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Sweden

Swede charged with child sex assault in US

A 33-year-old man from Malmö has been indicted in the United States on eight counts of sexual assault of a child, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports.

‘Opposing Israeli violence is not anti-Semitism’
Sweden

‘Opposing Israeli violence is not anti-Semitism’

Swedes who demonstrate over Israeli attacks are not anti-Semites. Calling them names is an attempt to silence criticism of Israeli policies, argues Stockholm-based Palestinian Alaa Kullab.

Filmmakers scrutinise Germany 20 years after the fall of the Wall
Germany

Filmmakers scrutinise Germany 20 years after the fall of the Wall

Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, a team of Germany's top directors have turned their cameras on their own country, producing short, sharp vignettes sizing up the reunited nation, writes AFP's Deborah Cole.

Showbiz lawyers gear up for Pirate Bay trial
Sweden

Showbiz lawyers gear up for Pirate Bay trial

Swedish and international entertainment industry representatives are redoubling their efforts to challenge the legitimacy of file sharing website The Pirate Bay as the trial of four people connected to the site nears commencement.

Berlin’s ‘Material’ witness
Germany

Berlin’s ‘Material’ witness

Daniel Miller takes a three-hour history lesson with Thomas Heise's new documentary “Material” about the fall of the Berlin Wall.

More Germans ‘doping’ to enhance workplace performance
Germany

More Germans ‘doping’ to enhance workplace performance

While Germany tries to combat doping in sports, drug abuse to boost desk jockey performance in the country is on the rise, according to a new study published by German health insurer DAK this week.

Steinbrück warns against growing spectre of protectionism
Germany

Steinbrück warns against growing spectre of protectionism

German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück warned on Friday that the world must avoid a spiral of 1930s-style protectionism as senior G7 finance officials headed to Rome for talks on the economic crisis.

Norwegian group joins case against Sweden’s wiretapping law
Sweden

Norwegian group joins case against Sweden’s wiretapping law

A lawyers’ organization from Norway has submitted a petition supporting a case pending in the European Court of Human Rights which challenges Sweden’s controversial wiretapping law.

German-Afghan gets life for ‘honour killing’
Germany

German-Afghan gets life for ‘honour killing’

A German-Afghan man was sentenced to life in prison for the “honour killing” of his sister on Friday, creating mayhem in the court room as family members screamed, assaulted journalists and attempted suicide.

Recession in Germany worse than expected
Germany

Recession in Germany worse than expected

The German economy shrivelled 2.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2008, the worst decline since reunification and significantly more than expected, the Federal Statistics Office (Destatis) reported on Friday.

Modern methods pit reindeer herders against animal activists
Sweden

Modern methods pit reindeer herders against animal activists

Far from the idyllic image of lone herders skiing after their reindeer, indigenous Samis in Sweden's far north today use snowmobiles and other vehicles, giving rise to an animal welfare campaign as far away as Britain.

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Sweden

Riksbank offers long loans at variable rates

Sweden's central bank said on Friday it would continue to offer loans in Swedish kronor at longer maturities to improve the functioning of the markets, and that the new loans would be made at a variable interest rate.

Court lowers penalty for Swedish girl’s Cambodia abduction
Sweden

Court lowers penalty for Swedish girl’s Cambodia abduction

An appeals court in Sweden has reduced the sentence of the father of a now six-year-old girl whom he abducted and took to Cambodia, hiding the girl for more than a year.

Dispute with Egypt over Nefertiti bust reignites
Germany

Dispute with Egypt over Nefertiti bust reignites

A newly discovered document has reignited a dispute between Germany and Egypt over the rightful ownership of the iconic 3,400-year-old bust of Queen Nefertiti this week.

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Sweden

Swedish town debates ban on ‘racist’ clothing

A youth recreation centre in Bromölla in southern Sweden has decided to ban anyone wearing clothing that could be considered racist from entering the facility.

Losses cause Saab shares to nosedive
Sweden

Losses cause Saab shares to nosedive

Swedish aerospace company Saab reported a 708 million kronor ($85 million) net loss for the fourth quarter of 2008, down from a net profit of 1.01 billion kronor the year before.

Volkswagen to develop electric cars with Toshiba
Germany

Volkswagen to develop electric cars with Toshiba

Volkswagen and the Japanese electronics group Toshiba have unveiled an accord to jointly develop electric drive units that VW says will allow it to become the first manufacturer of an affordable, mass-produced electric vehicle.

Germany’s most famous prostitute passes away
Germany

Germany’s most famous prostitute passes away

Germany’s most famous prostitute Domenica Niehoff – who gained fame for becoming advocate for the rights of sex workers in the 70s and 80s – has died after succumbing to serious illness this week.

Porsche test driver dies in autobahn crash
Germany

Porsche test driver dies in autobahn crash

A Porsche test driver lost control of a secret prototype car and died in an accident on the A5 motorway near Darmstadt early on Friday morning, police in the German state of Hesse said.

Most Swedes favour more nuclear power
Sweden

Most Swedes favour more nuclear power

As energy policy talks between the government and opposition parties continue, a new poll shows that six of ten Swedes are in favour of building new nuclear power plants.

Twin KaDeWe robbery suspects’ family in ‘red light scene’
Germany

Twin KaDeWe robbery suspects’ family in ‘red light scene’

The 27-year-old twin suspects in the sensational jewellery robbery at Germany’s most famous department store, the KaDeWe in Berlin, apparently have relatives with a criminal past, daily Berliner Morgenpost reported on Friday.

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Sweden

Sabuni offers to meet with Rosengård youth

Sweden’s integration minister Nyamko Sabuni wants to visit the homes of young people from the predominantly immigrant suburb of Rosengård in Malmö.

Bayern ‘won’t leave Hoffenheim in peace’ until they’re back on top
Germany

Bayern ‘won’t leave Hoffenheim in peace’ until they’re back on top

Bayern Munich coach Jürgen Klinsmann insists his side will give Bundesliga leaders Hoffenheim no peace until they are back at the top of the table - starting this weekend.

Baltic Sea jellyfish keeps researchers in Sweden guessing
Sweden

Baltic Sea jellyfish keeps researchers in Sweden guessing

Marine biologists in Sweden remain puzzled by a species of jellyfish newly discovered in the Baltic Sea which they first feared was a harmful invasive species.