North Rhine-Westphalia buys info on tax cheats
Germany

North Rhine-Westphalia buys info on tax cheats

Germany's most populous state North Rhine-Westphalia has purchased stolen information on 1,500 suspected German tax cheats holding bank accounts in Switzerland, a regional government spokesman said on Saturday.

Cranes return ahead of springtime weather
Germany

Cranes return ahead of springtime weather

Thousands of cranes have been spotted returning to Germany for the spring earlier than usual, according to the nature protection association NABU.

British mother gets new inquest on son killed in Germany
Germany

British mother gets new inquest on son killed in Germany

A British woman whose son died in Germany in 2003 after becoming involved with a far-right cult, has succeeded in getting authorities to conduct a highly-unusual second inquest into his death.

Telekom accused of not helping police to prevent suicide
Germany

Telekom accused of not helping police to prevent suicide

Two workers at Deutsche Telekom are being charged in connection with the suicide of an 18-year-old man who announced he was going to kill himself in an internet forum.

Catholic child abuse scandal widens
Germany

Catholic child abuse scandal widens

The child abuse scandal engulfing the Catholic Church in Germany continues to expand, with accusations that claims of abuse were ignored or hidden for years and the first resignations.

Lagerbäck appointed Nigeria coach
Sweden

Lagerbäck appointed Nigeria coach

Following his resignation from the Swedish football team in October 2009, Lars Lagerbäck has been appointed Nigeria's coach through the end of the World Cup in South Africa, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) announced on Saturday.

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Sweden

Stockholm gives go-ahead for new mosque

Local politicians are in agreement that a mosque should be built in Rinkeby, a suburb in western Stockholm.

Malmö-Gothenburg high-speed trains suspended
Sweden

Malmö-Gothenburg high-speed trains suspended

The Swedish railway (SJ) will cancel the X2000 high-speed train between Malmö and Gothenburg for two weeks beginning on Monday due to a shortage of trains, many of which are out of service for repairs.

Riesch takes second gold after sister crashes out
Germany

Riesch takes second gold after sister crashes out

Germany’s Maria Riesch took a second gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Canada on Friday night, winning the slalom to add to her combination gold.

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Sweden

Swedish nursing home introduces coffee rationing

In an attempt to reduce expenditures, a nursing home in the municipality of Timrå in northern Sweden has started to ration the coffee served to its residents.

Sweden defends curling gold
Sweden

Sweden defends curling gold

The Swedish women's curling team, the reigning Olympic champions, triumphed over Canada 7-6 in the curling final on Friday after forcing an extra end when defeat seemed imminent.

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Sweden

Fog leaves 3000 stranded at Stockholm airport

More than 3000 passengers were stranded at Skavsta Airport south of Stockholm on Friday.

Germans call for bobsleigh course to be closed after crashes
Germany

Germans call for bobsleigh course to be closed after crashes

A top German bobsleigh official on Friday slammed the four-man bob event as a farce that should be called off, after six crashes in the opening two heats, following a dozen in training.