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Sweden

Agency condemns Sweden’s GMO labeling as ‘misleading’

Swedish consumers are being misled by labels falsely claiming that food products are free of genetically modified organisms (GMO), according to a new report.

Erectile aid found to enhance spruce tree roots
Sweden

Erectile aid found to enhance spruce tree roots

Swedish researchers have found that a common erectile dysfunction aid also has an enhancing effect on the common spruce tree.

German official moots accepting Guantánamo inmates
Germany

German official moots accepting Guantánamo inmates

The German government has signalled it is willing to help US President-Elect Obama make good on his promise to close the controversial terrorist prison camp Guantánamo Bay by taking in inmates.

Freed hostages still in Yemen
Germany

Freed hostages still in Yemen

A German woman and her parents, freed by kidnappers in Yemen on Friday after a five-day ordeal, are still in the country, a source close to the German embassy said, contradicting an earlier report they had already left for home.

Merkel warns of difficult 2009 in festive pep-talk
Germany

Merkel warns of difficult 2009 in festive pep-talk

After offering seasonal good wishes, Chancellor Angela Merkel gave Germany a pep-talk on a video-broadcast released on Saturday, saying that the country faced numerous “challenges” in 2009.

Lawyer claims Flick corpse reward plus fees
Germany

Lawyer claims Flick corpse reward plus fees

A Nuremberg lawyer has issued a claim for the €100,000 reward offered by the widow of billionaire Friedrich Karl Flick, whose coffin was stolen from a mausoleum in Austria in November, the Bild newspaper reported on Saturday.

Hypo Real Estate to shed nearly half its workforce
Germany

Hypo Real Estate to shed nearly half its workforce

Troubled German property lender Hypo Real Estate is to slash its work force by almost half in three years, it announced on Saturday. Several board members and managers are also being sacked.

German Christmas cake theft sparks data scare
Germany

German Christmas cake theft sparks data scare

The uproar over another suspected case of stolen personal data was resolved Friday when police determined it was in fact the result of a hijacked Christmas cake.

Rosengård riots abate after two violent nights
Sweden

Rosengård riots abate after two violent nights

The streets of Malmö’s Rosengård district were relatively calm on Friday evening, as the hundreds of youth who rioted earlier in the week refrained from engaging in renewed clashes with police.

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Sweden

City officals’ ‘boxing’ party sends two to hospital

A holiday activity held at a local boxing club for 15 city officials from Umeå in northern Sweden ended prematurely after two of them fell to the ground and were rushed to the emergency room by ambulance.

Voters abandon Social Democrats in droves
Sweden

Voters abandon Social Democrats in droves

The Social Democrats lost 372,000 voters in the past year, as the gap between Sweden’s two main political blocs continues to shrink, according to a new poll.