Music industry pulls the plug on Popkomm trade fair
Germany

Music industry pulls the plug on Popkomm trade fair

The German music industry has cancelled this year’s Popkomm trade fair in Berlin due to a dramatic plunge in interest.

Nanny sentenced to five years for shaking toddler to death
Germany

Nanny sentenced to five years for shaking toddler to death

A 34-year-old Munich nanny was sentenced to five years in prison on Friday after being found guilty of shaking a toddler to death last September.

Parade in SS uniforms sparks outrage
Germany

Parade in SS uniforms sparks outrage

Police are investigating whether marchers in a recent parade in Saxony-Anhalt broke the law by wearing Nazi-era SS and Wehrmacht uniforms. The incident has sparked outrage beyond the borders of the eastern German state.

Bavaria offers to prop up Arcandor unit Quelle
Germany

Bavaria offers to prop up Arcandor unit Quelle

Officials in the southern German state of Bavaria said Friday they would contribute €20 million ($28 million) in aid to save Quelle, a mail-order unit of the insolvent retailer Arcandor.

Germany tightens gun laws after massacre
Germany

Germany tightens gun laws after massacre

Three months after a teenage gunman killed 15 people in the southwestern town of Winnenden, the German parliament has tightened the country’s gun laws.

Schlager star Heino has to remove shades for ID photo
Germany

Schlager star Heino has to remove shades for ID photo

The German Schlager star known as Heino wears his sunglasses at night – and on his ID card photo. But the government doesn’t find the shades cool – and has told him he’s going to have to lose them for his new identification.

Müntefering’s love life irritates fellow Social Democrats
Germany

Müntefering’s love life irritates fellow Social Democrats

Facing a tough election campaign, some members of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) say chairman Franz Müntefering’s relationship with a much younger woman is a unwelcome distraction, the daily Tagesspiegel reported Friday.

East German economy decades from catching up with west
Germany

East German economy decades from catching up with west

Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the formerly communist eastern half of Germany is still decades from catching up with the western part of the country's economy, according to a report published Friday.

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Sweden

Man fined for reclaiming his own boat

A man from Dalarna in central Sweden has fined for attacking a man who had stolen his boat and then tried to sell it on the internet.

Porsche power struggle intensifies as earnings hit a wall
Germany

Porsche power struggle intensifies as earnings hit a wall

A power struggle between Volkswagen chairman Ferdinand Piëch and Porsche’s management continued to intensify on Friday, just as the company announced that sales had crashed 15 percent.

Fifty years of Ikea on display in Stockholm museum
Sweden

Fifty years of Ikea on display in Stockholm museum

Stockholmers no longer need to travel to Barkaby or Kungens Kurva to get their Ikea fix. Fans of cheap-but-chic home furnishings can instead head to a downtown Stockholm museum to see a retrospective of the furniture giant's 50 years of liveable design, the AFP's Mark Preel reports.

‘Machete man’ shot by dog handler
Sweden

‘Machete man’ shot by dog handler

A man armed with a machete was shot on Thursday night by a dog handler with the Uppsala police.

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Sweden

Five injured in Leksand car accident

Five people were injured in a crash between two vehicles on Highway 70 in Leksand late on Thursday night.

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Sweden

Kilo of cocaine washes up on Swedish beach

A kilo of cocaine in a well-sealed package has washed ashore on the Swedish west coast.

No charges for cop’s racist remarks
Sweden

No charges for cop’s racist remarks

Prosecutors have abandoned their investigation into the case of a Malmö police officer who uttered racist slurs during disturbances in the city's Rosengård district in December.

Father denies Yemen murder victims were converting Muslims
Germany

Father denies Yemen murder victims were converting Muslims

The father of a German woman murdered in Yemen this week said on Friday the devoted Christians did not run afoul of Islamists looking for converts.

Klitschko unfazed by ‘bloodsport’ bout in Gelsenkirchen
Germany

Klitschko unfazed by ‘bloodsport’ bout in Gelsenkirchen

Wladimir Klitschko will not only risk his world heavyweight titles in Gelsenkirchen against Ruslan Chagaev on Saturday, but also possibly his health.