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Sweden

Sex ed group: ‘Fetishism is not a disease’

The Swedish Association for Sexuality Education (RFSU) is demanding the removal of fetishism and sadomasochism from the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) registry of diseases.

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Germany

Federal police call for law to block child porn sites

The chief of Germany’s federal police called Wednesday for a law to allow authorities to block access to websites featuring child pornography in order to hobble a booming online trade.

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Germany

New IKB owner lashes out at German politicians

The new owners of German bank IKB Deutsche Industriebank had harsh words on Wednesday for German officials following the sale of a lender that flirted with bankruptcy amid the international financial crisis.

Frankfurt prosecutors arrest neo-Nazi music producers
Germany

Frankfurt prosecutors arrest neo-Nazi music producers

Frankfurt prosecutors and the German Office of Criminal Investigation on Wednesday launched a raid against neo-Nazi record companies, arresting a German and a Danish citizen after searches in Denmark and Finland.

Germany to lose 12 million in population by 2060
Germany

Germany to lose 12 million in population by 2060

Germany currently has the largest population in Europe, but by 2060 the head count in both France and Britain will have exceeded this number, according to a new study by the EU's statistical office, Eurostat.

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Sweden

Lay judge resigns from Arboga murder case

A woman tasked with ruling on a high-profile double murder case has stepped down from her position after making comments described by the judge in the case as "completely lacking in judgment".

Massive illegal fishing trial underway in western Sweden
Sweden

Massive illegal fishing trial underway in western Sweden

Two of seventeen people charged with illegally fishing more than 100 tonnes of cod from Swedish waters admitted wrongdoing on Wednesday in one of Sweden’s largest ever fish poaching cases.

German soldier killed in Afghanistan
Germany

German soldier killed in Afghanistan

One soldier was killed and three injured in attack on German military forces in north Afghanistan on Wednesday as violence in the region continues to worsen.

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Sweden

Man hopitalized in grocery store axe attack

One person was hospitalized on Wednesday after a man suddenly began swinging an axe inside a grocery store in Östersund in northern Sweden.

The Left closing in on the SPD
Germany

The Left closing in on the SPD

The hard-line socialist Left party is quickly closing the gap between it and the left-leaning Social Democrats (SPD) as a proposed coalition government between the two in Hesse weighs on the SPD, according to two surveys released Wednesday.

Bildt heading to Paris for Georgia talks
Sweden

Bildt heading to Paris for Georgia talks

Sweden’s Foreign Minister Carl Bildt planned to travel to Paris on Thursday for talks with his French and Czech counterparts about the conflict between Georgia and Russia.

Swedish economic growth set to contract
Sweden

Swedish economic growth set to contract

Sweden’s economy is heading for a rough patch according to a fresh report from the National Institute of Economic Research (Konjunkturinstitutet).

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Germany

Outbid, GfK calls off approach for British rival

German market research group GfK on Wednesday said it was no longer mulling an all-cash offer for U.K. peer Taylor Nelson Sofres after it was upstaged by high-profile advertising group WPP.

Arsonists attack Deutsche Telekom building
Germany

Arsonists attack Deutsche Telekom building

Arsonists attacked a Deutsche Telekom technical building in Konstanz early on Wednesday morning, police reported

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Sweden

Police arrest escaped murderer

A 35-year-old convicted murderer who escaped on Sunday from a psychiatric clinic has been arrested in Norberg, a small town in western Sweden.

Energy giant EON pulling plug on 1,800 jobs in Germany
Germany

Energy giant EON pulling plug on 1,800 jobs in Germany

The biggest German power company, EON, will cut 1,800 jobs in Germany as it reorganises its distribution network, a senior executive said on Wednesday.

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Germany

Germany extradites Islamic extremist to France

Germany has extradited an alleged Islamic extremist to France three months after his arrest as part of a probe into the financing of a militant network, prosecutors said late on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Halt in rising trend for Swedish mortgages

The sum of all new mortgages in Sweden has dropped for the first time since 2000, with the total value of new originations down 6 percent from 2007.

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Sweden

Elderly woman in Arlanda baggage belt mix up

A 78-year-old woman who was planning to fly to Germany from Stockholm’s Arlanda airport found herself taking an unexpected trip on Tuesday.

Pink Floyd and Renee Fleming accept Polar Music Prize
Sweden

Pink Floyd and Renee Fleming accept Polar Music Prize

British rockers Pink Floyd along with American soprano Renee Fleming received this year's Polar Music Prize in Stockholm on Tuesday night from the hands of Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf at a gala ceremony.