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Sweden

Swede ‘burned to death’ in Bali hotel: report

A Swedish man is being hunted by police in Balibconnection with a fire at a hotel room that claimed the life of a fellow Swede.

Man calls police over ‘rubbish’ presents
Germany

Man calls police over ‘rubbish’ presents

A novel way to deliver Christmas presents backfired on Friday night, when a man called the police after having a bin bag flung onto his balcony.

Drunk neo-Nazi fined €600 for Hitler salute
Germany

Drunk neo-Nazi fined €600 for Hitler salute

A drunken neo-Nazi in the central German town of Kassel fell foul of Germany's law forbidding the Nazi salute this week.

Mild weather melts last hope of white Christmas
Germany

Mild weather melts last hope of white Christmas

The chances of Germany seeing a few flakes of snow on Christmas Day dwindled to almost zero on Saturday, when the German weather service (DWD) forecast mild weather fronts across the country.

President avoids scandal in Christmas speech
Germany

President avoids scandal in Christmas speech

In his annual Christmas address, to be aired Sunday evening, German President Christian Wulff did not mention the loan scandal that has dogged him throughout December, instead highlighting racism and political extremism.

Gunman on the run after family fight
Germany

Gunman on the run after family fight

A young man was apparently shot and stabbed by his girlfriend's uncle following a family argument on Friday afternoon in the southern German town of Heilbronn.

Bildt to meet jailed journalists’ relatives
Sweden

Bildt to meet jailed journalists’ relatives

Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt has promised to meet the relatives of journalists Johan Persson and Martin Schibbye following their conviction on terror charges in Ethiopia

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Sweden

Swedish tennis talent hit by corruption scandal

Swedish teenager Lucas Renard was banned for six months and fined $5,000 after admitting corruption, the Tennis Integrity Unit announced on Friday.

Nuke shutdown could force energy asset sale
Germany

Nuke shutdown could force energy asset sale

German energy giant RWE has put its assets in Egypt up for sale in a bid to raise about one billion dollars to counter Germany's impending nuclear power shutdown.

Cautious optimism for the Swedish economy
Sweden

Cautious optimism for the Swedish economy

Like several of its counterparts, the Swedish stock exchange went in to the holiday season slightly up, despite business in general being slow.

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Sweden

Man jailed for kicking mother-in-law to death

A man accused of kicking his mother-in-law to death was acquitted on a murder charge by a Swedish court on Friday, but found guilty of aggravated assault and involuntary manslaughter.