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Germany

Rostock trial probing alleged blackmail of Liechtenstein bank

A bank in the tiny Alpine principality of Liechtenstein, which has been rocked since February by a major tax evasion scandal, was allegedly blackmailed into paying €9 million.

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Germany

Greek telecom reportedly suing for Siemens slush fund secrets

Greek telephone company OTE reportedly wants a German court to force engineering giant Siemens to reveal whether it paid bribes to OTE employees to secure a $1-billion contract.

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Germany

EU chiefs urge Turkish govt to press ahead with reforms

European Union chiefs called on Turkey to push ahead with pro-EU reforms after the country's Islamist-rooted ruling party narrowly escaped being outlawed, a German newspaper reported on Saturday.

Top German students are Albanian, Slovak and Chinese
Germany

Top German students are Albanian, Slovak and Chinese

Students from Albania, China and Slovakia won the first international German language Olympics in Dresden on Saturday.

Swedish climber in K2 death drama
Sweden

Swedish climber in K2 death drama

Swedish mountaineer Fredrik Sträng was forced to break off his expedition to help another team to safety as four people were killed in avalanches on the notoriously challenging Mount Godwin Austin.

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Sweden

Castration law for Swedish transgenders

A new proposal to introduce castration as a prerequisite for those undergoing gender reassignment surgery in Sweden has been met with outrage by a leading gay and transgender rights organization.

Union boss told to quit over Lufthansa flights
Germany

Union boss told to quit over Lufthansa flights

Trade union chief Frank Bsirske saw his tropical vacation interrupted with calls for his resignation on Saturday after Bild newspaper reported he had taken free first-class flights from Lufthansa shortly before a strike at the airline.

Swedish cows milk organic trend
Sweden

Swedish cows milk organic trend

Although Swedish sales of organic milk are better than ever, it won’t be possible to buy full-fat organic milk in your local supermarket as of next week.

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Sweden

Tightened rules for sick leave benefits

The 60,000 Swedes currently on sick leave are to lose their benefits rights by the year 2010.

Record Stockholm Pride parade despite rain
Sweden

Record Stockholm Pride parade despite rain

Saturday’s Stockholm Pride parade may have started with heavy rainfall, but it´s set to be the biggest Stockholm Pride parade ever, with over 80,000 participants.

Baby sea lion makes a splash at Berlin zoo
Germany

Baby sea lion makes a splash at Berlin zoo

A tidal wave of cuteness swept over the Berlin Zoo on Friday as baby sea lion Volker – the first baby sea lion born in captivity at the zoo since 1933 – made his debut.

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Sweden

Six men arrested for attempted murder

Six men were arrested during the early hours of Saturday in central Rättvik in north-central Sweden and charged with attempted murder.

German trust in banks unshaken by credit crisis
Germany

German trust in banks unshaken by credit crisis

The credit crisis has failed to shake Germans’ trust in their banks, according to a survey published on Saturday in the Berliner Zeitung newspaper.