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Sweden

No injuries at tennis club as roof collapses

Police and rescue workers have allayed fears that players had been injured or become trapped after a roof collapsed at a tennis hall outside Södertälje on Wednesday evening.

Third man confesses in Jesuit sex abuse scandal
Germany

Third man confesses in Jesuit sex abuse scandal

A scandal over sexual abuse by Jesuit priests in Germany in the 1970s and 80s snowballed Wednesday as a third teacher confessed, more victims came forward and further schools were implicated.

Palme assassination case to remain open
Sweden

Palme assassination case to remain open

The investigation into the 1986 assassination of Swedish prime minister Olof Palme is to remain open indefinitely after the parliament passed a bill on Wednesday abolishing the statute of limitations for crimes of a particularly serious nature.

‘Miriam’ wreaks winter havoc
Germany

‘Miriam’ wreaks winter havoc

The winter storm “Miriam” created chaotic traffic conditions across Germany on Wednesday, as the military used helicopters to bring food and supplies to the Baltic Sea island of Hiddensee.

Berlin: Iran must make ‘concrete’ nuke offer
Germany

Berlin: Iran must make ‘concrete’ nuke offer

Germany said Wednesday that Iran's offer to ship some uranium abroad for enrichment has to be given in the form of "concrete commitments" to the UN atomic agency before it can be properly judged.

File reveals West Berlin locksmith copied police keys for Stasi
Germany

File reveals West Berlin locksmith copied police keys for Stasi

A West Berlin locksmith provided East Germany's feared security force the Stasi with keys to police stations and other important buildings on his side of the divided city for years, according to a file found by weekly newspaper Die Zeit.

‘Roland Nilsson stole my goal’: Tomas Brolin
Sweden

‘Roland Nilsson stole my goal’: Tomas Brolin

Tomas Brolin has been credited with 26 goals for Sweden. But the ex-Leeds United and Parma striker is now claiming that the figure should read 27.

What’s On in Sweden: February 4th – 11th
Sweden

What’s On in Sweden: February 4th – 11th

What’s on in Sweden: Bodypoppers in Stockholm, launch of The Boat Show in Gothenburg and Bob Marley is celebrated in Malmö.

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Sweden

Scania cuts dividend as profits fall

Swedish bus and truck manufacturer Scania reported a net profit of 1.236 billion kronor ($172 million) for the fourth quarter 2009 down from 1,708 million kronor in the corresponding period of last year.

Hartz IV welfare benefits considered too low
Germany

Hartz IV welfare benefits considered too low

A solid majority of Germans believe welfare benefits are too low in their country, according to a survey published on Wednesday.

Hamburg exhibition shows 150 years of nude photography
Germany

Hamburg exhibition shows 150 years of nude photography

Germans aren't known for being particularly shy about bare skin, so it's only fitting a new exhibition in Hamburg is highlighting 150 years of nude photography - from blushing Victorians to Marilyn Monroe.

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Sweden

Swedish police conduct file sharing raid

Suspected file sharers were targeted in four raids at locations across Sweden on Tuesday, as police acted on information from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI).

Man lost at night on North Sea ice saved by webcam
Germany

Man lost at night on North Sea ice saved by webcam

A German man who lost his way in the dark while wandering around on ice off the North Sea coast was saved by a woman 500 kilometres away who spotted him on a webcam, police said on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Electrolux stock falls on gloomy forecast

Swedish appliances firm Electrolux reported solid 2009 profits on Wednesday. But a weak forecast pushed the company's stock into a nosedive.

Rhineland suffers spate of naked and drunk train passengers
Germany

Rhineland suffers spate of naked and drunk train passengers

Despite the extremely cold winter, police in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia have had to contend with an unusual rash of train passengers preferring to take their journeys in the nude.

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Sweden

Lindh murder suspect sues newspaper for defamation

A libel case involving Swedish newspaper Sydsvenskan and the initial suspect in the murder of Swedish foreign minister Anna Lindh in 2002 opened in a Malmö court on Wednesday.

Record number of tourists flock to Sweden
Sweden

Record number of tourists flock to Sweden

The number of foreign tourists visiting Sweden climbed 3.3 percent in 2009, a new record high bucking the recession and a declining European trend, new statistics from the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (Tillväxtverket) show.

Jewish council lauds ‘renaissance’ in Germany
Germany

Jewish council lauds ‘renaissance’ in Germany

Germany is experiencing a “renaissance of Judaism” as the number of synagogues and community members continues to grow some 65 years after the end of the Nazi reign of terror, the German Jewish Council said on Wednesday.

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Sweden

SMS loan defaults at record high: report

The Swedish Enforcement Authority (Kronofogden) received notice of 46,000 unpaid text message loans in 2009, an increase of 30 percent on 2008.

Public workers strike across Germany
Germany

Public workers strike across Germany

Public workers’ union Verdi called temporary strikes across Germany on Wednesday, cutting service to transportation networks, waste disposal, hospitals, child care centres and municipal administrative offices.

Speedy German wins fifth straight Empire State Building race
Germany

Speedy German wins fifth straight Empire State Building race

German runner Thomas Dold on Tuesday bolted up 86 flights of stairs to win a race up New York's landmark Empire State Building in just over 10 minutes.

Homeless anger at MPs’ sleeping bag charity
Sweden

Homeless anger at MPs’ sleeping bag charity

Stockholm's homeless have reacted in anger at a move by a group of members of parliament to launch a sleeping bag collection on their behalf, Expressen reports.

Skavsta reopens for air traffic
Sweden

Skavsta reopens for air traffic

Air traffic is schedule to resume at Skavsta airport on Wednesday afternoon following a complete stoppage caused by adverse weather conditions.