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Sweden

Blow for bishop as orgasm church flops

Sweden’s highest court has refused to hear a last-ditch plea by the Madonna of the Orgasm church to be recognized.

Westerwelle to take tough line on Serbia during Balkan tour
Germany

Westerwelle to take tough line on Serbia during Balkan tour

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle embarked Wednesday on a tour of the former Yugoslavia preparing a tough message for Serbia on Kosovo while encouraging the region's European Union ambitions.

Red-greens split on pensioner tax cuts
Sweden

Red-greens split on pensioner tax cuts

The red-green coalition revealed a split on a proposal to cut taxes on pensioners to the levels of wage earners on Wednesday morning.

Prosecutors seek suspended sentence for No Angels singer
Germany

Prosecutors seek suspended sentence for No Angels singer

A prosecutor called Wednesday for a suspended jail term for German pop star Nadja Benaissa on trial for hiding her HIV status from her sexual partners and infecting one of them with the virus.

Neo-Nazis targeting children online
Germany

Neo-Nazis targeting children online

German right-wing extremists are increasingly targeting children online, luring minors to websites by disguising their hate-filled ideology.

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Sweden

Sweden Democrats publish report on rape

The Sweden Democrats presented a report on Wednesday showing that of 114 convictions for rape in 2009, 48 percent involved men born outside Sweden.

Nordegren breaks silence on split with Tiger
Sweden

Nordegren breaks silence on split with Tiger

Elin Nordegren has broken her nine-month silence over the sex scandal that ended her marriage with golf star Tiger Woods, saying the extent of his philandering had made her feel "stupid" and she had been through "hell."

Prosecutor orders probe against Assange
Sweden

Prosecutor orders probe against Assange

Swedish prosecutors have announced that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will be subject to a preliminary investigation on suspicion of molestation.

Berlin drafts financial crisis bank tax
Germany

Berlin drafts financial crisis bank tax

The German government said Wednesday it has adopted a disputed draft tax on bank profits intended to act as a buffer against the cost of future banking failures.

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Sweden

Traffickers intimidated victims with voodoo

Eight people were charged on Wednesday for trafficking and pimping 10 African women, intimidating the victims into prostitution by using means including voodoo.

Sauerland cell terrorist’s wife one of three arrested for al-Qaida ties
Germany

Sauerland cell terrorist’s wife one of three arrested for al-Qaida ties

Germany's federal prosecutor’s office said Wednesday it had charged three German citizens with supporting groups linked to al-Qaida, including the wife of a man convicted in March of a thwarted car bomb plot.

Business confidence hits pre-crisis high
Germany

Business confidence hits pre-crisis high

German business confidence has regained levels not seen since before the global financial crisis, the Ifo economic institute said on Wednesday in the latest sign of strength in Europe's biggest economy.

Iran claims Oriflame may be backed by spy agency
Sweden

Iran claims Oriflame may be backed by spy agency

Iranian authorities alleged on Wednesday that it closed Swedish cosmetics firm Oriflame in Tehran and arrested five of its employees on Sunday because it was running a pyramid scheme and was possibly backed by a spy agency.

‘The Neverending Story’ tops list of world’s favourite German books
Germany

‘The Neverending Story’ tops list of world’s favourite German books

Falkor! Michael Ende’s fantasy “The Neverending Story” has topped an international competition sponsored by the Goethe Institute to uncover the world’s favourite German-language books.

Rotten fish? It’s a delicacy
Sweden

Rotten fish? It’s a delicacy

It has been banned by airlines as an offensive weapon, its smells like a gas leak and it is Swedish schoolchildren's favourite way to cause classroom chaos. Yet thousands of Swedes regard it as a culinary delicacy. Emy Gelb reaches for a clothespin and takes a look at the famous Swedish "rotten herring" - surströmming.

Foreign tourists boost Swedish retail sales
Sweden

Foreign tourists boost Swedish retail sales

Last year was a bumper year for tourism in Sweden, with foreign tourists spending more money in Sweden than Swedish tourists spent overseas, according from retail group Svensk Handel.

Gabriel signals Sarrazin should leave SPD over xenophobic views
Germany

Gabriel signals Sarrazin should leave SPD over xenophobic views

The Social Democrats' leader Sigmar Gabriel has signalled that Bundesbank board member Thilo Sarrazin should leave the centre-left party following his latest inflammatory and anti-immigrant statements.

Hospitals review hygienic standards after infant deaths
Germany

Hospitals review hygienic standards after infant deaths

German hospitals are reviewing their hygienic standards this week after the tragic deaths of three infants at a Mainz clinic where they were exposed to bacteria through dirty feeding infusions, a survey of facilities around the country showed on Wednesday.

Military reforms could alienate soldiers, Bundeswehr commissioner warns
Germany

Military reforms could alienate soldiers, Bundeswehr commissioner warns

Germany's parliamentary watchdog for the armed forces on Wednesday criticised Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg’s plans to streamline the military, saying that “clear cutting” Bundeswehr facilities would alienate soldiers from the rest of German society.

Steinmeier’s kidney donation successful
Germany

Steinmeier’s kidney donation successful

Social Democratic parliamentary leader Frank-Walter Steinmeier's kidney transplant to his wife was successful and both patients are now recovering, a media report said on Wednesday.

Government slammed on environment policy
Sweden

Government slammed on environment policy

The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC) has in a new report criticised the government for having "gone backwards" in several key environmental issues, arguing that the smaller parties have had to defer to the Moderates.

Woods seeks to rekindle career after divorce
Sweden

Woods seeks to rekindle career after divorce

US golfer Tiger Woods will compete at the Barclays this week, his first tournament since finalising his divorce from Swedish ex-wife Elin Nordegren in a bid to determine his stature on the PGA Tour's playoffs.

Assange hires top Swedish defence lawyer
Sweden

Assange hires top Swedish defence lawyer

Leif Silbersky, one of Sweden's most high profile defence lawyers, has been hired by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange ahead of a looming decision by prosecutors