Avalanche kills 12-year-old boy in Italian Alps
Germany

Avalanche kills 12-year-old boy in Italian Alps

A series of avalanches in the Italian Alps have killed seven people, including a 12-year-old German boy and four rescue workers sent out to help two tourists, Italian emergency services said Sunday.

Wikipedia reaches one million German entries
Germany

Wikipedia reaches one million German entries

The online encyclopaedia Wikipedia recorded its one-millionth entry in German on Sunday.

Bomb scare diverts US-bound German flight
Germany

Bomb scare diverts US-bound German flight

A false alarm over a suspicious suitcase forced a German airliner bound for Detroit to land in Iceland, national flag carrier Lufthansa said Sunday.

Deutsche Telekom criticises business regulations
Germany

Deutsche Telekom criticises business regulations

The CEO of Germany's leading telecommunications company Deutsche Telekom criticised industry regulation authorities for failing to take into account the pressures of new competition.

ECB boss tells Germany to slash deficit
Germany

ECB boss tells Germany to slash deficit

European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet urged the 16 countries using the euro to slash their deficits "in 2011 at the latest," in an interview published Sunday in German tabloid Bild am Sonntag.

Police claim self-defence after killing deranged man
Germany

Police claim self-defence after killing deranged man

Hamburg police shot dead a 38-year-old mentally disturbed man over the weekend after he attacked officers with a kitchen knife in his home after pepper spray failed to disable him.

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Sweden

Unauthorized gyno exams by medical students common: report

A woman with suspected cervical cancer was given a gynaecological exam without her knowledge by medical students at a hospital in Gothenburg in western Sweden, reported Aftonbladet newspaper.

Industry leaders support Merkel’s tax cuts
Germany

Industry leaders support Merkel’s tax cuts

Chamber of commerce presidents and industry associations have come to the defence of Berlin's tax cut plans following the harsh criticism from leading economic research institutes.

Post-Christmas sales give much needed boost
Sweden

Post-Christmas sales give much needed boost

The post-Christmas shopping frenzy is in full swing, giving the Swedish economy a much needed boost. Consumer spending is also up compared to the same period last year.

Alfredsson’s injury could hurt Swedish Olympic hockey team
Sweden

Alfredsson’s injury could hurt Swedish Olympic hockey team

While Sweden was set to release its provisional roster for its 2010 Olympic hockey team on Sunday, the Ottawa Senators announced that their captain, Daniel Alfredsson, a key player in Sweden's 2006 Olympic gold medal run, will be out four to six weeks.

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Sweden

Swedes positive about immigration: poll

A majority of the Swedish population is positive about immigration, according to a new Sifo opinion poll. Members of the Left Party were the most positive, while Sweden Democrats were the most negative.

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Sweden

7,000 without power in western Sweden

Heavy snowfall left many around the country without electricity on Boxing Day. Around 7,000 of Vattenfall's customers in western Sweden experienced power outages. The worst affected area was Dalsland, where several households were without electricity for two days.

German police tighten airport security
Germany

German police tighten airport security

German police have strengthened security at airports throughout the country in response to the attempted bombing of a plane in Detroit on Friday.