Bayern back in form with win over Schalke
Germany

Bayern back in form with win over Schalke

Bayern Munich strengthened their title credentials on Saturday with a crucial 2-1 win over Bundesliga rivals Schalke, opening up a one-point lead with five games remaining.

Second Lufthansa pilots’ strike looms
Germany

Second Lufthansa pilots’ strike looms

The odds of a further Lufthansa strike shortened Saturday with the pilots’ union vowing it would not back away from threats to walk off the job in just over a week.

Bishop Mixa can’t remember his accusers
Germany

Bishop Mixa can’t remember his accusers

Embattled Catholic Bishop Walter Mixa has said he could not remember the people who claim he beat them in an orphanage, even as more accusers came forward.

‘King’ Kahn puts personal development ahead of football
Germany

‘King’ Kahn puts personal development ahead of football

Former German goalkeeper and team captain Oliver Kahn said Saturday he wasn’t ready for a top coaching job in football but was rather concentrating on developing and educating himself.

Press freedom laws planned to protect whistleblowers
Germany

Press freedom laws planned to protect whistleblowers

Journalists who publish leaked government information would be able to protect their sources from exposure under planned laws to enshrine stronger press freedom, the German Justice Ministry has announced.

The giant of German politics celebrates 80th
Germany

The giant of German politics celebrates 80th

The grand but controversial colossus of recent German politics, former Chancellor Helmut Kohl, celebrated his 80th birthday Saturday with a swipe at his countrymen’s “pettiness” and failure to make the most of their opportunities.

Jews slam Catholic anti-Semitism remarks
Germany

Jews slam Catholic anti-Semitism remarks

Comparing criticism of the pope in the child sex scandals engulfing the Catholic Church to anti-Semitism is insulting and impertinent, the Central Council of Jews in Germany said Saturday.

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Sweden

Soviets lied over Wallenberg death: researchers

Two researchers have said there is strong evidence to suggest that Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg was still alive after the date on which the Soviet Union claimed he had died of a heart attack.

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Sweden

Surprise vote of confidence in Reinfeldt: poll

The Swedish electorate has expressed a vote of confidence in Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, according to a survey published Thursday. More than half of respondents said Reinfeldt would be the political candidate of choice in an upcoming election, while less than 26 percent said would support opposition leader Mona Sahlin.

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Sweden

Berdych defeats Söderling in Miami semi-final

Tomas Berdych beat fifth-seeded Swede Robin Söderling in the semi-finals of the Miami ATP Masters 1000 on Friday. Berdych will go on to face American Andy Roddick, who beat Spain's Rafael Nadal, in Sunday's final.

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Sweden

Pension gaps continue to grow: report

Income gap among Swedish pensioners has grown over the last 10 years, according to a report from Statistics Sweden (Statistiska Centralbyrån - SCB) covering 1999-2008.

Bundeswehr kills five Afghan allied soldiers
Germany

Bundeswehr kills five Afghan allied soldiers

The German military killed five Afghan soldiers late Friday in a “friendly fire” incident when they launched an attack on two cars that failed to stop while approaching the German forces, the army has confirmed.

Suspect arrested over car park murder
Sweden

Suspect arrested over car park murder

A 23-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the brutal parking lot assault that led to the death of a 78-year-old woman in Landskrona in southern Sweden.

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Sweden

Hate cleric will not participate in Swedish conference

US-born Muslim preacher Abdullah Hakim Quick, who has described Jews as "filthy" and advocates the execution of homosexuals, will not be participating in a Swedish young Muslim conference he was scheduled to speak at over Easter weekend.