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Sweden

Genocide suspect held near Stockholm

A Rwandan man suspected of genocide and violation of international law was arrested today in the Stockholm suburb of Täby.

German parents jailed for starving daughter to death
Germany

German parents jailed for starving daughter to death

A German mother and father were sentenced on Wednesday for murdering their 5-year-old daughter Lea-Sophie by starvation.

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Germany

Steinmeier heads to Georgia to mediate Abkhazia crisis

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier will travel to Georgia and Russia this week in a bid to help end the conflict over the separatist Georgian region of Abkhazia, a spokesman said on Wednesday.

Berlin twins born with different skin tones
Germany

Berlin twins born with different skin tones

A Berlin couple got an interesting surprise this week when the woman gave birth to twins with very different skin tones.

Agency legitimizes toublesome tenant’s apartment ‘theft’
Sweden

Agency legitimizes toublesome tenant’s apartment ‘theft’

A tenant who refused to move from the apartment he was sub-letting in Malmö has been given the right to stay by the enforcement service (Kronofogdemyndigheten).

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Germany

Germany blocks eastern European workers until 2011

Germany has decided to keep restrictions on workers from new EU member states in eastern Europe until 2011, the Labour Ministry said on Wednesday.

German intruder turns out to be albino rabbit
Germany

German intruder turns out to be albino rabbit

Mysterious tapping noises late on Tuesday night caused residents in an apartment building in Wetter in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia to alarm police, who broke into the empty apartment only to find an albino rabbit amusing himself in his cage, police reported on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Eight years in prison for raping stepdaughter

A man from Dalsland in western Sweden was sentenced on Wednesday to eight years in prison for sexually abusing his underage stepdaughter hundreds of times over several years.

Five Germans rescued from Austrian Alps
Germany

Five Germans rescued from Austrian Alps

Germans have been keeping Austrian mountain rescue workers busy after five hikers had to be saved in the Alps in three separate incidents this week.

Saving the German way
Germany

Saving the German way

Germans might be known as a nation of tightwads, but there’s more to the country’s thriftiness, writes Roger Boyes, the Berlin correspondent for British daily The Times.

Baltic woes hit SEB profits
Sweden

Baltic woes hit SEB profits

Swedish bank SEB said on Wednesday that second-quarter net profit had plunged by 20 percent to 2.8 billion kronor ($469 million), weighed down by its exposure to the Baltic region where the economy has slowed.

Barge collision causes huge oil spill near Hamburg
Germany

Barge collision causes huge oil spill near Hamburg

Some 400 tonnes of diesel fuel spilled into the Elbe River near Altengamme after two barges collided, police in Hamburg reported on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Malmö researchers solve eczema riddle

Researchers in Malmö have solved the riddle behind the recent eczema 'epidemic' in northern Europe. An anti-mould agent used in imported Chinese furniture is to blame.

Police investigate building site collapse
Sweden

Police investigate building site collapse

Police have launched an investigation into a building site collapse in Stockholm suburb Kista which claimed the life of one man and left two in hospital on Tuesday evening.

Scores of Berliners evacuated after WWII bomb find
Germany

Scores of Berliners evacuated after WWII bomb find

Thousands of Berliners had to find a place to sleep on Tuesday night after they were evacuated so police could defuse a 500-kilogramme (1,100-lbs.) bomb from the Second World War.

Bowling in the afterlife
Sweden

Bowling in the afterlife

David Bartal reflects on the healing power of an evening out bowling in the Stockholm suburbs.

Ryanair adds new routes from Stockholm
Sweden

Ryanair adds new routes from Stockholm

Discount airline Ryanair announced plans on Tuesday to add four new routes to eastern Europe from Stockholm’s Skavsta airport.

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Sweden

Poll: Government falls further behind

The Alliance government has fallen further behind the three-party opposition, a new voter survey shows.

Munich begins Oktoberfest set up
Germany

Munich begins Oktoberfest set up

Preparations for Germany’s most famous Oktoberfest began in Munich on Wednesday.

German inflation at 14-year high in June
Germany

German inflation at 14-year high in June

German consumer prices rose by 3.3 percent in June on a 12-month basis, the biggest increase since December 1993, final figures released Wednesday by the national statistics office Destatis showed.

Government gets tough on sex trade
Sweden

Government gets tough on sex trade

The Swedish government has announced a raft of new proposals to fight the sex trade and organized crime.

German prosecutor probes WWII massacre in French village
Germany

German prosecutor probes WWII massacre in French village

A German prosecutor arrived in the town of Maillé in eastern France Tuesday to shed light on a World War II massacre and possibly find the perpetrators.

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Sweden

Many Swedes believe in reincarnation

Every third Swede believes in reincarnation and every fifth believes that the movements of the stars dictate our lives, a new survey shows.

Eighteen people hurt in Gothenburg funfair accident
Sweden

Eighteen people hurt in Gothenburg funfair accident

Eighteen people were injured Tuesday, two of them seriously, when a mechanical fault sent a fairground ride at Liseberg leisure park in Gothenburg crashing to the ground.