Conference ends with joint declaration
Sweden

Conference ends with joint declaration

Following what Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt called “the first forward aiming meeting on Iraq”, world leaders attending a conference in Sweden unanimously approved a declaration on Thursday acknowledging Baghdad's efforts to improve security and "combat terrorism" in the war-torn country.

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Sweden

Pension fund poaches cheif regulator to be new CEO

The head of Sweden’s Financial Supervisory Authority (Finansinspektionen), Ingrid Bonde, has announced she is stepping down to take a job leading one of Sweden’s largest pension funds.

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Sweden

Wasting time at the Migration Board

Ronnie Gilchrist spends a trying afternoon at the offices of the Migration Board with an MBA student who urgently needs the agency to rectify a bureaucratic error.

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Sweden

TeliaSonera sued over false ad claims

Telecom operator 3 has filed a suit against TeliaSonera for what it argues are deceptive claims about the latter’s mobile broadband coverage.

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Sweden

Stockholm art gallery guide: May 30 – June 5

Stockholm art gallery and exhibition tips from Kalendarium (Click links for more information)

US artist implicates Lacoste in Berlin KaDeWe vandalism caper
Germany

US artist implicates Lacoste in Berlin KaDeWe vandalism caper

Early last Thursday, someone used a fire extinguisher to cover the outdoor display windows of Berlin's upscale department store KaDeWe with grass-green paint.

Germany faces hot and stormy weekend
Germany

Germany faces hot and stormy weekend

The mercury is set to soar this weekend in Germany, as shifting high pressure system “Otto” brings high temperatures and occasionally heavy thunderstorms to much of the country.

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Sweden

Stockholm club and concert guide: May 29 – 31

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

Berlin backs cluster bomb ban
Germany

Berlin backs cluster bomb ban

In a policy turnaround, Germany on Thursday agreed to join a ban on cluster bombs following international agreement outlawing the controversial ordnance.

What’s on in Sweden: May 30 – June 5
Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: May 30 – June 5

What’s on in Sweden: May 30 – June 5: Stockholm marathon, folk music in Gothenburg, Salsa dancing in Malmö.

Investigators raid Deutsche Telekom in spy probe
Germany

Investigators raid Deutsche Telekom in spy probe

Prosecutors raided Deutsche Telekom's headquarters on Thursday in a probe into an escalating scandal that has seen Europe's biggest phone company confess to spying on journalists.

Traffic chaos expected in Stockholm on Friday
Sweden

Traffic chaos expected in Stockholm on Friday

Police are warning Stockholm-area motorists to leave their cars at home on Friday as student celebrations and departing VIPs are expected to clog the city’s streets.

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Sweden

Gothenburg club and concert tips: May 29 – 31

Where to go out in Gothenburg this weekend? Monthly has the answers (Click links for more information)

German electricity prices set to rise this summer
Germany

German electricity prices set to rise this summer

It's a good thing Germans don't tend to use air conditioners, because in addition to the rising cost of petrol, natural gas and food, residents can also expect an increase in electricity costs in the coming year.

Rice: US to take in more Iraqi refugees
Sweden

Rice: US to take in more Iraqi refugees

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has promised that the United States will take in more refugees from Iraq, according to Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt.

Lagerbäck: Tactics over fancy footwork
Sweden

Lagerbäck: Tactics over fancy footwork

Sweden's national football coach Lars Lagerbäck, dubbed "the qualifier king" after leading the team to a record five straight major tournaments, is seen as a master tactician who prefers a strictly organized game over flashy play.

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Sweden

Delegates discuss debt and diplomacy

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Thursday backed Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s appeal for his country's debts to be cancelled while addressing a global conference in Sweden.

Author’s secret will: ‘Give my money to Communists’
Sweden

Author’s secret will: ‘Give my money to Communists’

Journalist and author Stieg Larsson left behind a signed will after all.

Hamburg ‘honour killing’ suspect now faces rape inquiry
Germany

Hamburg ‘honour killing’ suspect now faces rape inquiry

The 23-year-old Afghan-German arrested in the suspected honour killing of his 16-year-old sister last week is now under investigation for rape, police said on Thursday.

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Sweden

Hunt continues for teen’s masked shooter

A person wearing a mask who shot a 16-year-old in a park in Västerås on Sunday night remains at large.

Bundesliga crowned Europe’s most profitable league
Germany

Bundesliga crowned Europe’s most profitable league

The Bundesliga might be second-class when it comes to football, but Germany's top league Europe's financial champion, according to study released on Thursday.

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Sweden

Disgruntled conscript shoots himself in the foot

A frustrated Swedish conscript shot himself in the foot with his service weapon in order to get out of completing his military duty.

Iraq conference opens in Sweden
Sweden

Iraq conference opens in Sweden

An international conference on Iraq aimed at assessing progress made in the war-ravaged country opened in Stockholm Thursday, amid calls from Baghdad for more help to stabilize the situation.

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Sweden

Iraq ‘stepping back from the abyss’: Ban Ki-moon

UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Thursday hailed the progress made in Iraq, insisting that with international help it could fulfill its "vision of becoming a free, secure, stable and prosperous nation."

Family’s dinner interrupted by lighting strike
Germany

Family’s dinner interrupted by lighting strike

A German family sitting down to dinner on Wednesday evening narrowly avoided harm after they were joined by an uninvited bolt of lighting.

What’s on in Germany: May 29 – June 4
Germany

What’s on in Germany: May 29 – June 4

Rights envoy calls for debate on East German legacy
Germany

Rights envoy calls for debate on East German legacy

The German government’s human rights envoy Günter Nooke on Thursday called for a new public debate on East Germany’s troubled legacy following renewed accusations a high-ranking MP worked for the Stasi.

Orderly Germans rebel against public smoking ban
Germany

Orderly Germans rebel against public smoking ban

In Europe, even the Italians and French are respecting public smoking bans, but Germany's bid to implement one is proving as relapse-prone as the New Year's resolutions of nicotine addicts, writes AFP's Emsie Ferreira.

Reinfeldt meets Rice as Iraq talks begin
Sweden

Reinfeldt meets Rice as Iraq talks begin

Sweden's Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt met with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Thursday morning prior to the beginning of an international conference on Iraq.

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Sweden

Rice urges world to speed aid to Iraq

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Wednesday urged the world community to seize on improved security in Iraq to accelerate aid for agriculture, housing and other projects in the country.

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Sweden

Iraqi women speak out in Stockholm

Women activists and UN officials testified on Wednesday in Stockholm about the violence Iraqi women are subjected to in their daily lives, on the eve of an Iraq conference in the Swedish capital.

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Sweden

Night security lacking at nuke plant

Oskarshamn nuclear plant has been found to lack sufficient safeguards to ensure that security checks are performed on everybody entering the plant.