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Sweden

Swedish soldiers reject alleged Congo ‘torture scandal’

A group of Swedish special forces soldiers have called into question the credibility of the alleged “torture scandal” involving Swedish troops in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2003.

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Sweden

Stockholm club and concert guide: May 8 – 10

Weekend club and concert tips from Kalendarium (Click links for more information)

German deployment during Iraq war illegal: top court
Germany

German deployment during Iraq war illegal: top court

Germany's highest court ruled Wednesday that the decision to deploy German crews on NATO surveillance flights over Turkey during the Iraq war was illegal.

Signs of violence found on frozen German babies
Germany

Signs of violence found on frozen German babies

Autopsies found signs of violence on the bodies of two of the three dead babies found in a freezer in the basement of a German home, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

Shipping and tourism giant TUI hits stormy seas
Germany

Shipping and tourism giant TUI hits stormy seas

A shareholders' meeting of Germany's TUI turned into a stormy affair on Wednesday as a Norwegian billionaire sought to chart a new course for the shipping and tourism giant.

Underwear with condom pockets takes top prize
Sweden

Underwear with condom pockets takes top prize

Condom pockets in men's underwear have proved a winning formula for a group of young businessmen from southern Sweden.

German Muslim girl can’t skip swim lessons: court
Germany

German Muslim girl can’t skip swim lessons: court

A Muslim girl in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia cannot skip co-ed swimming lessons because of religious prohibitions against wearing formfitting clothing, a German court ruled on Wednesday.

Police investigate Gazprom executive’s Stasi past
Germany

Police investigate Gazprom executive’s Stasi past

A senior executive at a German subsidiary of the Russian energy giant Gazprom is under investigation for lying about his past as a former East German spy, a chief prosecutor said Wednesday.

Makatsch loses court case over baby photos
Germany

Makatsch loses court case over baby photos

German movie star Heike Makatsch on Wednesday was denied compensation for unauthorized photos of her and her new baby after a Munich court ruled they were not a serious breach of privacy.

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Sweden

Human cadavers used in auto crash tests

Human cadavers were used in automobile crash tests conducted in the last year by General Motors, the US-based parent company of Swedish car manufacturer Saab.

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Sweden

SAS raises ticket prices

Sky-high fuel prices have caused airline operator SAS to add a fuel-surcharge to its domestic and European routes.

Rödeby murder suspect acquitted
Sweden

Rödeby murder suspect acquitted

The Blekinge District Court has acquitted a 50-year-old man of charges of murder and attempted murder of two teenage boys in Rödeby in southern Sweden.

English theatre festival comes to Stockholm
Sweden

English theatre festival comes to Stockholm

This weekend sees the arrival in Sweden of theatre groups from all over Europe. For the first time in its more than thirty year history, the Festival of European Anglophone Theatrical Societies (FEATS) will be held in Stockholm.

Eight charged over remote-control bank heist
Sweden

Eight charged over remote-control bank heist

The men were just moments away from carrying out one of the most brazen and largest robberies ever in Sweden.

Berlin family finds ‘holy potato’
Germany

Berlin family finds ‘holy potato’

A potato destined for the fryer has become a holy relic to some Berliners after a woman cut it open only to find an image of a cross inside.

Germany bans two neo-Nazi groups
Germany

Germany bans two neo-Nazi groups

Germany has banned two right-wing extremist groups out of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Interior Ministry announced on Wednesday.

Spooks break ground on new HQ in Berlin
Germany

Spooks break ground on new HQ in Berlin

Germany’s BND foreign intelligence agency on Wednesday broke ground on the future site of its new headquarters in Berlin in a move intended to improve coordination with the country’s political leadership.

Gamla Stan needs a shopping mall
Sweden

Gamla Stan needs a shopping mall

It's time for Stockholm to brush off the cob-webbed cobblestones of nostalgia and build a state of the art shopping mall in the historic old town, David Bartal argues.

Sweden picks up Lundqvist for World Championships
Sweden

Sweden picks up Lundqvist for World Championships

Olympic gold medallist Henrik Lundqvist has agreed to join the Swedish national team for the remainder of the World Ice Hockey Championships.

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Sweden

Eriksson set to lead Man City on Asia tour

Manchester City's Swedish manager Sven-Göran Eriksson will be in charge for his team's tour of Asia this month, a report said on Wednesday, as speculation mounts that Luiz Felipe Scolari will be his successor.

Critics slam German MP pay raise
Germany

Critics slam German MP pay raise

A proposal to raise pay for members of Germany’s parliament for the second time in a year drew bitter criticism on Wednesday.

Schalke seal Champions League berth
Germany

Schalke seal Champions League berth

A goal by Germany striker Gerald Asamoah launched Schalke 04's 3-0 win over VfL Bochum on Tuesday to put the Royal Blues second in the Bundesliga and seal their Champions League berth next season.

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Sweden

Flooding threatens northern Sweden

The national weather service, SMHI, has issued a warning for extremely strong currents in streams near the coast in southern Norrbotten in northern Sweden.

Group calls for warning labels on liquor
Germany

Group calls for warning labels on liquor

The German Child Protection Agency called on Wednesday for warning labels on liquor – like those on cigarettes – to combat rising rates of binge drinking among youth.

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Zoo’s opening festivities prove fatal for three elk

Virum Elk Park outside of Vimmerby in southern Sweden had a rather tragic premiere when it opened last Sunday.

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Sweden

Sweden halts return of child asylum seekers to Greece

The Swedish Migration Board (Migationsveket) has halted the deportation of children to Greece after learning that asylum seeking children risk being locked up there for up to three weeks.