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Sweden

Nineteen-year-old charged over manure pit murder

A young man has been charged with the murder of 19-year-old Mikael Andersson, whose body was fished out of a manure pit near Skara in western Sweden in May.

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Sweden

Fuel cost down by 20 öre

Sweden’s leading fuel retailers are cutting the price of petrol and diesel in response to a fall in the oil price.

German campaigners castigate G8 climate deal
Germany

German campaigners castigate G8 climate deal

Climate change campaigners and opposition politicians in Germany have panned G8 leaders‘ plan to halve global carbon emissions by 2050, arguing that a much tighter timetable is needed to tackle global warming.

The third chair was for the spy
Sweden

The third chair was for the spy

A new Swedish snoop law has sparked the wildest political debate in many years, mass demonstrations in several cities and court challenges.

Merkel doesn’t want Obama speech at Brandenburg Gate
Germany

Merkel doesn’t want Obama speech at Brandenburg Gate

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has expressed misgivings about US Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama speaking in front of Berlin's famed Brandenburg Gate.

Munich customs rocked by huge corruption scandal
Germany

Munich customs rocked by huge corruption scandal

State prosecutors in Munich have raided the offices of several customs and transport authorities and are investigating 24 people suspected of tax evasion, fraud, forgery and corruption.

The hidden lives of Sweden’s undocumented migrants
Sweden

The hidden lives of Sweden’s undocumented migrants

Sweden has taken in thousands of asylum seekers in recent year. But not all have had their applications accepted. Faisal Enayat Khan describes his encounters with just a handful of Sweden's estimated 15,000 undocumented migrants.

China asks German firms to halt production before Olympics
Germany

China asks German firms to halt production before Olympics

The Chinese government has asked six German companies to close factories near Beijing ahead of and during the Olympic Games in Beijing to help cut pollution, business daily Handelsblatt reported.

Bus driver lock-out in northern Sweden
Sweden

Bus driver lock-out in northern Sweden

Veolia Transport has said it will lock out 67 bus drivers and conductors to coincide with the start of a bus strike in northern Sweden at midnight on Wednesday, Dagens Nyheter reports.

Kurdish rebels kidnap German climbers in Turkey
Germany

Kurdish rebels kidnap German climbers in Turkey

Separatist Kurdish rebels have abducted three German mountaineers on Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey, the governor of a province in eastern Turkey told a local news agency.

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Sweden

Child killer should not go to jail – lawyer

A recommendation that child murderer Anders Eklund should serve a jail sentence should be overturned, his lawyer has said. The killer should instead be placed in a secure psychiatric hospital, defence attorney Leif Silbersky has argued.

Woman dies in Uppsala plane crash
Sweden

Woman dies in Uppsala plane crash

One person has died after a small aircraft crashed over an airfield near Uppsala in eastern Sweden at lunch time on Wednesday.

Top German EADS exec held in insider trading probe
Germany

Top German EADS exec held in insider trading probe

A former top Airbus executive and current head of a German EADS plant, Andreas Sperl, was held for questioning in France on Wednesday for alleged insider trading.

German police raid 600 buildings in drug investigation
Germany

German police raid 600 buildings in drug investigation

Police raided some 600 homes and businesses in Germany, Switzerland and Austria on Wednesday in an investigation of two online companies thought to be selling chemicals used to make illegal drugs.

More sex please, we’re 70
Sweden

More sex please, we’re 70

Men and women in their early seventies are having sex more often and enjoying it more than their counterparts three and four decades ago, according to a Swedish study published on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Mentally ill offenders ‘will not be punished’

Courts in Sweden will in future not have the option to sentence criminals to serve time in secure psychiatric units, ministers have said.

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Sweden

Pensioners concerned by rising food prices

Sweden's pensioners have noticed a marked increase in the price of food over the last year, a new study has shown.

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Germany

Pirates free German freighter after 41 days

A German freighter that was ambushed by pirates in late May off the coast of Somalia has been freed after 41 days.

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Sweden

Record-chasing snowmobile driver in Finnish flop

Joel Rehnberg's attempt to become the first person to cross the Gulf of Bothnia on a snowmobile came to a grinding halt in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Merkel asks China to push for success in Tibet talks
Germany

Merkel asks China to push for success in Tibet talks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday asked Chinese President Hu Jintao to push for a successful outcome to talks between China and Tibet’s spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.

Swedish snoop law targets Russia
Sweden

Swedish snoop law targets Russia

Sweden's new surveillance law will enable the National Defence Radio Establishment (FRA) to scan massive quantities of Russian computer and telecom data, Svenska Dagbladet reports.

German MPs demand voting rights for children
Germany

German MPs demand voting rights for children

More than 40 German deputies on Tuesday proposed that the voting age be lowered to birth to give children a say in the country’s political future, the parliamentary press service said.