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Germany

IKB faces shareholder wrath over subprime mess

Directors of distressed German business lender IKB faced furious shareholders on Thursday who voiced anger over the management of one of the country's biggest US subprime market victims.

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Sweden

What’s On In Sweden: March 28 – April 5

What to do for the week: Sing along with the von Trapps in Uppsala, learn about Sweden’s last great war in Stockholm and see one of Nigeria’s top reggae artists in Gothenburg.

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Sweden

Woman sentenced for false rape accusation

A woman was convicted in Södertörn District Court on Thursday for a falsely accusing a man of raping her.

Mother of murdered children taken off respirator
Sweden

Mother of murdered children taken off respirator

The mother of two children brutally murdered in Arboga in central Sweden has been taken off a respirator for the first time since the attack that left her two young children dead.

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Sweden

Ten indicted in major sex club scandal

Ten men, ages 25 to 53-years-old, have been indicted for economic crimes in a major sex club scandal in Stockholm.

Talks to sell 3 EADS plants fail
Germany

Talks to sell 3 EADS plants fail

Talks by EADS to sell three German plants to the private equity firm Cerberus and OHB Technology's MT Aerospace unit have collapsed, it's aircraft manufacturing unit Airbus said on Thursday.

Schumacher gets first in Barcelona motorbike race
Germany

Schumacher gets first in Barcelona motorbike race

Seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher followed up the third-place on his motorbike race debut in Hungary last week with first place in Barcelona.

Strike looms as German wage talks fail
Germany

Strike looms as German wage talks fail

Germany faces the threat of more crippling strikes after arbitration talks in the ongoing public sector wage dispute collapsed on Thursday in Friedrichshafen.

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Sweden

Going out in Gothenburg – Weekend tips

Where to go out in Gothenburg this weekend? Monthly Magazine has the answers (Click links for more information).

Review: Wolfgang Tillmans retrospective in Berlin
Germany

Review: Wolfgang Tillmans retrospective in Berlin

Berlin’s Hamburger Bahnhof museum for contemporary art might be honouring German photographer Wolfgang Tillmans with a retrospective, but Daniel Miller isn’t buying into the hype.

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Germany

Controversial Russian artist missing in Berlin

A Russian artist who faced charges three years ago of "inflaming religious hatred" over a Moscow exhibition has gone missing in Berlin, where she has lived since November, police said Thursday.

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Sweden

Truck maker Scania invests in Dubai to tap Gulf growth

Swedish truck maker Scania said on Thursday it would build a factory in Dubai to strengthen its presence in the high-growth Gulf region.

German troops hurt in Afghan attack
Germany

German troops hurt in Afghan attack

Two German soldiers in Afghanistan were seriously injured and a third was slightly wounded in an attack west of Kunduz, the German military said on Thursday.

What’s on in Germany: March 27 – April 2
Germany

What’s on in Germany: March 27 – April 2

This Week's Highlights: Berlin's got a new art gallery, Frankfurt's celebrating spring, and Germany's littlest giraffe turns two-months-old.

Munich’s Transrapid maglev project axed
Germany

Munich’s Transrapid maglev project axed

The planned construction of the high-tech Transrapid maglev train in Bavaria has been cancelled due to massive cost increases, Germany's transportation minister announced on Thursday.

Former Swedish minister calls for Olympic boycott
Sweden

Former Swedish minister calls for Olympic boycott

Sweden’s athletically-inclined former Minister of Justice Thomas Bodström has called for Sweden to boycott all ceremonial proceedings during the upcoming Olympic Games in Beijing.

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Sweden

Dental patient swallows diamond

A 77-year-old man from western Sweden came out of his dentist's appointment an experience richer earlier this year after swallowing a diamond that had come loose from a cleaning tool.

Man admits killing woman and child
Sweden

Man admits killing woman and child

The man apprehended by police for the murder of a woman in her thirties and a child born in 2002 has confessed to the killings.

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Sweden

Strong profits for clothing retailer H&M

The Swedish high-street clothing chain H&M reported a surge in first-quarter profit on Thursday, saying that an aggressive drive into world markets was paying off.

Verdi says Lidl workers should sue
Germany

Verdi says Lidl workers should sue

German worker’s union Verdi has called for employees who have been spied on by the Lidl grocery chain to sue the company for damages.

Hamburg’s new philharmonic hit by cost explosion
Germany

Hamburg’s new philharmonic hit by cost explosion

Hamburg’s spectacular new philharmonic concert hall will reportedly cost up to €20 million than previously planned.

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Sweden

Immigration agreement for Greens and government

The Swedish government and the Green Party are to present a joint proposal on Thursday for new rules governing labour force immigration.

Autobahn motorist again targeted by falling debris
Germany

Autobahn motorist again targeted by falling debris

Only days after a German woman was killed after someone threw a wood block onto her car from an Autobahn overpass, a motorist in the Ruhr Valley avoided injury in a similar incident.

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Germany

German consumer confidence picks up

German consumers have a slightly brighter outlook this month despite chronic financial turbulence, a survey by the GfK institute showed on Thursday.

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Germany

French orphans of Nazi conscripts sue Germany

Hundreds of French orphans whose fathers died after being conscripted by Nazi Germany during World War II have lodged a case against the German government at the European Court of Human Rights.

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Sweden

Saab may handle Mitsubishi jet repair

Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. said on Thursday that it may outsource maintenance of its regional passenger jet to Swedish aviation group Saab if it goes ahead with the project.

Sweden sunk by dazzling debutant
Sweden

Sweden sunk by dazzling debutant

Alexandre Pato showed why he is regarded as Brazil's next superstar as the teenager marked his international debut with a sublime strike to earn a 1-0 win over Sweden on Wednesday.