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Sweden

Ericsson to help roll out Verizon’s 4G network in the US

Sweden’s telecom equipment provider Ericsson has been chosen by Verizon Wireless to help build the United States’ first 4G wireless network.

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Sweden

No fans allowed for Israel tennis match

Sweden's upcoming Davis Cup tennis match against Israel will be held behind closed doors, Malmö city council ruled on Wednesday. The decision follows a vocal campaign against the match in protest at the situation in the Middle East.

NASA rocket scientist Konrad Dannenberg dies
Germany

NASA rocket scientist Konrad Dannenberg dies

German rocket scientist Konrad Dannenberg, who worked on the Nazi V-2 rocket before helping NASA to develop the first moon rockets, has died at the age of 96 in Huntsville, Alabama, daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported on Wednesday.

Condé Nast shuts down Vanity Fair Germany
Germany

Condé Nast shuts down Vanity Fair Germany

This week’s edition of the German Vanity Fair will be the last, publisher Condé Nast said on Wednesday in Munich.

Wilhelm brings home third biathlon medal
Germany

Wilhelm brings home third biathlon medal

Germany's Kati Wilhelm snagged her second World Championship title as well as her third medal in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Wednesday when she claimed victory in the 15-kilometre individual.

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Sweden

Swedish court grants asylum to ex-Guantanamo prisoner

A Swedish court has overturned a deportation order for a former Guantanamo Bay prisoner from China.

Artists create baby hatch for unwanted plants
Germany

Artists create baby hatch for unwanted plants

A new receptacle for unwanted plants debuted in Schöppingen in North Rhine-Westphalia this week. It’s called a Pflanzenklappe, or plant hatch, in a play on the German word Babyklappe, where parents can safely deposit their unwanted infants.

Naked Merkel Karneval float to appear in Brazilian bikini
Germany

Naked Merkel Karneval float to appear in Brazilian bikini

The Cologne Karneval committee has decided not to let a float parody of Chancellor Angela Merkel travel topless through the city during its Rosenmontag parade next Monday.

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Sweden

‘Gimme gimme gimme more money money money’

Freelance writer Gene Oberto isn't buying the anti-piracy arguments put forward by Abba's Björn Ulvaeus.

Defence disputes damage claims
Sweden

Defence disputes damage claims

As the Pirate Bay trial entered its third day on Wednesday, lawyers for the entertainment industry defended their compensation claims against the four defendants, whose lawyers in turn did their best to poke holes in the prosecution’s case.

Sweden ‘won’t save Saab’
Sweden

Sweden ‘won’t save Saab’

The Swedish government said on Wednesday it would not intervene to take over Saab. Enterprise Minister Maud Olofsson slammed Saab's US owner General Motors for "abandoning" the struggling Swedish car maker.

Banking on the new Swedish model
Sweden

Banking on the new Swedish model

Olle Wästberg, Director General of the Swedish Institute reveals some insights garnered from his inside track in the early 1990s to the bone-shaking Swedish banking crisis and its eventual resolution.

Germany backs law to nationalise banks
Germany

Germany backs law to nationalise banks

The German government has approved measures allowing it to temporarily nationalise troubled banks through the seizure of shares in order to shore up the country’s financial sector.

Berlin mulls genetically modified corn ban
Germany

Berlin mulls genetically modified corn ban

The German government is mulling a possible ban on a specific strain of genetically modified corn because consumers and farmers are opposed to GM crops, daily Berliner Zeitung reported on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Sweden Democrat ‘stole reporter’s camera’

Swedish prosecutors have begun investigating four politicians from the far right Sweden Democrat party who are accused of locking an investigative reporter into a ferry cabin and stealing a video camera she had hidden in her handbag.

Sweden’s colleges catching more cheats
Sweden

Sweden’s colleges catching more cheats

The number of students expelled from Sweden’s colleges and universities for cheating increased by nearly 30 percent last year, according to a recent study.

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Sweden

Police to investigate Swedish art student’s metro graffiti

The Stockholm county transit authority SL has filed a complaint with the police against a student who filmed the vandalizing of a subway carriage, amid revelations that the incident wasn’t the first time the student recorded vandalism for an art project.

GM not planning to close Opel plants yet
Germany

GM not planning to close Opel plants yet

US auto maker General Motors has no current plans to close factories for its German subsidiary Opel, despite rumours to the contrary, the company said late on Tuesday.

Germany shouldn’t host Iraqi Christians, minister says
Germany

Germany shouldn’t host Iraqi Christians, minister says

A member of the Iraqi government chose the visit of Germany's foreign minister on Tuesday to criticise European countries that encourage Christians to leave the war-torn nation.

Auschwitz blueprints found in attic go on display in Berlin
Germany

Auschwitz blueprints found in attic go on display in Berlin

Original building plans for Nazi death camp Auschwitz are now on display in Berlin after being discovered in an attic in the German capital last November.

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Sweden

Sweden’s annual immigrant tally hit six figures in 2008

More than 100,000 people emigrated to Sweden in 2008, marking the first time the country’s annual immigrant count hit six figures, according to new statistics.

GM plan leaves Saab’s future in doubt
Sweden

GM plan leaves Saab’s future in doubt

Swedish automaker Saab may find itself filing for bankruptcy protection “as early as this month” if its US parent General Motors (GM) doesn’t get financial assistance from the Swedish government.