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Sweden

Mystery foot found on shore

A man's shoe containing a human foot has been found on the seashore in southern Sweden. The foot was discovered on Tuesday by the water in Tylösand in Halmstad, south-western Sweden.

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Sweden

Minister rejects opposition ‘games’ on snoop law

Sweden's defence minister has rejected an invitation from the Social Democrats to negotiate about the country's controversial new surveillance law.

Turkish-Germans press Berlin to allow dual citizenship
Germany

Turkish-Germans press Berlin to allow dual citizenship

Representatives of Germany’s large Turkish community have criticized a new citizenship test that takes effect in September and are urging Chancellor Merkel’s government to allow Turkish-Germans to hold dual nationality.

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Sweden

Swedish Air Force in big Saab order

Swedish aerospace company Saab has received a 574 million kronor ($95.5 million) order from the Swedish Armed Forces for equipment for its Gripen fighter planes.

Bus strike set to spread
Sweden

Bus strike set to spread

A strike by bus drivers is set to spread beyond central Stockholm to other parts of the country, after employers and unions failed to reach agreement. Drivers on the capital's bus network will walk out again at midnight on Thursday, with other bus companies - including airport bus services - facing strikes nationwide later in the month.

‘Bear attack was state’s responsibility’
Sweden

‘Bear attack was state’s responsibility’

A 29-year-old man from central Sweden is suing the state for 300,000 kronor ($50,000) after he was attacked by a bear earlier this year, Aftonbladet reports.

Immigrants receive stiff sentences for brutal subway attack
Germany

Immigrants receive stiff sentences for brutal subway attack

A German court on Tuesday convicted a young Turkish man and a Greek youth of attempted murder and handed them severe prison sentences for a brutal attack on a pensioner in a Munich subway station.

Siemens unveils huge layoff plan
Germany

Siemens unveils huge layoff plan

German engineering giant Siemens said Tuesday it planned to cut 16,750 jobs worldwide in a major restructuring drive to push down costs and boost competitiveness.

Six convicted over boozy bribes
Sweden

Six convicted over boozy bribes

Six members of staff at drinks maker Vin & Sprit (V&S) have been found guilty of paying bribes to managers at Sweden's state-run alcohol retail monopoly Systembolaget.

Merkel calls G8 climate deal a major step forward
Germany

Merkel calls G8 climate deal a major step forward

German Chancellor Merkel has hailed an agreement by G8 leaders to halve carbon emissions by 2050 but said it was important to get developing nations on board in order to seriously fight global warming.

German man confesses to robbing 53 drug stores
Germany

German man confesses to robbing 53 drug stores

A German man accused of holding up 53 Schlecker drug stores confessed to a press conference in front of the Hamburg district court on Tuesday.

Guest talks too much, German woman calls police
Germany

Guest talks too much, German woman calls police

A desperate German woman finally called emergency services to rescue her after a friend visiting her at her apartment talked for 30 hours straight, authorities said Tuesday.

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Sweden

Swedish nurse had been dead for two weeks

A Swedish nurse whose body was found dumped next to a road in Britain late last month had been dead for two weeks by the time her remains were discovered, a court in London has been told.

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Germany

German man arrested for wearing swastika shirt out shopping

A 22-year-old German man has been arrested after wearing a swastika t-shirt out to buy groceries in Kevelaer in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, police reported Monday evening.

House prices ‘will keep falling’
Sweden

House prices ‘will keep falling’

House prices are set to continue falling in many parts of Sweden during the autumn, according to a new report from mortgage lender SBAB. Apartments and houses in Gothenburg and Malmö will fall in value during the third quarter, while prices in Stockholm are set to remain stable, the report says.

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Sweden

Murder of UN official deals blow to Somali peace efforts: Sweden

The Swedish government on Monday condemned the killing of the top United Nations official in Somalia, calling the assassination an assault on peace efforts in the war-torn country.

Obama to visit Berlin on July 24
Germany

Obama to visit Berlin on July 24

US democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama will be in Berlin on July 24, a spokesperson for the Berlin senate confirmed on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Bacterial infection claims 2-year-old’s life

A two-year-old girl from Stockholm has died after becoming infected with the EHEC bacteria, Dagens Nyheter reports.

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Germany

French police detain German TV team and immigration protestors

French police detained a camera team from Germany’s Deutsche Welle television and 18 rights activists they were filming protesting against the European Union’s immigration policy.

Bus strike to go national as talks falter
Sweden

Bus strike to go national as talks falter

Sweden's ongoing bus strike, which came to an uneasy halt on Friday, will resume at midnight on Wednesday in Stockholm and Västerbotten after unions and employers failed to negotiate a settlement.

UNESCO honours Berlin modernist housing projects
Germany

UNESCO honours Berlin modernist housing projects

UNESCO has added six Berlin housing projects, said to have ushered in a new global model for council estates at the beginning of the 20th century, to its World Heritage List.