Racist comments force out local politician
Sweden

Racist comments force out local politician

Marge Aab Svensson, a Moderate Party politician and head of Vallentuna recreational committee, has left her post following charges she referred to a colleague using racially insensitive language.

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Sweden

Kidnapping suspect caught on security camera

Investigators believe that a man suspected of pushing a 10-year-old girl into the water by City Hall in Stockholm may have been caught on security camera on the city's metro system.

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Sweden

Girl’s stepfather and brother held over balcony death

The 38-year-old stepfather and 19-year-old brother of a girl, 16, who died after a balcony fall have been remanded in custody by Malmö District Court on suspicion of murder.

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Germany

Shot rapper reproaches police

A rapper who was shot in the Berlin district of Neukölln in mid-January has accused the police of sloppy work. He said that the police arrived late and let two suspects get away.

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Germany

State demands Nokia return €41 million

Nokia has been given one week to return €41 million of the subsidies it received from the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia and NRW bank. The reasoning behind this demand is that Nokia created fewer jobs since 2002 than it promised.

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Germany

Obama wins Berlin on Super Tuesday

Barack Obama won a landslide victory with 80 percent of the votes on Tuesday night in the Berlin leg of the Democratic primaries. The vote at the Max and Moritz bar in the Kreuzberg district of Berlin attracted 200 of the 10,000 living in Berlin. Americans who are registered to vote in a state can vote directly in their state elections via an absentee ballot.

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Germany

Berlinale opens with Rolling Stones

The Berlinale international film festival opened on Thursday with the film Shine a Light, a Martin Scorsese documentary movie about the Rolling Stones. Scorsese was joined by band members at the star-studded opening at the Berlinale Palast.

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Sweden

Strong earnings for Scania in 2007

Swedish truckmaker Scania announced on Wednesday robust earnings for the fourth quarter and full-year 2007 boosted by strong demand in most markets, and forecast a smooth ride for 2008 and 2009.

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Germany

Germans rebel against smoking ban

On New Years Eve, Germany, a country where about one third of the population smokes, ended an era of being a smokers' paradise. Germans, who otherwise have a reputation for being sticklers for rules, are showing a rebellious streak.

Kidman swimsuit auctioned off in Sweden to buy cows
Sweden

Kidman swimsuit auctioned off in Sweden to buy cows

A charitable group is auctioning a bathing suit left at a Swedish pool by Australian movie star Nicole Kidman to raise money to buy cows for poor families in India, the suit's owner said on Wednesday.

New grading scale for Swedish students
Sweden

New grading scale for Swedish students

The government has proposed a new grading scale for Swedish schools.

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Sweden

Minister: healthcare guarantee ‘not working’

Health Minister Göran Hägglund has criticized the lack of progress made toward shortening wait times in Sweden’s health system.

Volvo earnings strong despite North America woes
Sweden

Volvo earnings strong despite North America woes

Volvo, the world's number two heavy duty truck manufacturer, announced on Wednesday an 11 percent rise in fourth quarter net profit owing to rising demand in all markets except North America.

SAS fourth quarter results disappoint
Sweden

SAS fourth quarter results disappoint

SAS reported a pre-tax loss of 24 million kronor during the fourth quarter of 2007, down from a profit of 456 million kronor for the same period a year ago.

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Sweden

Electrolux to shed 400 jobs

Despite fourth quarter profits that exceeded expectations, white goods giant Electrolux has said it plans to shed 400 jobs across Europe.

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Sweden

Major reduction in sick leave claims

A sharp drop in the number of people claiming sick benefits has begun saving Sweden billions of kronor.

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Sweden

Pensioner ‘planned automatic weapons deal’

A 76-year-old man from Sundsvall is to be indicted on weapons offences after meeting with potential buyers at a hotel room in Uppsala.