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Germany

Veteran keeper Lehmann exits German national squad

Germany's veteran goalkeeper Jens Lehmann is handing in his international gloves after 10 years' service, the German Football Association (DFB) said on Friday.

Merkel calls for end to South Ossetia violence
Germany

Merkel calls for end to South Ossetia violence

Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday called for violence to end in South Ossetia, as her foreign minister held spoke with his Russian counterpart and Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili.

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Sweden

Broadband speeds ‘much lower than claimed’

High speed mobile broadband services in Sweden are rarely as fast as telecoms companies claim, according to a new survey.

German aid workers shot at in Afghanistan
Germany

German aid workers shot at in Afghanistan

A gunman on a motorbike shot at a jeep carrying German aid workers near the northern Afghan city of Kunduz on Friday, but there were no injuries, the German state development bank KfW said.

Priceless expressionist artworks stolen in Gelsenkirchen
Germany

Priceless expressionist artworks stolen in Gelsenkirchen

Police in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia said three expressionist works of art worth tens of thousands of euros were stolen from a museum in Gelsenkirchen on Friday.

ECB sees euro-zone credit squeeze easing
Germany

ECB sees euro-zone credit squeeze easing

A squeeze on lending to home buyers and businesses that followed the US subprime crisis has shown slight signs of easing in the last three months, the European Central Bank said on Friday.

Klinsmann demands patience as Bayern faces roughs season start
Germany

Klinsmann demands patience as Bayern faces roughs season start

After watching FC Bayern Munich’s final warm-up match against Inter Milan this week, Ben Knight believes the German champions are not so much swaggering as stumbling into the new Bundesliga season.

Airplane crashes near Stockholm
Sweden

Airplane crashes near Stockholm

A twin-engine aircraft with four people on board crashed in woodland in Vinsta near Stockholm around midday on Friday. The four people sustained minor injuries.

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Sweden

Stockholm art gallery guide: August 8 – 14

Stockholm art gallery and exhibition tips from Kalendarium (Click links for more information)

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Sweden

Rental contracts for sale after court ruling

A Stockholm court has ruled that rental contracts for housing can be sold by tenants, legally. What's more the payment is exempt from tax, writes the newspaper Hem & Hyra.

Moderates challenge councils over independent schools
Sweden

Moderates challenge councils over independent schools

Moderate party education representatives want to see a centralization and simplification of the independent schooling system. Councils should lose the right to delay the opening of new schools, they argue.

Bild: Russians ruining German holidays with ‘whores and vodka’
Germany

Bild: Russians ruining German holidays with ‘whores and vodka’

Germany‘s best-selling daily newspaper Bild on Friday opened a second front in what could be called the holiday war by attacking Russian tourists for spoiling German vacations in Turkey with “whores and vodka.”

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Sweden

‘Water war’ moved from Old Town

'The Battle of Stockholm' water pistol war that will take place this afternoon in Stockholm has been moved by police to the grassy area of Gärdet.

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Sweden

Rapist refused damages for porn rights slight

A convicted rapist has been refused compensation for an alleged rights violation when he was denied access to pornography in his cell.

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Sweden

Swede arrested in US teen sex sting

A 47-year-old Swede has been arrested in the United States for attempting to arrange sex with a 13-year-old girl. The man from Stockholm could now face up to 30 years in prison.

Heavy storms slam northern Germany
Germany

Heavy storms slam northern Germany

Bad weather including lightning, strong winds, and heavy rain swept across northern Germany on Thursday night, uprooting trees and disrupting road and rail traffic.

Karlsson hitting his stride in this year’s majors
Sweden

Karlsson hitting his stride in this year’s majors

Robert Karlsson wasted no time picking up where he left off at the first three majors of the season by charging into contention at the 90th PGA Championship.

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Sweden

Sweden pays damages to fired intern

Sweden's highest legal official has awarded damages to a member of the nationalist Sweden Democrat party who was relieved of his work experience duties at the Swedish Embassy in Israel after his party allegiances came to light.

Ceremonies mark darker side of German Olympic history
Germany

Ceremonies mark darker side of German Olympic history

As the Beijing Olympics start, small ceremonies in Berlin on Friday will remember the fate of two athletes persecuted under the Nazis, one of whom survived a concentration camp to go on to train Indian athletes.

Lufthansa cancels 140 flights on Friday
Germany

Lufthansa cancels 140 flights on Friday

Lufthansa demanded pilots from its regional unit CityLine come back to the negotiating table, as the German airline was forced to cancel at least 140 flights on Friday due to a strike.

Olsson to carry Swedish flag
Sweden

Olsson to carry Swedish flag

Injured triple jump giant Christian Olsson will lead the Swedish team into the Beijing National Stadium for the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games on Friday.