing Irish tourist found

Police in Stockholm have recovered the body of Irish tourist John Aherne.

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Germany

German police arrest US soldier after deadly brawl

German police in Heidelberg have arrested a 22-year-old US Army soldier after a deadly fistfight at a bowling alley, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Man badly injured in bear attack

A man has been attacked by a bear in the woods outside Orsa in Dalarna in central Sweden.

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Sweden

No headway in search for missing Irish tourist

Police and the Swedish Coast Guard are continuing to search for missing Irish tourist John Aherne.

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Sweden

Boy convicted over group rape

A 15-year-old boy in Malmö has been sentenced to eight months in a youth detention centre after being found guilty of involvement in the rape of two girls in the city last October.

Parents of switched babies compensated
Germany

Parents of switched babies compensated

A clinic in Saarlouis has compensated the parents of two babies who were switched at birth in July 2007, according to media reports from the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate on Wednesday.

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Sweden

87-year-old gives 100,000 kronor to fake granddaughter

An elderly couple near Borås in southwestern were swindled out of 100,000 kronor ($16,500) by a woman pretending to be their grandchild.

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Germany

German business confidence posts surprise rise in March

The key Ifo survey on German business confidence posted an unexpected jump in March on Wednesday, indicating surprising resilience in Europe's biggest economy.

Record profits for German construction giant Hochtief
Germany

Record profits for German construction giant Hochtief

Germany’s biggest construction company, Hochtief, said Wednesday that sales this year should surpass the record reached in 2007 and that net profit would also be higher than the previous year.

German discount grocery chain spies on employees
Germany

German discount grocery chain spies on employees

The German discount grocery store chain Lidl systematically spies on its employees using miniature cameras, German weekly news magazine Stern reported on Wednesday.

Dozens wrongly accused of drunk driving
Sweden

Dozens wrongly accused of drunk driving

Around 100 Swedes may have been wrongly suspected--and possibly sentenced to prison--for drunk driving due to faulty breathalyzer test machines.

Late winter hangs on in Germany
Germany

Late winter hangs on in Germany

Winter continues to hang on in Germany, as snowy roads caused two deaths and created traffic problems in the southern states on Tuesday night.

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Sweden

Locker room brawl costs boy his testicle

A 14-year-old boy was forced to have his testicle surgically removed after being kicked by another student at Kungsberg school in the south-central Swedish town of Linköping.

Court rules in favour of man and his snakes
Sweden

Court rules in favour of man and his snakes

An environmental court has overruled both the County Council and Gävle municipality in central Sweden, finding there is nothing wrong with a man keeping 47 snakes--20 of which are poisonous--in his apartment.