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Sweden

ICA merchants could face multi-million kronor fines

Public prosecutors in Sweden are calling for ICA supermarket owners to be slapped with heavy fines following a food hygiene scandal late year.

Death notices get cute’n’quirky in Sweden
Sweden

Death notices get cute’n’quirky in Sweden

Some depict a boat sailing off into the sunset, others a curled up cat, or why not a favourite team logo? Almost anything goes for death notices in Swedish newspapers, where personalized drawings are a growing trend.

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Germany

Left Party politician wants return of Stasi

A Left Party politician has been accused of calling for the return of the Stasi as protection against “reactionary forces.” Christel Wegner, Left Party representative in the state parliament of the western German state of Lower Saxony, appeared to suggest this return to East German policy in an interview with German broadcaster ARD.

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Germany

Norway takes legal action against Thor Steinar

Norway has taken far-right clothing brand Thor Steinar to court for allegedly abusing the Scandinavian country’s national symbols. Scandinavia is cherished by neo-Nazis as a source of Aryan purity.

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Germany

Deutsche Post CEO’s home and office raided

Deutsche Post, Germany’s former mail carrier monopoly, now the world’s largest logistics group, confirmed on Thursday that CEO Klaus Zumwinkel is being investigated by prosecutors and his offices have been searched. The public prosecutor’s office is investigating whether or not the high powered business man has evaded taxes by placing €10 million in Liechtenstein.

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Germany

Mother who killed nine babies speaks out

A woman from the eastern German state Brandenburg told a court that isolation and alcoholism drove her to kill nine of her newborn babies over the years.

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Germany

Massive nation-wide public service strikes

Public clinics across Germany will be staffed only by essential personnel on Thursday due to a strike by health workers. The strike by members of the Ver.di united services union has been called to press for an eight percent pay rise. The German Business Institute calls the claim “unserious.”

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Sweden

Saab’s profits rise

Saab AB said its full year pretax profit rose 45 percent from a year earlier to 2.45 billion kronor ($384 million), boosted by capital gains and stronger sales.

No Valentine’s roses for Stockholm school children
Sweden

No Valentine’s roses for Stockholm school children

A Swedish primary and middle school said Thursday it had decided to no longer sell roses to students on Valentine's Day to protect the feelings of sweetheart-less students.

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Sweden

Swede held for ‘al-Qaeda ties’

A 23-year old Swedish citizen is in custody in France for suspected ties to a group linked with al-Qaeda.

Children banned from wearing multi-coloured clothes
Sweden

Children banned from wearing multi-coloured clothes

A pre-school in the northern Swedish town of Koskullskulle has banned children from wearing clothes with stripes or polka-dots.

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Germany

Berlin saves IKB Bank

The German government announced that it intends to lead a €1.5 billion bail-out of the German small business lender IKB. Minister of Finance Peer Steinbrück (SPD) said that the state would contribute €1 billion to save the bank.

Campogiani’s grave desecrated
Sweden

Campogiani’s grave desecrated

Police in Stockholm have launched an investigation into the desecration of the grave of 16-year-old Riccardo Campogiani, who was beaten to death after a party in central Stockholm in October last year.

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Sweden

Police get a grip on serial masturbator

Police near the southern Swedish town of Sävsjö answered to a rather unusual call on Wednesday night.

More young Swedes depend on welfare
Sweden

More young Swedes depend on welfare

More young Swedes than ever before are never making it into the job market, instead finding them stuck in welfare dependency.

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Sweden

No debt too small for Swedish state collections agency

A woman from the central Swedish town of Karlstad was surprised recently upon receiving a notice from the Swedish state collections agency.

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Sweden

Palme Prize to Iranian feminist Ardalan

Iranian feminist and journalist Parvin Ardalan on Wednesday won the 2007 Olof Palme Prize for her women's rights campaign in Iran.