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Sweden

Emelie, 18, wins phone battle over sex texts

A young woman from Borås in western Sweden has won a battle to avoid paying for pornographic text messages erroneously charged to her mobile phone account.

Germany threatening to cut funding to cycling federation
Germany

Germany threatening to cut funding to cycling federation

The German parliament is threatening to make an example of the country's cycling federation by withholding millions of euros in funding until they can rid the sport of rampant doping.

Frustrated Frings mulling leaving German national team
Germany

Frustrated Frings mulling leaving German national team

Torsten Frings is considering retiring from international football after the veteran midfielder was left on the bench for all bar six minutes of Germany's last two World Cup qualifiers.

Making it in Sweden: A matchmaking Norwegian
Sweden

Making it in Sweden: A matchmaking Norwegian

Ellen Cabrinetti from Norway is a relative newcomer to Sweden. But despite the natural sibling rivalry between the two countries, she’s settling in quite nicely.

Germany’s ‘nastiest priest’ avoids jail
Germany

Germany’s ‘nastiest priest’ avoids jail

A Catholic priest in the southwestern German city of Freiburg was sentenced to a 20-month suspended sentence on Friday for numerous crimes, including fraud and bodily harm.

King sparks controversy with wolf hunt comments
Sweden

King sparks controversy with wolf hunt comments

Remarks by King Carl Gustaf XVI in support of wolf hunting have generated a wave of concern from members of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

Lego ad red lighted over shades of pink and blue
Sweden

Lego ad red lighted over shades of pink and blue

A Swedish advertising watchdog has slammed Danish toymaker Lego for a catalogue it claims promotes outdated gender roles.

Riksbank to cut rates next week: poll
Sweden

Riksbank to cut rates next week: poll

Analysts in Sweden are predicting that the country's central bank will cut rates next week in a bid to alleviate market concerns and ward off an economic slowdown.

Germany passes €480-billion bailout
Germany

Germany passes €480-billion bailout

Germany's €480-billion ($650-billion) bank bailout flew through parliament in an historic fast-track vote on Friday to restore shattered confidence in the crisis-ridden financial sector.

Teen band Tokio Hotel wins at Latino MTV awards
Germany

Teen band Tokio Hotel wins at Latino MTV awards

Just when you thought you could forget about their disturbing androgenous allure, German glam pop band Tokio Hotel has struck again, taking the Song of the Year prize at the MTV Video Music Awards Latin America.

Police hope mass DNA test will nab ‘Germany’s oldest serial killer’
Germany

Police hope mass DNA test will nab ‘Germany’s oldest serial killer’

Police in the German state of Saarland are planning a mass DNA test in hopes of apprehending a man thought to be Germany’s oldest serial killer some four decades after he killed six women.

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Sweden

Bildt rules out Swedish euro talks

Sweden has no plans to breathe new life into the euro currency debate despite a weakening of the krona against the euro and the dollar, said Foreign Minister Carl Bildt on Friday.

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Sweden

Sweden’s krona sheds value amid economic uncertainty

The Swedish krona continues to weaken relative to other major currencies, now trading at more than 10 kronor per euro for the first time since the common European currency was launched in 1999.

Saab job cuts amid poor results
Sweden

Saab job cuts amid poor results

Defence and aerospace manufacturer Saab reported disappointing third quarter results on Thursday, with pretax profits down 44 percent compared to the same period last year.

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Sweden

Iceland’s Glitnir bank sells Swedish subsidiary

The Swedish subsidiary of Iceland's third biggest bank, Glitnir, has been sold to HQ bank of Sweden, the company announced on Friday

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Sweden

Sony Ericsson reports smaller than expected losses

Mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson on Friday posted a third quarter net loss of €25 million ($33.7 million) down from a net gain of €267 million a year earlier.

Deutsche Bank CEO gives up bonus of millions in ‘solidarity’
Germany

Deutsche Bank CEO gives up bonus of millions in ‘solidarity’

The head of Germany’s biggest bank will forego his annual bonus of several million euros to show solidarity with staff in this time of financial crisis, he told daily in an advance release of Bild am Sonntag.

Socialist presidential candidate says Germany isn’t a democracy
Germany

Socialist presidential candidate says Germany isn’t a democracy

Peter Sodann, former TV cop and presidential candidate for the hard-line socialist Left party, has come under fire for his comments labelling Germany undemocratic.

Breakthrough in missing woman case
Sweden

Breakthrough in missing woman case

A man is being held by police on suspicion of having murdered 29-year-old Carolin Stenvall who disappeared in September from the Gällivare area in northern Sweden.

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Sweden

Missing woodcutter found dead

A 57-year-old man who disappeared from Ånge in northern Sweden on Wednesday when he went to go chop wood, has been found dead.

Two die in huge crash on A43 near Dülmen
Germany

Two die in huge crash on A43 near Dülmen

Two men died early on Friday after a dramatic auto accident on the A43 motorway near Dülmen in North Rhine-Westphalia.

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Sweden

Earthquake hits northern Sweden

An earthquake rumbled through northern Sweden on Thursday night, according to local media reports.

First eastern German mosque opens in Berlin
Germany

First eastern German mosque opens in Berlin

Members of the Ahmadiya Muslim minority have inaugurated eastern Germany's first mosque after years of controversy over its construction in a Berlin neighbourhood.