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India set to clear IKEA retail plan: minister

India is on track to approve a bid by Swedish furniture giant IKEA to open its trademark blue-and-yellow stores in the country as it seeks big new markets for its flat-pack products.

India set to clear IKEA retail plan: minister
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Samsung hits back at Ericsson in patent battle

South Korea's Samsung Electronics said Wednesday it had filed a complaint to seek a US import ban on some Ericsson products in an escalating patent battle with the Swedish mobile giant.

Samsung hits back at Ericsson in patent battle
EU on verge of bridging pre-summit gulf on banks watchdog
EU on verge of bridging pre-summit gulf on banks watchdog

European governments argued through the night in a bid to agree a deal on tightening the oversight of eurozone bank, hours before leaders stage on Thursday their final summit of a gruelling third year in debt-crisis mode.

EU on verge of bridging pre-summit gulf on banks watchdog
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Desmond Tutu rejects Nobel Peace Prize for EU

Archbishop Desmond Tutu and two other Nobel Peace laureates have written to the foundation in protest at the decision to award the 2012 prize to the European Union.

Desmond Tutu rejects Nobel Peace Prize for EU
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Regular exercise raises life expectancy: study

Regular moderate exercise can raise life expectancy -- even among people who are overweight, a study said Tuesday.

Regular exercise raises life expectancy: study
Nobel season wraps up with economics prize
Nobel season wraps up with economics prize

This year's Nobel season wraps up on Monday with the announcement in Stockholm of the economics prize, which US researchers are once again tipped to win after years of dominance in the field.

Nobel season wraps up with economics prize
US tipped again for Nobel Economics Prize, as Europe lags
US tipped again for Nobel Economics Prize, as Europe lags

Americans top the list of favourites for Monday's Nobel Economics Prize, an award that increasingly rarely seems to go to a European.

US tipped again for Nobel Economics Prize, as Europe lags
Nobel for EU praised in European, not British, press
Nobel for EU praised in European, not British, press

European newspapers on Saturday praised the decision to award this year's Nobel Peace prize to the EU, with the notable exception of the British press, most of which poured scorn on the decision.

Nobel for EU praised in European, not British, press
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Munro, Murakami and Roth among Nobel literature favourites

With just hours to go before the Nobel Literature Prize laureate is announced in Stockholm, speculation has hit fever pitch with Canada's Alice Munro and Japan's Haruki Murakami often cited as possible winners.

Munro, Murakami and Roth among Nobel literature favourites
Quantam research will yield 'super-computers': Nobel winner
Quantam research will yield 'super-computers': Nobel winner

David Wineland, who won Tuesday the Nobel Prize for work in quantum physics with Serge Haroche of France, said our limited computers will "eventually" give way to super-fast, revolutionary ones.

Quantam research will yield 'super-computers': Nobel winner
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Time for a woman to win Nobel Literature Prize, say pundits

Stockholm's literary circles are abuzz with speculation about this year's Nobel Literature Prize, and while it's notoriously difficult to predict the laureate, some experts are saying it's time for a woman.

Time for a woman to win Nobel Literature Prize, say pundits
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A gender-neutral pronoun makes waves in Sweden

Sweden's tradition of gender equality has famously put more mums in the workplace while rising numbers of dads stay at home.

A gender-neutral pronoun makes waves in Sweden
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Last will and testament of Alfred Nobel, prize creator

Swedish inventor and scholar Alfred Nobel (1833-1896), who made a vast fortune from his invention of dynamite in 1866, ordered the creation of the Nobel Prizes in his will.

Last will and testament of Alfred Nobel, prize creator
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Guessing game starts as Nobel season nears

Early October means it's time for the annual Nobel Prize announcements and frenzied guessing over possible winners, with 231 Peace Prize nominees.

Guessing game starts as Nobel season nears
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Hockey: Victor Hedman joins Barys club

Victor Hedman, Swedish professional ice hockey defenceman, has signed a contract with Astana hockey team.

Hockey: Victor Hedman joins Barys club
Swine flu vaccine linked to child narcolepsy: EU watchdog
Swine flu vaccine linked to child narcolepsy: EU watchdog

A swine flu vaccine used in 2009-10 is linked to a higher risk of the sleeping disorder narcolepsy in children and teens in Sweden and Finland.

Swine flu vaccine linked to child narcolepsy: EU watchdog
Danish magazine to publish topless Kate photos
Danish magazine to publish topless Kate photos

A Danish magazine was set to publish pictures of Prince William's wife Catherine sunbathing topless, despite the British royals' legal moves in France to stop the spread of the photos.

Danish magazine to publish topless Kate photos
Belarus leader fires foreign minister after Sweden row
Belarus leader fires foreign minister after Sweden row

Belarus strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko on Monday fired his foreign minister as part of a sweeping reshuffle that follows a diplomatic crisis in ties with Sweden after a pro-democracy stunt.

Belarus leader fires foreign minister after Sweden row
Ecuador to respond to Assange asylum plea this week
Ecuador to respond to Assange asylum plea this week

Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa said he expects to respond to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's application for political asylum some time this week.

Ecuador to respond to Assange asylum plea this week
Mystery, anger surround Wallenberg's USSR disappearance
Mystery, anger surround Wallenberg's USSR disappearance

Over 67 years since he disappeared into the Soviet prison system, the fate of the Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg remains shrouded in mystery despite decades of work to find the truth.

Mystery, anger surround Wallenberg's USSR disappearance