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Sweden

Babysitting brothers charged for child rape

Two brothers in Södertälje in eastern Sweden have been charged for the alleged rape of several children, some as young as one year old.

Stasi link made in infamous student death
Germany

Stasi link made in infamous student death

A former West German police officer who infamously shot a protestor in 1967 may face trial for a third time after reports emerged on Friday that he was an unofficial informant, or IM, of the Stasi.

Thailand to delay Gripen purchase: report
Sweden

Thailand to delay Gripen purchase: report

The difficult economic situation in Thailand may scuttle the country’s planned purchase of Saab JAS Gripen fighter planes.

Journalists condemn Bild’s coverage of shooting
Germany

Journalists condemn Bild’s coverage of shooting

The German Press Council, a voluntary self-monitoring watchdog organisation for journalists, condemned tabloid Bild's coverage of the Winnenden school shooting in a statement released on its website Friday.

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Sweden

High lay-off notices ‘a deliberate tactic’

Swedish companies are serving redundancy notices in artificially high numbers as part of a tactic to circumvent employment protection laws, claims a chief analyst at the national job agency.

Stefan Raab abandons German Eurovision
Germany

Stefan Raab abandons German Eurovision

Popular TV presenter and music producer Stefan Raab has abandoned negotiations with state television broadcaster ARD on creating next year’s German entry for the Eurovision song contest, news weekly Der Spiegel reported Friday.

Swedish web service to manage online life after offline death
Sweden

Swedish web service to manage online life after offline death

A Swedish design student has plans to launch a service that would allow people to send a final Tweet or Facebook status update from beyond the grave.

National hockey team goalie dies after cancer battle
Germany

National hockey team goalie dies after cancer battle

Germany's national hockey team goaltender Robert Müller has died following a long battle with a brain tumour, his team the Cologne Sharks announced on Friday.

2,000 protesters expected for Germany’s 60th birthday
Germany

2,000 protesters expected for Germany’s 60th birthday

Around 2,000 leftists are expected to attend an "anti-nationalist" parade in Berlin on the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Federal Republic on Saturday, organisers said Friday.

Women ‘more active’ on Swedish neo-Nazi scene
Sweden

Women ‘more active’ on Swedish neo-Nazi scene

Women are playing an increasingly active role on the Swedish neo-Nazi scene, a new book has revealed.

Managers demand Merkel stop payment regulation plans
Germany

Managers demand Merkel stop payment regulation plans

A group of Germany's top managers has written to Chancellor Angela Merkel demanding she scrap plans to regulate elements of company pay contracts, German business daily Handelsblatt reported Friday.

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Sweden

Swedish court okays higher rent for refugees

A Swedish court has ruled that a landlord’s decision to charge higher rent to a refugee family does not qualify as discrimination.

Swine flu case closes day care centre
Germany

Swine flu case closes day care centre

A day care centre in Düsseldorf has closed after a six-year-old girl there contracted swine flu. She is the first child to come down with the virus in Germany.

Asse nuclear waste workers getting radiation scans
Germany

Asse nuclear waste workers getting radiation scans

The Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) announced Friday they will take on a large operation to test radiation-exposure levels of both current and former workers at the atomic waste depot Asse near the town of Wolfenbüttel in Lower Saxony.

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Sweden

‘Lynch mob’ prompts refugees to flee town in northern Sweden

Nearly half of the predominantly Iraqi-refugees residing in Vännäs in northern Sweden have decided to permanently move out of the area after being terrorized by what police called “a lynch mob” in early May.

Milk price row moves Merkel to meet farmers
Germany

Milk price row moves Merkel to meet farmers

After refusing to speak to hunger-striking milk-maids camped out outside her office last week, Chancellor Angela Merkel has decided to address the issue of low milk prices after all.

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Sweden

Mark Majzner: ‘I like to stand up to the establishment’

At the end of a long day, there’s nothing quite as perfect as a tall glass of wine to help you unwind and relax, says wine connoisseur Mark Majzner.

Pirate Party Sweden’s third-largest: poll
Sweden

Pirate Party Sweden’s third-largest: poll

Sweden’s Pirate Party has climbed into third place among parties running for the European Parliament elections, according to a new opinion poll released Thursday.

Magna preferred for Opel takeover
Germany

Magna preferred for Opel takeover

Canadian auto parts maker Magna is in pole position in the race to take over struggling General Motor's German subsidiary Opel, a key local politician said Friday.

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Sweden

Convict kills wife while on temporary release

A man in his seventies who was on temporary release court ordered psychiatric care has been arrested after confessing to killing his wife in a suburb north of Stockholm.

Klum crowns Sara ‘Germany’s Next Topmodel’
Germany

Klum crowns Sara ‘Germany’s Next Topmodel’

Sara, a 19-year-old whose parents come from Ethiopia, became the fourth winner of Heidi Klum’s show "Germany’s Next Topmodel" on Thursday night before an audience of 15,000 in Cologne.

Swedish animal park welcomes newborn gorllia
Sweden

Swedish animal park welcomes newborn gorllia

Enzo, the 3-year-old gorilla at Sweden’s Kolmården animal park, has a new sibling, officials announced on Thursday.

Homes ravaged by tornado near Schwerin
Germany

Homes ravaged by tornado near Schwerin

A tornado south of Schwerin caused millions of euros in property damages on Thursday evening, but no one was seriously injured, police reported.