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Germany

German cinema chain Cinemaxx closing more multiplexes

German cinema chain Cinemaxx has announced plans to close another three to five cinema multiplexes which it has deemed no longer profitable.

Discount supermarket Lidl to open first Swiss stores
Germany

Discount supermarket Lidl to open first Swiss stores

German discount supermarket change Lidl is planning to open its first stores in Switzerland next year, according to free Swiss newspaper .ch.

Swedish broadcaster investigated for Nazi joke during Olympics
Germany

Swedish broadcaster investigated for Nazi joke during Olympics

A television show focusing on the Olympic Games has been reported to the Swedish Broadcasting Commission for allegedly making offensive comments regarding Germany's Nazi history on live television, a Swedish daily reported this week.

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Sweden

Klüft: Blonska deserves life ban

Swedish athletics star Carolina Klüft said on Friday she hoped Ukrainian heptathlete Lyudmila Blonska would face a life ban after failing a dope test at the Beijing Olympics.

Eastern Germany called economic ‘crisis region’
Germany

Eastern Germany called economic ‘crisis region’

Germany's formerly communist east is one Europe's most troubled regions when it comes to demographic and economic issues, according to a new study released this week by the Berlin Institute for Population and Development.

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Sweden

How does the Swedish healthcare system work?

Ask The Local: Every week we will be answering readers' questions about Sweden. This week, Janey in Stockholm wants to know how the healthcare system works.

German men’s and women’s kayak teams take gold
Germany

German men’s and women’s kayak teams take gold

The German women's and men's kayak teams paddled their way to gold medals within minutes of each other on Friday at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

Exploring Berlin’s endangered bunkers
Germany

Exploring Berlin’s endangered bunkers

Berlin is plenty interesting above the ground, but that didn’t keep Brett Neely from doing some urban spelunking to check out the city’s numerous bunkers.

Klüft suffers early long jump exit
Sweden

Klüft suffers early long jump exit

Sweden's Carolina Klüft has been eliminated from the women's long jump final in Beijing after failing to make the cut.

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Sweden

Swedish missile among US army’s favourites in Iraq

A precision control projectile co-developed by a Swedish company has been listed as one of the US Army's prestigious 'Top 10 inventions of 2007'.

Finding the toilet in Stockholm
Sweden

Finding the toilet in Stockholm

This week a mix of ministers, water sanitation experts, royalty and corporate leaders are gathered for World Water Week in Stockholm to mull over the world’s biggest global public health crisis. The problem is that not enough people are paying attention, writes John Sauer.

Munich teens poisoned by stolen nature walk plants
Germany

Munich teens poisoned by stolen nature walk plants

Four Munich boys have been hospitalized after stealing and eating poisonous plants from an educational nature walk, police reported on Friday.

Viewers not amused by Swedish TV Hitler joke
Sweden

Viewers not amused by Swedish TV Hitler joke

A television show focusing on the Olympic Games has been reported to the Swedish Broadcasting Commission for allegedly making offensive comments regarding Germany's Nazi history on live television, Aftonbladet reports.

Germany demands Russia total withdrawal from Georgia
Germany

Germany demands Russia total withdrawal from Georgia

Germany on Friday called on Russia to live up to a promise to withdraw troops from Georgia and demanded a security zone with Russian 500 soldiers be of "temporary" nature.

Pedestrian signal boxes’ religious message upsets non-believers
Sweden

Pedestrian signal boxes’ religious message upsets non-believers

News that signal boxes located at pedestrian crossings are designed to spread the word of God has angered the designer who drew the pointing finger symbol for the boxes' Swedish manufacturer.

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Sweden

Swedish mosque arsonist held for hate crime

A man in his twenties has been arrested on suspicion of setting fire to a mosque in Strömsund, northern Sweden. Police are classifying the attack as a hate crime.

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Sweden

Swedish trade unions lament rapid loss of members

Swedish trade unions have lost 37,000 members in the first six months of the year.

Stuttgart reportedly used Arsenal photo for Lehmann
Germany

Stuttgart reportedly used Arsenal photo for Lehmann

VfB Stuttgart is under fire for allegedly doctoring a photo of their new keeper Jens Lehmann for the club’s yearbook this season to rid it of the emblem of his old team Arsenal FC and a Nike swoosh.

‘Dr. Death’ wants dead baby gorilla from Münster zoo
Germany

‘Dr. Death’ wants dead baby gorilla from Münster zoo

For the last six days, a grief-stricken mother gorilla in the Münster zoo has refused to let go of her dead baby. Now the controversial anatomist Gunther von Hagens has said he wants the body for his plastination exhibitions, daily Bild reported on Friday.

Dishwashing trumps Ikea for Swedes
Sweden

Dishwashing trumps Ikea for Swedes

'Yes' washing-up liquid is Sweden's most loved brand with around 2.5 million Swedes big fans of the soapy detergent, according to a new report.

Swedish table tennis veteran reaches semis
Sweden

Swedish table tennis veteran reaches semis

Veteran Swedish table tennis star Jörgen Persson has defeated Croatia's Zoran Primorac to reach the semi-finals of the men's table tennis at the Beijing Olympics.

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Sweden

Plane crashes at military base

A military airplane was involved in a minor crash during take-off from an airfield in southern Sweden on Friday morning. All three crew members escaped without serious injuries.

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Sweden

Snoop law damages trust in government

Almost every third voter (32 percent) has seen their trust in the government diminished since parliament voted in favour of the introduction of a controversial new signals intelligence law.

Germans fear new Cold War
Germany

Germans fear new Cold War

Half of all Germans fear the conflict between Russia and Georgia could lead to a new Cold War between Moscow and the West, according to a survey published on Friday.

‘Pretend order’ led to conscript’s death
Sweden

‘Pretend order’ led to conscript’s death

A platoon commander who gave the order that led to a Swedish conscript being killed in a military exercise in the Stockholm archipelago in May has been cleared of any wrongdoing by the Armed Forces.

Police search for Leipzig girl’s murderer
Germany

Police search for Leipzig girl’s murderer

Police on Friday were searching for the murderer of an 8-year-old Leipzig girl after determining she had been the victim of a violent crime.

Condor flight to Frankfurt makes emergency landing in Kenya
Germany

Condor flight to Frankfurt makes emergency landing in Kenya

A German airliner with 265 passengers on board had to make an emergency landing in Kenya on Thursday after a fuel leak in one of the Boeing 767-300's two engines, airline Condor said.