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Germany

German producer prices see biggest jump in 26 years

German producer prices posted their biggest jump in 26 years last month, according to figures released on Friday by the Federal Statistics Office.

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Sweden

Rwandan genocide suspect remanded in custody

A Swedish court on Friday ordered a Rwandan man suspected of taking part in the 1994 genocide remanded in custody pending a possible extradition request from Kigali, the judge said.

Chilling details emerge about Engla’s killing
Sweden

Chilling details emerge about Engla’s killing

Court documents released in connection with murder charges filed against Anders Eklund reveal in startling detail how the 42-year-old truck driver killed 10-year-old Engla Juncosa Höglund.

Snus sales lift Swedish Match profits
Sweden

Snus sales lift Swedish Match profits

Tobacco company Swedish Match reported pre-tax profits of 614 million kronor ($103 million) in the second quarter, beating analysts’ expectations.

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Germany

German tourist finds WWII mine on Danish beach

A German tourist found a World War II anti-tank mine on a beach on Denmark's Skallingen peninsula and a phosphorous shell was found on a nearby island, Danish police said Friday.

German granny bites cop to defend drunk son
Germany

German granny bites cop to defend drunk son

A 71-year-old German woman from the city of Borken near the Dutch border bit the arm of a female police officer several times in a vain attempt to keep her drunken and belligerent son from being arrested.

Sony Ericsson profits collapse
Sweden

Sony Ericsson profits collapse

Swedish-Japanese mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson reported on Friday that second quarter net profits had plunged to €8 million ($12.64mn). This represents a significant drop on the €327 million reported in the second quarter of 2007.

Clammy German weather set to improve after weekend
Germany

Clammy German weather set to improve after weekend

Summer will likely return soon to Germany, but not before chilly low pressure systems Yvonne and Xandra get the last laugh this weekend, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Friday.

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Sweden

Many Swedes unaware of hepatitis C infection

A number of Swedes infected with the hepatitis C virus are in the dark about their condition. Local health authorities have launched information campaigns to track down those in the dark, Dagens Nyheter reports.

Tycoon gets suspended sentence in Liechtenstein tax trial
Germany

Tycoon gets suspended sentence in Liechtenstein tax trial

A 66-year-old real estate tycoon was handed a two-year suspended prison sentence Friday in the first case brought to justice in Germany in connection with a major Liechtenstein tax evasion scandal.

Experience the beauty and eccentricity of Ven
Sweden

Experience the beauty and eccentricity of Ven

An island nestled between Sweden and Denmark, Ven offers visitors a unique combination of natural beauty and historical oddities. Matt O'Leary explains what gives the island its charm.

Bavarian farmer promises cops a keg after 100th sobriety test
Germany

Bavarian farmer promises cops a keg after 100th sobriety test

After being subjected to 98 traffic sobriety tests by police, Bavarian farmer Bernhard Frank has promised local officers he will buy them a case of beer after his 100th clean test.

Swedish travellers: ‘You say Reykjavik, I say Rijeka’
Sweden

Swedish travellers: ‘You say Reykjavik, I say Rijeka’

A Swedish couple mistook Rijeka, Croatia for Reykjavik, Iceland when booking their holiday over the internet, Croatian Times reports.

Berlin Fashion Week ignores charter against skinny models
Germany

Berlin Fashion Week ignores charter against skinny models

German fashion labels during Berlin Fashion Week aren't paying attention to Health Minister Ulla Schmidt's proposal to prevent underfed models from working, according to casting agent sources in the city's fashion industry.

Warhol paintings stolen in Stockholm art heist
Sweden

Warhol paintings stolen in Stockholm art heist

Paintings by Andy Warhol were among those stolen from the Lasse Åberg museum near Stockholm on Friday morning.

Anders Eklund charged in Engla killing
Sweden

Anders Eklund charged in Engla killing

Murder charges were filed on Friday morning in Falu District Court against 42-year-old Anders Eklund, the truck driver accused of killing 10-year-old Engla Juncosa Högland in April.

Swedish firm quantifies cost of complaining about the boss
Sweden

Swedish firm quantifies cost of complaining about the boss

Office gripes cost Swedish companies an average of 17 million kronor ($2.86 million) in lost revenues each year. A company in Lund has developed a method to measure the cost of slagging off the boss.

At least 80 injured at Bosch plant in Bamberg
Germany

At least 80 injured at Bosch plant in Bamberg

At least 80 people were injured at a Bosch factory for household goods in Bamberg early Friday morning after a chemical reaction released poisonous gas.

German train travellers to receive refunds for delays
Germany

German train travellers to receive refunds for delays

Travellers hit by delays of longer than an hour on German railways will reportedly qualify for partial refunds under new legislation being considered by the Justice Ministry.

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Sweden

Liberal Party FRA-law revolt widens

A split has widened in the Liberal Party (Folkpartiet) which could lead to the scrapping of Sweden’s controversial surveillance law.

Georgia pokes holes in German peace plan
Germany

Georgia pokes holes in German peace plan

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili rejected key elements of a German plan aimed at ending a dangerous dispute with Russia over the separatist Georgian region of Abkhazia.

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Germany

Italian court begins hearing WWII compensation claims

A court in the Italian city of Brescia has begun hearing compensation claims by about 70 Italians imprisoned in Germany by the Nazis.

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Sweden

Ex-boyfriend held following woman’s death

A man was arrested in Skene in western Sweden on suspicion of murder after the man’s 26-year-old ex-girlfriend was found dead in his apartment on Thursday afternoon.