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Germany

Police rescue toddler from kidnappers

Police in southern Germany say they rescued a small child from the clutches of kidnappers who had planned to blackmail the family for several million euros in ransom money.

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Sweden

Homeless commit crimes to avoid sleeping rough

Many of Sweden's homeless commit crimes during the winter months to avoid sleeping rough, according to a report by Sveriges Radio (SR).

Merkel moots surprise checks for gun owners
Germany

Merkel moots surprise checks for gun owners

After the first victim of the Winnenden school massacre was buried on Saturday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel suggested surprise visits to gun owners to see if they are storing their weapons properly.

Hertha Berlin beat Leverkusen to stay top of the Bundesliga
Germany

Hertha Berlin beat Leverkusen to stay top of the Bundesliga

Hot-shot striker Andrei Voronin scored his eighth goal in six games to keep Hertha Berlin four points clear at the top of the Bundesliga on Saturday and seal their 1-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen.

MP admits buying child porn but says it was for work
Germany

MP admits buying child porn but says it was for work

Social Democrat MP Jörg Tauss has admitted buying child pornography for €200, but he is sticking to his defence that it was for his work as media expert for his party, which includes informing himself about child porn.

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Sweden

Man dies at nuclear power station

A 61-year-old man died while working on the O3 nuclear reactor at Oskarshamn nuclear power station in southern Sweden on Sunday morning.

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Sweden

Two men stabbed in Stockholm

Two men were stabbed in Stockholm on Saturday night. A man was found stabbed in a cellar in Skärholmen and another man was stabbed in the back in a fight on Hötorget in the centre of the city.

Germany puts brakes on more stimulus
Germany

Germany puts brakes on more stimulus

The German government has told other G20 members it will work together to restore economic confidence, but is putting the brakes on further stimulus measures.

Moderate support at 12-year high: poll
Sweden

Moderate support at 12-year high: poll

Support for Sweden's Moderate party, 31.1 percent, is at its highest for 12 years, and the gap between the blocks continues to decline, according to a new poll from Sifo.

Squatters and leftists protest against Berlin gentrification
Germany

Squatters and leftists protest against Berlin gentrification

Several thousand squatters and people who live in alternative housing such as trucks, and their supporters demonstrated for the preservation of free spaces and housing projects in Berlin on Saturday.