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Sweden

Bildt urges renewal of Gaza ceasefire

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt on Sunday praised a fresh call by the United Nations Security Council to halt the violence in Gaza.

Reinfeldt pessimistic about 2009 climate treaty progress
Sweden

Reinfeldt pessimistic about 2009 climate treaty progress

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt voiced his concern that the global financial crisis has diminished the prospect of a robust climate change treaty during 2009.

Heating back payments could hit 30 percent for 2008
Germany

Heating back payments could hit 30 percent for 2008

German renters could be hit with back payments of up to 30 percent for their 2008 heating bills, according to a warning delivered by the German tenants association DMB on Sunday.

300 million text messages expected on New Year’s Eve
Germany

300 million text messages expected on New Year’s Eve

Germans are likely to go SMS-crazy this New Year's Eve. The mobile phone trade organisation Bitkom said that networks are bracing themselves for an onslaught of New Year's wishes.

Economists criticise planned nuke phaseout
Germany

Economists criticise planned nuke phaseout

Leading economic institutes have warned that the German economy could suffer if the government refuses to delay the country's planned phaseout of nuclear energy.

Disturbed woman scratches over 100 cars in Berlin
Germany

Disturbed woman scratches over 100 cars in Berlin

An apparently psychologically disturbed woman wandered around Berlin on Saturday night scratching cars with a carpet cutter.

Steinmeier backs state aid for carmakers
Germany

Steinmeier backs state aid for carmakers

Frank-Walter Steinmeier, foreign minister and Social Democrat chancellor candidate in next year's general election, says he is in favour of state aid for German automakers, a Sunday newspaper reported.

Official raises doubts over data privacy in Germany
Germany

Official raises doubts over data privacy in Germany

Germany's federal commissioner for data protection, Peter Schaar, has expressed deep concerns over the safety of personal information in the wake of several privacy scandals in 2008.

Insider trading probe for Hypo Real Estate
Germany

Insider trading probe for Hypo Real Estate

Troubled German property lender Hypo Real Estate is being investigated for possible insider trading, according to the weekly Der Spiegel to be published Monday.

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Sweden

Dogs save Swedish man from hostile elk

A 75-year-old Swedish man escaped with minor injuries after a pack of dogs chased off an aggressive elk from an orchard in the center of Gällivare in northern Sweden on Saturday evening.

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Sweden

Two arrested for Christmas Eve killing

Two men have been arrested for their involvement in the murder of a 26-year-old man at a refugee centre in Sundsvall on Christmas Eve.

Police identify Casino Cosmopol shooter
Sweden

Police identify Casino Cosmopol shooter

Prosecutors have issued an arrest warrant for the man suspected of having shot two female patrons and a security guard at the Casino Cosmopol in central Stockholm on Christmas Eve.