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Sweden

Eight trapped in mine blaze

Eight people have become trapped in a mine in Malmberget in northern Sweden after a vehicle caught fire a kilometre below ground level at 4pm on Thursday.

New bid to end Stockholm bus strike
Sweden

New bid to end Stockholm bus strike

Stockholm bus drivers have been offered an increased pay rise in a bid to end a strike that has led to a complete stop to services in the capital since Monday.

Anti-surveillance demonstrators hold Stockholm rally
Sweden

Anti-surveillance demonstrators hold Stockholm rally

A large crowd gathered in central Stockholm on Thursday afternoon to demonstrate against Sweden's controversial new surveillance law, which continues to generate heated debate more than two weeks after it was approved by the Riksdag.

Bloated jellyfish swarm German coastline
Germany

Bloated jellyfish swarm German coastline

Scientists are baffled after thousands of bloated jellyfish turned up on the ocean surface off the Baltic Sea coast of Kiel, Germany on Thursday.

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Sweden

Sweden pays damages to Egyptian deportee

Mohammed Alzery, one of two Egyptians deported from Bromma Airport by CIA agents in 2001, is to be awarded three million kronor ($500,000) in damages by the Swedish state.

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Germany

Heidelberg woman bites rapist’s penis and escapes

A 23-year-old woman in Heidelberg saved herself from a rapist by biting his penis, police said on Thursday.

ECB hikes interest rates
Germany

ECB hikes interest rates

The European Central Bank raised its key interest rate as expected by a quarter of a percentage point to 4.25 percent on Thursday to combat surging inflation in Germany and the rest of the euro zone.

Stockholm art gallery guide: July 4 – 10
Sweden

Stockholm art gallery guide: July 4 – 10

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

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Sweden

Stockholm club and concert guide: July 3 – 5

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

ZDF demands UEFA compensation for match blackout
Germany

ZDF demands UEFA compensation for match blackout

German public broadcaster ZDF is in talks with UEFA for compensation for repeated broadcast blackouts of the Euro 2008 quarterfinal match between Germany and Turkey last month.

German ‘Black Widow’ murderer jailed for life
Germany

German ‘Black Widow’ murderer jailed for life

After a four and a half month trial, the woman known to Germany as the "Black Widow" was handed a life sentence for her role in the murder of four elderly men on Thursday.

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Sweden

Gothenburg club and concert tips: July 4 – 5

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

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Germany

IKB posts lower loss despite subprime mess

The German bank IKB, which flirted with bankruptcy after the US subprime housing crisis erupted, on Thursday posted an annual loss of just €24 million ($38 million) due to a favourable tax effect.

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Sweden

Nigerian prostitutes appear on Gothenburg streets

A new group of prostitutes has emerged in the Rosenlund district of central Gothenburg, an area long known as a gathering place for women working in the sex trade.

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Sweden

Sweden sells property giant Vasakronan

Sweden said on Thursday that it had sold real estate firm Vasakronan to AP Fastigheter for an undisclosed sum as part of the country's biggest ever privatization programme.

German parents who tried to sell baby on Ebay go free
Germany

German parents who tried to sell baby on Ebay go free

The German parents caught offering their baby for sale on Ebay will go unpunished, prosecutors in Memmingen said on Thursday.

What’s on in Sweden: July 4 – 10
Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: July 4 – 10

What’s on in Sweden: July 4th – 10th - Bootsy Collins and The World Dog Show in Stockholm, Bruce Springsteen in Gothenburg, Reggae, Latin and Toumani Diabaté in Malmö

Former Airbus boss charged with insider trading
Germany

Former Airbus boss charged with insider trading

The German former chief executive of Airbus, Gustav Humbert, was charged Wednesday with insider trading at the planemaker's parent company EADS, a legal source said.

Snakes invade Stockholm preschool
Sweden

Snakes invade Stockholm preschool

Officials at the Vinbäret preschool in Sollentuna north of Stockholm were dismayed to discover the grounds were crawling with snakes.

Riksbank raises interest rates
Sweden

Riksbank raises interest rates

Sweden's central bank, the Riksbank, has said it will raise its main interest rate by 0.25 percentage points to 4.50 percent.

Hottest day of the year makes Germany sweat
Germany

Hottest day of the year makes Germany sweat

Much of Germany sweated through the hottest day of the year on Wednesday with temperatures reaching nearly 36 degrees Celsius in some parts of the country.

Germany’s 639-year concert to celebrate 6th chord change
Germany

Germany’s 639-year concert to celebrate 6th chord change

The slowest, longest concert in the world will crawl to its sixth tone change on July 5 in the German town of Halberstadt.

All smiles as Bayern’s Klinsmann opens charm offensive
Germany

All smiles as Bayern’s Klinsmann opens charm offensive

New Bayern Munich coach Jürgen Klinsmann was all smiles as he faced the media for the first time in his new role as boss of the German giants - despite a photographers' boycott.

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Sweden

Migration Board ups cooperation with Säpo

Säpo, Sweden’s security police, plans to work more closely with the Migration Board in a joint effort to combat refugee espionage.

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Sweden

‘Missing’ man simply wanted some time to himself

A man in his fifties reported missing on Tuesday by coworkers on southern Gotland turned up on Wednesday, saying he had just wanted to be alone.

Reinfeldt: critics ‘don’t understand’ snoop law
Sweden

Reinfeldt: critics ‘don’t understand’ snoop law

Despite the six million protest emails sent to Sweden’s parliament, Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt doesn’t think the controversial surveillance law needs to be changed and that the law’s critics simply don’t understand the new measure.

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Sweden

Convicted pyromaniac suspected of setting new blazes

A known pyromaniac has been apprehended on suspicions of setting a series of fires in Simrishamn on Sweden's southern coast on Wednesday morning.