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Germany

Cologne celebrates Christopher Street Day

Hundreds of thousands of people showed their support for gay rights by turning our for Cologne's annual Christopher Street Day parade on Sunday.

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Germany

New offshore wind farms on the way

The German government wants to build up to 30 offshore wind farms in a bid to meet its renewable energy targets, Environment Minister Wolfgang Tiefensee said in an interview published Sunday.

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Sweden

Orgy of violence at American car show

The Big Meet 2008 American car show in Västerås this weekend was blighted by violence and local police were kept busy.

Ombudsman calls time on Sami discrimination
Sweden

Ombudsman calls time on Sami discrimination

The Sami people of northern Sweden are routinely subjected to discrimination and their rights disregarded, a new report from the Ombudsman against ethnic discrimination (DO) shows.

Obama team mulling speech at Brandenburg Gate
Germany

Obama team mulling speech at Brandenburg Gate

Democratic US presidential candidate Barack Obama has requested permission to give an address at the Brandenburg Gate when he visits Berlin later this month, according to German media reports.

Tchibo to try bigger stores
Germany

Tchibo to try bigger stores

German coffee maker and retailer, Tchibo, is testing a new format involving larger stores with a wider selection of retail goods that are stocked for longer periods.

Germans kidnapped by pirates contact their families
Germany

Germans kidnapped by pirates contact their families

Two Germans kidnapped from a yacht last month by pirates off Somalia's northern Puntland region have been in contact with their families, a German news weekly has reported.

Man attacked Hitler waxwork on a bet
Germany

Man attacked Hitler waxwork on a bet

The man who tore the head off the Adolf Hitler wax figure at Berlin's new Madame Tussauds on Saturday said he did so to protest war and fascism – and to win a bet.

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Sweden

Swedish filmmakers stranded in Palestinian territories

A group of six Swedes have been left stranded in a village in the West Bank. Israeli military road blocks will seal off the town for a further week, the UN reports.

Arson suspected at Stockholm museum
Sweden

Arson suspected at Stockholm museum

A fire broke out at the Biological Museum in Stockholm on Saturday evening. Police suspect arson.

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Sweden

Social Democrats pledge cut price unemployment insurance

The opposition Social Democrats have pledged that they will halve the cost of unemployment insurance (a-kassa) if they win the next election.