Sweden’s military plans further cuts
Sweden

Sweden’s military plans further cuts

Eksjö, Luleå, Karlsborg and Uppsala will soon be without any military activity, according to documentation presented by Sweden’s Armed Forces after a meeting on Wednesday.

‘Laser Man’ seeks his freedom
Sweden

‘Laser Man’ seeks his freedom

After 16 years behind bars, John Ausonius, better known as the Laser Man wants to have a time limit placed his lifetime prison sentence.

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Sweden

Swedish student murder: sex attack suspected

Police confirmed on Wednesday that a charred body found in a French forest is that of a Swedish student who went missing on her way home from a Paris nightclub.

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Germany

Driver leads cops on madcap autobahn chase

A "disturbed" 50-year-old German with no driving licence was restrained by police with pepper spray after leading them on a bizarre night-time motorway chase, officials said Wednesday.

German police raid Islamists
Germany

German police raid Islamists

Police seized documents and searched buildings across Germany on Wednesday in a coordinated raid against a group of suspected Islamic extremists, officials in the German state of Bavaria said.

Suspect released as verdict looms
Sweden

Suspect released as verdict looms

The father accused of fatally shooting a teenager in Rödeby last autumn was released from custody on Wednesday afternoon as the court deliberates his fate.

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Sweden

Man shoots neighbour’s parrot

A 25-year-old man from Lund has been reported to the police for shooting his neighbour's parrot, Sydsvenskan reports.

Regulator reportedly seeking insider trading probe of IKB
Germany

Regulator reportedly seeking insider trading probe of IKB

German financial markets regulator BaFin has uncovered enough evidence of insider trading at troubled business lender IKB to ask for a criminal investigation, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.

Bertelsmann to publish book version of German Wikipedia
Germany

Bertelsmann to publish book version of German Wikipedia

Publishing giant Bertelsmann will release a bound version of 50,000 entries from the German edition of online encyclopaedia Wikipedia this September.

Dairy farmers threaten boycott over sinking milk prices
Germany

Dairy farmers threaten boycott over sinking milk prices

German dairy farmers are ready to halt milk deliveries as a protest against rapidly sinking dairy prices, a dairy association officer said.

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Sweden

Sony Ericsson sees profits halved

Sony Ericsson, the Swedish-Japanese mobile phone maker, said on Wednesday its profits plunged in the first quarter as its average selling price dropped due to its reorientation towards low and mid-end phones.

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Sweden

A tempest in a shot glass

With the Absolut Vodka controversy already just a memory, David Bartal gets tongue-tied in LA as his return to Sweden draws ever closer.

Germany and France edge toward emissions deal
Germany

Germany and France edge toward emissions deal

France and Germany are close to an agreement on reducing carbon dioxide emissions from cars, as part of broader EU goals to cut down on greenhouse gases, according to a German government source.

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Germany

Infineon takes Q2 hit from chip unit Qimonda

The German electronic components maker Infineon reported on Wednesday a sharp net loss in the second quarter of its fiscal year, in large part owing to its loss-making chip unit Qimonda.

Swedish petrol prices reach record high
Sweden

Swedish petrol prices reach record high

The price of gasoline in Sweden has reached a new record high of 13 kronor per litre ($8.40 per gallon).

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Sweden

Mountain climbing prisoner surmounts jail wall

Guards at a prison in Malmö have come in for sharp criticism after a mountain climbing detainee managed to scale the jail wall and make good on his escape in January this year.

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Sweden

Saab profits fall on Gripen marketing costs

Swedish aeronautical and defence group Saab AB has posted a 15 percent fall in first quarter pretax profit to 324 million kronor ($54 million), hit by flat sales and reduced profitability after an increase in marketing costs.

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Sweden

Autoliv sees profits rise

Swedish auto safety systems maker Autoliv Inc. said on Tuesday first-quarter profit rose 11 percent, helped by favourable foreign currency exchange and revenue growth outside North America.

Deutsche Post strike hits advertising mail
Germany

Deutsche Post strike hits advertising mail

Trade union Verdi’s limited strike at the Deutsche Post hit advertising mail on Wednesday as the night shifts at mail sorting centres in Cologne and Essen walked out, a Verdi spokesman said.

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Sweden

Refugees in hiding to receive subsidized healthcare

Refugees in hiding will not be required to pay full price for emergency or urgently needed healthcare in the Skåne region of southern Sweden.

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Sweden

Pollutant found in imported t-shirts

Traces of an environmental contaminant that can pollute Sweden’s water supplies have been found in nearly every t-shirt tested, a new study shows.

Doctors call for ban on tattoos for German minors
Germany

Doctors call for ban on tattoos for German minors

German pediatricians are pushing for a law banning tattooing and piercings for minors.

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Germany

Lufthansa flight diverts to Ireland as child dies

A transatlantic flight from Germany to the United States was diverted to Ireland after a two-year-old girl died on board, police said late on Tuesday.