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Volvo to launch low-cost truck for China

Volvo is working on reaching the Chinese heavy truck market by developing a low-price truck.

Ica under fire for sidelining smokers
Sweden

Ica under fire for sidelining smokers

The ICA grocery chain may be running afoul of Sweden’s consumer protection laws after a manager in southern Sweden implemented a new policy regarding ICA’s bonus card programme.

German Catholics bring back exorcism
Germany

German Catholics bring back exorcism

The ritual of exorcism, abandoned by Catholic bishops in Germany for more than 30 years after the starving to death of a girl who underwent repeated exorcisms, may be undergoing a revival.

Moneyed upstarts storm German football
Germany

Moneyed upstarts storm German football

Football powerhouses Manchester United and Chelsea FC will meet in Moscow on Wednesday evening in the Champions League final – but could they soon face Teutonic titans TSG Hoffenheim?

Fresh blow for topless Swedish bathers
Sweden

Fresh blow for topless Swedish bathers

Women will continue to be barred from bathing topless at an indoor pool in the central Swedish town of Enköping following a decision by the town council’s recreation committee on Tuesday.

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Two dead as bridge collapses

Two people have been killed after a new railway bridge near Härnösand in northern Sweden collapsed on Wednesday afternoon.

Two arrests in nuke plant bomb plot
Sweden

Two arrests in nuke plant bomb plot

Swedish police arrested two contractors on Wednesday for allegedly preparing to sabotage a nuclear power plant, after traces of explosives were found on one of the men, police said.

44-year-old admits to selling wife for sex
Sweden

44-year-old admits to selling wife for sex

A 44-year-old man accused of selling his 19-year-old mentally disabled wife for sex admitted to some of the charges against him when his trial began on Wednesday morning.

Bomb attack on German army thwarted in Afghanistan
Germany

Bomb attack on German army thwarted in Afghanistan

Afghan security forces stopped a vehicle stuffed with explosives last week before it could be detonated in an attack on German soldiers in northern Afghanistan, German officials said on Wednesday.

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Dog fatally attacked on board high speed train

A woman was forced to carry the body of her lap dog wrapped in a blanket for much of her journey to Skåne after the animal was killed by a pit bull while riding on a high speed train.

Pilot strike delays flights in Germany
Germany

Pilot strike delays flights in Germany

A limited strike by pilots for several German airlines led to hours of delays for passengers around the country on Wednesday morning.

Man dies after injuring police in Hamburg shootout
Germany

Man dies after injuring police in Hamburg shootout

A man was found dead in Hamburg on Wednesday after wounding his girlfriend and two policemen in a shooting, police in the German port city said.

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Germany

Ifo business confidence jumps

German business confidence jumped unexpectedly in May, a closely watched survey showed on Wednesday, underscoring the dogged resilience of Europe's biggest economy.

Island spotting on an Åland day cruise
Sweden

Island spotting on an Åland day cruise

A ferry trip to Åland provides visitors tourists with one of the best possible ways to take in the Stockholm archipelago, writes René Rice.

Ex-Guantanamo inmate gets halfhearted hearing from Congress
Germany

Ex-Guantanamo inmate gets halfhearted hearing from Congress

A handful of US lawmakers gave only a halfhearted listen on Tuesday to the testimony of Murat Kurnaz, a former detainee at Guantanamo Bay from Germany, who spent nearly five years in prison before being released without charge.

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Germany wins, Aussies read riot act after Argentina defeat

Australia coach Frank Murray read the riot act to his players after seeing them slump to a 2-1 loss to Argentina at the women's Champions Trophy field hockey tournament in Germany on Tuesday.

Berlin Philharmonic fire extinguished
Germany

Berlin Philharmonic fire extinguished

Firefighters extinguished a roof fire in the Berlin Philharmonic that left the building still standing but with millions of euros in damage, officials said on Wednesday.

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Germany

German workers dream of career switch: study

More than a third of German workers now wish they had chosen a different career, a survey released this week showed.

Button becomes ‘tumour’ in hospital miss
Sweden

Button becomes ‘tumour’ in hospital miss

The day after a lung x-ray at Sollefteå hospital in northern Sweden, Ingrid Norlin received some shocking news.

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Sweden

Explosion rattles Gothenburg school

An explosion rocked the Västerhed school in the Västra Frölunda suburb of Gothenburg late Tuesday night.

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Politician held in money laundering scandal

A local politician from Stockholm has been taken into custody in Falun in central Sweden on suspicions of helping a motorcycle gang launder money.