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Sweden

Ikea under fire over Turkish supplier

Swedish furniture giant Ikea and US retailer Wal-Mart was among several international companies criticized by a Norwegian group for what it deemed "unacceptable" working conditions at a Turkish supplier.

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Sweden

Five charged over Iraqi human smuggling ring

Three men and two women were formally charged on Monday for human smuggling on suspicions they helped transport 24 Iraqis into Sweden in return for large sums of money.

‘Phantom killer’ cotton swabs were not made for crime scenes
Germany

‘Phantom killer’ cotton swabs were not made for crime scenes

Police in search of the "phantom killer" from Heilbronn bought cotton swabs that, according to packaging instructions, were expressly not for use at crime scenes, the producer told Stuttgarter Zeitung on Monday.

Car scrapping bonus to be extended until year’s end
Germany

Car scrapping bonus to be extended until year’s end

The German government is planning an extension of its popular Abwrackprämie, or scrapping premium, until the end of the year, a spokesperson said on Monday.

Female students win discrimination case
Sweden

Female students win discrimination case

In a closely watched affirmative action case, a Swedish court ruled on Monday that men should not have been offered spots in a veterinary school programme ahead of women with equivalent qualifications.

Celebrity chef butchers live rabbit in front of young audience
Germany

Celebrity chef butchers live rabbit in front of young audience

Just in time for Easter, German celebrity chef Sarah Wiener’s new television series confronted young viewers with the bloody reality of where their meat comes from by butchering a rabbit before their eyes, daily Hamburger Morgenpost reported on Monday.

UK auction house denies Hitler paintings are fake
Germany

UK auction house denies Hitler paintings are fake

German daily Die Welt on Monday questioned the authenticity of 13 Adolf Hitler paintings up for auction next month, but Mullock's auction house told The Local they can prove the paintings are from the Nazi dicator.

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Sweden

Couple’s surrogate son stuck in Ukraine

A Swedish couple who had a son born to a surrogate mother in Ukraine is having trouble getting their 13-day-old child back to Sweden.

German navy captures seven pirates
Germany

German navy captures seven pirates

For the second time since the anti-pirate mission Atalanta began in December, German military forces have detained several Somali pirates, the military said on Monday.

Winter rail destinations: Riksgränsen
Sweden

Winter rail destinations: Riksgränsen

Lying 200 kilometres above the Arctic Circle, Riksgränsen is Sweden's most northerly resort and a nature lover's delight.

US sergeant found guilty of taking part in Iraq executions
Germany

US sergeant found guilty of taking part in Iraq executions

A US sergeant became the second non-commissioned officer to be convicted of murder for the summary executions of four bound and blindfolded prisoners in Iraq in 2007 at a trial in Vilseck, Germany on Monday.

Sweden’s chicken glass mystery thickens
Sweden

Sweden’s chicken glass mystery thickens

Bits of glass have been found in a package of Ivar’s brand frozen chicken in northern Sweden as well as a package of fresh chicken sold in a Coop supermarket in Ystad in the south of the country.

Mehdorn steps down in Deutsche Bahn scandal
Germany

Mehdorn steps down in Deutsche Bahn scandal

The embattled chief of German national rail service Deutsche Bahn, Hartmut Mehdorn, stepped down on Monday amid an ongoing scandal that has revealed the company spied on its own employees and journalists.

Thieves take two-tonne carousel for a ride
Sweden

Thieves take two-tonne carousel for a ride

Police in northern Sweden are on the lookout for an old-style funfair carousel that was stolen on Saturday from the roadside near Näsviken, 300 kilometres north Stockholm.

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Sweden

Snowmobilers’ deaths remain a mystery

Police in northern Sweden remain baffled over a couple found dead beside their snowmobile on Sunday on a lake outside of Kiruna.

Two children dead after dropping hair dryer into bathtub
Germany

Two children dead after dropping hair dryer into bathtub

Two children died in the southern German town of Lustadt over the weekend when they apparently dropped a hair dryer into the bathtub where they were playing, broadcaster Südwestfunk reported on Monday.

US soldier faces court on Iraq murder charges
Germany

US soldier faces court on Iraq murder charges

US Sergeant First Class Joseph P. Mayo faces a court martial in the southern German city of Vilseck on Monday, accused of murdering a bound and blindfolded Iraqi prisoner near Baghdad.

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Sweden

More bling for your buck at Stockholm’s premier palazzo

A resplendent 19th century palace with a distinctly Mediterranean feel, Hallwyl House in Stockholm is an architectural gem well worth adding to the tourist itinerary, writes James Savage.

AMF board tells ex-CEO to repay pension
Sweden

AMF board tells ex-CEO to repay pension

The board of AMF Pension said late Sunday night that they had been misled about the size of former CEO Christer Elmehagen’s pension and requested that he pay more than 20 million kronor ($2.4 million) back to the company.

Jogger mugged by 7-year-old boy
Germany

Jogger mugged by 7-year-old boy

Police have returned a 7-year-old to his parents after the child mugged a teenage jogger in a Berlin park on Sunday afternoon.

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Sweden

Swedish police struggle to stop pre-teen drug dealers

Police in Linköping in central Sweden have discovered a 12-year-old boy for trying to sell hashish on school grounds.

Air Berlin falls further into debt despite revenue increase
Germany

Air Berlin falls further into debt despite revenue increase

Germany’s second largest airline Air Berlin fell deeper into debt in 2008, the company announced on Monday.

Sweden Democrats in racism row
Sweden

Sweden Democrats in racism row

Racism and hostility toward foreigners are common themes for the far-right Sweden Democrats, despite the party’s efforts to move into the political mainstream, according to a new investigation.

German author teaches economics with nurse love story
Germany

German author teaches economics with nurse love story

A cheesy love story dripping with kitsch: Doe-eyed sister Helga falls head over heels for handsome surgeon Robert. It's not the kind of story you would expect to find in an economics textbook.