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Germany

Berlin to set up memorial for war displaced

The German government on Wednesday agreed on the outlines of a memorial project for ethnic Germans expelled from their homelands that had drawn fire from the Czech Republic and Poland.

Father of murdered toddlers released
Sweden

Father of murdered toddlers released

The 28-year-old man held on suspicion of murdering his two children and attempting to murder the children’s mother has been released, according to media reports.

Russia to return looted WWII church windows to Germany
Germany

Russia to return looted WWII church windows to Germany

Russia's parliament on Wednesday passed a law authorizing the return of six stained-glass church windows taken from Germany by Soviet forces during World War II, RIA Novosti news agency reported.

Writer believed to have fled to Sweden
Sweden

Writer believed to have fled to Sweden

Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen arrived in Europe on Wednesday after fleeing India for security reasons, the Swedish PEN Club told AFP, while unconfirmed media reports indicated she was in Sweden.

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Sweden

Sweden banking crisis law closer to completion

A new Swedish law regulating how and when the state would act to take over a bank in crisis is closer to be coming a reality.

SVT workers charged with smuggling alcohol
Sweden

SVT workers charged with smuggling alcohol

Six members of staff at the Malmö offices of state broadcaster Sveriges Television (SVT) have been indicted on alcohol smuggling charges.

German high court blocks data collection
Germany

German high court blocks data collection

Germany's Constitutional Court on Wednesday blocked substantial parts of a data-collection law meant to fight terrorism.

Organic Berlin firm targets primate palates
Germany

Organic Berlin firm targets primate palates

A new organic fast food restaurant in downtown Berlin is hoping Germans want to eat as healthy as gorillas.

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Sweden

The path to Swedish asylum: A smuggler speaks

Rami Abdelrahman travels to Jordan and tracks down the first link in the chain of an underground operation involved in the smuggling of Iraqi refugees to Sweden.

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Sweden

Stockholm Water Prize awarded to British professor

British professor Anthony John Allan was on Wednesday awarded the 2008 Stockholm Water Prize handed out each year in the field of water research, the Stockholm International Water Institute said.

Swedish town celebrates Church Cock victory
Sweden

Swedish town celebrates Church Cock victory

The four-day Easter weekend isn’t the only cause for excitement among the residents of Alnö outside of Sundsvall in northern Sweden.

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Germany

German media mixed on Merkel’s Knesset speech

German media hailed Wednesday Chancellor Angela Merkel's fierce defence of Israel in a historic speech to the Israeli parliament but warned her to resist bias in the Middle East conflict.

Deutsche Telekom forecasts shrinking fixed-line sales
Germany

Deutsche Telekom forecasts shrinking fixed-line sales

Europe's biggest telecommunications operator, Deutsche Telekom, said on Wednesday that it expected sales in fixed-line operations to decline by four to six percent this year.

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Sweden

Principal punched by drunken teacher

A school in the central Swedish town of Västerås was the scene of an unusual school hall scuffle on Wednesday morning.

Couple finds loaded pistol in used baby stroller
Germany

Couple finds loaded pistol in used baby stroller

A couple in the German state of Lower Saxony made a shocking discovery when they found a handgun in a baby stroller they purchased in an internet auction.

Bruno the bear on display in Munich
Germany

Bruno the bear on display in Munich

Bavaria's infamous Bruno the bear, who was shot and killed in the German Alps in June 2006, has been stuffed and will be on display in Munich starting next week.

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Sweden

Sony Ericsson warning hits Ericsson shares

Sony Ericsson, the Swedish-Japanese mobile phone maker, warned on Wednesday that its profits would be lower for the first quarter as sales growth slowed.

Klüft declines to defend heptathlon title
Sweden

Klüft declines to defend heptathlon title

Swedish champion Carolina Klüft said in an interview published on Wednesday she would not defend her heptathlon title at the Beijing Games this summer following injury problems.

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Germany

Source offers list of 30,000 German tax evaders

As an ongoing tax evasion scandal unfolds in Germany, an unidentified person has offered data for 30,000 Swiss bank accounts to the state tax authorities in Baden-Württemberg.

Snow forecast for Easter weekend
Germany

Snow forecast for Easter weekend

Easter holidays won’t be very spring-like in Germany this year. Bundle up for the Easter egg hunt, the German weather service warned, because a major low is rolling in just in time for the weekend with unseasonably cold, wet weather.

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Sweden

Police rule out foul play in death of young man

Autopsy results have revealed that a 27-year-old man found dead in central Stockholm at the weekend died of natural causes. Police initially suspected that the man died as a result of an assault.

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Sweden

Swedish police forced to release murderer

Police in Norrbotten have been forced to release a 30-year-old man convicted in is absence of a murder in France.

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Germany

Dresdner Bank bails K2 out with $1.5 billion

Germany’s Dresdner Bank has extended $1.5 billion to one of its affiliated specialist investment funds, K2, to allow it to repay debt, the latest in a series of such bailouts amid a global credit crunch.

Thai man arrested over killing of Swedish tourist
Sweden

Thai man arrested over killing of Swedish tourist

A 31-year-old Thai man was arrested early on Wednesday over the killing and attempted rape of a Swedish tourist last weekend on the resort isle of Phuket, police said.