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Sweden

Official fired for talking on her mobile phone

A local education official from southern Sweden has been sacked after she disclosed sensitive information about colleagues during mobile phone conversations which were easily overheard by others.

Most German households hit by electricity price rises next year
Germany

Most German households hit by electricity price rises next year

Most German households will have to pay more for their electricity in the coming year, with 344 of the around 900 providers already having announced a price rise from the start of January, according to the Berliner Zeitung newspaper.

Obi accused of misusing TÜV seals on dangerous products
Germany

Obi accused of misusing TÜV seals on dangerous products

Home improvement store Obi has been accused of misusing a safety approved seal, putting TÜV Rheinland stickers on 23 products which do not deserve it, according to a report in Der Spiegel magazine.

Nordic ski season opens with Swedish victory
Sweden

Nordic ski season opens with Swedish victory

Sweden’s Marcus Hellner opened the Nordic skiing World Cup season with a first place finish on Saturday, while fellow Swede Charlotte Kalla settled for second in the women’s opening race.

NATO sets timetable to leave Afghanistan by end of 2014
Germany

NATO sets timetable to leave Afghanistan by end of 2014

NATO has set out its gradual withdrawal from Afghanistan, with responsibility for security to be handed over to domestic authorities by the end of 2014, at a summit meeting which started in Lisbon on Saturday.

Bayer cuts 1,700 German jobs in global reorganisation
Germany

Bayer cuts 1,700 German jobs in global reorganisation

Bayer announced it was going to cut 4,500 jobs over the next year or so, with around 1,700 positions going in Germany, as managers focus on research and development, and marketing new products in emerging markets.

Sweden issues global warrant for Assange
Sweden

Sweden issues global warrant for Assange

Despite an appeal filed Friday by Julian Assange’s Swedish lawyer, Sweden has issued an international arrest warrant for the Wikileaks founder, who is wanted on suspicion of rape and sexual molestation.

Elderly Swede fined for dumping water on smoking neighbour
Sweden

Elderly Swede fined for dumping water on smoking neighbour

An 83-year-old man from Sölvesborg in southern Sweden has been convicted for extinguishing a neighbour’s cigarette with a bucket of water.

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Sweden

Two dead after being hit by train

Two men were killed after being hit by a train in eastern Sweden on Friday night.

Reports warn of attack on Reichstag
Germany

Reports warn of attack on Reichstag

Reports are flying through the German media that al-Qaida has sent armed terrorists to Germany to storm the Reichstag, take hostages and kill as many people as possible in a Mumbai-style attack.

Greens meet amid hopes for national splash
Germany

Greens meet amid hopes for national splash

Germany's opposition Green party, flying high in the polls, opened its annual conference in Freiburg on Friday amid rising hopes it will make it to the big league in next year's regional elections.