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Sweden

Sweden suffers extra time agony

World champions Germany took a significant step towards the one major trophy they have never won when they reached the Olympic women's football semi-finals after beating Sweden 2-0 in Beijing on Friday.

Klüft falls short in triple jump qualifying
Sweden

Klüft falls short in triple jump qualifying

Popular Swedish athlete and former Olympic heptathlon champ Carolia Klüft has failed to qualify for the final of the triple jump event at the Beijing games.

Merkel criticizes Russia over Georgia crisis
Germany

Merkel criticizes Russia over Georgia crisis

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday criticized Russia's recent military action against Georgia during talks with with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, but he dismissed the idea Moscow would yield over South Ossetia.

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Sweden

Swedes in record win to reach tennis final

Swedish tennis doubles pairing Simon Aspelin and Thomas Johansson have qualified for the final after securing victory in the longest three-set men's match in Olympic history.

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Sweden

Swedish women’s pensions lower than men’s

Yet another Swedish report proves that Swedish women draw the short straw when it comes to pensions, which are only worth 80-90 percent of men's on average.

All eyes on Munich as Bundesliga season begins
Germany

All eyes on Munich as Bundesliga season begins

All eyes will be on Munich's Allianz Arena when defending champions Bayern Munich kick off the new Bundesliga season on Friday against Hamburg under the gaze of new coach Jürgen Klinsmann.

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Sweden

Stockholm art gallery guide: August 15 – 21

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

Business warns against Left in Hesse state government
Germany

Business warns against Left in Hesse state government

Leading industrialists have slammed the prospect of a socialist-tolerated coalition in the state government of Hesse, warning that such a partnership could scare off investors.

Swedish pedestrians receive secret message from God
Sweden

Swedish pedestrians receive secret message from God

Signal boxes located at pedestrian crossings in countries all over the world are designed to spread the word of God, the product's Swedish manufacturer has revealed.

Tarantino and Pitt join forces to scalp Nazis in Berlin
Germany

Tarantino and Pitt join forces to scalp Nazis in Berlin

Berlin will host Hollywood star Brad Pitt and action director Quentin Tarantino this autumn, as filming starts on what could be a controversial nazi-themed movie.

Weed plantation found at Neuss drug clinic
Germany

Weed plantation found at Neuss drug clinic

Around 100 huge cannabis plants have been dug up and removed from the grounds of an addiction clinic in Neuss, near Düsseldorf.

Major weapons seizure in Stockholm
Sweden

Major weapons seizure in Stockholm

Six young men have been detained in custody charged with serious weapons crime after police seized large quantity of weapons and explosives outside Stockholm.

Experts see no danger of recession for German economy
Germany

Experts see no danger of recession for German economy

The German government’s top economic advisor said on Friday that there was little danger Germany would fall into recession even though the world’s third-largest economy shrank during the second quarter.

Berlin Arabic mag sparks outrage by labelling gays as diseased
Germany

Berlin Arabic mag sparks outrage by labelling gays as diseased

Two sensitive subjects have crashed into each other in Berlin, with a row over an article in a German Arabic language magazine warning readers that shaking the hands of gay men can transmit diseases.

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Sweden

Ikea catalogue celebrates Swedish diversity

Flat-pack furniture giant Ikea launched its new catalogue on Thursday amid much coverage in the Swedish national press.

Abrahamian wrestles with IOC over medal tantrum
Sweden

Abrahamian wrestles with IOC over medal tantrum

Sweden's Greco-Roman wrestling star Ara Abrahamian is to face disciplinary action for leaving the podium in the middle of Thursday's presentation ceremony and throwing away his bronze medal.

Russians to show Merkel alleged proof of Georgian atrocities
Germany

Russians to show Merkel alleged proof of Georgian atrocities

Russian President Dimitry Medvedev reportedly plans to show German Chancellor Angela Merkel evidence of Georgian atrocities in South Ossetia during talks in Russia on Friday.

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Sweden

Suspects claim kidnap victim wanted violent sex games

A couple charged with raping and torturing a woman over a period of several days claim their 'victim' was a willing participant in the sex games.

Hanson shares lead at Stockholm Open
Sweden

Hanson shares lead at Stockholm Open

Sweden's Peter Hanson shot a first round 66 on Thursday to jump into a shared lead with Pedro Linhart and Nick Dougherty at the SAS Masters in Stockholm.

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Sweden

Mosque fire ‘could have been arson’

A fire that broke out in a mosque in northern Sweden on Thursday night could have been started deliberately, police say.

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Sweden

‘Allergy-free’ restaurants to aid Swedish sufferers

Eating out in Swedish restaurants could soon be made easier for allergy sufferers, thanks to a new scheme to certify 'allergy-free' restaurants.

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Sweden

Billionaire offers big reward for missing Swedish dog

An anonymous billionaire has offered 100,000 kronor ($15,876) to aid the recovery of a stolen Swedish dog, according to reports.

Karolinska ‘best university in Sweden’
Sweden

Karolinska ‘best university in Sweden’

Stockholm medical university Karolinska Institutet has been named the best university in Sweden by a new international survey. The study, by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, ranks KI as the 51st best higher education institution in the world.

Experiment tries to slow Swiss glacier melt with giant screen
Germany

Experiment tries to slow Swiss glacier melt with giant screen

German researchers trying to slow melting glaciers have set up a large screen in the Swiss Alps that they hope will trap cold air over the icy mass.

Steffen upsets Trickett for 100-metre freestyle gold
Germany

Steffen upsets Trickett for 100-metre freestyle gold

Germany's Britta Steffen reeled in world record-holder Libby Trickett from Australia to claim the Olympic gold medal in the women's 100 metres freestyle at the Beijing Games on Friday.

Nigerian rebel group claims to have rescued kidnapped Germans
Germany

Nigerian rebel group claims to have rescued kidnapped Germans

Nigeria's most prominent armed group in the restive Niger Delta, MEND, said late on Thursday it had rescued and will soon release two German construction workers seized last month by unknown gunmen.