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Germany

Muslim threats close Danish art exhibition in Berlin

An exhibition by Danish artists in Berlin has been closed because of threats received over a photo deemed to be offensive to Muslims, organizers said on Thursday.

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Sweden

Forsmark improves safety but more needed: IAEA

The UN's nuclear watchdog on Thursday noted improved security measures at a problem-prone nuclear plant in Sweden, but recommended a number of other steps to increase safety further.

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Sweden

Something for the Weekend: NaxXxos, Fröken, Montys Loco

Something for the weekend:Five Stockholm club tips, Strindberg-inspired dance in Gothenburg, pop duo Montys Loco in Malmö.

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Germany

Japan beats Germany in table tennis shock

Germany has been defeated by Japan in a major upset at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in China.

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Bayern’s Van Bommel to fight three-match ban

Bayern Munich's Dutch midfielder Mark van Bommel will contest the three-match suspension handed to him for making an obscene gesture to the referee in a Bundesliga game, it was revealed Thursday.

Paternity leave on the rise in Germany
Germany

Paternity leave on the rise in Germany

A recent poll shows that more fathers are taking advantage of the paternity leave offered by the German government.

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Liechtenstein PM seeks deal over tax row

Liechtenstein Prime Minister Otmar Hasler has vowed to work toward a "reasonable compromise" with European nations seeking more tax transparency, amid a fraud row that has spread from Germany to more than 10 countries.

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Police paid snitches in drugs

Six police officers in the northern German city of Bremen are being investigated for giving illegal drugs to informants as payment. The officers are believed to have provided marijuana and hashish to snitches on multiple occasions from 2003 to 2007 in return for information, the Bremen public prosecutor's office announced on Wednesday.

Big-boned Swedish women surprise researchers
Sweden

Big-boned Swedish women surprise researchers

Researchers have been surprised to find that Swedish women have more powerful bones than their American counterparts.

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Sweden

Man gulps his way out of drunk driving citation

A suspected drunk driver with a blood alcohol level ten times over the legal limit was released after asserting that he tossed back a bottle of whiskey and several beers only after arriving home.

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A new basic right for IT privacy

Monika Griefahn and Jörg Tauss, members of parliament for Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD), welcome the Constitutional Court’s ruling restricting online surveillance by government authorities.

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Sweden

January retail sales up 4.8 percent

Swedes haven't yet let concerns about the economy dampen their consumption, with retail sales figures for January up 4.8 percent compared with a year ago.

EON sells network to avoid EU wrath
Germany

EON sells network to avoid EU wrath

German power company EON will sell one of its networks to appease an EU request that aims to stimulate competition in the European energy sector.

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CDU’s Böhmer sorry for offending East German women

Politician Wolfgang Böhmer has apologized for offending East German women with his comments about recent baby killings - but his opinion remains the same.

Bikini baron in football club bid
Sweden

Bikini baron in football club bid

Sweden's self-styled king of swimwear Panos Papadopoulos is in negotiations with football club Ljungskile over a possible name change.

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Sweden

Girl made up story about abduction

The ten-year-old girl who claimed she was kidnapped and then pushed into the water in central Stockholm has admitted she was lying.

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Sweden

Ryanair on Swedish consumers’ ‘black list’

Discount airline Ryanair flouts rulings by Sweden’s National Board for Consumer Complaints (ARN) more than any other company.

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Sweden

Terror suspects arrested in Sweden

Swedish security service Säpo has arrested three men in Stockholm suspected of preparing terrorist acts and financing terrorism.

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Germany

Joblessness sinks in February

Germany's mild winter has help push down the unemployment rate to 8.6 percent in February, according to figures released by the Federal Labour Agency on Thursday.

Son ‘set mother on fire’
Germany

Son ‘set mother on fire’

Police have arrested a 25-year-old man in Görlitz on Wednesday under suspicion that he killed her by setting her on fire.

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Sweden

Boy dies in Alpine accident

A 14-year-old Czech boy has died after a collision with a Swedish man on a ski slope in Austria's Badgastein resort.

Ludwigshafen tragedy began as a smouldering fire
Germany

Ludwigshafen tragedy began as a smouldering fire

German tabloid daily Bild has reported that the Ludwigshafen apartment fire that killed nine and injured 60 began as a smouldering fire under the building's floor.

Government recruitment shrouded in secrecy
Sweden

Government recruitment shrouded in secrecy

The Swedish government has failed in its commitment to adopt an open appointment process when recruiting top-level civil servants, TV4 reports.

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Luxury hotel in pattern theft row

A new luxury hotel in Stockholm may have to replace 3,000 square metres of wall-to-wall carpets following accusations of intellectual property theft, Metro reports.