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Sweden

Arboga autopsy photos on The Pirate Bay

File sharing site The Pirate Bay is under fire for not reacting after autopsy pictures of the two toddlers murdered in Arboga last spring were uploaded onto the site.

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Sweden

Sweden slams Iran for jailing women’s rights activist

Sweden’s foreign minister Carl Bildt took aim at Iran on Friday, condemning the country for sentencing women’s rights activist Parvin Ardalan to prison.

How does Swedish unemployment insurance work?
Sweden

How does Swedish unemployment insurance work?

Ask The Local: I'm finding the issue of Swedish unemployment insurance a bit of a nightmare. Can you explain how it all works?Ana, Stockholm

German Media Roundup: McCain overshadowed by power Palin
Germany

German Media Roundup: McCain overshadowed by power Palin

US presidential candidate John McCain’s has accepted the Republican nomination, but many of Germany‘s newspapers in The Local’s media roundup remain focused on his surprise pick for vice president, Sarah Palin.

Munich ranked Germany’s most-successful city
Germany

Munich ranked Germany’s most-successful city

For the fifth year in a row, Munich is Germany's most economically successful city, according to a new study published in weekly business magazine Wirtschafts Woche on Friday.

Swedish woman held captive for nine years
Sweden

Swedish woman held captive for nine years

A woman suffering from multiple sclerosis is believed to have been held by a man for several years in a small cabin in south-central Sweden.

Cannabis found on Swedish military training area
Sweden

Cannabis found on Swedish military training area

A group of Swedish soldiers made an unexpected discovery when they came across a group of suspicious looking plants during a training exercise in Skövde in western Sweden.

Daimler and RWE planning electric car network for Berlin
Germany

Daimler and RWE planning electric car network for Berlin

German automaker Daimler and RWE, one of the country's largest energy providers, announced on Friday a pilot project to create a fleet of electric cars and charging stations across Berlin.

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Sweden

Sweden’s welfare rolls continue to shrink

For the third year in a row, Sweden has experienced a drop in the number of people dependent on social assistance.

German industrial output plunges
Germany

German industrial output plunges

German industrial output in July slumped 1.8 percent from June, more than three times the downturn analysts had expected, underscoring the chance that Europe's biggest economy could be in recession, official figures showed Friday.

Indian summer to arrive after wet weekend
Germany

Indian summer to arrive after wet weekend

Germany's weather will continue to be a dreary preview of winter until next week, when meteorologists predict a sunny, warm, but brief reprieve will give Germans a reason to live for at least a few more days.

Swedish bankruptcies climb
Sweden

Swedish bankruptcies climb

Companies in Sweden are going bankrupt at a faster rate than last year.

Court dismisses Arboga retrial bid
Sweden

Court dismisses Arboga retrial bid

There will be no new trial of the Arboga murder case following the Svea Court of Appeal’s rejection of an appeal by the defendant, Christine Schürrer.

Steinmeier calls for probe into Georgia conflict
Germany

Steinmeier calls for probe into Georgia conflict

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier called for an independent investigation of what led to the conflict between Russia and Georgia, according to an interview published Friday.

Study finds poor need just €132 per month to survive
Germany

Study finds poor need just €132 per month to survive

German Hartz-IV welfare benefits are too high, according to a controversial new study released this week. People supposedly only need €132 ($191) per month to ensure survival – and that means no smoking, drinking, or fun.

Police reported for pepper spraying epileptic
Sweden

Police reported for pepper spraying epileptic

A woman who was doused with pepper spray while suffering an epileptic seizure has reported police from Växjö in south central Sweden to Ombudsmen of Justice (JO) for their handling of the incident.

Extra money to reduce healthcare wait times
Sweden

Extra money to reduce healthcare wait times

Sweden plans to reward local health authorities for good performance, according to health minister Göran Hägglund.

Özdemir poised to be first Turkish German to lead a major party
Germany

Özdemir poised to be first Turkish German to lead a major party

A European Parliament deputy looks set to become the first politician of Turkish origin to head a major German political party.

Isotope shortage could impact cancer therapy in Germany
Germany

Isotope shortage could impact cancer therapy in Germany

A shortage of special radioactive isotopes in Europe could threaten to halt critical cancer therapy for patients at German hospitals.

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Sweden

Voters doubt centre-right victory in 2010 elecions – poll

The centre-right government is fighting an uphill battle as it looks toward the 2010 elections. Not even a majority of their own voters believe the government can win.

Hope of finding missing German sailor fades
Germany

Hope of finding missing German sailor fades

The search for a German sailor lost at sea continued on Friday, but hopes of finding the 18-year-old woman alive were fading.

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Sweden

Greens: ‘prison for nonconsensual sex’

The Green Party wants to strengthen language in Sweden’s rape law so that perpetrators can receive up to four years in prison for nonconsensual sex.

Hamburg offers fans team graveyard plots
Germany

Hamburg offers fans team graveyard plots

Former Liverpool manager Bill Shankly once famously declared football isn't a matter of life and death - it is far more important than that.