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Sweden

Mystery donor leaves 100,000 kronor church collection gift

An anonymous older woman answered all her local Swedish church's prayers on Sunday by handing over an envelope with bills amounting to 100,000 kronor ($12,200).

Family dispute turns deadly in court room
Germany

Family dispute turns deadly in court room

A 60-year-old man shot and killed his sister-in-law and injured two others before killing himself at around 10:15 am on Tuesday morning at a district court in Landshut, Bavaria.

Poldi faces anonymous charge for Ballack slap
Germany

Poldi faces anonymous charge for Ballack slap

German footballer Lukas Podolski faces a charge from an anonymous plaintiff for slapping Germany captain Michael Ballack during the national team’s 2:0 victory over Wales last week, daily Express reported on Tuesday.

Three German anti-NATO protesters get jail time
Germany

Three German anti-NATO protesters get jail time

Three German NATO protesters have been given prison sentences of up to six months by a court in Strasbourg, a spokesperson from the German-French police centre in Kehl confirmed on Tuesday.

Eco-bank profits from financial crisis
Germany

Eco-bank profits from financial crisis

The ecologically-minded UmweltBank based in Nuremberg is doing well out of the global financial crisis, it said on Tuesday.

Nic Cage blames economic crisis for sale of Bavarian castle
Germany

Nic Cage blames economic crisis for sale of Bavarian castle

Oscar–winner Nicolas Cage has been forced to sell his Bavarian castle because of the global economic crisis, celebrity magazine Bunte reported on Tuesday.

270 imprisoned in black market purge
Sweden

270 imprisoned in black market purge

Tax revenues totalling 2.5 billion kronor ($310 million) have been recovered following an investigation into Sweden's labour black market by the Tax Agency (Skatteverket).

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Sweden

Fraudster plots murder to force lawyer change

A convicted fraudster has turned himself in for planning a murder in order to force a Stockholm court to appoint a new lawyer, news website Nyheter24 reports.

Steel production drops by half
Germany

Steel production drops by half

The world economic crisis has officially reached the German steel industry. New statistics published on Tuesday revealed that only half as much steel was produced in March as in the same month last year.

Ground control to cockpit suite: a night at the Jumbo Hostel
Sweden

Ground control to cockpit suite: a night at the Jumbo Hostel

A stayover at the world's only Jumbo jet hostel makes for a truly first-class experience, writes The Local's Alannah Eames.

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Sweden

‘Half a million jobless in 2010’: agency

Over 500,000 Swedes are set to be out of work in 2010, according to a new forecast from the National Public Employment Agency (Arbetsförmedlingen).

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Sweden

Dramatic rise in bankruptcies

The number of Swedish firms going bust in March increased by 85 percent, in comparison with March 2008, according to a new report from credit rating agency UC.

Bad weather spurs Merkel home from Afghanistan early
Germany

Bad weather spurs Merkel home from Afghanistan early

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was forced to cut short a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Tuesday due to bad weather, the government said.

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Sweden

Two teenage girls raped in harrowing car ride

Two 17-year-old girls were repeatedly raped and assaulted during a harrowing 16 hour car journey in southern Sweden.

Milk prices threaten 30,000 dairy farms
Germany

Milk prices threaten 30,000 dairy farms

German dairy farmers fear that their numbers will be massively reduced in the next year as milk prices continue to go down, daily Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung reported on Tuesday.

‘Ivan the Terrible’ Nazi guard extradition saga continues
Germany

‘Ivan the Terrible’ Nazi guard extradition saga continues

Suspected Nazi guard John Demjanjuk will fight to the bitter end against a ruling to extradite him to Germany to be tried for alleged complicity in the murder of thousands of Jews during World War II, his lawyer said Monday.

Study says rare high-tech metals creating international problems
Germany

Study says rare high-tech metals creating international problems

As demand booms for ever dwindling stockpiles of rare metals used in high-tech appliances, industries and countries are scrambling to secure their supplies, according to German research.

Östberg transferred from California jail
Sweden

Östberg transferred from California jail

Annika Östberg Deasy, found guilty in 1981 of being an accessory to two murders, including that of a policeman, has been transferred from a US prison and is on her way back to Sweden.

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Sweden

Local councils to receive cash injection

The Swedish government has announced an extra provision of 17 billion kronor ($2.1 billion) to help municipalities weather the financial storm.

Union chief avoids sack
Sweden

Union chief avoids sack

Wanja Lundby-Wedin is to remain in her post as head of Sweden’s Trade Union Confederation (LO), but will endure a pay cut of around 40 percent.