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Sweden

State to use old couple’s cash to pay thieves’ debts

It may seem obvious that a robber’s loot be returned to its rightful owner once the crook is apprehended.

Swedish study: drummers more intelligent
Sweden

Swedish study: drummers more intelligent

People with a knack for holding a steady beat score higher on intelligence tests, a new study has shown.

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Sweden

Woman arrested in connection with Albanian murders

A 44-year-old woman arrested in Borås on Wednesday is wanted in Albania for two murders and two cases of attempted murder, Borås Tidning reports.

German MPs leave Hebron after Jewish settler threats
Germany

German MPs leave Hebron after Jewish settler threats

Seven members of German parliament broke off a visit to the West Bank city of Hebron after being berated and threatened by Jewish settlers, the members said in a statement on Thursday.

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Germany

Top institutes upbeat on German economy

Six leading German economic institutes issued an upbeat outlook for Europe's largest economy on Thursday, forecasting 1.8 percent growth for 2008, easing inflation and all but ruling out a recession.

Road signs to mark Iron Curtain path in Germany
Germany

Road signs to mark Iron Curtain path in Germany

Road signs will remind drivers in Germany they are driving over a piece of history when they cross what was once the armed border between the capitalist West and Communist East starting this autumn.

Police to focus on unsolved murders
Sweden

Police to focus on unsolved murders

A remand hearing for the man who has admitted to the murder of 10-year-old Engla Juncosa Höglund has been scheduled for Friday afternoon.

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Germany

Cowhide waste products sold as food was ‘oversight’

A German company called the mislabelling and sale of cowhide waste products as food an unwitting mistake on Thursday.

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Sweden

Weekend Gothenburg tips

Looking for somewhere to go out in Gothenburg this weekend? Monthly has done the reconnaissance (Click links for more information)

Germany slams Bush’s ‘Neanderthal’ climate speech
Germany

Germany slams Bush’s ‘Neanderthal’ climate speech

Germany Thursday slammed US President George Bush's blueprint on climate change as "Neanderthal" and accused him of backtracking on earlier pledges to fight global warming.

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Sweden

Stockholm clubs and concerts: Thursday – Saturday

Weekend club and concert tips from Kalendarium (Click links for more information)

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Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: April 18 – 24

What's on this week in Sweden: Alcoholic drinks fair in Stockholm, Speedminton in Gothenburg, Angie Stone in Malmö.

What’s On In Germany: April 17 – 23
Germany

What’s On In Germany: April 17 – 23

This Week's Highlights: Bollywood in Berlin, dance in Dresden and a musical theatre festival in Munich.

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Sweden

Prison time for Swedish Nazi leader

The Court of Appeals in Malmö has sentenced Simon Lindberg, leader of the National Socialist Front (NSF) in the southern Swedish county of Skåne to prison for criminal damages, acting as an accessory to abuse, and as an accessory to unlawful threats.

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Sweden

Compulsory unemployment insurance: 433 kronor

A government inquiry set up to look into the development of a compulsory unemployment insurance fund (a-kassa) has proposed a 433 kronor ($72) monthly fee for the service, SVT news programme Aktuelt reports.

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Germany

German MPs urge TV blackout of Olympic ceremonies

German MPs have called on leading television channels not to screen the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games in protest at China's Tibet policy, the Bild newspaper reported Thursday.

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Germany

German state wants to keep minority blocking stake in VW

The German state of Lower Saxony wants to preserve a minority blocking stake in Volkswagen to ensure its stability, regional premier Christian Wulff said on Thursday.

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Sweden

France Telecom eyes TeliaSonera

France Telecom is considering a possible bid for Swedish-Finnish firm TeliaSonera, which would increase its exposure to emerging markets, Finance Director Gervais Pellissier said in a report on Thursday.

Rödeby murder suspect ruled mentally ill
Sweden

Rödeby murder suspect ruled mentally ill

The 50-year-old man suspected of murder and attempted murder in the Rödeby shooting drama last autumn suffered from a serious mental disorder at the time of the incident according to an opinion made public by the National Board of Health and Welfare on Thursday.

German youth widely xenophobic
Germany

German youth widely xenophobic

Xenophobia is widespread among German youth, according to a confidential government study on juvenile violence.

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Germany

Stasi love drama causes stir for ARD

A television film about a political prisoner falling for a Stasi officer drew angry protests ahead of its screening on Wednesday night for supposedly being sympathetic to the hated East German secret police.

NASA rejects German kid’s asteroid calculations
Germany

NASA rejects German kid’s asteroid calculations

It was an incredible tale of a German schoolboy spotting a miscalculation by the US space agency, proving the chances of an asteroid hitting the Earth were higher than initially believed.

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Sweden

Riksdag member investigated for alleged abuse

A formal investigation was launched on Wednesday into allegations that a Moderate Party member of the Riksdag abused a woman.

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Sweden

Five escape youth detention centre following unrest

Five boys have escaped following a disturbance at the Håkanstorp youth detention centre outside of Vingåker, about 150 kilometres west of Stockolm.