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Sweden

Swedish banks avoid credit crunch damage

Sweden's major banks have so far avoided any major damage from the current international financial turbulence, to judge by the evidence of first quarter reports released this week.

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Sweden

Sweden contributes to Poverty and Environment Fund

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said the Swedish government has approved an additional contribution of 15 million kronor ($2.5 million) to the Poverty and Environment Fund administered by the ADB.

German postal strike averted
Germany

German postal strike averted

A last-minute deal between trade union Verdi and the Deutsche Post on Wednesday averted an unlimited postal strike set to begin as soon as this Friday.

Murder suspected in fatal bus crash
Sweden

Murder suspected in fatal bus crash

Police suspect that a young woman run over by a bus in Lund on Wednesday afternoon may have been pushed.

Scented text messages patented in Germany
Germany

Scented text messages patented in Germany

Two German companies have patented technology for sending scented text messages on mobile phones.

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Sweden

‘It’s as if we immigrants stink of rotten fish’

When deciding where in the world to study and work, Nabeel Shehzad, an engineer from Pakistan, thought Sweden seemed like the perfect place. But that was before he began to encounter discrimination on a regular basis.

Nazi chimney sweep gets the brush-off
Germany

Nazi chimney sweep gets the brush-off

A neo-Nazi chimney sweep in the German state of Saxony-Anhalt dismissed for his behaviour is suing to get his job back, court officials said on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Man masturbates in front of female church minister

A 44-year-old man in western Sweden has been taken in hand by the local judiciary for masturbating in front of a female church minister.

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Sweden

Making it in Sweden: the British professor

British physicist Mark Pearce has seen his career go from strength to strength since moving to Sweden with his Swedish girlfriend. He is now Professor of Physics at KTH, the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

Sharapova pulls out of German Open
Germany

Sharapova pulls out of German Open

World number three Maria Sharapova and Daniela Hantuchova, tenth in the WTA rankings, have both pulled out of the German Open which starts in Berlin on Monday.

Scandal-hit Siemens sees Q2 profit cut by two-thirds
Germany

Scandal-hit Siemens sees Q2 profit cut by two-thirds

German engineering and electronics group Siemens, gripped by an unprecedented corporate scandal, said Wednesday its second quarter net profit plunged by two-thirds following a review of its industrial projects.

SVT to televise Engla funeral
Sweden

SVT to televise Engla funeral

Sweden's national broadcaster SVT has said it will provide live coverage of the funeral of murdered 10-year-old Engla Juncosa Höglund.

German POW drawings donated to US Army
Germany

German POW drawings donated to US Army

German artist Rudolf Menge began drawing again in an American prisoner-of-war camp in 1945 after giving up art as an officer in the German Army.

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Sweden

Orderly charged for forced genital shaving

A 65-year-old male care giver was charged on Wednesday in Borås District Court in western Sweden for forcibly shaving the pubic hair of a handicapped woman, writes the Expressen newspaper.

SAP posts weak earnings and delays product launch
Germany

SAP posts weak earnings and delays product launch

German software giant SAP said Wednesday that first quarter net profit fell 22 percent and disappointed investors as it delayed the launch of a new product for small- and medium-sized enterprises.

Bavarian police confiscate Latin American treasures
Germany

Bavarian police confiscate Latin American treasures

Police in Bavaria have confiscated a trove of ancient Latin American artefacts from the Mayan, Aztec and Incan cultures worth an estimated $100 million.

Schenström: ‘I feel as old as Gandalf’
Sweden

Schenström: ‘I feel as old as Gandalf’

Fredrik Reinfeldt's former closest aid Ulrika Schenström has spoken to the media for the first time since her resignation in the wake of an alcohol-fuelled evening with a TV reporter.

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Sweden

Drunken axe-man arrested after dramatic car chase

A 45-year-old man was arrested early Wednesday morning after attacking another man with an axe and then leading police on a wild car chase in northern Sweden.

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Sweden

Making it in Sweden: a Frenchman in business

For Frenchman Yann Blandy, moving to Sweden straight after finishing his studies was the prelude to a successful career in business.

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Germany

People still leaving Germany in droves

The number of people choosing to emigrate from Germany remains particularly high despite the country's rebounding economy.

Lenin returns to Stockholm
Sweden

Lenin returns to Stockholm

More than ninety years have passed since Vladimir Lenin stopped off in Stockholm to buy an overcoat shortly before returning to Russia to start a revolution. David Bartal met up with him for a chat.

‘Laser Man’ denied early release
Sweden

‘Laser Man’ denied early release

The Örebro District Court ruled on Wednesday that John Ausonius, better known as the ‘Laser Man’, would not be granted an early release from his lifetime prison sentence.

Cops and bus drivers strike in Berlin
Germany

Cops and bus drivers strike in Berlin

Germany’s capital faced renewed transit chaos on Wednesday as bus drivers walked off the job in an ongoing public transportation system wage dispute. The city’s police are also going on strike.

Berlin names street after student activist Dutschke
Germany

Berlin names street after student activist Dutschke

The city of Berlin on Wednesday will rename a street after late student leader Rudi Dutschke at the spot where a gunman made an attempt on the life of the leftist in 1968.

Child murder suspect arrives in Sweden
Sweden

Child murder suspect arrives in Sweden

A German woman suspected of the murders of two young children in Arboga has been sent back to Sweden by German authorities.

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Sweden

Female pedestrians get road sign recognition

Sweden's government has paved the way for road signs at pedestrian crossings that portray women rather than just men.

Wagner’s grandson steps down as Bayreuth director
Germany

Wagner’s grandson steps down as Bayreuth director

Richard Wagner's grandson is resigning after 57 years as director of the Bayreuth Festival, but the long-running family feud over who will succeed him is set to continue.