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Sweden

Swedish preschoolers accused of sex crimes

A young girl was reportedly sexually assaulted by a group of six-year-olds at a school in Härnösand in the north of Sweden this week.

Court upholds sentence for subway robber
Sweden

Court upholds sentence for subway robber

A Swedish court upheld an 18-month prison sentence for the 28-year-old man who robbed a drunken man who lay passed out on a Stockholm subway track and left him to have his legs mangled by a train.

Seal moves into Swedish elderly home
Sweden

Seal moves into Swedish elderly home

Residents in a southern Swedish elderly home will soon get to cuddle up with a fuzzy seal from Japan.

Millions of Swedes stick to old-school cards
Sweden

Millions of Swedes stick to old-school cards

Swedes have sent 28 million Christmas cards this year, according to the national postal service.

Millions plan to sell unwanted Christmas gifts
Germany

Millions plan to sell unwanted Christmas gifts

More than four million Germans plan to cash in on unwanted Christmas gifts by either selling or auctioning them online, according to a survey published by the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung.

Vattenfall in nuclear spat with Germany
Sweden

Vattenfall in nuclear spat with Germany

Swedish energy group Vattenfall is demanding 30 billion kronor ($4.6 billion) in damages from Germany following Berlin's decision to shut some nuclear reactors, media reported on Friday.

Icy roads snarl Swedes’ Christmas travels
Sweden

Icy roads snarl Swedes’ Christmas travels

A 50-kilometre long traffic jam developed on a major Swedish motorway on Saturday, with blizzard-like conditions causing numerous accidents and prompting authorities to urge Swedes to delay their Christmas travel plans if possible.

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Switzerland

Swiss to return frozen funds to Kazakhstan

Switzerland will return $48 million to Kazakhstan, funds long frozen as part of a money laundering case, the foreign affairs ministry says.

Breno, still in jail, gets Sao Paolo offer
Germany

Breno, still in jail, gets Sao Paolo offer

Breno, the Brazilian Bayern München defender who now lives in a Bavarian jail cell after being sentenced to three years and nine months for setting fire to his rented villa, has received an offer to play for his old team in Brazil.

Air Berlin co-pilots paid near poverty level
Germany

Air Berlin co-pilots paid near poverty level

Some co-pilots who fly for Air Berlin are paid only a bit more than €800 a month, after payments for their training are deducted from their salaries, Der Spiegel magazine reported.

Berlin neighbourhood fights gentrification
Germany

Berlin neighbourhood fights gentrification

In an effort to stop luxury renovations that are forcing long-time local residents out of their homes, the local government in a Berlin district will not approve many remodeling requests, including floor heating and building a second balcony.

Authorities plan exit scheme for Salafists
Germany

Authorities plan exit scheme for Salafists

Authorities in North Rhine-Westphalia are the first in Germany to be working on an opt-out and prevention programme for Salafists, with the goal of reaching people before they get involved in radical Islamist groups.

Bavarians clamour for canine wool
Germany

Bavarians clamour for canine wool

Gabi Angele is a Bavarian woman who likes to spin yarn – but not yarn made up of angora or alpaca wool, but from dog hair.