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Blue skies as Roskilde music festival opens

Blue skies as Roskilde music festival opens Copenhagen - US hip hop star Kanye West was the top act Thursday on the opening day of the annual Roskilde music festival, near the Danish capital Copenhagen, with some 65,000 visitors enjoying the festivities under blue skies.

The lineup during the four-day festival that ends Sunday includes Coldplay, Pet Shop Boys, Nick Cave, Oasis, Slipknot, Nine Inch Nails and some 150 other acts.

Organizers said US hip hopper Lil Wayne had been forced to cancel his appearance on Saturday "due to doctor-mandated rest."

Three Danish soldiers killed in Afghanistan, Copenhagen says

Three Danish soldiers killed in Afghanistan, Copenhagen saysCopenhagen - Three Danish soldiers were killed by a bomb on Wednesday
while on a patrol in Afghanistan/ Denmark's military command said in
Copenhagen.

The military said the three were part of a patrol in
southern Afghanistan when their vehicle struck the bomb, which then
exploded.

Denmark has some 700 soldiers posted in the dangerous
Helmand Province. So far, 25 Danish soldiers have been killed in
action.(dpa)

Danish voters approve change of royal succession

Danish voters approve change of royal successionCopenhagen - Women will have the right to be first in line to the Danish throne after a referendum held Sunday, marking a new era in the over 1,000-year-old Danish monarchy, final returns showed Monday.

The change, already cleared by parliament, was approved by 85.4 per cent of voters. It will ensure that the first-born child of any future monarch will succeed to the throne, regardless of gender.

Voter turnout was almost 59 per cent of the 4 million voters, sufficient to clear the threshold.

EU election turnout in Denmark crucial for royalty succession vote

DenmarkCopenhagen- Danish voter turnout on Sunday for elections to the European Parliament will prove decisive for a planned change of the law on the order of succession to the throne, as voters will be asked to cast their ballot in an accompanying referendum.

The proposed change - earlier approved by parliament - was to ensure that the first-born child of the heir to the throne was to be first in line, regardless of gender.

For the change to be approved, a majority of voters have to vote for the bill and they must constitute at least 40 per cent of the some 4 million registered voters.

Low turnout may block proposed change of royal succession order

Low turnout may block proposed change of royal succession order Copenhagen - A low turnout in the Danish elections to the European Parliament on Sunday may thwart a planned change of the law on the order of succession to the throne, news reports said Friday.

The proposed change - earlier approved by parliament - was to ensure that the first-born child of the heir to the throne was to be first in line, regardless of gender.

Denmark trims lending rate by 0.10 percentage point

Denmark trims lending rate by 0.10 percentage point Copenhagen - Denmark's central bank Thursday lowered its lending rate by 0.10 percentage points to 1.55 per cent.

The Danish rates cut was effective as of June 8, the central bank said.

Denmark is a member of the European Union, but not a member of the eurozone.

The Danish central bank often shadows moves by the European Central Bank (ECB) but while the Danish central bank announced its rates cut the ECB earlier Thursday decided to keep its rates steady at 1 per cent.

Greenlanders to vote for new parliament

Greenland MapCopenhagen/Nuuk, Greenland - Voters on Greenland, the world's largest island, went to the polls Tuesday to elect a new self-rule parliament.

Opinion polls prior to the elections suggest a possible shake-up of Greenlandic politics with the Siumut party losing its hold on government.

The island, with a population of just under 60,000, is part of the kingdom of Denmark.

The Social Democratic party has dominated the political scene for the past three decades, but has been impacted by a series of claims scandals and abuse of public funds that could result in a loss of power.

Greenlanders poised to vote for change of leadership

Greenlanders poised to vote for change of leadershipCopenhagen/Nuuk, Greenland  - Judging by fresh opinion polls, Greenland Premier Hans Enoksen may well come to regret his recent decision to call for early elections.

A survey published less than a week before the vote on June 2 suggested a poor showing for Enoksen's Siumut party and its conservative allies Atassut. The two parties had just 38 per cent according to the poll by Ilisimatusarfik.

Date set for christening of Danish prince

Date set for christening of Danish princeCopenhagen  - Danish Queen Margrethe II's fifth grandchild is to be christened July 26, the palace said Friday.

The baby boy born on May 4 was to be christend in the Mogeltonder church where Prince Joachim and his French-born wife, Princess Marie, 32, were married a year ago.

The church is some 800 years old and is close to Schakenborg Manor in southern Jutland where Prince Joachim, 39, runs an estate.

The boy is Joachim's third son. He has two from his first marriage with Hong Kong-born Alexandra Manley who he divorced in 2005.

Royal heirs of Demark, Norway and Sweden to study Greenland climate

 Royal heirs of Demark, Norway and Sweden to study Greenland climate Copenhagen - Greenland was set Wednesday to host the heirs to the thrones of Demark, Norway and Sweden in a bid to raise awareness about climate change and global warming.

Greenland with its huge ice sheets and glaciers that are under threat over rising global temperatures offers a first-hand opportunity for Danish Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, and Swedish Crown Princess Victoria to see the effects of global warming.

