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Sweden

Dogs attack 4-year-old girl

A four-year-old girl was taken to hospital in Stockholm after she was attacked on Thursday afternoon by two dogs.

Merkel hails US decision to weakening ‘Buy American’ clause
Germany

Merkel hails US decision to weakening ‘Buy American’ clause

Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, the world's largest exporter, on Thursday hailed the US Senate's decision to water down a "Buy American" clause from its stimulus plan, calling it a "good signal."

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Germany

German industrial orders plunge

German industrial orders plunged by 25.1 percent in 2008 as the global economic slowdown hit demand in Europe, data released on Thursday by the Economy Ministry showed.

Strikes close schools in Hamburg and the Rhineland
Germany

Strikes close schools in Hamburg and the Rhineland

Thousands of public workers staged temporary strikes in a wage dispute with the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the city-state of Hamburg on Thursday, shutting down schools and local administration offices.

What’s on in Germany: February 5 – 11
Germany

What’s on in Germany: February 5 – 11

This Week's Highlights: A Michel Comte retrospective in Düsseldorf, the Kaiser Chiefs rock Dresden, and three Samuel Beckett films are screened in Munich.

Ryanair to add new flights from Västerås airport
Sweden

Ryanair to add new flights from Västerås airport

Ryanair announced this week plans to open two new routes from Stockholm Västerås airport to destinations in Germany in Spain.

New firm picks up shards of Hummel figurine production
Germany

New firm picks up shards of Hummel figurine production

Germany's famous Hummel figurines will once again bring joy to hearts of collectors around the world, after a new firm said it will take over production from porcelain manufacturer Goebel.

US deserter confident he’ll get asylum
Germany

US deserter confident he’ll get asylum

A US Army deserter seeking asylum in Germany based on his moral opposition to the Iraq invasion is confident his request will be granted after a gruelling nine-hour hearing, his lawyer said Thursday.

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Sweden

DNA evidence insufficient for rape conviction

Rape charges against a 19-year-old man in Sweden have been dropped despite the existence of DNA evidence on a bloody glove found near the crime scene.

Officers reassigned after racist remarks
Sweden

Officers reassigned after racist remarks

Three Malmö police officers have been reassigned for yelling racial slurs in reference to a suspect detained during disturbances which hit the city’s Rosengård district in December.

Hundreds of Iraqi Christian refugees bound for Rhineland
Germany

Hundreds of Iraqi Christian refugees bound for Rhineland

The German state of North Rhine-Westphalia will take on some 540 Iraqi refugees in the coming weeks, state integration minister Armin Laschet said on Thursday in Düsseldorf.

Ballack and Frings recalled to face Norway
Germany

Ballack and Frings recalled to face Norway

Chelsea star Michael Ballack and Bremen's Torsten Frings have both been recalled to the Germany squad to face Norway in a friendly next Wednesday, but there is no place for striker Lukas Podolski.

Gangsters threatening shop owners at Stockholm mall
Sweden

Gangsters threatening shop owners at Stockholm mall

Criminal gangs have tried to blackmail shop owners and managers at one of the Stockholm area’s most popular shopping centres, according to employees at the mall.

Police to identify Nazi ‘Doctor Death’ remains
Germany

Police to identify Nazi ‘Doctor Death’ remains

Authorities from the state police in Baden-Württemberg want to travel to Cairo to identify the remains of Aribert Heim – a notorious Nazi war criminal known as “Doctor Death” thought to have died in Egypt in 1992 after decades on the run.

Club and concert tips: Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö
Sweden

Club and concert tips: Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö

Usher in February with a great night out in one of Sweden’s three main cities.

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Sweden

Malmö club and concert tips: Saturday, Feb 7

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

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Sweden

Metro profitable in 2008 despite recent losses

Sweden’s Metro International, which publishes free newspapers around the globe, on Thursday reported net profits of $4.06 million in 2008 despite fourth quarter losses.

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Sweden

Malmö club and concert tips: Friday, Feb 6

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

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Sweden

Gothenburg club and concert tips: Saturday, Feb 7

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

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Sweden

Gothenburg club and concert tips: Friday, Feb 6

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

Berlinale film festival opens
Germany

Berlinale film festival opens

The 59th annual Berlinale kicked off on February 5, promising 11 days packed full of films, parties and red carpet star sightings. There’s no better way to while away the post-holiday winter blues in Germany than losing yourself in velvety cinema darkness.

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Sweden

Stockholm club and concert tips: Saturday, Feb 7

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

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Sweden

Stockholm club and concert tips: Friday, Feb 6

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

Officials struggle with Swedish mining town’s relocation
Sweden

Officials struggle with Swedish mining town’s relocation

As miners continue to chip away at the chunk of iron sitting directly beneath Kiruna in northern Sweden, the AFP’s Nina Larson examines the challenges that come with relocating an entire town.

Deutsche Bank posts historic loss
Germany

Deutsche Bank posts historic loss

Deutsche Bank, Germany's largest bank, on Thursday posted its first annual loss since World War II owing to a catastrophic fourth quarter but vowed to survive the global financial crisis.

Sweden in nuclear energy reversal
Sweden

Sweden in nuclear energy reversal

The four parties of Sweden's centre-right governing Alliance on Thursday announced they had reached an agreement to reverse a decision to phase out the country's 10 nuclear reactors.

What’s on in Sweden: February 6 – 12
Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: February 6 – 12

What's on in Sweden: African cinema festival and Cullberg ballet in Stockholm; Eurovision and Bollywood in Gothenburg; Soundtrack of Our Lives in Malmö.

No dividend for SEB shareholders after earnings fall
Sweden

No dividend for SEB shareholders after earnings fall

Sweden’s SEB bank announced plans on Thursday to raise 1.4 billion ($1.8 billion) in new capital and forgo paying a 2008 dividend following a steep drop in earnings last year.

Squatter house associated with Bernd das Brot kidnapping burns
Germany

Squatter house associated with Bernd das Brot kidnapping burns

A squat house in Erfurt, associated with the kidnapping of talking TV bread loaf Bernd das Brot, burned down on Wednesday night, police reported.

Suspect in child murder fled to Turkey
Germany

Suspect in child murder fled to Turkey

A main suspect in the murder of an 8-year-old girl near the Möhnesee Lake outside of Paderborn fled to Turkey two days after the crime, police reported on Thursday.

Biden to outline US foreign policy vision at Munich conference
Germany

Biden to outline US foreign policy vision at Munich conference

President Barack Obama is sending his Vice President Joseph Biden and a top-level delegation to the Munich Security Conference this weekend to hear what US allies have to say before his new foreign policies go into effect.

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Sweden

Shoe thrown at Israel’s ambassador in Stockholm

Israel’s ambassador to Sweden, Benny Dagan, was the victim of a shoe-throwing incident at a lecture at Stockholm University on Wednesday afternoon.

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Sweden

Ministries react against web ban plan

Employees in Sweden’s government offices, from ministers to lower level civil servants, would be prohibited from visiting websites dealing with war, weapons, and terror, according to a proposal by a chief administrator.