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Germany

Deutsche Telekom hires ex-judge for internal spying probe

Deutsche Telekom said on Friday it has hired a retired judge to conduct an internal probe after a spying scandal involving journalists sparked a raid by prosecutors this week.

Police find WWII flak cannon in garage
Germany

Police find WWII flak cannon in garage

German police have discovered a well-preserved WWII anti-aircraft cannon in a German man's garage in part of a series of raids that uncovered more than €100,000 in illegal weapons, German daily Berliner Morgenpost reported on Thursday.

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Germany

Germany and Turkey launch joint university in Istanbul

Germany and Turkey on Friday inked an agreement to open a joint university in Istanbul by late 2009 to bolster cultural and political ties between the two countries.

Making sense of the Iraq conference
Sweden

Making sense of the Iraq conference

David Landes reviews what the Swedish press had to say about the importance of the Iraq conference held this week in Stockholm.

Malmö hit by rash of doggy doo bin thefts
Sweden

Malmö hit by rash of doggy doo bin thefts

Malmö's specially designed dog waste receptacles are so popular that they don't stay on the street very long. So far this year, thieves have swiped up to 170,000 kronor (28,260$) worth of the stainless steel doggy doo bins.

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Sweden

Key player in Trustor affair sentenced to prison

Thomas Jisander, one of the principals in the so-called Trustor affair has been convicted by the Stockholm District Court for grave embezzlement.

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Sweden

Cleaning company in sex ring cover up

Stockholm police have arrested two men for helping to run a prostitute ring under the guise of a cleaning company.

German parliament approves Deutsche Bahn privatization
Germany

German parliament approves Deutsche Bahn privatization

After years of wrangling, the lower house of the German parliament on Friday gave the green light to a partial privatization of the country's railways.

Swedish geriatric care in shambles
Sweden

Swedish geriatric care in shambles

Government investigator Thorbjörn Larsson's report uncovers shocking evidence that Sweden treats its aged as mere bodies, not worthy of any integrity, soul or interests of their own.

Barrie Kosky prepares musical feast for Berliners
Germany

Barrie Kosky prepares musical feast for Berliners

Barrie Kosky, the enfant terrible of Australia’s theatre scene, talks with David Wroe about his production of Cole Porter’s Kiss Me Kate opening at Berlin’s Komische Oper on Saturday night.

Sweden to reopen Baghdad embassy
Sweden

Sweden to reopen Baghdad embassy

As Sweden announced plans to reopen its Baghdad embassy later this year, Iraq's prime minister also called for Iraqi refugees to return to their former homeland.

Germans vote Obama best US presidential candidate
Germany

Germans vote Obama best US presidential candidate

An overwhelming majority of Germans chose Barack Obama as their favourite candidate for the US presidency, according to a poll published on Friday.

Sweden’s GDP growth hits a wall
Sweden

Sweden’s GDP growth hits a wall

According to Statistics Sweden, the country's GDP's growth statistics for the year's first quarter are considerably lower than economists expected.

Wax Hitler at Berlin Madame Tussauds causes outrage
Germany

Wax Hitler at Berlin Madame Tussauds causes outrage

Hitler is back in Berlin as a wax figure at a new Madame Tussauds wax museum, and some German politicians are outraged.

Storms slam western Germany
Germany

Storms slam western Germany

Strong storms in North Rhine-Westphalia and parts of southwestern Germany flooded cellars and caused mudslides on Friday morning.

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Sweden

Swede arrested for attempted child rape in Kenya

Kenyan police have arrested a Swedish man in his 50s accused of the attempted rape ofa 7-year-old girl.

Dairy farmers expect Germany to feel milk strike pinch
Germany

Dairy farmers expect Germany to feel milk strike pinch

As German dairy farmers continued their delivery strike on Friday, the BDM dairy association said it expected milk would start to become scarce on the fourth day of protests over low prices.

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Germany

‘Child killer’ nabbed in Germany after 27 years

German police have arrested the suspected murderer of a 10-year-old Bavarian girl nearly three decades after he committed the crime.

Top athletics guns gather for Berlin’s Golden League
Germany

Top athletics guns gather for Berlin’s Golden League

Several potential Olympic gold medallists will be lining up at Berlin's Olympic Stadium on Sunday when the IAAF Golden League season gets underway.

Swedish teen girls have more sex with one another
Sweden

Swedish teen girls have more sex with one another

More teenage girls than boys have had sex with someone of the same gender, according to a new dissertation from the Sahlgrenska Academy in Gothenburg.

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Sweden

Youth leader child rape scandal widens

The child rape scandal surrounding a youth club leader in the central Swedish town of Västerås continues to grow.

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Sweden

‘Force municipalities to accept refugees’

Municipalities in Sweden should be required to accept refugees, a government inquiry has concluded.