Bahn seals massive deal with Qatar and Bahrain
Germany

Bahn seals massive deal with Qatar and Bahrain

German rail operator Deutsche Bahn said on Sunday it had signed a multi-billion-euro contract to build high-speed railway lines and underground transport networks in Qatar and Bahrain.

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Sweden

Liberals reject immigrant citizenship course

The Liberal Party has voted against a proposal from the party leadership for the introduction of mandatory courses for all immigrants seeking Swedish citizenship.

Train drivers plead against suicide on the tracks
Germany

Train drivers plead against suicide on the tracks

The German Train Drivers’ Union has spoken out against people committing suicide by throwing themselves in front of trains.

Alshammar misses out despite world record
Sweden

Alshammar misses out despite world record

Swedish swim queen Therese Alshammar missed out on World Cup success despite smashing her own world record in winning the 50 metres butterfly in Singapore on Sunday.

Police foil illegal nighttime race on Hockenheim race track
Germany

Police foil illegal nighttime race on Hockenheim race track

Police broke up an illegal nighttime car race being held on the world famous Hockenheim race track in southern Germany on Saturday night.

Financial crash as significant as fall of Berlin Wall, says Schäuble
Germany

Financial crash as significant as fall of Berlin Wall, says Schäuble

The financial crisis will have as significant a global impact as the seismic events 20 years ago when the Berlin Wall fell and communism collapsed, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said on Sunday.

Minister calls for passive accident onlookers to be shocked into action
Germany

Minister calls for passive accident onlookers to be shocked into action

Those who gawk at accidents without helping the victims should be shocked out of their inaction by being shown photographs of accidents and those hurt in them, according to Schleswig-Holstein’s interior minister Klaus Schlie.

No live eyewitnesses left for Nazi guard trial
Germany

No live eyewitnesses left for Nazi guard trial

The trial of alleged mass murderer John Demjanjuk, due to start on November 30 in Munich, will take place without any eyewitnesses, it emerged this weekend.

Lafontaine recovering after cancer operation
Germany

Lafontaine recovering after cancer operation

Oskar Lafontaine, leader of the socialist party The Left, is recovering from an operation on his prostate cancer and is doing as well as can be expected, a spokesman said at the weekend.

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Sweden

Swine flu vaccine suffers delay

A delivery of 500,000 doses of the swine flu vaccine has been delayed. Health authorities now expect supply shortages during the week.

Sarandon receives Stockholm film fest award
Sweden

Sarandon receives Stockholm film fest award

Hollywood star Susan Sarandon was in Stockholm on Saturday to receive the annual film festival's "Lifetime achievement award".

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Sweden

Fire at Vellinge refugee hostel

A fire was deliberately started outside a hostel housing refugee children in Vellinge in southern Sweden on Saturday. Demonstrations for and against the controversial refugee centre will be held in the country on Sunday.