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Sweden

Thieves hit Gothenburg shipping terminal

Police believe a gang of organized criminals is behind the daring weekend heist of two trailers filled with valuable electronics from a Stena Line shipping terminal in Gothenburg.

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Sweden

Buoyant start to stock exchange week

The Stockholm stock exchange has begun the week on a high note with the OMXS index gaining 4.6 percent on Monday.

Congolese war crimes suspect living openly in Germany
Germany

Congolese war crimes suspect living openly in Germany

A Congolese war criminal wanted by Interpol has been living openly in Germany, ARD news show Fakt reported on Monday. Politicians told the show that allowing him to stay would be a scandal as violence in the African hot spot intensifies.

Looking beyond the White House
Germany

Looking beyond the White House

Americans go to the polls on Tuesday to elect either Barack Obama or John McCain president, but Dr. Josef Braml from the German Council on Foreign Relations argues Berlin must look beyond the White House for good transatlantic ties.

Traffic agency chases up foreign drivers’ unpaid parking fines
Sweden

Traffic agency chases up foreign drivers’ unpaid parking fines

Drivers of foreign-registered cars in Sweden may want to start paying more attention to the country’s parking rules.

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Germany

Jewish leaders slam recent hate crimes

Jewish leaders expressed outrage Monday over two "hate crimes" committed in Germany over the weekend, before the 70th anniversary of the Nazis' Kristallnacht pogrom.

SPD rebels block Hesse left-wing coalition
Germany

SPD rebels block Hesse left-wing coalition

Rebel Social Democrats derailed the formation of a left-wing minority government in the German state of Hesse on Monday amid ongoing opposition to cooperating with the hard-line socialist Left party.

Police solve six percent of Sweden’s crimes
Sweden

Police solve six percent of Sweden’s crimes

Nearly 95 percent of violent crimes and robberies committed in Sweden go unsolved, and an individual police officer solves an average of three crimes per year, according to a recent analysis.

Linde avoids financial crisis with big net profit increase
Germany

Linde avoids financial crisis with big net profit increase

Linde, the world's biggest industrial gases group, posted a 32-percent jump in third quarter net profit on Monday and said it had not yet felt the impact of the global financial crisis.

Higher birth rates among Sweden’s foreign-born
Sweden

Higher birth rates among Sweden’s foreign-born

Foreign-born women living in Sweden are giving birth to more children on average than women born in Sweden, new statistics show.

Gabriel warns anti-nuclear waste activists against violence
Germany

Gabriel warns anti-nuclear waste activists against violence

Germany’s Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel has warned anti-nuclear activists against violence when demonstrating against nuclear waste transports taking place this week.

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Germany

Headless man found in Berlin apartment

Berlin authorities have arrested a suspect after the headless body of a man was found in a Schöneberg district apartment, daily Berliner Morgenpost reported on Monday.

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Sweden

Sweden’s October layoffs hit historic highs

October 2008 was the worst month for layoffs in Sweden in more than 15 years, according to new statistics.

Essen Catholic diocese buys inflatable church
Germany

Essen Catholic diocese buys inflatable church

An Essen Catholic youth organization plans to breathe new life into deflated congregation numbers with the country’s first inflatable Catholic cathedral, daily Neuen Ruhr/Neuen Rhein Zeitung reported over the weekend.

Discover Ystad: Just follow the trail of blood
Sweden

Discover Ystad: Just follow the trail of blood

TV viewers around the world are soon to get their first glimpse of the seaside town of Ystad with the screening of three new BBC movies starring Kenneth Branagh as Inspector Kurt Wallander. David Wiles takes us on a blood-soaked tour of Scandinavia’s murder capital.

Halloween drunk douses children with wine
Sweden

Halloween drunk douses children with wine

A man in western Sweden is facing harassment charges after tricking and mistreating two children who called to his door as part of the weekend's Halloween celebrations, Sveriges Radio reports.

Winter rail destinations: Narvik
Sweden

Winter rail destinations: Narvik

With single runs over 3,000 metres long and pristine off-piste powder set against one of the most awe-inspiring natural backdrops on earth, it’s no wonder Narvik has been described as home to the world´s most beautiful setting for skiing.

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Sweden

Deadly weekend for Swedish boaters

Boating accidents in Sweden claimed three lives at the weekend, while the search continues for the fourth member of the crew of a boat that sank in Lake Mälaren on Friday near Västerås.

Navy frigate sets off to help US mission near Africa
Germany

Navy frigate sets off to help US mission near Africa

German military frigate Mecklenburg-Vorpommern left harbor on Monday on its way to Northeast Africa to help the US mission “Enduring Freedom.”

Commerzbank applies for state aid
Germany

Commerzbank applies for state aid

Commerzbank, the second-largest German bank, said on Monday it would benefit from €8.2 billion and €15 billion more in debt guarantees – becoming the second major financial institution to apply for state aid after the financial crisis.

Swedish lesbians in historic Taj Mahal wedding
Sweden

Swedish lesbians in historic Taj Mahal wedding

Two young women from Sweden tied the knot at the weekend in the first known lesbian "marriage" near India's famed Taj Mahal, newspapers said on Monday.

Thousands of metal industry workers strike
Germany

Thousands of metal industry workers strike

Thousands of metal and electronic industry workers across Germany went on a warning strike early Monday morning as part of union IG Metall’s ongoing wage dispute.

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Sweden

Popular Arab singer arrested in Stockholm on drug charges

Police in Stockholm arrested Syrian-Lebanese singing star George Wassouf at his hotel on Saturday on charges of drug possession shortly before he was due to perform a concert.