20 Trier diocese priests accused of sex abuse
Germany

20 Trier diocese priests accused of sex abuse

Trier's Roman Catholic diocese said Monday that 20 of its current and former priests had been accused "in recent weeks" of sexual abuse as part of an ever widening scandal embroiling the Church in Germany.

Merkel: ‘rules changed’ for Turkish EU bid
Germany

Merkel: ‘rules changed’ for Turkish EU bid

German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Turkey Monday that its membership talks with the European Union did not guarantee accession and urged it to grant trade privileges to EU-member Cyprus.

Duisburg braces for trial amid biker war
Germany

Duisburg braces for trial amid biker war

The Hells Angels and Bandidos biker gangs are at war in Germany. Michael Remmert reports on how Duisburg is bracing for what’s being billed as the most dangerous trial of the year.

Couple evicted for having loud sex
Germany

Couple evicted for having loud sex

A couple in Zwickau in the German state of Saxony has reportedly been evicted from their apartment for being too loud while having sex.

Saab to build cars in Russia: Antonov
Sweden

Saab to build cars in Russia: Antonov

Spyker adviser Vladimir Antonov has said Saab is planning to build a new plant in the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, where it will produce 10,000 cars a year.

Siemens plans UK plant for wind turbines
Germany

Siemens plans UK plant for wind turbines

German industrial giant Siemens said Monday it planned to build plant for offshore wind turbines in Britain, investing some 80 million pounds (€89 million) and creating more than 700 jobs.

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Sweden

Relatives settle over eccentric Swede’s tin can riches

The relatives of a man who spent the last three decades collecting empty cans on the streets of a town in northern Sweden have settled out of court over the division of his unlikely fortune.

‘Holocaust cabaret’ about Demjanjuk case plays Heidelberg
Germany

‘Holocaust cabaret’ about Demjanjuk case plays Heidelberg

A Canadian-Jewish playwright is bringing his version of former Sobibor death camp guard John Demjanjuk’s story to the stage, even as a war crimes trial against the 89-year-old contiunes in Munich.

Church receives repeat secret 100,000 kronor donation
Sweden

Church receives repeat secret 100,000 kronor donation

A mysterious 100,000 ($13,811) donation has been left in a church collection in Borås in western Sweden for the second Palm Sunday in succession.

Merkel arrives in Turkey for tense talks
Germany

Merkel arrives in Turkey for tense talks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in Turkey on Monday for a two-day visit, overshadowed by barb-trading over Turkey's troubled EU membership bid and the Turkish immigrant community in Germany.

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Sweden

Ericsson takes home massive Chinese orders

Ericsson has signed two massive orders worth a combined $1.8 billion from China Mobile and China Unicom, according to a statement from the Swedish telecom company.

Germans opt for smaller chocolate eggs and bunnies this Easter
Germany

Germans opt for smaller chocolate eggs and bunnies this Easter

Opting for quality over quantity, a candy industry expert said on Monday that Germans have taken to eating smaller chocolate eggs and bunnies this Easter.

Geely’s Volvo buy signals new world order: Swedish media
Sweden

Geely’s Volvo buy signals new world order: Swedish media

Chinese carmaker Geely's deal to buy Sweden's iconic Volvo brand offers a glimpse of a new world order clearly headed up by China, Swedish editorials said on Monday.

University students to live like ancient Roman gladiators
Germany

University students to live like ancient Roman gladiators

Twenty students from the University of Regensburg plan to live and train in the style of Roman gladiators from 79 AD and stage a battle for scientific research this summer, the project's Bavarian organisers said on Monday.

Murder mystery trial opens in Swedish town
Sweden

Murder mystery trial opens in Swedish town

The trial of a 34-year-old Swedish man for the murder of his 32-year-old fiancée has opened in Falun in central Sweden, in a case whose intricate mystery has generated massive interest.

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Sweden

Unions postpone Easter retail strike

Swedish retailers will not be hit with a strike over Easter after unions agreed to delay their strike notice by a week to April 8th.

Geely to harness Swedish ‘tiger’ Volvo
Sweden

Geely to harness Swedish ‘tiger’ Volvo

Likening Volvo to a caged beast, Chinese car maker Geely pledged on Sunday to 'liberate the tiger' onto the Asian powerhouse's burgeoning auto market after it signed a deal to acquire the brand from Ford.

Swarms switch health insurers to avoid fees
Germany

Swarms switch health insurers to avoid fees

Hundreds of thousands of Germans are switching statutory health insurers to avoid additional fees being used to plug budgetary gaps, a media report said on Monday.

Thousands protest neo-Nazi demonstration in Duisburg
Germany

Thousands protest neo-Nazi demonstration in Duisburg

More than 4,500 people gathered at a mosque in the North Rhine-Westphalia city of Duisburg on Sunday to protest marches by neo-Nazis and anti-Muslims.

Rebellious Kuranyi could return to national team
Germany

Rebellious Kuranyi could return to national team

Schalke manager Felix Magath revealed Sunday that Germany boss Joachim Löw is back in contact with rebel striker Kevin Kuranyi, sparking speculation the hot-shot forward could earn a World Cup reprieve.

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Sweden

Met agency issues flood warning

The Swedish meteorological agency, SMHI, has issued a class one (of four) warning in parts of central Sweden as melting snow causes water levels to rise dramatically.

Ivory Coast appoints Sven-Göran Eriksson
Sweden

Ivory Coast appoints Sven-Göran Eriksson

Ex-England and Mexico coach Sven-Göran Eriksson has been confirmed as the man to lead the Ivory Coast at the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa.

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Sweden

Sweden urged to pressure China on Uighur rights

Uighur activits on Sunday urged Sweden to push China on minority rights as Vice President Xi Jinping visited the Nordic country.