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Sweden

Ericsson rejects claims of aiding Iran

On Tuesday Swedish telecom giant Ericsson rejected claims that the company has sold tracking equipment to mobile operators in Iran.

Humans bred with Archaic peoples: study
Sweden

Humans bred with Archaic peoples: study

Researchers at Uppsala University have found evidence to indicate regular sexual relations between Archaic and modern humans.

Swiss feel job cuts chill as economy turns
Switzerland

Swiss feel job cuts chill as economy turns

Waves from the eurozone debt crisis are hitting the safe-haven Swiss economy, with companies announcing thousands of job cuts this week.

Businesses fret over delayed electronic income tax system
Germany

Businesses fret over delayed electronic income tax system

Germany fiscal officials are citing “technical delays” for postponing the nationwide introduction of an electronic income tax tracking system starting in 2012. The delay has some businesses grumbling.

Reinfeldt: Greek vote ‘signals major problems’
Sweden

Reinfeldt: Greek vote ‘signals major problems’

The Greek government's decision to call a referendum on the eurozone settlement to write down the country's debt, raises uncertainty over the Greek economy, according to Swedish PM Fredrik Reinfeldt.

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Switzerland

Basel chemical disaster: 25 years on

In 1986, a fire at chemical company Sandoz caused dangerous toxins to seep into the air and the nearby river Rhine. A quarter of a century later, an expert on the accident says the site near Basel remains polluted. 

Sunny skies set to stay for the week
Germany

Sunny skies set to stay for the week

The crisp sunshine being enjoyed by most of Germany isn’t over yet, as the rest of the week will see steadily clear skies, with a little light fog and cloud cover. Only western Germany will see some rain showers.

Making fun of slavery belittles black people
Sweden

Making fun of slavery belittles black people

The dropping of a hate speech case against students who staged a "slave auction" at Lund University clears the way for racists and contravenes Swedish human rights commitments, representatives from anti-racism groups argue.

Greek referendum plan shakes financial markets
Germany

Greek referendum plan shakes financial markets

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou’s shock decision to hold a referendum on the EU's bailout deal has drawn angry reactions from Germany’s financial sector. The DAX stock index plunged by six percent in midday trading.

Germany offers help finding Libyan weapons
Germany

Germany offers help finding Libyan weapons

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has offered to help Libya follow a United Nations resolution ratified on Monday that obliges the country’s new government to control and destroy small arms and chemical weapons.

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Sweden

Sandvik to slash Swedish workforce in cost-savings drive

Swedish mining and construction equipment maker Sandvik announced on Tuesday better-than-expected third-quarter earnings, but said it would cuts 365 jobs as part of a new corporate strategy.

Swedish journalists deny backing rebel group
Sweden

Swedish journalists deny backing rebel group

Two Swedish journalists charged with terrorism in Ethiopia rejected witness claims Tuesday that they had supported a rebel group, as the prosecution opened its case against them.

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Switzerland

Swiss cantons deporting foreigners on welfare

Increased information sharing between social services and immigration authorities in some Swiss cantons is leading to an increase in deportations, even in cases where no crime has been committed.

Dad seeks video game ban after Norway attacks
Norway

Dad seeks video game ban after Norway attacks

The father of a near-victim of July's Utøya island massacre has reported video game Call of Duty to police, saying its simulated lethal violence poses a public threat.

Cows can’t go home for fear of Hessian herpes
Germany

Cows can’t go home for fear of Hessian herpes

Bavaria’s veterinary authorities are preventing a herd of 69 cows that spent the summer grazing in the state of Hesse from coming home without having a blood test for herpes virus BHV-1.

Bildt: UNESCO decision will ‘hurt Palestine’
Sweden

Bildt: UNESCO decision will ‘hurt Palestine’

Sweden voted against the Palestinian application to join United Nations' cultural organisation UNESCO on Monday, arguing that the vote had come at the "wrong time" and would harm the Palestinian cause.

