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Sweden

Two young men die in car crash

Two young men died on Monday afternoon after the car in which they were travelling crashed into a tree on a gravel road between the central Swedish towns of Eskilstuna and Strängnäs.

Limp sales hit German sex shop chain Beate Uhse
Germany

Limp sales hit German sex shop chain Beate Uhse

Beate Uhse, the publicly listed German sex-shop chain, on Monday posted a pretax loss of €7.9 million in 2007, owing to restructuring costs.

Record companies sue Pirate Bay four
Sweden

Record companies sue Pirate Bay four

Record companies are demanding that the four individuals responsible for operating the file sharing site The Pirate Bay pay €1.6 million (15 million kronor/$2.5 million) in compensatory damages.

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Sweden

Swedes more confident about the economy

Confidence in Sweden’s economy rose in March, as more Swedes perceived a strengthening of the economy since February.

German Interior Minister Schäuble’s fingerprint hacked
Germany

German Interior Minister Schäuble’s fingerprint hacked

Hackers from the Chaos Computer Club (CCC) have published German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schäuble's fingerprint online in protest of new German passports that save fingerprints on an electronic chip.

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Germany

Germany considering tax fraud probe of Swiss bank UBS

German justice officials are weighing a probe of Swiss bank UBS following a television report that allegedly showed staff ready to assist Germans who sought to commit tax fraud.

Sweden reacts to sale of Vin & Sprit
Sweden

Sweden reacts to sale of Vin & Sprit

Reaction from Sweden’s press and political establishment ranged from shock to scathing criticism following Monday’s announcement by the government that France’s Pernod Ricard would take over ownership of Vin & Sprit, Sweden’s state-owned maker of Absolut vodka.

The art of discovering Frankfurt
Germany

The art of discovering Frankfurt

Germany’s financial capital Frankfurt has the reputation of being a grey place full of boring bankers. But Kasia Dawidowska discovers it’s actually not so dull along the banks of the Main River after all.

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Sweden

Flashing thief tries to bite police officer

A drug-taking flasher is set to face a six kronor ($1) fine if found guilty by the local district court of stealing a carton of milk, Borås Tidning reports.

Deutsche Bahn posts solid 2007 results despite strikes
Germany

Deutsche Bahn posts solid 2007 results despite strikes

The German national railway Deutsche Bahn said on Monday that net profit edged up by 2.1 percent last year to €1.72 billion, despite a series of strikes by train drivers.

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Sweden

World’s fastest internet connection ‘used to dry laundry’

Last summer a 75-year-old woman from Karlstad became the envy of internet users worldwide.

‘Flash mob’ floods Berlin McDonald’s with 10,300 burger orders
Germany

‘Flash mob’ floods Berlin McDonald’s with 10,300 burger orders

More than 700 people 'flashmobbed' a Berlin train station McDonald's over the weekend, ordering more than 10,300 burgers as part of a spontaneous public gathering.

Joy Rahman arrested for murder in Bangladesh
Sweden

Joy Rahman arrested for murder in Bangladesh

Joy Rahman, 59, is in police custody in Bangladesh on suspicions of murder.

German public sector wage row resolved
Germany

German public sector wage row resolved

Negotiations in the long-running wage dispute between public worker's union Verdi and employers have been successful, Verdi leader Frank Bsirske said in Potsdam on Monday. Further strikes are off the table and talks will continue in committees. Details of the agreement are forthcoming.

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Germany

Woman suspected of killing Swedish children rearrested

A 31-year-old German woman suspected of the murders of two young children in Arboga in central Sweden has been arrested for the second time by German police.

Bush won’t ask Germany to increase troops in Afghanistan
Germany

Bush won’t ask Germany to increase troops in Afghanistan

US President George W. Bush will not demand Germany send combat troops to southern Afghanistan, but the NATO commander in the strife torn country still wants Berlin to do more.

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Sweden

Swedish town prides itself as environmental role model

The Swedish town of Växjö will be "green" or will not be at all. That's the slogan in this town that has become a world leader in environmental protection and has even loftier goals.

Lidl apologizes for spying on workers
Germany

Lidl apologizes for spying on workers

German discount grocery chain Lidl published a large apology for systematically spying on its employees in newspapers across the country on Monday.

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Sweden

German murder suspect rearrested

A 31-year-old German woman suspected of the murders of two young children in Arboga in central Sweden has been arrested for the second time by German police.

Tokio Hotel singer’s surgery successful
Germany

Tokio Hotel singer’s surgery successful

Lead singer of German teen band Tokio Hotel, Bill Kaulitz, is resting comfortably after a successful vocal chord operation that caused the band to cancel upcoming European and American tour dates last week.

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Sweden

Reindeer dies of snowmobile stress

A reindeer has died from stress-related injuries after being tormented on Friday by one or more snowmobile drivers outside Stensele in northern Sweden, newspaper Västerbottens-Kuriren (VK) reports.

Pernod wins auction for Vin & Sprit
Sweden

Pernod wins auction for Vin & Sprit

The Swedish government said on Monday that it had sold the Vin & Sprit group (V&S) which owns Absolut vodka to the giant drinks group Pernod Ricard of France for €5.626 billion ($8.88 billion).

‘Satanic Verses’ premiere passes off peacefully
Germany

‘Satanic Verses’ premiere passes off peacefully

The first ever stage play based on Salman Rushdie’s book “The Satanic Verses” passed off without incident in Germany on Sunday with police in attendance in case of disturbances.