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Sweden

Swedish activist jailed for 20 years in Bahrain

A Swedish activist has been convicted to 20 years in prison in Bahrain for kidnapping a police officer, according to human rights group Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR).

Group to return items from Nazi camp victims
Germany

Group to return items from Nazi camp victims

Sixty-six years after the end of World War II, an international organisation Thursday launched a drive to return personal belongings, including wallets and photographs, to concentration camp victims.

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Sweden

Suspended student stripper reports school for discrimination

A Swedish student who was trying to boost her finances by stripping and selling sexual favours has reported her adult education college for discrimination after being suspended for her "sick" behaviour.

Borg slams Gordon Brown as new IMF head
Sweden

Borg slams Gordon Brown as new IMF head

Swedish finance minister Anders Borg on Thursday ripped the record of former UK PM Gordon Brown, while praising French finance minister Christine Lagarde amid speculation over who may succeed Dominique Strauss-Kahn as head of the IMF.

De Maizière says Germany must pull its weight abroad militarily
Germany

De Maizière says Germany must pull its weight abroad militarily

German Defence Minister Thomas de Maizière Thursday said his country should be prepared to pull its weight militarily abroad, taking part in international operations even when Berlin's interests are not directly at stake.

New Swedish doc probed for missed cancer cases
Sweden

New Swedish doc probed for missed cancer cases

Linköping University Hospital in central Sweden announced plans to review diagnoses by a doctor previously reported seven times for misdiagnosing cancer following revelations of similar errors at a Gothenburg hospital.

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Sweden

Man convicted for sex crimes against 13 girls

A 35-year-old man from Stockholm considered to be one of Sweden's worst child sex offenders was sentenced to psychiatric care on Thursday for sexually assaulting more than a dozen pre-teen girls.

Friend sought gangster’s help to hush up King’s affairs: report
Sweden

Friend sought gangster’s help to hush up King’s affairs: report

Anders Lettström, a close friend of Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf, has been caught on tape asking a reputed gangster to broker a deal to hush up reports of the King’s philandering in a recent tell-all book, according to Sveriges Radio (SR).

Woman shot dead after knifing police officer
Germany

Woman shot dead after knifing police officer

A woman was shot dead by a policewoman in Frankfurt on Thursday after she stabbed another officer with a knife following a dispute at a job centre.

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Switzerland

Toshiba confirms deal to buy Swiss firm

Japanese engineering giant Toshiba said on Thursday it would buy Swiss utility metering firm Landis+Gyr for $2.3 billion in response to expected growth in worldwide demand for more efficient power grids.

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Switzerland

Glencore IPO raises $10 billion

Swiss commodities giant Glencore said on Thursday that it had raised about $10 billion (7.0 billion euros) through an initial public offering set at 530 pence per share.

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Switzerland

Swiss celebrate “Home Office Day”

The second “Home Office Day” is under way in Switzerland, with hundreds of office workers planning to stay home, organizers have said. 

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Switzerland

Nycomed bought by Japanese pharma giant

Japan's Takeda Pharmaceutical said Thursday it reached a €9.6 billion ($13.6 billion) deal to buy Swiss drugmaker Nycomed in what would be one of the biggest overseas acquisitions by a Japanese firm.

Insurer forced to pay after olive tooth accident
Switzerland

Insurer forced to pay after olive tooth accident

The Swiss Federal Court has ruled that an insurance company must cover the dentist bill for a woman who broke a tooth while eating olive bread, reports said.

 

Artist told to cover willy in ad row
Germany

Artist told to cover willy in ad row

Organisers of an art exhibition in Baden-Württemberg have been told to cover up the penis of a sculpture depicting a naked man before posters advertising the show will be allowed to go on public display.

Hamster explosion at Zurich pet hospital
Switzerland

Hamster explosion at Zurich pet hospital

An increasing number of hamsters are being taken to the animal hospital in Zurich, prompting authorities to issue guidelines for the owners.

 

Berlin ‘respects’ decision to quit by Strauss-Kahn
Germany

Berlin ‘respects’ decision to quit by Strauss-Kahn

Germany said Thursday it respected Dominique Strauss-Kahn's decision to quit as head of the International Monetary Fund, saying it will allow the lender to get back quickly to normality.

What’s on in Germany: May 19 – 25
Germany

What’s on in Germany: May 19 – 25

This Week's Highlights: Jewish films and Arabic graffiti in Berlin, cherry blossoms in Hamburg, and Frankfurt celebrates its famous green sauce.

Acid truck crash closes road to Stuttgart Airport
Germany

Acid truck crash closes road to Stuttgart Airport

Motorists heading for Stuttgart Airport on Thursday morning were told to take the train instead after a tanker truck of acid crashed into a truck carrying petrol on a nearby motorway, blocking it completely in both directions.

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Sweden

Support for Swedish NATO membership drops

Fewer Swedes support Swedish membership in NATO and roughly half are outright opposed to the idea, a new poll shows.

Stockholm’s ‘Elms Dispute’: a victory for the tree huggers
Sweden

Stockholm’s ‘Elms Dispute’: a victory for the tree huggers

This month marks the 40-year anniversary of a public demonstration that had longstanding ramifications for Stockholm city planners and residents, not to mention environmental activism, The Local's Geoff Mortimore explains.

Towns face shrinking budgets if census reveals smaller populations
Germany

Towns face shrinking budgets if census reveals smaller populations

University towns across Germany could face reduced budgets as a result of the census currently being conducted – as it is likely to reveal their populations are smaller than previously assumed.

Insurance firm held sex party for sales reps
Germany

Insurance firm held sex party for sales reps

A Hamburg insurance company has admitted organising a sex party for its 100 best representatives, where around 20 prostitutes were on hand, complete with colour-coded wrist bands to indicate who could use them.

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Sweden

Reinfeldt touts ‘green economy’ on Brazil visit

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt told Brazilian business leaders Wednesday that there should be a global "green economy" with sustainable growth.

Carmakers rethink sustainability approach amid E10 fuel fiasco
Germany

Carmakers rethink sustainability approach amid E10 fuel fiasco

Germany's introduction of the E10 biofuel has been a public-relations disaster. But as Alexander Bakst reports, the auto industry is already rethinking its approach to sustainability.

Klüft to retire following 2012 London Olympics
Sweden

Klüft to retire following 2012 London Olympics

Sweden's three-time world heptathlon champion Carolina Klüft, who now competes in the long jump, will retire after the London Olympics in 2012.

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Sweden

Nobel winners urge UN action to save the planet

Some 20 Nobel laureates called Wednesday for world leaders to urgently act to ensure global sustainability, in recommendations handed over to a special UN committee.