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Sweden

Mobile broadband sales soar

Sales of mobile broadband kits have skyrocketed in Sweden over the last year.

German politicians eye Kinder surprise egg ban
Germany

German politicians eye Kinder surprise egg ban

German lawmakers floated - and then quickly retracted - the idea of a ban on the massively popular confection Kinder surprise eggs on Thursday amid alledged safety concerns.

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Sweden

Archaeologists uncover 14th century farm at rubbish tip

Archaeologists in central Sweden have uncovered the remains of a fourteenth century farm at a rubbish tip outside Örebro, Sveriges Television reports.

Study shows at least 136 died at Berlin Wall
Germany

Study shows at least 136 died at Berlin Wall

At least 136 people died between 1961 and 1989 at the Berlin wall, two more than previously thought, researchers announced on Thursday.

German developer causes ruckus with $1,000 iPhone app
Germany

German developer causes ruckus with $1,000 iPhone app

Armin Heinrich, a German software developer, has riled the tight-knit Apple community by developing an application for the iPhone that costs $1,000 – simply to show that the owner can afford it.

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Sweden

Stockholm club and concert guide: August 7 – 9

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

Allianz shares plunge after profit warning
Germany

Allianz shares plunge after profit warning

Shares in the German insurance group Allianz plunged on Thursday after the group warned that it would not reach its operating profit target going into 2009 following a difficult second quarter.

German teenagers take a poke at neo-Nazi bad apples
Germany

German teenagers take a poke at neo-Nazi bad apples

Teenagers in the eastern German state of Brandenburg are trying to root out neo-Nazi bad apples with an elaborate satire of far-right dress and slogans.

What’s on in Germany: August 7 – 13
Germany

What’s on in Germany: August 7 – 13

This Week's Highlights: Nena in Berlin, Chinese ballerinas in Frankfurt, and a summer festival in Stuttgart.

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Sweden

Gothenburg club and concert tips – August 7 – 10

Where to go out in Gothenburg this weekend? Monthly Magazine has the answers (Click links for more information)

Ex-minister Clement regrets sparking SPD row
Germany

Ex-minister Clement regrets sparking SPD row

Former German Economy Minister Wolfgang Clement said on Thursday that he regrets the hurt feelings of his fellow Social Democrats (SPD), which sparked a row that led to his expulsion the party last week.

‘Water war’ planned for Stockholm’s Old Town
Sweden

‘Water war’ planned for Stockholm’s Old Town

A 'water war' pitting the might of northern Stockholm against southern Stockholm is being planned for 08 day, which falls on Friday. 7,000 people have answered the call to arms from Facebook alias 'Luther Blisset'.

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Sweden

Temperance society in opinions registration scandal

Swedish temperance society IOGT-NTO has upset evangelists after admitting to breaking the law when it registered the religious convictions of its members. The society has since ended the practice.

Chinese embassy in Berlin hit by protests
Germany

Chinese embassy in Berlin hit by protests

One day before the start of the Olympics in Beijing, over a hundred protestors gathered in front of the Chinese embassy in Berlin on Thursday to demonstrate for human rights.

More torrential rain on the way
Sweden

More torrential rain on the way

More heavy rainfall has been forecast for western Sweden on Thursday. The meteorological agency, SMHI, expects 30-50 millimetres to fall during the night and Friday morning.

German football clubs put price on Olympic dream
Germany

German football clubs put price on Olympic dream

Werder Bremen and Schalke 04 have decided to let their Brazilian stars stay at the Beijing Olympics - at a price.

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Sweden

Inflation hits 15-year high

Sweden's inflation rate hit 4.4 percent in July - the highest for 15 years, according to a new report from Statistics Sweden. Experts now forecast an interest rate hike in the autumn.

German trade surplus surges in June
Germany

German trade surplus surges in June

Germany's trade surplus surged in June, data released on Thursday showed, offering some relief after a bleak series of figures pointing to a severe economic slowdown.

Lars Danielsson appointed as Hong Kong consul
Sweden

Lars Danielsson appointed as Hong Kong consul

The government has appointed former under-Secretary of State to Göran Persson, Lars Danielsson, as Sweden's consul-general to Hong Kong and Macau. The Social Democrats have accused foreign minister Carl Bildt of engaging in a personal vendetta.

What’s on in Sweden: August 8 – 14
Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: August 8 – 14

What’s on in Sweden: August 8th – 14th. Culture and city pride in Stockholm, Culture and jazz in Gothenburg, Deep Purple near Malmö and Reggae nights in Uppsala

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Sweden

Gothenburg in bitter Champions League exit

IFK Gothenburg were just six minutes away from securing a berth in the third Champions League qualifying round in Basel on Wednesday night.

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Sweden

Sex buyers defrauded by 16-year-old boy

A 16-year-old boy has been sentenced to community service after stealing money from the bank accounts of several men who believed they were paying to see young girls pose naked on the internet.

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Germany

Kidnapped German-Afghan freed in Kabul

A German-Afghan businessman kidnapped nearly two weeks ago in Kabul was freed early on Thursday from captors who had been demanding ransom, Afghanistan's intelligence agency said.

Lufthansa cancels flights amid new strike
Germany

Lufthansa cancels flights amid new strike

Only days after solving a labour dispute, Lufthansa was once again forced to cancel flights on Thursday amid a pilot strike at the German airline’s CityLine unit.

Swedish schoolkids under surveillance
Sweden

Swedish schoolkids under surveillance

The number of Swedish schools using security cameras to keep an eye on their pupils has skyrocketed in recent years.