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Sweden

Bank experts play down Swedish crisis fears

While Sweden’s banks haven’t escaped this week’s global financial turbulence unscathed, experts say there is little chance of a Swedish bank suffering a collapse similar to that of Lehman Brothers.

Prosecutor: ‘Beltran could flee Sweden’
Sweden

Prosecutor: ‘Beltran could flee Sweden’

Swedish prosecutors called on Wednesday for opera star Tito Beltran to be remanded in custody pending a decision by the appeal court on whether to uphold a guilty verdict against the singer for rape.

Sifting through Sylt’s conflicting charms
Germany

Sifting through Sylt’s conflicting charms

Is Sylt really Germany's Riviera? Campbell Jefferys heads to the fancy North Sea island to brace the water, make the scene at Sansibar and slurp oysters in List.

US soldiers in Germany charged with Baghdad murders
Germany

US soldiers in Germany charged with Baghdad murders

Three US soldiers from a battalion based in Germany have been charged with premeditated murder in an alleged incident in Baghdad in spring of 2007, US Army officials announced on Wednesday in Grafenwöhr.

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Germany

EU names German diplomat head of Georgia monitoring team

The European Union on Wednesday named German diplomat Hansjörg Haber to head its observer mission in Georgia.

Swedish mall’s fee scares off Red Cross volunteers
Sweden

Swedish mall’s fee scares off Red Cross volunteers

A mall in southern Sweden has drawn fire for its decision to charge a fee to charity organizations like the Red Cross and Salvation Army for placing volunteers in the mall to collect donations.

KfW slammed for mistakenly wiring Lehman €300 million
Germany

KfW slammed for mistakenly wiring Lehman €300 million

State development bank KfW was assailed by the German government on Wednesday for mistakenly transferring €300 million ($427 million) to Lehman Brothers just as the US investment bank was collapsing.

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Sweden

Activists fight to prevent Iranian feminist’s deportation

Demonstrators are set to gather in Stockholm on Wednesday to protest the impending deportation of an Iranian woman’s rights activist and anti-Islam blogger after she was denied a Swedish residence permit.

Huge WWII torpedo found on Timmendorf beach
Germany

Huge WWII torpedo found on Timmendorf beach

A four-metre long (12-foot) World War II-era torpedo was found on the Timmendorf beach on the Baltic Sea coast early on Wednesday morning, keeping the bomb squad busy until midday.

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Sweden

Job losses continue to mount across Sweden

The weak economy appears to be costing more Swedes their jobs, as more than 2,400 redundancies have been announced so far in September.

Oktoberfest organizers fear deep freeze
Germany

Oktoberfest organizers fear deep freeze

With Germany currently shivering amid unseasonably chilly temperatures, organizers of Munich’s Oktoberfest fear the city’s famous beer festival starting this weekend could give new meaning to drinking a cold one.

Merkel demands better global financial regulation
Germany

Merkel demands better global financial regulation

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday called for tighter regulatory control on the international financial system following the recent turmoil on Wall Street.

Dozens rescued from Mannheim fire
Germany

Dozens rescued from Mannheim fire

Rescue workers staged a dramatic rescue of 23 people from two burning apartment buildings in Mannheim late on Tuesday evening, police in the German state of Baden-Württemberg reported.

Arla caught up in China baby formula scandal
Sweden

Arla caught up in China baby formula scandal

Swedish-Danish dairy giant Arla Foods announced on Wednesday a recall of several milk powder products made by one its Chinese partners after traces of the chemical melamine were discovered in the products.

Riksbank was split over rate hike
Sweden

Riksbank was split over rate hike

There was dissent within the ranks of the Riksbank's leadership during the September 4th decision to raise interest rates, according to minutes of the meeting released on Wednesday.

Swedish police seize thousands of baffling cannabis plants
Sweden

Swedish police seize thousands of baffling cannabis plants

Police in Skåne in southern Sweden confiscated a field full of cannabis on Tuesday, but have yet to determine whether the plants were actually meant to be dried and smoked.

More German students choosing foreign universities
Germany

More German students choosing foreign universities

More German students are going to university abroad, according to figures released by the Federal Statistics Office (Destatis) on Wednesday.

Luca Toni wants to win Bayern the Champions League
Germany

Luca Toni wants to win Bayern the Champions League

Bayern Munich striker Luca Toni says he wants to win the Champions League title at the first attempt as he prepares to make his competition debut, aged 31, in Romania on Wednesday.

Adolescent alcohol abuse growing in Berlin
Germany

Adolescent alcohol abuse growing in Berlin

Berlin emergency services have logged the treatment of 853 young teens treated for alcohol abuse since the year began, in what seems to be a growing trend, daily Die Welt reported on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Government wants schools to emphasize entrepreneurship

The government announced plans on Wednesday to make entrepreneurship a unifying theme in the Swedish education system.

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Sweden

Swede held in prison in Yemen

A 26-year-old Swedish citizen has been imprisoned in Yemen for the last nine months, media reported on Wednesday.