Voluntary service shows signs of acceptance
Germany

Voluntary service shows signs of acceptance

The Federal Voluntary Service (BFD), which replaced the civilian national service alternative to military conscription, is finally managing to attract volunteers after a slow start, but there is still unease about the scheme.

Staff bra sizes on display at Swedish lingerie shop
Sweden

Staff bra sizes on display at Swedish lingerie shop

The Swedish branch of a Scandinavian lingerie chain is under fire after making employees wear name tags displaying both their bust circumferences and cup sizes.

Homeboy Federer wins on return from break
Switzerland

Homeboy Federer wins on return from break

Roger Federer gave his hometown fans exactly what they were seeking as the four-time champion moved into the second round of the ATP Swiss Indoors on Monday with a 7-6 (7/3), 6-4 defeat
of Potito Starace.

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France

Satirical French weekly names ‘Muhammad’ as top editor

A French satirical weekly said on Monday it has named the Muslim prophet Muhammad as "editor-in-chief" for its next issue to celebrate the election win of Tunisia's Islamist party.

French Riviera locked down for G20 summit
France

French Riviera locked down for G20 summit

The elegant French resort of Cannes is to be transformed into a fortress for this week's G20 summit, while the nearby city of Nice is to host thousands of anti-globalisation protesters.

Merkel to join crisis talks on Greek vote threat
Germany

Merkel to join crisis talks on Greek vote threat

The leaders of France and Germany will meet the head of the IMF, top European officials and Greek representatives on Wednesday after Greece's shock referendum decision, a joint Franco-German statement said.

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Norway

Police want Breivik to appear by video link

Oslo police requested on Monday that the gunman behind the July 22nd twin attacks make his next court appearance via a video link in the presence of the media instead of in person behind closed doors, a police spokesman said.

Credit Suisse cuts 3% of staff
Switzerland

Credit Suisse cuts 3% of staff

Swiss banking giant Credit Suisse said on Tuesday that third-quarter net profit rose 12 percent from a year ago to 683 million francs ($776 million), but said it would cut staff by three percent.

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Sweden

‘Suspects can claim they were drunk and go free’

The recent acquittal by Sweden's Supreme Court of a man charged with attempted murder because he claimed he was “too intoxicated” to remember the incident, has been slammed by legal experts.

Qaddafi son’s Munich mansion in limbo
Germany

Qaddafi son’s Munich mansion in limbo

A mansion formerly lived in by Muammar Qaddafi youngest son, killed in April, is in limbo in Munich, partly because his eccentric revamp of the interior could make the luxury property difficult to sell.

Man gets three months in jail for throwing firecracker at kids
Germany

Man gets three months in jail for throwing firecracker at kids

A 29-year-old Berliner was sentenced to three months in prison on Monday for throwing a firecracker from his window at a group of children who were playing too noisily while he was trying to sleep.

Chinese officials support Saab deal ‘in principle’
Sweden

Chinese officials support Saab deal ‘in principle’

China's Minister of Industry and Information Technology said Tuesday his government supported “in principle” plans by Chinese automakers Pang Da and Youngman to purchase Saab Automobile.

Assange’s ‘day of reckoning’ approaches
Sweden

Assange’s ‘day of reckoning’ approaches

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange faces a day of reckoning Wednesday when the High Court in London delivers a ruling on whether he will be extradited to Sweden to face questioning over rape allegations.

Dortmund face crunch match in Europe
Germany

Dortmund face crunch match in Europe

Borussia Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp admits his side must beat Greece's Olympiakos on Tuesday to keep any hopes alive of reaching the knock-out stages of the Champions League.

Pop star Rihanna hospitalized in Sweden
Sweden

Pop star Rihanna hospitalized in Sweden

International pop star Rihanna was hospitalized in Malmö in southern Sweden on Monday night, forcing the cancellation of her sold out show there.