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Sweden

Fewer new housing starts in Sweden in 2008

New housing starts in Sweden dropped sharply in the first quarter of 2008.

Siemens director admits to setting up slush fund
Germany

Siemens director admits to setting up slush fund

The first hearing on corruption at Siemens began Monday with a defendant acknowledging the existence of a slush funds at the giant German industrial group.

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Sweden

Inflation still a threat to Sweden’s strong economy

The Swedish economy remains strong, but rising food and oil prices may force the Riksbank to raise interest rates again next autumn.

Child poverty gap growing in Germany
Germany

Child poverty gap growing in Germany

Two-thirds of children of single parents in Germany will live at least a year in poverty, UNICEF said on Monday in a child welfare report that found widening health and educational gaps among German children.

Football NGO heads to Bosnia to help one kick at a time
Germany

Football NGO heads to Bosnia to help one kick at a time

Street Football World, a non-profit group based in Germany, tries to improve the lives of kids around the globe one kick of the ball at a time. Neale Lytollis was in Bosnia last weekend to see the magic of the beautiful game firsthand.

Thousands of German cops heading to Euro 2008
Germany

Thousands of German cops heading to Euro 2008

Up to 1,700 German police officers will head to the European football championship next month to help out their colleagues in host nations Switzerland and Austria, the German Interior Ministry announced on Monday.

Swedish Elks travel to Oz
Sweden

Swedish Elks travel to Oz

From Floorball to Handball, Sweden is not averse to obscure sports. Yet most Swedes will be bemused to learn they have a national Australian Football team. Nic Townsend meets the Swedish Elks before they travel to Melbourne for the International Cup.

Deutsche Telekom spying scandal shocks Germany
Germany

Deutsche Telekom spying scandal shocks Germany

Germany has been hit by another privacy scandal, with telecoms giant Deutsche Telekom joining discount food chain Lidl and the state among those accused of secretly tracking individuals.

Five year sentence for pre-school fraud
Sweden

Five year sentence for pre-school fraud

The woman in charge of several suburban Stockholm pre-schools was sentenced on Monday by the Solna District Court to five years in prison for defrauding the city of Stockholm out of millions of kronor.

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Sweden

Female runners pestered by exercising exhibitionist

A number of women in the western Swedish town of Borås have been harassed recently by an unwanted workout partner.

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Sweden

Sweden and Poland urge EU to go east

Sweden and Poland presented on Monday their EU partners with a plan to strengthen ties with eastern European nations like Ukraine, Georgia, Belarus and Moldova, which could one day join the bloc.

German teachers subject to internet harassment
Germany

German teachers subject to internet harassment

About 50,000 German teachers have been targets for harassment in the internet or through other forms of technology by their students, a teacher's union said on Monday.

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Sweden

Swedish justice: A matter of interpretation

As a growing array of languages jostle for position in the towns and suburbs of Sweden, Faisal Enayat Khan examines some linguistic shortcomings in the country's legal system.

German coalition squabbles over SPD presidential pick
Germany

German coalition squabbles over SPD presidential pick

The Social Democratic leadership unanimously agreed in Berlin on Monday to make Gesine Schwan the party's candidate in next year's presidential race, deepening a rift in Germany's ruling coalition.

More international students choose Swedish universities
Sweden

More international students choose Swedish universities

The last academic year was the first time that the number of international students registered at Swedish universities and colleges topped the number of Swedes studying abroad.

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Sweden

Tougher sentence for sledgehammer murder

The Court of Appeals in Gothenburg has lengthened the sentence of the woman who killed her partner on board their sailboat outside of Stenungsund on Sweden’s west coast.

Year’s first heat wave set to hit Germany
Germany

Year’s first heat wave set to hit Germany

The first heat wave of the year is set to hit Germany this week, with temperatures poised to crack 30 degrees Celsius in the southwestern part of the country.

German hospital unit treats China earthquake victims
Germany

German hospital unit treats China earthquake victims

A German Red Cross mobile hospital unit handled its first patients in earthquake-ravaged southwest China on Monday.

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Germany

Warehouse blaze in Ulm injures fireman

A blaze that swept through an Ulm recycling center on Sunday night injured a fireman and caused more than €1 million ($1.6 million) in damage.

Far-left political force tells Germany it is here to stay
Germany

Far-left political force tells Germany it is here to stay

The rising power in the German political scene, the far-left Die Linke, had a simple message at its party conference this weekend: we cannot be ignored, reports AFP’s Audrey Kauffmann.

Iraqi Christians demonstrate in Stockholm
Sweden

Iraqi Christians demonstrate in Stockholm

Hundreds of people gathered in Stockholm on Sunday seeking to highlight attacks on Christians in Iraq, days before a United Nations conference on Iraqi peace and development opens near the city.

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Sweden

Sweden pledges aid to Burma cyclone victims

Sweden will provide 74 million kronor ($12.6 million) in additional emergency aid to cyclone-ravaged Myanmar, the foreign ministry said on Sunday.

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Sweden

Mikael Andersson’s body likely found

Police believe they have found the body of 19-year-old Mikael Andersson from Lidköping who has been missing for about a week.