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Sweden

What’s On in Sweden: January 1st – 7th

What’s on in Sweden: Tango with Superheroes in Stockholm, tickle cockroaches in Gothenburg and Blame it on the Stones in Malmö.

Sweden’s help sought in Auschwitz theft probe
Sweden

Sweden’s help sought in Auschwitz theft probe

Polish authorities investigating possible Swedish ties to the theft of the Auschwitz “Arbeit Macht Frei” sign planned to formally ask for help from the Swedish justice ministry, the Polish justice ministry said on Wednesday.

Ribery on his way to Madrid next summer
Germany

Ribery on his way to Madrid next summer

Bayern Munich's French international Franck Ribery is set for a €55-million move to Real Madrid next summer, a year before his contract at the German giants expires, a report said Wednesday.

States only want half as much swine flu vaccine
Germany

States only want half as much swine flu vaccine

The health ministers of Germany's states said Wednesday they only need half of the 50 million vaccine doses previously ordered.

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Sweden

Swedish state’s holdings outperform Stockholm exchange

The value of the Swedish state's stock portfolio grew by 55 billion kronor ($7.66 billion) in 2009, putting its current value slightly higher than it was in early 2007 before the financial crisis hit.

GM extends deadline for Saab sale: report
Sweden

GM extends deadline for Saab sale: report

General Motors (GM) has extended its December 31st deadline for the sale of Saab Automobile, according to a Saab official. Meanwhile, Swedish unions have turned to Washington for help in urging GM to sell the Swedish automaker.

Policeman who shot husband of Dresden ‘veil martyr’ cleared
Germany

Policeman who shot husband of Dresden ‘veil martyr’ cleared

German investigators have dropped an investigation into a policeman who shot an Egyptian trying to save his pregnant wife being stabbed to death in a Dresden courtroom in July.

70-year-old fined for slapping cheeky youth
Sweden

70-year-old fined for slapping cheeky youth

A pensioner from Värnamo in south central Sweden has been fined 3,000 kronor ($420) on assault charges by a Swedish court for slapping a 12-year-old boy who called him an old fart (‘gubbjävel’).

Government not opposed to body scanners
Germany

Government not opposed to body scanners

Germany's interior minister said Wednesday he was not opposed in principle to body scanners being used in airport security checks but that the technology had to improve first.

Swine flu named year’s top Swedish news story
Sweden

Swine flu named year’s top Swedish news story

Swine flu beat out both the June death of Michael Jackson and the Stockholm helicopter heist in September as the top Swedish news story of 2009, according to a new study.

German arms dealer arrested in Austria
Germany

German arms dealer arrested in Austria

A German man wanted by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for supplying chemical weapons to Iran has been arrested in Austria, criminal police said on Wednesday.

Nena becomes a nana
Germany

Nena becomes a nana

German pop legend Nena, who rose to global fame with the hit "99 Red Balloons", is now a proud granny, she said on her website Wednesday.

Kidnap victim relatives complain about Foreign Ministry
Germany

Kidnap victim relatives complain about Foreign Ministry

Relatives of a family kidnapped in Yemen have complained that the German Foreign Ministry has not been keeping them properly informed. They have still not been shown the video that appeared before Christmas apparently showing the children.

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Sweden

Swedish research puts stomach cancer vaccine in sight

New research at Sahlgrenska Academy in Gothenburg in western Sweden might be an important step towards creating a vaccine against ulcers and stomach cancer.

Dodgy dentist repaired same tooth 71 times
Sweden

Dodgy dentist repaired same tooth 71 times

A dentist from Gothenburg in western Sweden has been reported for malpractice by a patient who claims he had the same teeth repaired dozens of times.

Polish court to hear WWII massacre case
Germany

Polish court to hear WWII massacre case

Poland's supreme court has agreed to consider whether the Polish survivor of a Nazi World War II massacre can sue Germany for compensation in a Polish court, a court spokeswoman said Tuesday.

FDP and Greens report record membership
Germany

FDP and Greens report record membership

2009 was more than a triumphant election year for the pro-business Free Democratic Party (FDP) and the eco-friendly Green party. They each made a record number of new members.

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Sweden

Woman beaten to death in Gothenburg

An 18-year-old woman has died after being found severely beaten in the Hjällbo district of Gothenburg in western Sweden early Wednesday morning, prompting a massive police response to hunt down the woman's killer.

80-year-old swindled in internet lottery fraud
Sweden

80-year-old swindled in internet lottery fraud

An elderly gentleman in central Sweden was swindled out of his life savings by a fraudulent email claiming he had won £450,000 ($715,000).

Opel workers reject GM job cut plans
Germany

Opel workers reject GM job cut plans

Opel's works council has rejected a restructuring plan by the automaker's US parent company General Motors, council head Klaus Franz said in an interview due to be published on Wednesday.

Swedes want their adult children out of the house
Sweden

Swedes want their adult children out of the house

A lack of available affordable accommodation or poor personal finances prevent many young Swedes from packing their bags and moving out, much to the dismay of their parents.