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Sweden

Bumper Friday for krona and stocks

The Stockholm stock exchange and the krona both hit record levels for the year on Friday as several economic indicators point to an upswing in Sweden's economic fortunes.

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Sweden

Sweden’s recovery gathering pace: Borg

Sweden's government has revised its gloomy economic prognosis upwards, announcing on Friday that it expects the country's GDP to increase by 0.6 percent in 2010, before making greater strides towards a full recovery in 2011 and 2012.

Tarantino’s ‘kosher porno’ thrills Germany
Germany

Tarantino’s ‘kosher porno’ thrills Germany

While US-director Quentin Tarantino’s new Jewish revenge film “Inglourious Basterds” has garnered mixed reviews elsewhere, German critics are exalting the bloody fantasy as a cathartic departure from typical World War II films.

Anti-German Jihadist videos flood internet
Germany

Anti-German Jihadist videos flood internet

With just over a month to go before Germany's general election, daily newspaper Die Welt reported on Friday that an unprecedented number of Islamist videos encouraging holy war against the country have flooded the internet.

Frankfurt airport expansion approved
Germany

Frankfurt airport expansion approved

A German court on Friday approved a €4-billion ($6-billion) expansion of Frankfurt International Airport, Europe's third busiest, rejecting complaints by residents.

Scientists discover why lost people walk in circles
Germany

Scientists discover why lost people walk in circles

A team of scientists in Germany have discovered why people tend to walk in circles when lost in locations as diverse as the Sahara Desert and German forests.

Transgender belly dancer helps launch Arab gay initiative
Sweden

Transgender belly dancer helps launch Arab gay initiative

As a human rights group publishes details of a bloody campaign of hate being waged against gays in Iraq, Rami Abdelrahman speaks to members of a recently founded initiative for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Arabs in Sweden.

Debt collector hunts Pirate Bay buyer
Sweden

Debt collector hunts Pirate Bay buyer

Hans Pandeya, the CEO of Global Gaming Factory (GGF), the company planning to buy The Pirate Bay, has been reported to the Swedish enforcement service (Kronofogden) for mounting unpaid debts.

Merkel threatens Iran with sanctions
Germany

Merkel threatens Iran with sanctions

German Chancellor Angela Merkel threatened energy sanctions against Iran if it fails to step up cooperation with the international community on its controversial nuclear programme for the first time on Friday.

Sweden summons Israeli ambassador
Sweden

Sweden summons Israeli ambassador

Israel's ambassador to Sweden, Benny Dagan, has been summoned by Sweden's foreign office to discuss the diplomatic discord following an article in a national newspaper claiming Israeli soldiers harvest the organs of dead Palestinians.

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Sweden

‘High speed trains offer no environmental benefit’: report

High speed railways are unprofitable and afford marginal climate gains, a new report penned by the Expert Group on Environmental Studies argues.

Bildt rejects Israeli call for official condemnation
Sweden

Bildt rejects Israeli call for official condemnation

Sweden's foreign minister Carl Bildt has rejected calls from Israel for the government to distance itself from an article in a national newspaper which claimed Israeli soldiers harvest the organs of dead Palestinians.

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Sweden

Fire photographer admits arson

A Swedish news photographer specialized in capturing fires on film has admitted to being behind a slew of arson attacks, according to the Aftonbladet newspaper.

Sweden to offer free swine flu vaccine for all
Sweden

Sweden to offer free swine flu vaccine for all

The Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SKL) is set to recommend that the swine flu vaccine is issued free of charge for all.

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Sweden

Swedish police hunt audacious ‘Spiderman’ burglar

Swedish police are hunting for an agile cat burglar who, clad in climbing attire and gardening gloves, shinned up drainage pipes to hit ten apartments in Stockholm over the summer.

New US ambassador Murphy touches down in Berlin
Germany

New US ambassador Murphy touches down in Berlin

Half a year after President Barack Obama took office, the new US ambassador to Germany, Philip Murphy, finally arrived in Berlin on Friday morning.

Police kill bank robber in getaway chase shoot-out
Germany

Police kill bank robber in getaway chase shoot-out

Police shot and killed a bank robber in the North Rhine-Westphalian city of Ruppichteroth on Thursday night during a getaway chase that also left an officer critically injured.

Brazil delays decision over JAS Gripen
Sweden

Brazil delays decision over JAS Gripen

Sweden's Saab is among the defence companies lobbying hard for a $4 billion deal to replace Brazil's ageing fleet of fighter aircraft.

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Sweden

Israel blasts Sweden over organ harvesting report

Israel has announced that it intends to lodge an official protest to Sweden over its refusal to condemn an article in a national newspaper which claimed Israeli soldiers harvest the organs of dead Palestinians.

Glorious late summer weather on the way
Germany

Glorious late summer weather on the way

After record-breaking temperatures this week, Germans will get a break from the heat with brief thundershowers on Friday that will cool things off just in time for a pleasant late-summer weekend.

GM meets to mull offers on Opel’s future
Germany

GM meets to mull offers on Opel’s future

General Motors assembles its board of directors Friday to discuss the sale of its ailing Opel unit amid pressure from Germany and fears of job losses.

Prisoners to vote by post in federal election
Germany

Prisoners to vote by post in federal election

Germany’s prisoners will vote via mail-in ballot for the parliamentary election in September, after authorities refused appeals to be allowed to go to polling stations for security reasons.