Porsche rejects Volkswagen ‘ultimatum’
Germany

Porsche rejects Volkswagen ‘ultimatum’

German sports car maker Porsche rejected Saturday an "ultimatum" issued by Volkswagen to accept by Monday a proposal for cross-ownership leading eventually to a merger.

Poland to rebury German civilians found in WWII mass grave
Germany

Poland to rebury German civilians found in WWII mass grave

Polish authorities will rebury the remains of more than 2,100 people, mostly German civilians, recently exhumed from a World War II mass grave found in northeastern Poland.

Fundamentalist Catholics defy Vatican to ordain three priests
Germany

Fundamentalist Catholics defy Vatican to ordain three priests

The rebellious fundamentalist Catholic Pius Brotherhood challenged the Vatican again on Saturday by ordaining three new priests – against the will of Pope Benedict XVI.

Old SS soldiers sentenced to life for Italian massacre
Germany

Old SS soldiers sentenced to life for Italian massacre

Nine ex-SS soldiers aged 84 to 90 were sentenced to life imprisonment in their absence by a Rome military tribunal for the massacres of 350 civilians in Tuscany in 1944, the Italian news agency ANSA reported Saturday.

Eastern women surviving the crisis best
Germany

Eastern women surviving the crisis best

Eastern German women are the surprise winners of the financial crisis, according to a new study showing they are losing work at a much lower rate than other groups in the country.

Munich film festival opens with Heath Ledger’s last act
Germany

Munich film festival opens with Heath Ledger’s last act

The Munich film festival opened on Friday with Terry Gilliam’s film The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus – the last movie to be made by late Hollywood star Heath Ledger.

German mini tracker chip tracks butterfly migration
Germany

German mini tracker chip tracks butterfly migration

German scientists have managed to make a radio transmitter so small that they can use it to track the migration of monarch butterflies.

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Sweden

Controversy arises over ancient stone site

The controversy over Ale's Stones (Ales stenar), a sandstone monument in the form of a ship, in Skåne in southern Sweden has taken a new turn.

Insulin taken by 500,000 could up cancer risk
Germany

Insulin taken by 500,000 could up cancer risk

A kind of insulin currently thought to be being taken by around 500,000 German diabetics has been put under suspicion of increasing the risk of cancer by three new studies.

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Sweden

Nine convicted for internet sex scams

A group of friends in western Sweden have been convicted of gross fraud for swindling several Swedish men out of more than one million kronor by pretending to be women on the internet.

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Sweden

Ex-Red Cross boss faces new suspicions

Johan af Donner, former head of communications of Swedish Red Cross (Röda Korset), was remanded in custody yesterday on charges of embezzlement and/or gross fraud.

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Sweden

Grenades retrieved from popular swimming spot

Six thousand grenades in boxes rest at the bottom of Pengsjön lake outside of Vännäs in northern Sweden.

Iran slams ‘terrorist attack’ on embassy
Sweden

Iran slams ‘terrorist attack’ on embassy

Iran's official news agency, IRNA, described a protest outside the Iranian embassy in Stockholm on Friday as a “terrorist attack" after around 100 protesters stormed the compound and a staff member was injured.