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Norway

Two Norwegians ‘found alive’ in Algeria crisis

Two Norwegians have been found alive but six others remained unaccounted for in the hostage crisis at a gas field in Algeria, Norway's Statoil said on Saturday.

Tunnel bank raid possibly an inside job
Germany

Tunnel bank raid possibly an inside job

The Hollywood-style bank raid last week in Berlin, in which thieves constructed a tunnel to break into the bank’s security boxes, might have been an inside job.

Ikea’s record sales lead to expansion
Germany

Ikea’s record sales lead to expansion

Ikea, the Swedish furniture conglomerate, posted record sales in Germany last year and plans to open 20 additional stores in the next decade, the Wirtschaftswoche reported on Saturday.

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France

French citizen among dead in hostage crisis

Algeria has informed France that a French citizen was killed in the hostage rescue operation at a remote gas plant seized by Islamist militants, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Friday.

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Sweden

Pre-school employee jailed for child rape

A 32-year-old man was on Friday imprisoned for four years and three months for aggravated rape and the sexual assault of a child.

Jail term for neo-Nazi protestor sparks outcry
Germany

Jail term for neo-Nazi protestor sparks outcry

Hundreds of demonstrators have protested in Dresden following the sentence of an anti-Nazi demonstrator to nearly two years in jail without the possibility of parole for aggravated assault and rioting, the Sächische Zeitiung reported on Saturday.

Swede drafted in for UK Eurovision bid: report
Sweden

Swede drafted in for UK Eurovision bid: report

After years of musical mediocrity at the Eurovision Song Contest, Britain is set to seek the help of Swedish songwriter Fredrik Kempe in a bid to avoid another fiasco in Malmö in 2013.

Eriksson refuses 1860 Munich coaching job
Germany

Eriksson refuses 1860 Munich coaching job

Ex-England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson has snubbed German second division side 1860 Munich, just three days after it was announced the Swede would join the Bavarian outfit's coaching staff.

Deep freeze returns
Germany

Deep freeze returns

A deep freeze is expected to hit much of Germany this weekend, with temperatures dipping to below minus 15 degrees Celsius accompanied by “extremely slick” road conditions, according to the DWD national weather service.

Germany top destination for foreign investment
Germany

Germany top destination for foreign investment

Despite a drop in foreign investment worldwide Germany has managed to attract more overseas money to domestic projects, according to Wirtschaftswoche magazine.

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Sweden

Woman asks to bury recently removed breast

A woman in Jönköping in central Sweden has been given permission to reclaim her surgically removed breast after she said that she wished to give it a dignified burial.

Swedish pilot risks drop after ‘Top Gun’ stunts
Sweden

Swedish pilot risks drop after ‘Top Gun’ stunts

A Swedish pilot who performed dangerous 'barrel' rolls in a Jas Gripen fighter aircraft stands to lose his job with the Armed Forces.

Sven-Göran Eriksson in 1860 Munich u-turn
Sweden

Sven-Göran Eriksson in 1860 Munich u-turn

Former England and Lazio coach Sven-Göran Eriksson has reversed a decision to take the helm at German second division outfit 1860 Munich, just days after it was announced that he was joining the coaching staff.