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Sweden

Police caught by speed cameras: ‘All equal before the law’

Police cars, fire engines and ambulances regularly exceed speed limits on Sweden's roads. Many are caught on camera.

Köhler attacks virtual violence at massacre memorial service
Germany

Köhler attacks virtual violence at massacre memorial service

Speaking at the memorial church service in Winnenden, German President Horst Köhler spoke out against ultra-violent computer games and films, calling for the political world and society in general to reject them.

Opel could shut factories to survive
Germany

Opel could shut factories to survive

The head of troubled German car manufacturer Opel raised the possibility of closing plants in Germany to rescue the group in an interview to be published on Monday.

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Sweden

Abba star cleared to build in nature reserve

Former Abba member Björn Ulvaeus has gained permission to build a home and studio on Furillen, an island off Gotland.

TUI cuts workers’ hours to save jobs
Germany

TUI cuts workers’ hours to save jobs

Germany’s biggest holiday company TUI Deutschland will put its workers onto short shifts in order to try to stabilise its economic position and save jobs, it announced on Saturday.

Valuable Marc painting returned to heirs of Jewish owner
Germany

Valuable Marc painting returned to heirs of Jewish owner

The Lower Saxony Landesbank NordLB has surprised the art world by returned a valuable painting to the heirs of its Jewish owner, collector Alfred Hess, whose collection was sold off cheap during the Third Reich.

Germany mulling measures to take on foreign school teachers
Germany

Germany mulling measures to take on foreign school teachers

The German government will try to tackle a shortage of qualified teachers in the country’s schools by taking on increasing numbers of immigrants to do the job.

‘Priest’ hides amphetamines under cassock
Sweden

‘Priest’ hides amphetamines under cassock

A man wearing a priest's cassock tried to smuggle 600 grammes of amphetamines through Trelleborg harbour in southern Sweden on Friday.

Winnenden massacre parents call for changes
Germany

Winnenden massacre parents call for changes

As Winnenden gathered on Saturday to mourn the 15 people shot dead by Tim Kretschmer earlier this month, the families of five schoolgirl victims called for laws to keep children away from guns, violent video games to be banned and reporting of such massacres to be restricted.

Cologne officials knew archive was sinking weeks ago
Germany

Cologne officials knew archive was sinking weeks ago

Construction managers and city officials saw measurements that clearly showed Cologne’s Historic Archive was sinking into the excavation work below it weeks before the building collapsed, it has been revealed.

Swedish vegetable prices at 15-year high
Sweden

Swedish vegetable prices at 15-year high

Swedish vegetable prices are at their highest for 15 years according to new figures from Statistics Sweden (SCB).

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Sweden

Prosecutor appeals ‘Romario’ acquittals

The case of the stabbing death of 23-year-old Ahmed "Romario" Ibrahim Ali will be continued in the Svea Court of Appeal. Prosecutor Ewa Tvengström has appealed the acquittals of the three suspects in the case.