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Germany

Leftist-turned-Nazi jailed for Hitler salute

A former left-wing guerilla turned neo-Nazi was sentenced to 10 months in prison in Germany on Monday for giving a Hitler salute in an interview with a Jewish TV presenter and denying the Holocaust.

Charges likely for shepherd in German ICE trainwreck
Germany

Charges likely for shepherd in German ICE trainwreck

Police are likely to file charges against the shepherd of a flock of sheep that derailed a German ICE train and injured 19 people over the weekend, a Koblenz police spokesman said on Monday.

Teenage baby killing trial begins
Germany

Teenage baby killing trial begins

State prosecutors in the German state of Thuringia have requested a 10-year juvenile detention for a 22-year-old mother accused of killing three of her babies as a teenager.

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Sweden

Volvo recalls 65,000 cars for airbag problem

Swedish automaker Volvo Cars said Monday it had decided to recall 65,000 cars worldwide because of a problem with airbag software.

German resort will be first ‘allergy-friendly community’
Germany

German resort will be first ‘allergy-friendly community’

The German Baltic Sea resort town of Baabe is to be named the world’s first “allergy-friendly community” next week by the European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation.

Paris and Berlin close ranks for French EU presidency
Germany

Paris and Berlin close ranks for French EU presidency

Paris and Berlin are gearing up to work together as France gets ready to assume the European Union presidency on July 1, AFP's Catherine Triomphe reports.

Saab submits Gripen offer to Norway
Sweden

Saab submits Gripen offer to Norway

Aeronautics groups Saab of Sweden and Lockheed Martin of the United States on Monday submitted tenders for a planned order by the Norwegian Air Force for 48 combat aircraft, Norway's defence ministry said.

Nine-year-old boy finds buried treasure
Sweden

Nine-year-old boy finds buried treasure

Nine-year-old Alexander Granhof and his grandfather Jens have made what is believed to be the largest ever find in southern Sweden of silver coins from the Middle Ages.

Bus driver convicted for deadly crash
Sweden

Bus driver convicted for deadly crash

A 22-year-old bus driver indicted on suspicions of having caused a deadly bus crash in Rasbo, north of Uppsala in February 2007, has been given a suspended sentence.

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Sweden

Somalia terror suspects await charges

The Stockholm District Court extended on Monday the detention order for two men suspected of financing terrorist activities in Somalia.

Historians push for new German edition of ‘Mein Kampf’
Germany

Historians push for new German edition of ‘Mein Kampf’

Pressure is growing on the state of Bavaria to allow the first new edition of Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf" since World War II to be published in Germany.

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Sweden

Top Swedish military officer fired

Major General Tony Stigsson, former head of the Swedish Armed Forces' Joint Forces Command, was formally dismissed today.

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Sweden

Scania sees profits rise while orders sag

Swedish truckmaker Scania, which is in the process of being acquired by Volkswagen, on Monday posted strong first quarter results and increased sales while flagging a sharp fall in new orders ahead.

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Sweden

Electrolux posts first quarter loss

Electrolux, the world's leading electric appliance maker, reported a first quarter loss on Monday, weighed down by weak markets in Europe and the United States, costly product launches and restructuring charges.

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Sweden

Electrolux posts first quarter loss

Electrolux, the world's leading electric appliance maker, reported a first quarter loss on Monday, weighed down by weak markets in Europe and the United States, costly product launches and restructuring charges.

Recovery work begins after German ICE train crash
Germany

Recovery work begins after German ICE train crash

German railway workers prepared to remove a demolished high-speed train from a tunnel on Monday following a harrowing accident that left 19 people injured and several sheep dead over the weekend.

Witnessing Eurovision nightmares in a Gothenburg downpour
Sweden

Witnessing Eurovision nightmares in a Gothenburg downpour

In his book Cycling Back to Happiness, English journalist Bernie Friend covers 6,000 kilometres of northern Europe on a bicycle in a bid to overcome his paranoia. In the last of our three excerpts, Bernie and his pal Rhys get unexpectedly Eurovisioned in Gothenburg.

German consumer confidence jumps
Germany

German consumer confidence jumps

Consumer sentiment is improving in Germany just as Europe's biggest economy appears to feeling the global slowdown, according to a widely watched survey on Monday.

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Germany

Insurers may be on hook for Siemens scandal: report

Siemens is seeking insurance reimbursement for a portion of the damages from a corruption scandal currently under investigation, newspaper Financial Times Deutschland reported in its Monday edition.

Verdi offers Deutsche Post new round of wage talks
Germany

Verdi offers Deutsche Post new round of wage talks

Trade union Verdi is ready to start a fresh round of wage talks with Deutsche Post as workers continue a vote on whether to begin an unlimited strike, Germany’s top-selling Bild newspaper reported on Monday.

Japan tells Ikea to give better instructions
Sweden

Japan tells Ikea to give better instructions

Swedish do-it-yourself furniture giant Ikea has been ordered to give better instructions in Japan after a customer suffered minor injuries assembling a chest.

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Sweden

Swedish anti-smoking vaccine to undergo tests

A Swedish anti-nicotine vaccine is about to enter a major clinical trial phase. Researchers are currently seeking 400 heavy smokers who are keen to kick the habit, Svenska Dagbladet reports.

Vote to save Berlin’s Tempelhof fails
Germany

Vote to save Berlin’s Tempelhof fails

The days looked numbered for the hub of the postwar Berlin airlift Monday after supporters of the historic German airport lost a last-ditch referendum on saving it from closure in October, writes AFP's Deborah Cole.

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Sweden

Sörenstam wins 71st LPGA title

Sweden's Annika Sörenstam won the 71st title of her career, capturing the LPGA Stanford International Pro-Am in Miami on Sunday when Paula Creamer left an eight-foot par putt short on the first playoff hole.

Frenchman charged with murder of Swedish student
Sweden

Frenchman charged with murder of Swedish student

A 51 year-old Frenchman was charged in Paris on Sunday with the murder of a 19-year-old Swedish woman found shot through the head and stabbed in a forest near Paris this month.