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Sweden

Police officer deploys doll in joyrider fight

A Swedish police officer has run into trouble with his superiors after deploying a uniformed life-sized doll in his home neighbourhood after tiring of local joyriders.

Chinese berry pickers march in protest
Sweden

Chinese berry pickers march in protest

Around 120 Chinese berry pickers went on a 15-kilometre (9.3-mile) overnight march in northern Sweden on Thursday to protest their salaries, a local social services official said.

World War II bomb found near major Hamburg bridge
Germany

World War II bomb found near major Hamburg bridge

A 250-kilogramme World War II-era bomb was discovered at a recycling centre close to an important cable-stayed bridge in Hamburg on Friday, forcing authorities to evacuate the area for recovery efforts.

Malmö’s rats face death by fourteen skewers
Sweden

Malmö’s rats face death by fourteen skewers

The rats of Malmö face an uncertain future, thanks to the introduction of new spike traps in the city’s sewers.

Bildt: No US-Sweden talks over WikiLeaks
Sweden

Bildt: No US-Sweden talks over WikiLeaks

Sweden's foreign minister Carl Bildt has denied that the US government has approached Sweden in connection with the website WikiLeaks and reports that many of the Afghan War Diary documents pass through a Swedish web-host.

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Sweden

Stieg Larsson book could get English version

A book by the late best-selling Swedish novelist Stieg Larsson is set to be published in English for the first time. But the book is not a novel - it is a safety manual for journalists, which reflected his work for anti-fascist magazine Expo.

Stasi checks for public servants extended
Germany

Stasi checks for public servants extended

Candidates for government jobs, including elected office, now face Stasi background checks until 2019 under a government plan revealed on Friday.

Bayern Munich extends top-scoring Thomas Müller’s contract
Germany

Bayern Munich extends top-scoring Thomas Müller’s contract

Bayern Munich have rewarded Germany international Thomas Müller, top scorer at the World Cup with five goals, with an improved two year contract extension, the Bundesliga champions announced on Friday.

German broadcasters to set up free internet TV
Germany

German broadcasters to set up free internet TV

Germany’s two biggest commercial broadcasters, ProSiebenSat.1 and RTL, are establishing a free internet service that allows viewers to legally stream television shows, news and movies, they announced Friday.

Bavaria’s ‘Porno Island’ set for a clean-up
Germany

Bavaria’s ‘Porno Island’ set for a clean-up

Sex thrill-seekers have been descending on a lake area near the Bavarian town of Senden in such numbers that locals have dubbed the recreational spot “Porno Island” – forcing embarrassed authorities to take action.

Swedish climber dies in Himalaya expedition
Sweden

Swedish climber dies in Himalaya expedition

A Swedish climber died in an accident on the mountain K2 in the Karakoram Himalayas early on Friday morning while taking part in an Austrian-led expedition.

Afghan politician calls German air strike payouts ‘laughable’
Germany

Afghan politician calls German air strike payouts ‘laughable’

The former Afghan Commerce Minister on Friday called Germany’s compensation for families of victims who died in last year’s deadly Kunduz air strike “laughable,” saying that the $5,000 was insignificant.

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Sweden

Swedes expect fall in jobless total

Most Swedes expect unemployment to fall in the coming year, according to a new poll. But those who work in the public sector expect to see job cuts in their own workplaces.

Allianz Q2 profit takes a dive
Germany

Allianz Q2 profit takes a dive

The German insurance giant Allianz said on Friday that its second-quarter net profit plunged by 45.6 percent from the same period a year earlier to €1.02 billion.

SPD and Greens have majority, poll finds
Germany

SPD and Greens have majority, poll finds

The political mood in Germany continues to lean leftward, with the latest disastrous poll for the centre-right government revealing on Friday that the opposition Social Democrats and Greens would have a majority for the first time since 2002.

Germany’s super-rich urged to follow US billionaires’ lead
Germany

Germany’s super-rich urged to follow US billionaires’ lead

Following the pledge by 40 American billionaires to give away at least half their wealth to humanitarian causes, centre-left politicians suggested Friday that Germany’s super-rich might consider doing the same.

Break in at Stockholm royal palace
Sweden

Break in at Stockholm royal palace

Thieves broke into the Chinese Pavilion at Drottningholm Palace in western Stockholm on Thursday night. Police have not yet established what has been taken but believe that it was a contract job.

Powell pulls out of Stockholm sprint clash
Sweden

Powell pulls out of Stockholm sprint clash

Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell has been forced to withdraw from the Stockholm leg of the Diamond League on Friday due to a groin injury.

Coalition fight brews over preventive detention
Germany

Coalition fight brews over preventive detention

Moves by the government to maintain the controversial practice of preventative detention for dangerous criminals are being blocked by members of its own coalition, the Free Democrats, setting the stage for another internal government brawl.

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Sweden

Absentee voting begins in Swedish elections

Absentee voting began in the September 19th Swedish general election on Thursday in what is expected to be a tight race centred on the economy, unemployment and welfare.