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Sweden

Sweden safe while butter shortage hits Norway

While Norway is reeling from a severe butter shortage, causing some to try to smuggle the stuff in across the border and others make a killing on the black market, Swedes can relax in the knowledge that their Christmas baking is safe.

Sweden welcomes climate ‘compromise’
Sweden

Sweden welcomes climate ‘compromise’

Swedish minister for the environment, Lena Ek, welcomed the deal to decrease emissions of greenhouse gases, reached on Sunday following intense negotiations during the UN Climate Change Conference in South Africa.

Afghan war criminal loose in Munich
Germany

Afghan war criminal loose in Munich

A former general in the Afghan secret service, allegedly responsible for 30,000 murders, has been living in Munich disguised as a newspaper seller for several years. Police are now investigating.

‘Bad Santa’ poisons girl at Christmas market
Germany

‘Bad Santa’ poisons girl at Christmas market

A 15-year-old girl fell ill at a Berlin Christmas market on Saturday, bringing to eight the number of confirmed Christmas-market-poisonings this week. This time, though, the poisoner was apparently dressed as Santa Claus.

TV show exposes filthy German trains
Germany

TV show exposes filthy German trains

The seats, arm-rests and door handles in German trains are infested with germs and bacteria, state broadcaster NDR revealed Sunday, pointing to serious hygiene problems.

Home fires increase during Swedish winter
Sweden

Home fires increase during Swedish winter

With advent, Lucia and Christmas, Swedish firefighters are kept busy during the month of December, with 12 percent of all recorded fires caused by candles left unattended.

Nazi helper arrested in terrorist case
Germany

Nazi helper arrested in terrorist case

German police have arrested another man suspected of aiding the Zwickau neo-Nazi terrorist cell responsible for a series of murders. The 36-year-old Matthias D. is thought to have helped them set up safe-houses.

New winter storm heading towards Sweden
Sweden

New winter storm heading towards Sweden

Those who plan to celebrate Lucia day on Tuesday will have to hold on tight to garb and glitter, as a new storm is headed to Sweden in the beginning of next week.

Finance Minister wins major European prize
Germany

Finance Minister wins major European prize

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble has won the 2012 Charlemagne Prize, one of Europe's highest honours, for his work toward EU integration, said a statement released Saturday.

Tranströmer the focus of Nobel festivities
Sweden

Tranströmer the focus of Nobel festivities

Swedish Nobel laureate in literature, Tomas Tranströmer, continued to be the focus of attention during the Nobel banquet on Saturday night.

Augsburg triumph as Gladbach blow chance
Germany

Augsburg triumph as Gladbach blow chance

Borussia Mönchengladbach missed the chance to go top of the German league on Saturday after a shock defeat at strugglers Augsburg while Bremen got back in the title race with a 4-1 win over Wolfsburg.