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Sweden

Sweden in new round of cut taxes to boost employment

A new measure to tackle Sweden's rising rate of unemployment has been proposed by the Swedish government, with tax cuts of 10 billion kronor ($1.4 billion) hoped to stimulate the job market.

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Sweden

Swine flu vaccine to save billions in cash

The cost to society of the swine flu pandemic can be reduced by 2.5 billion Swedish crowns if six out of ten Swedes are vaccinated against the disease.

Oktoberfest opens to massive crowds
Germany

Oktoberfest opens to massive crowds

The 176th Oktoberfest, the world’s biggest beer festival, began in Munich Saturday morning to enormous crowds and tight security.

Al-Qaida threatens Germany in terror video
Germany

Al-Qaida threatens Germany in terror video

Al-Qaida warned Germans on Friday to change their government in the September 27 election, saying they will face a "bad awakening" if they do not, according to two intelligence monitoring services.

Bundeswehr sees need for more troops in Afghanistan
Germany

Bundeswehr sees need for more troops in Afghanistan

A German military commander in Afghanistan says his forces there need more soldiers and equipment to operate effectively, the news magazine Focus reported Saturday.

Flash mob greets Merkel at Hamburg rally
Germany

Flash mob greets Merkel at Hamburg rally

In an election campaign described by many as Germany’s most boring ever, a flash mob provided comic relief Friday evening by greeting Chancellor Angela Merkel at a rally with exaggerated enthusiasm, news magazine Der Spiegel reported.

Hamm man threatens passersby with sword
Germany

Hamm man threatens passersby with sword

A 25-year-old man in the western German town of Hamm was arrested Saturday after threatening a passerby with a sword, police reported.

VW could take stake in Suzuki
Germany

VW could take stake in Suzuki

Europe's biggest car marker Volkswagen could become a shareholder of its Japanese competitor Suzuki before the end of the year, according to the German auto industry magazine Automobilwoche.

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Sweden

Swedish town in bid to allow snowmobiling downtown

Winter has not yet fallen upon Sweden but Kiruna council is getting prepared and proposing the right for residents to drive their snowmobiles around the city.

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Sweden

HIV man strikes again: unprotected sex with 15-year-old

A 20 year-old man with HIV from Linköping has been remanded in custody for having unprotected sex with a 15-year-old girl.

Opposition stays ahead in new poll
Sweden

Opposition stays ahead in new poll

Exactly one year before the general election, Sweden’s opposition parties stand marginally ahead of the governing centre-right Alliance, according to the latest poll.

Body found in missing Falun woman case
Sweden

Body found in missing Falun woman case

A body believed to be that of a 32-year woman from Falun, missing since early August, was discovered on Friday, hours after her fiancé was found in a state of shock by a roadside between Rättvik and Falun in central Sweden.