Disturbed woman attacked after jumping into polar bear enclosure
Germany

Disturbed woman attacked after jumping into polar bear enclosure

Hundreds of zoo visitors in Berlin watched in horror on Friday as a woman leaped into the polar bear enclosure and was bitten by one of the animals.

Top German protestant slams weapons exports
Germany

Top German protestant slams weapons exports

Bishop Wolfgang Huber, head of the German Evangelical Church used his Good Friday sermon to criticise the country’s thriving weapons export industry.

Steinmeier demands removal of US nukes from Germany
Germany

Steinmeier demands removal of US nukes from Germany

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has called for American nuclear weapons to be withdrawn from Germany, saying that the recent US-Russian declaration to reduce weapons stockpiles was a big victory.

Police monitor Easter spruce wars
Sweden

Police monitor Easter spruce wars

As the Easter weekend begins the residents of the northern Gothenburg archipelago are busy collecting wood. The biggest bonfire wins in these parts and conflict is neighbourhood conflict is common.

Adidas cautious on figures even ahead of football world cup
Germany

Adidas cautious on figures even ahead of football world cup

German sportswear giant Adidas is being cautious about predicting a good financial year for 2010, despite the huge boost normally to be expected from the football World Cup, CEO Herbert Hainer said.

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Sweden

Witches out in force for Visby Easter parade

A record number of witches came out to play as Visby on Gotland played host to its traditional Maundy Thursday march.

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Sweden

Man freed as teenage rape victim commits suicide

Just hours before a 15-year-old girl was set to give evidence against a 42-year-old man suspected of raping her, she committed suicide.

Opel teeters on the brink as politicians scrap for influence
Germany

Opel teeters on the brink as politicians scrap for influence

The Opel factory in Eisenach was within hours of being closed two weeks ago, with preparations made for a meeting to tell the 1,800 workers of its demise – a meeting only cancelled by the resignation of the GM boss in the USA.

Man dies in Malmö hotel fall
Sweden

Man dies in Malmö hotel fall

A man died on Thursday evening after falling out of a fourth floor window at a central Malmö hotel.

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Sweden

Swedish soldiers attacked in Afghanistan

A group of Swedish soldiers came under attack in Afghanistan on Thursday evening. The soldiers were patrolling with Afghani police when they were shot at.

Jewish Council says anti-Semitism still rife
Germany

Jewish Council says anti-Semitism still rife

The Central Council of Jews in Germany sees anti-Semitic forces on the march in Germany, despite last month’s banning of the neo-Nazi youth group the Heimattreue Deutsche Jugend (HDJ).