Clues emerge on cause of Nachterstedt landslide
Germany

Clues emerge on cause of Nachterstedt landslide

The first clues have emerged as to what caused the catastrophic landslide in Nachterstedt, which killed three people after the ground under their house collapsed into a nearby lake.

Non-EU citizens to get local votes should SPD form government
Germany

Non-EU citizens to get local votes should SPD form government

The Social Democratic Party (SPD) says it will allow non-EU foreigners to vote in local elections should it win September’s election – opening the polls to Americans and Russians, as well as the country's large Turkish population.

Driver uses bra to stop accident victim bleeding to death
Germany

Driver uses bra to stop accident victim bleeding to death

A quick-thinking driver may have saved the life of a scooter rider whose leg was almost severed in an accident – by using her bra as a tourniquet to stop the bleeding.

Ulla Schmidt cleared of official car misuse, SPD split on her future
Germany

Ulla Schmidt cleared of official car misuse, SPD split on her future

The future of Health Minister Ulla Schmidt is under fierce debate within her Social Democratic Party (SPD) following the attention given to and questions about the use of her official car while on holiday in Spain.

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Sweden

Scottish swine flu patient no longer critical

The condition of the 26-year-old pregnant Scottish woman being treated for swine flu in a special ward at Karolinska Hospital in Solna, north of the Swedish capital, has improved. Her condition is no longer considered life threatening, and has been downgraded to “serious”, according to the hospital press service.

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Sweden

Man remanded for attempted murder of 8-year-old girl

Traces of sperm on a dress have linked an 18-year-old male suspect to the attempted murder of an 8-year-old girl earlier this summer in Trollhättan in western Sweden. The man was remanded on Friday for attempted murder by Vänersborg district court. He denies the charges.

Thousands turn up to fight fantasy battle
Germany

Thousands turn up to fight fantasy battle

More than 6,000 role-play enthusiasts pulled on their costumes to become Vikings, elves, knights, orcs, and goblins this weekend at the international ConQuest 2009 meeting.

Gripen plane fire attributed to ‘forgetfulness’
Sweden

Gripen plane fire attributed to ‘forgetfulness’

The pilot who had to emergency land a JAS Gripen fighter plane that caught fire on Thursday afternoon might have forgotten to release the landing gear, according to the Swedish Armed Forces (Försvarsmakten).

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Sweden

Nobel corruption probe dropped

An investigation into the alleged corruption of several members of the Nobel prize science committee will be laid down, a Swedish prosecutor announced Friday. The inquiry was launched at the end of last year after members of the medicine, physics and chemistry committees visited China on a trip paid for by Chinese authorities.

Refugees died after HIV misdiagnosis
Sweden

Refugees died after HIV misdiagnosis

According to a study done by Karolinska University Hospital, several female refugees from Africa have died of AIDS after Swedish doctors failed to test them for HIV, reports Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

Two Germans missing in Tonga ferry sinking
Germany

Two Germans missing in Tonga ferry sinking

Two Germans are missing after a passenger ferry sank near Tonga in the Pacific, the Foreign Ministry confirmed late on Friday.