Merkel shocked by Polish president’s death
Germany

Merkel shocked by Polish president’s death

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday she was deeply shocked by the plane crash in Russia which cost the life of Polish President Lech Kaczynski and many top officials.

Threats rain down on Bjästa school
Sweden

Threats rain down on Bjästa school

Staff at Bjästa School in northern Sweden have received some 400 threats via email following television revelations about a 14-year-old girl who was bullied and left isolated after being raped at the school.

Number of Jesuit abuse victims continues to climb
Germany

Number of Jesuit abuse victims continues to climb

Some 10 weeks after the first abuse cases at Jesuit education institutions came to light, the number of victims continues to climb. Around 170 people are now believed to have been abused in Germany.

Names of Buchenwald Nazi camp victims put on Web
Germany

Names of Buchenwald Nazi camp victims put on Web

The names of many of those killed in the Buchenwald Nazi concentration camp have been published online on the 65th anniversary of the camp's liberation. But the work is far from over.

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Sweden

‘Aroused’ rabbits reproduced in tennis club wreckage

Hundreds of well-bred rabbits took the opportunity to make new acquaintances and reproduce when a roof collapsed at Sweden's premier rabbit show in Nyköping in February.

The cuckoo clock makes a comeback
Germany

The cuckoo clock makes a comeback

Derided by many at pure kitsch not too long ago, the cuckoo clock is experiencing something of a renaissance. Artists, designers and clock manufacturers are now reinterpreting this so-very-German product.

Opposition lead widens in new poll
Sweden

Opposition lead widens in new poll

Sweden's left-green opposition has stretched its lead over the governing centre-right coalition to 8.7 percentage points in a new poll.

Outspoken author Kerstin Thorvall dies
Sweden

Outspoken author Kerstin Thorvall dies

Influential Swedish author and commentator Kerstin Thorvall has died at the age of 84 following a period of illness.

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Sweden

Stockholm airport mulls driver toll

Stockholm-Arlanda airport is considering the introduction of a 100 kronor ($14) toll for cars entering the terminal area in a bid to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, Stockholm daily Dagens Nyheter reports.

Five German snowboarders dead after avalanche in Russia
Germany

Five German snowboarders dead after avalanche in Russia

Ten people on a snowboarding tour including five Germans were killed Saturday when their helicopter was buried by an avalanche the Pacific peninsula of Kamchatka, Russian officials said.

Germany reportedly to take 3 Gitmo prisoners
Germany

Germany reportedly to take 3 Gitmo prisoners

Despite opposition from conservative German politicians to accepting prisoners from the US-run Guantanamo Bay prison camp, a newspaper report published Saturday says three former detainees could likely start new lives in Hamburg.