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Germany

German industrial orders continue six-month slide

German industrial orders fell in May for the sixth month in a row, official figures showed Friday, prompting analysts to voice alarm and declare an end to a vital boom in the manufacturing sector.

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Sweden

Stockholm bus strike called off – for now

The bus strike in Stockholm has been called off - until further notice. The opposing parties have not yet reached an agreement, however. Employer and unions groups will sit down again on Monday to continue negotiations.

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Germany

Smart sales boost Daimler’s six-month results

Daimler auto sales picked up slightly in June, the company said Friday, helping first-half results post an increase of eight percent from the same period a year earlier, in large part owing to the small city car Smart.

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Sweden

US Embassy denied surveillance cameras

Surveillance cameras at the US Embassy in Stockholm will not be able to film outside the perimeter fence, county authorities have ruled.

New US Embassy in Berlin inaugurated at pre-war location
Germany

New US Embassy in Berlin inaugurated at pre-war location

The US Embassy in Berlin on Friday celebrated a return its original historic city centre location, which was abandoned when Germany declared war on America in 1941.

American car show opens in Västerås
Sweden

American car show opens in Västerås

The 'biggest American car show in the world' opened in Västerås in central Sweden on Thursday. More than 10,000 cars are expected for the Big Meet 2008 show.

Opinion: Fortress America in the heart of Berlin
Germany

Opinion: Fortress America in the heart of Berlin

The US Embassy has returned to its historic location on Berlin’s Pariser Platz with an underwhelming architectural statement. But the new building presents a fittingly confused image of America to Germany and the world, comments Daniel Miller.

Thief in Aachen escapes arrest by baring her breasts
Germany

Thief in Aachen escapes arrest by baring her breasts

A thief in Aachen escaped arrest by exposing her breasts and accusing her would-be captor of rape, police in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia said on Friday.

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Sweden

Diesel price leaps to new record

Diesel prices leaped to a new record on Friday as leading petrol firms raised their pump prices.

Elk safari Swedish style, with a green conscience
Sweden

Elk safari Swedish style, with a green conscience

Eco-tourism abounds in the wilds of Sweden, with elk safaris in particular attracting locals and foreigners alike, writes AFP's Francis Kohn.

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Germany

Fisherman finds dead baby in Weser River

A fisherman on the Weser River in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia has found a dead baby in the water, police reported on Friday.

Germany sinks in soggy weather
Germany

Germany sinks in soggy weather

Unpleasant weather has been sweeping over Germany and keeping emergency services busy since Thursday evening, as heavy rains and hurricane force winds caused widespread flooding.

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Sweden

Swedish socialite could face longer sentence

A Swedish-born socialite, jailed for nearly four years in Australia in March for plotting to murder two witnesses in her boyfriend's drug trial, could face a longer sentence.

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Sweden

Swede in Sicily kidnap ordeal

A Swedish woman was assaulted and kidnapped on the Italian island of Sicily on Sunday, Aftonbladet reports.

World’s first ecolabelled fuel soon a reality
Sweden

World’s first ecolabelled fuel soon a reality

Two new initiatives for the labelling and certification of biofuels have been presented in Sweden. The move allows for the development of the world's first ecolabelled fuel.

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Sweden

Sweden nears ratification of EU treaty

The Swedish government said on Thursday it had approved the European Union's Lisbon Treaty, leading the country a step closer to ratification.

Germany to allow Church weddings without civil ceremony
Germany

Germany to allow Church weddings without civil ceremony

Starting next January, Germans can get married by the Church without also having their nuptials approved in a civil ceremony for the first time in 134 years.

Dresden keeps UNESCO heritage status – for now
Germany

Dresden keeps UNESCO heritage status – for now

UNESCO announced on Thursday night it will allow Dresden to keep its world heritage status, but said the eastern German city could lose the honour if it continues building a controversial bridge over the Elbe River.

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Sweden

War criminals face fresh Swedish probes

Sweden's National Investigation Department (Rikskriminalpolisen) has intensified the hunt for war criminals living withing the country's borders, Svenska Dagbladet reports.

Football stars to gather in Munich to help Africa
Germany

Football stars to gather in Munich to help Africa

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, Germany captain Michael Ballack and Liverpool's England midfielder Steven Gerrard are amongst the stars set to play a charity match in Munich next week to help raise money for Africa.

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Sweden

Näslund signs with New York Rangers

Swedish ice hockey star Markus Näslund, the runner-up for the league's MVP trophy in 2002-03, signed a contract with the New York Rangers on Thursday.

Eight rescued after fire in Swedish mine
Sweden

Eight rescued after fire in Swedish mine

Eight people were rescued unhurt from a mine in northern Sweden at a depth of 1,250 metres after a vehicle caught fire, the LKAB mining company said on Thursday.