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Sweden

International students in plagiarism probe

Nearly 80 foreign Masters students at a Swedish university are facing disciplinary measures after being accused of copying large parts of their coursework from the internet.

Huge princess portrait to adorn airport hotel
Sweden

Huge princess portrait to adorn airport hotel

A new hotel at Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport plans to cover its exterior with permanent portraits of members of the Swedish Royal family.

Police prepare for renewed rioting
Sweden

Police prepare for renewed rioting

Riot police from Stockholm and Gothenburg are being sent to provide back-up for their colleagues in Malmö as tensions in the southern city continue to flare.

Anja Pärson claims season’s first World Cup victory
Sweden

Anja Pärson claims season’s first World Cup victory

Swedish ski sensation Anja Pärson has claimed her first World Cup win of the season with victory in the super-combined in Saint Moritz.

Mini-shoe fetishist busted for stealing 112 pairs of kid’s shoes
Germany

Mini-shoe fetishist busted for stealing 112 pairs of kid’s shoes

Bavarian police have arrested a 39-year old man who stole 112 pairs of children’s shoes for sexual pleasure, officers reported on Friday.

Dead Polish man found in back seat by border police
Germany

Dead Polish man found in back seat by border police

Police officers discovered a dead Pole in the back seat of a van on Thursday morning, during a routine check near the town of Pomellen on the Polish border in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

One-third of German firecrackers found to be dangerous
Germany

One-third of German firecrackers found to be dangerous

With end-of-year festivities just two weeks away, the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM) in Berlin has announced that tests on new firework products determined almost one-third to be dangerous.

Passau police chief released from hospital
Germany

Passau police chief released from hospital

Almost a week after what appears to have been a revenge attack by neo-Nazis, Passau police chief Alois Mannichl was released from the hospital on Friday.

Nordic countries demand Mugabe’s resignation
Sweden

Nordic countries demand Mugabe’s resignation

Sweden has joined with the other Nordic countries in calling for Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to step down, holding him responsible for the chaos in his country.

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Sweden

Father-in-law appeals over al-Qaeda libel

A man who told the FBI that his son-in-law had links to al-Qaeda as a way of avenging perceived sleights to his daughter, is appealing his conviction for libel to Sweden’s Supreme Court.

Berlin approves new anti-terror law
Germany

Berlin approves new anti-terror law

The controversial new "BKA-law," which gives the Federal Criminal Police (BKA) extra powers in the fight against terrorism, was passed by the Bundesrat, Germany's upper parliamentary house on Friday morning.

Hypo Real Estate to cut one-third of workforce
Germany

Hypo Real Estate to cut one-third of workforce

Troubled German property lender Hypo Real Estate (HRE) plans to restructure its activities in a move that would eliminate one third of its workforce, a press report said on Friday.

Gävle goat’s little brother torched
Sweden

Gävle goat’s little brother torched

It has become something of a Swedish Christmas tradition for the famous Gävle goat to be burned by vandals. But while that goat has so far survived intact this year, its smaller and less famous brother in Lycksele, northern Sweden, has been destroyed.

Ex-RAF terrorist Klar released from prison
Germany

Ex-RAF terrorist Klar released from prison

Christian Klar, a former leader of the Red Army Faction terrorist group who was convicted of multiple murders, has been released after 26 years in prison, his lawyer said on Friday.

Wowereit accuses Merkel of stupidity
Germany

Wowereit accuses Merkel of stupidity

Berlin mayor Klaus Wowereit has called comments by German Chancellor Angela Merkel about increasing funding to western states 'stupid' in a recent television interview for broadcaster N24.

German hostages freed by Yemeni tribesmen
Germany

German hostages freed by Yemeni tribesmen

Three German hostages being held by Yemeni tribesmen were freed early on Friday after a five-day ordeal, a tribal source said.

Swedish job losses set to soar in 2009
Sweden

Swedish job losses set to soar in 2009

The global financial crisis is set to have "substantial effects" on the real economy in Sweden over the next two years, a new report has predicted, with large numbers of people expected to lose their jobs.

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Sweden

‘Relax restrictions’ for asylum seekers with Swedish kids

Sweden's Migration Minister Tobias Billström has vowed to ease residency restrictions for asylum seekers who have started families with Swedish partners.

Merkel reveals details of second economic stimulus package
Germany

Merkel reveals details of second economic stimulus package

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has named details of a second economic stimulus package, according to daily Neue Presse on Friday.

Schumacher sues over Tour de France doping charges
Germany

Schumacher sues over Tour de France doping charges

German cyclist Stefan Schumacher, who failed two drugs tests at the Tour de France, confirmed here Thursday he was suing the French anti-doping authorities (AFLD) for defamation.

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Sweden

Swedish hockey star in Vancouver move

Swedish forward Mats Sundin ended a lengthy holdout on Thursday by deciding to leave the Toronto Maple Leafs to sign with the Vancouver Canucks, the National Hockey League club announced.

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Sweden

SAS to ditch Spanair and airBaltic

Embattled carrier Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) has unveiled plans to sell off subsidiaries Spanair and airBaltic in a bid to pull itself out of its financial woes..

Rioting breaks out in Malmö suburb
Sweden

Rioting breaks out in Malmö suburb

Scores of young people rioted on Thursday night in Rosengård, the Malmö suburb in which tensions have been running high since the recent closure of an Islamic cultural centre.