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Sweden

Convict’s girlfriend sues over strip search

A woman is suing the Swedish state after prison warders forced her to strip while visiting her boyfriend.

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Sweden

Berry pickers lock up bosses in protest

Around 120 seasonal berry pickers from Vietnam staged two demonstrations against their working conditions in Sweden on Tuesday, days after a similar protest by Chinese workers, officials said.

Floodwaters recede but Brandenburg still on alert
Germany

Floodwaters recede but Brandenburg still on alert

Parts of the eastern German state of Brandenburg remained on alert Tuesday afternoon, with flood waters gradually receding but rain forecast for later in the week.

TV channel RTL2 offers Muslims fasting notices during Ramadan
Germany

TV channel RTL2 offers Muslims fasting notices during Ramadan

German television channel RTL2 said Tuesday it was launching a special service for Muslim viewers during Ramadan, letting them know when to begin and end the daily fast.

Siemens lands huge North American wind power orders
Germany

Siemens lands huge North American wind power orders

Germany's Siemens said Tuesday it has won two orders in the United States and Canada to supply wind turbines that experts said were worth around €800 million ($1.1 billion).

Police investigate radioactive waste found under Berlin street
Germany

Police investigate radioactive waste found under Berlin street

Radioactive material found under a fashionable street in the Berlin suburb of Prenzlauer Berg may have been there for two decades but did not pose a risk to residents, the authorities said Tuesday.

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Sweden

Skype plans US stock market listing

Skype, the IP telephony company founded and part-owned by Swedish entrepreneur Niklas Zennström, is planning an initial public offering of its shares in the USA, according to a report in the New York Times.

Duisburg announces Love Parade memorial plans
Germany

Duisburg announces Love Parade memorial plans

As authorities on Tuesday announced that their Love Parade investigation would be long and difficult, the city of Duisburg revealed plans for a memorial to the 21 people who died in the stampede at the event on July 24.

Rhineland police complain of ‘intolerable’ food from caterers
Germany

Rhineland police complain of ‘intolerable’ food from caterers

The poor quality of food provided for police working at large events in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia is “intolerable and irresponsible,” the GdP police union complained on Tuesday.

Hägglund takes election fight to the jungle
Sweden

Hägglund takes election fight to the jungle

The Christian Democrats on Tuesday launched an election poster campaign featuring party leader Göran Hägglund facing up to a series of wild animals and arguing that Sweden needs more humanity and less "jungle law".

Google to launch ‘Street View’ for 20 cities
Germany

Google to launch ‘Street View’ for 20 cities

Internet giant Google announced Tuesday it would launch its controversial Street View service in 20 German cities by the end of the year but would give residents the chance to opt out if they were worried about their privacy.

Swedish mink farms slammed for ‘cruelty’
Sweden

Swedish mink farms slammed for ‘cruelty’

Animal rights activists say they have uncovered evidence of animal cruelty in Swedish mink farms, and are calling on the government to ban the rearing of mink for fur.

Swedish aid minister appointed to UN panel
Sweden

Swedish aid minister appointed to UN panel

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Sweden's Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson as a member of the new UN High-level Panel on Global Sustainability.

Drunk, homeless man convicted for ‘Hitler salute’
Germany

Drunk, homeless man convicted for ‘Hitler salute’

Giving a “Hitler salute” is illegal even if there is no apparent political motive, a Lower Saxony court ruled this week, after an intoxicated homeless man provoked passersby with the Nazi-style raised arm gesture.

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Sweden

Berry pickers in new strike in northern Sweden

A group of Vietnamese berry pickers have left their place of employment in Baggård south of Umeå in northern Sweden in protest against their pay and working conditions and have expressed a wish to go home, local media have reported.

Economy forecasters tip 2.5 percent growth
Germany

Economy forecasters tip 2.5 percent growth

Germany’s fast-recovering economy could grow by 2.5 percent this year, the respected IWH forecasters predicted Tuesday, helping cement the widespread confidence that the rebound is here to stay.

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Sweden

Household tax relief opponents claim benefit

In the last 12 months, nearly 890,000 people have claimed a tax deduction for work carried out on and in their homes, according to Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket) figures. Among them are several politicians whose parties oppose the system.

Inuit block German-Canadian Arctic tests for fear of wildlife
Germany

Inuit block German-Canadian Arctic tests for fear of wildlife

A judge in Canada's northern Nunavut province has blocked a series of joint German-Canadian Arctic experiments after Inuit residents said the tests would hurt marine life, government sources said Monday.

German tourist killed in San Francisco shooting
Germany

German tourist killed in San Francisco shooting

A German tourist has been shot and killed in the US city of San Francisco, and police there have charged an 18-year-old man for the crime, a local media report said late on Monday.

Brandenburg floods still at high warning level
Germany

Brandenburg floods still at high warning level

Floodwaters in the eastern state of Brandenburg slowly began to recede overnight, but the authorities remained on high alert on Tuesday morning.

SAS CEO to step down
Sweden

SAS CEO to step down

Mats Jansson, President and CEO of troubled Scandinavian airline SAS, has announced that he plans to leave his position in the autumn.

Swedish publishers to print Dawit Isaak texts
Sweden

Swedish publishers to print Dawit Isaak texts

A number of Sweden's largest publishing houses announced plans on Monday to put out a translation of works by Dawit Isaak, a journalist imprisoned in Eritrea for nearly a decade without trial to highlight his case.