Business leaders call for emission reductions at climate meeting

Business leaders call for emission reductions at climate meetingCopenhagen - Some 700 business leaders meeting in Copenhagen on Tuesday capped a three-day meeting by adopting a call for "bold targets for emissions reductions by 2020 and 2050."

The targets were needed to prevent "the global average rise in temperature to a maximum of 2 degrees Centigrade compared to pre- industrial levels," which would pose a serious threshold according to climate researchers.

Keeper commits suicide, remains partly eaten by tigers

Keeper commits suicide, remains partly eaten by tigersCopenhagen - A 31-year-old man with a passion for tigers was found dead after apparently committing suicide in a Danish zoo, reports said Tuesday.

The man, who worked as a keeper at the Naestved zoo near Copenhagen, died of asphyxiation after he set light to hay used in the tiger's section.

The man's remains were found Tuesday by colleagues, the Ekstra Bladet tabloid reported, adding that the two big cats had partly eaten his remains.

EU's Barroso condemns North Korea nuclear test

EU's Barroso condemns North Korea nuclear testCopenhagen - EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso condemned a nuclear test conducted Monday by North Korea, a country, he noted, that is strongly dependent on international food aid.

Barroso described the blast as a "provocation" and said he hoped "the international community will be very clear also in the rejection of that move."

The EU Commission president said that although North Korea is unable to feed its population properly, "it spends the resources for nuclear weapons. This is really a shame."

Lower oil and freight prices impact conglomerate AP Moller-Maersk

AP Moller-MaerskCopenhagen - Lower oil and freight prices pushed down first- quarter turnover and profits, Danish shipping and oil concern AP Moller-Maersk said Tuesday.

Turnover, measured in dollars, declined by 24 per cent year-on- year to 11 billion dollars while the conglomerate reported a loss of 373 million dollars for the quarter.

In the corresponding business period 2008, the group posted a profit of 1 billion dollars.

"The global economic crisis and resulting lower demand for container shipping affected the container activities particularly negatively in the first part of 2009," the group said.

Denmark lowers lending rate

Denmark lowers lending rateCopenhagen - Denmark's central bank Thursday lowered its lending rate by 0.35 percentage points to 1.65 per cent, shadowing an earlier rate cut by the European Central Bank (ECB).

The Danish rates cut was effective as of May 11, the Danish central bank said.

The Danish central bank said the discount rate and the current account rate would also be lowered by 35 basis points to 1.40 per cent as of May 11.

Denmark is a member of the European Union, but not a member of the eurozone. (dpa)

Newborn Danish prince leaves maternity ward with proud parents

Newborn Danish prince leaves maternity ward with proud parentsCopenhagen - Princess Marie and Prince Joachim, the younger son of Danish Queen Margrethe II, left hospital Thursday with their newborn son.

The parents said they were happy and proud as they left Copenhagen University Hospital and headed for Amalienborg Palace.

Princess Marie, 33, carried the sleeping child in her arms, flanked by her husband and her father, Alain Cavallier.

Danish brewer Carlsberg first-quarter operating profits increase

Denmark lowers lending rate to 2.25 per cent Copenhagen- Danish brewer Carlsberg's first-quarter operating profit almost doubled year-on-year, the group said Wednesday, noting that its market shares increased in Asia and Eastern Europe.

The quarter's operating profit before special items was 788 million kroner (140 million dollars), compared to 388 million kroner for the corresponding business period in
2008.

Turnover in the quarter increased 25 per cent to 11.78 billion kroner year-on-year. The group posted a net loss of 158 million kroner.

Danish prince born, fifth grandchild for Queen Margrethe

Danish prince born, fifth grandchild for Queen MargretheCopenhagen  - Denmark's Queen Margrethe II became a grandmother for the fifth time Monday with the birth of a prince to her younger son.

The queen's daughter-in-law Princess Marie, 32, gave birth to her first child early Monday with her husband, Prince Joachim, 39, at her side, the palace said, adding that mother and child were doing well.

The child was Joachim's third son. He has two from his first marriage.

Danish freighter repels pirates in Gulf of Aden

Danish freighter repels pirates in Gulf of Aden Copenhagen - The crew of a Danish-registered freighter Friday repelled a pirate attack in the Gulf of Aden, reports said.

The crew of the M/V Puma detected a small boat and tried to shake it off by tracking a zigzag course, Danish media reported.

The smaller boat however caught up with the freighter, and the crew deployed emergency flares to deter the attack while alerting international forces deployed to protect shipping lanes.

Greenlanders to vote for new home rule government in June

Greenlanders to vote for new home rule government in June Copenhagen/Nuuk, Greenland  - Voters in Greenland are to vote for a new home rule government June 2, the leader of the current home rule government said Wednesday.

The island territory is on June 21 set to gain more autonomy within Denmark under an agreement that coincides with the 30th anniversary of the existing home rule bill.

"I feel it is right to ask the people who should rule during the new era," Hans Enoksen of the ruling Siumut party said, according to the Sermitsiaq newspaper.

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