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Sweden

Swedish coast threatened by shipwreck oil

The west coast of Sweden is threatened by large quantities of oil from the vessel Full City which has run aground outside the Norwegian coast.

Norwegian cargo ship found
Sweden

Norwegian cargo ship found

The Swedish coastguard has confirmed that the sunken cargo ship Langeland has been found south of the Koster islands off Sweden's west coast.

Berlin demands Iran free ‘political prisoners’
Germany

Berlin demands Iran free ‘political prisoners’

Germany's foreign minister Sunday called for the immediate release of "political prisoners" in Iran, expressing serious concern about the trial of 100 people accused of stoking unrest after June elections.

Catholic bank apologises for shares in the Pill, guns and fags
Germany

Catholic bank apologises for shares in the Pill, guns and fags

A German Catholic bank has apologised to investors and promised to sell its shares in a contraception producer, a weapons firm and tobacco companies.

Police patrol called to check penguins’ papers
Germany

Police patrol called to check penguins’ papers

Holidaymakers by a lake in Bavaria called the police when they saw a man swimming and splashing around in the water with two penguins.

Employers say a million jobs vacant despite crisis
Germany

Employers say a million jobs vacant despite crisis

Despite the financial crisis and current economic woes, there are around a million jobs vacant in Germany because companies cannot find a suitable worker, employers say.

Discount supermarkets hit the buffers on growth
Germany

Discount supermarkets hit the buffers on growth

Discount supermarkets, until now hailed as the winners of the financial crisis, have reached the limits of how far they can grow, according to figures in Der Spiegel magazine.

Heavy metal festival rocks Wacken for 20th time
Germany

Heavy metal festival rocks Wacken for 20th time

The heavy metal music festival rocked Wacken for the 20th time this weekend, attracting around 75,000 people and more than 80 bands from around the world.

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Sweden

Radio chat prompts sacking of ferry crash employee

An employee on one of the ships involved in the Gotland ferry crash in July, has been fired for talking to local radio.

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Sweden

Man claims post-mortem payment for services rendered

A man from Dalarna has claimed almost a million kronor ($140,000) for unpaid services rendered over 15 years to a now deceased woman.

Germans reduce kissing to avoid A/H1N1 virus infection
Germany

Germans reduce kissing to avoid A/H1N1 virus infection

Touchy-feely German social habits are falling victim to fears of the A/H1N1 virus, according to a survey showing many people are restricting the amount they kiss and shake hands with each other.

Football clubs take a stand for gay pride
Sweden

Football clubs take a stand for gay pride

Representatives for local football clubs, AIK and Hammarby, were among a slew of celebrities showing their support for gay pride by joining the traditional parade through Stockholm on Saturday.

Young boy dies on roller coaster
Germany

Young boy dies on roller coaster

An 11-year-old boy died suddenly while riding on a roller-coaster at the German-American Volksfest in Berlin on Saturday afternoon.