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Sweden

Swedish university to start Somali language course

Gothenburg University introduce to start a course of study in the Somali language next fall.

Giant Pinocchio arrives in Sweden
Sweden

Giant Pinocchio arrives in Sweden

To the delight of many and dismay of others, Pinocchio, the long-nosed wooden puppet loved by children the world over has arrived in the western Swedish town of Borås.

German police bust teen hacker ring
Germany

German police bust teen hacker ring

Bavarian authorities have broken up a hacker ring based around a 33,000-member internet forum called 'hacksector,' police announced on Tuesday.

Giving the grey Ruhr Valley a green future
Germany

Giving the grey Ruhr Valley a green future

Once a sooty part of the Ruhr Valley, Dortmund’s Hörde district is going green. Kinia Adamczyk examines a project aiming to turn an industrial relic into a city of the future.

Serena Williams breezes into third round of German Open
Germany

Serena Williams breezes into third round of German Open

Former world number one Serena Williams breezed into the third round at the German Open in Berlin with a straight sets win over Italian Francesca Schiavone on Tuesday.

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Sweden promises aid for Burma cyclone victims

Sweden said Tuesday it would provide 15 million kronor ($2.5 million dollars) in emergency aid to Burma after tropical cyclone Nargis ripped through the impoverished nation.

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Swedish publisher behind EU press subsidy complaint

Publishing giant Bonnier AB was responsible for delivering a secret complaint to the EU Commission about state support to the press in Sweden.

Report: mothers in Sweden have it best
Sweden

Report: mothers in Sweden have it best

Sweden is the world’s best country in which to be a mother, according to a new report published by Save the Children.

Germany offers €500,000 to aid storm victims in Burma
Germany

Germany offers €500,000 to aid storm victims in Burma

Germany will direct €500,000 ($777,000) in aid to victims of a tropical cyclone in Burma amid reports on Tuesday of at least 22,000 people dead and 41,000 missing.

Leftists disrupt Christian youth festival in Bremen
Germany

Leftists disrupt Christian youth festival in Bremen

A traditional Christian youth festival in Germany faced unprecedented disruptions by leftists who hacked the gathering's website, interrupted speeches and threw beer bottles at visitors, organizers said on Tuesday.

Adidas Q1 profit jumps despite lagging Reebok
Germany

Adidas Q1 profit jumps despite lagging Reebok

Adidas, the world's second-biggest sports goods group, reported increased first-quarter profit on Tuesday, but its struggling Reebok brand saw orders fall by 22 percent.

Vandals target Munich’s first gay maypole
Germany

Vandals target Munich’s first gay maypole

A Munich gay group filed charges this week after unknown vandals took a paintbrush to the city's first gay-themed maypole.

Lighter sentences for Campogiani killers
Sweden

Lighter sentences for Campogiani killers

Three teenagers convicted of killing 16-year-old Riccardo Campogiani in Stockholm last autumn have had their sentences reduced by the Court of Appeal.

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Christian movement’s home schooling ‘unacceptable’

Stockholm's top education official has vowed to shut down homeschooling by a revivalist movement that advocates spanking and calls evolution into question.

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Sweden

Chinese students cheated over college fees

Several Chinese students have paid the equivalent of 20,000 to 30,000 kronor ($3,300 to $5,000) to agencies in China to attend the University of Gävle, despite the fact that the education is free of charge.

Bayer hails EU approval for Yaz contraceptive
Germany

Bayer hails EU approval for Yaz contraceptive

German pharmaceutical and chemicals group Bayer said Tuesday it had won European approval for its women's oral contraceptive Yaz, after several setbacks for other products.

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Sweden

11-year-old girl films child rape

A film sequence captured on an 11-year-old girl's mobile phone is to be used as evidence when a 69-year-old Malmö man stands trial for the alleged rape of a minor.

Luftwaffe lacking plans for move to new Berlin airport
Germany

Luftwaffe lacking plans for move to new Berlin airport

The German military’s current airport home in Berlin may be closing, but the Luftwaffe still lacks concrete plans for a move to a new air hub currently under construction, daily newspaper Tagesspiegel reported on Tuesday.

Germany upsets Slovakia at ice hockey championships
Germany

Germany upsets Slovakia at ice hockey championships

Michael Hackert scored two goals and Robert Müller stopped 36 shots as Germany posted the first upset at the World Ice Hockey Championships, beating Slovakia 4-2 on Monday.

German MPs may get new pay raise
Germany

German MPs may get new pay raise

Germany's governing coalition wants to raise the pay of members of parliament, already increased in November, by an additional 6 percent.

Berlin promenade to be named after ‘Einstein of sex’
Germany

Berlin promenade to be named after ‘Einstein of sex’

Berlin will rename a promenade along the Spree River on Tuesday after Magnus Hirschfeld, a sex researcher and pioneer of the German gay rights movement.

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Sweden

Politician under fire for Nazi salute

A member of the governing board of the Liberal Party’s youth organization (LUF) has been reported to police for greeting two Social Democrats with a Nazi salute.

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Swedish labour model set for a facelift after 70 years

Sweden’s main employers’ and employees’ associations on Monday announced plans for a major revision to the agreement which has governed Sweden’s labour relations for seven decades.

Arboga suspect gives her story
Sweden

Arboga suspect gives her story

The prime suspect in the Arboga child murder case has now told Swedish investigators what she was doing in the city on March 17th, the day the murders took place.