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Sweden

Missing man found dead in Gothenburg harbour

A body found floating in the Göta Älv in central Gothenburg on Saturday morning has been identified as a 43-year-old man reported missing in October.

Nobel laureate slams Mo Yan literature award
Sweden

Nobel laureate slams Mo Yan literature award

A past winner of the Nobel Prize in literature has called this year's choice for the award, China's Mo Yan, a "catastrophe" and accused him of "celebrating censorship", a Swedish newspaper said Saturday.

Hamburg suffer defeat, injury, fire, evacuation
Germany

Hamburg suffer defeat, injury, fire, evacuation

The weekend got off to a catastrophic start for the Hamburger SV football club, after fans started a fire in the stadium, Rafael van der Vaart was injured and the team's hotel was evacuated over a false alarm. On top of that HSV lost the match.

Police: Sex workers too well-behaved to ban
Germany

Police: Sex workers too well-behaved to ban

Fed up with being the region's number one brothel hot spot, a Bavarian city council is discussing introducing a total ban on prostitution. The only problem: police say the city's many sex workers are too well-behaved to be forced out.

Neo-Nazi arson victims remembered 20 years on
Germany

Neo-Nazi arson victims remembered 20 years on

Hundreds gathered in the town of Mölln in Schleswig-Holstein on Friday evening to remember the victims of a deadly arson attack on a Turkish family 20 years ago which sent shock waves through newly-unified Germany.

Elite Swedish school faces new hazing reports
Sweden

Elite Swedish school faces new hazing reports

New incidents of hazing have been reported at the prestigious Swedish boarding school once attended by King Carl XVI Gustaf, including a case of a young girl forced to perform oral sex on a snowman, according to the Svenska Dagbladet daily.

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Sweden

Sweden Democrats send corpse pics to student

A 15-year-old boy mailed the Sweden Democrats seeking the party's view on Islam for a school project and received a link to a website showing close up photos of mutilated, decapitated and burned bodies.

Bahn runs on thin ICE as Siemens delays trains
Germany

Bahn runs on thin ICE as Siemens delays trains

Long-distance rail passengers should expect cancellations and delays in icy conditions this winter, warned Deutsche Bahn on Friday, as Siemens again postponed a delivery of new high-speed trains worth €500 million.

Germans gay about sexy Shakespeare sonnets
Germany

Germans gay about sexy Shakespeare sonnets

To be sexy or not to be sexy? That will be the main question this weekend, as the German Shakespeare Society convenes to explore the immortal bard's racy homoerotic sonnets.

Swedish toy firm drops gender roles for Xmas
Sweden

Swedish toy firm drops gender roles for Xmas

Sweden's largest toy chain said Friday that its toys are "gender neutral" after picturing boys holding baby dolls and banishing girls from the dolls pages of its Christmas catalogue.

Merkel keeps UK close as EU budget talks fail
Germany

Merkel keeps UK close as EU budget talks fail

French President Francois Hollande said Friday that Germany "did not want to isolate Britain" during tough summit talks that failed to agree a seven-year budget for the European Union.