Sweden knocked out of Euro 2008
Sweden

Sweden knocked out of Euro 2008

Russia beat Sweden 2-0 in their Euro 2008 Group D match in Innsbruck on Wednesday and reach the quarter-finals at the expense of their opponents.

‘Yes’ to surveillance law
Sweden

‘Yes’ to surveillance law

Swedish lawmakers voted late on Wednesday in favour of a controversial bill allowing all emails and phone calls to be monitored in the name of national security.

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Sweden

Snoop law vote to go ahead

Sweden's parliament is finally set to vote on Wednesday evening on a controversial signal surveillance bill. The vote was delayed by several hours after centre-right critics of the bill demanded a range of amendments.

Circus elephant escapes in Brandenburg
Germany

Circus elephant escapes in Brandenburg

A circus elephant escaped from its pen in the German state of Brandenburg overnight, police in Neuruppin said on Wednesday.

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Germany

Germany welcomes Gaza truce ahead of Palestinian forum

Germany on Wednesday hailed a truce between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, saying it could provide an auspicious backdrop for a Palestinian aid conference it is hosting next week.

German cabinet agrees on raft of energy-saving laws
Germany

German cabinet agrees on raft of energy-saving laws

The German cabinet on Wednesday adopted new measures aimed at cutting the country's carbon dioxide emissions by more than a third by 2020, the environment ministry said.

Inequality thrives in Stockholm’s embassy world
Sweden

Inequality thrives in Stockholm’s embassy world

Stockholm's diplomatic community is shot through with gender inequality, according to an analysis of official figures carried out by The Local.

Löw banned from Euro quarterfinal match
Germany

Löw banned from Euro quarterfinal match

UEFA's disciplinary committee ruled on Wednesday that German national football team coach Joachim Löw will have to watch Thursday's Euro 2008 quarterfinal match against Portugal from the stands.

Rock festivals – not like a trip to your grandma’s house
Sweden

Rock festivals – not like a trip to your grandma’s house

Mayhem, music and masses of mud: With festival season truly upon us, David Bartal went to where the action was.

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Sweden

Ten sentenced in major sex club scandal

Ten men, aged between 25 to 53 years old, have been sentenced for financial crimes in a major sex club scandal in Stockholm.

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Germany

Daimler to build auto factory in Hungary

The German auto manufacturer Daimler said Wednesday it would build a factory in Hungary and invest in an existing German plant to boost output of smaller, cleaner models.

Officials investigate deportee’s torture death
Sweden

Officials investigate deportee’s torture death

The Swedish Migration Board is to start an investigation as to whether a young Libyan they deported was subsequently tortured to death in the North African country.

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Sweden

H&M surprises market with strong quarterly profit

Swedish high-street clothing chain H&M reported a 13.6 percent rise in second quarter net profit Wednesday to 3.93 billion kronor ($640 million), boosted by favourable

Surveillance protesters gather outside Riksdag
Sweden

Surveillance protesters gather outside Riksdag

Protesters assembled outside the Riksdag on Wednesday morning to voice their dissatisfaction with a proposed new surveillance law, a revised version of which is expected to be completed later in the afternoon or evening.

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Sweden

Rape suspect soldier sacked

The National Service Administration (Pliktverket) has dismissed a conscript suspected of raping his female colleague at a military base in Skövde in western Sweden.

Famed Hummel figurines get the axe
Germany

Famed Hummel figurines get the axe

The German porcelain manufacturer Goebel had announced it will cease production of its world-famous Hummel figurines.

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Sweden

Convicted terrorists released from custody

Two Iraqi Kurds who were in safe custody after doing time for terrorist crimes have been released. The men may await the government's decision regarding their possible deportation in freedom.

Patriotic Germans flying the flag for football
Germany

Patriotic Germans flying the flag for football

A majority of Germans support flying the country’s black, red, and gold flag in patriotic support of the national football team during the Euro 2008, according to a poll published on Wednesday.

Path clear for world’s biggest elk
Sweden

Path clear for world’s biggest elk

Politicians in northern Sweden have finally given the all-clear for the construction on the top of a mountain of the world's largest elk, newspaper Piteå-Tidningen reports.

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Sweden

Forgotten on the toilet for 10 hours

An elderly woman was forgotten on the toilet for 10 hours by staff at her old people's home in Katrineholm, 160 km west of Stockholm.

‘Orwellian law must be stopped’
Sweden

‘Orwellian law must be stopped’

Despite some cosmetic changes, Sweden's proposed surveillance law is still a monster, writes Pär Ström from the independent New Welfare Foundation.

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Sweden

Chance DNA test nabs serial rapist after 10 years

A 46-year-old father of four has been arrested and charged with 11 counts of rape and attempted rape for the period between 1995 and 2005. The alleged attacks took place in the Gothenburg area.

Tottenham and Juventus reportedly interested in Podolski
Germany

Tottenham and Juventus reportedly interested in Podolski

Germany's Euro 2008 top scorer Lukas Podolski has revealed Juventus and Tottenham have contacted him and he is interested in joining either football clubs after sitting on the bench at Bayern Munich last season.

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Sweden

Auditors criticize TeliaSonera sale process

Sweden's National Audit Office has accused the country's government of not being properly prepared to negotiate the highest price for its stake in TeliaSonera.

Adidas to sue Wal-Mart for copycat shoes
Germany

Adidas to sue Wal-Mart for copycat shoes

German sporting goods manufacturer Adidas is suing American discount retail giant Wal-Mart for trademark infringement, German daily Handelsblatt reported on Wednesday.

Rising grocery prices force Germans to shop at discounters
Germany

Rising grocery prices force Germans to shop at discounters

Rising food and energy costs have the notoriously frugal Germans turning to discount grocers for their staples.

EU probes state aid for Frankfurt’s Hahn airport
Germany

EU probes state aid for Frankfurt’s Hahn airport

The European Commission opened a probe Tuesday into state aid to Frankfurt’s Hahn airport and contracts with low-cost carrier Ryanair to ensure that they respect EU rules after receiving complaints.

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Sweden

Critics force snoop law postponement

Swedish lawmakers have agreed to postpone plans for the passing into law of a controversial surveillance bill following an emotional debate in the Riksdag on Tuesday evening.