Merkel visits flood zone
Germany

Merkel visits flood zone

Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Frankfurt an der Oder on Saturday to see the flooding affecting the eastern German state of Brandenburg. She praised the infrastructural improvements since the catastrophic flood of 1997.

Russian consortium joins race for Karstadt
Germany

Russian consortium joins race for Karstadt

A fourth bidder has joined the race for Germany's insolvent high-street department store chain Karstadt. A Russian consortium led by top businessman Artur Pachomov has shown interest.

Germany willing to accept Gitmo prisoners
Germany

Germany willing to accept Gitmo prisoners

Chancellor Angela Merkel is prepared to have Germany take in freed Guantanamo detainees despite having earlier refused US requests to do so, a magazine reported on Saturday.

SPD grassroots condemn party leadership
Germany

SPD grassroots condemn party leadership

A survey of the Social Democrats' local organisations has shown that many party members are dissatisfied with their leadership, and most believe the benefit reform Hartz IV is the main reason for the centre-left party's electoral failures.

Söderling strides into French Open last 16
Sweden

Söderling strides into French Open last 16

Robin Söderling scored a four set victory over Spain's Albert Montanes in the French Open on Friday as the Swede moved a step closer to emulating the heroics that catapulted him into last year's final.

Harsh weather mars war on mosquitoes
Sweden

Harsh weather mars war on mosquitoes

Hard winds and driving rain have hampered the battle against an annual mosquito invasion around the lower part of the Dalälven river in eastern Sweden.

Germans ready to skip sex for World Cup glory
Germany

Germans ready to skip sex for World Cup glory

Most Germans would prefer to watch their national team contest the World Cup final than have sex with their partners, a survey revealed this week.

Coalition considers retracting tax break for hotels
Germany

Coalition considers retracting tax break for hotels

The German government is considering retracting the much-criticised reduction in sales tax for hotel stays, which came into force on January 1. The measure is one of several aimed at shoring up Germany's ailing state finances.

Alm free to claim fiancée’s life insurance
Sweden

Alm free to claim fiancée’s life insurance

Mattias Alm, 35, is free to claim the one million kronor ($130,000) joint life insurance policy he signed with his 32-year-old fiancée Linda Chen now that a court has cleared him of her murder.

Klitschko sets sights on Sosnowski
Germany

Klitschko sets sights on Sosnowski

World WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko will be looking to dispose of challenger Albert Sosnowski on Saturday with a possible unification title bout looming against David Haye.

Man shot dead in Gothenburg nightclub
Sweden

Man shot dead in Gothenburg nightclub

Police in Gothenburg are searching for a gunman who shot and killed a man in a crowded nightclub in the early hours of Saturday morning.

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Sweden

Sweden sheltering terrorist cleric: Uzbek TV

A cleric based in Sweden has been accused by Uzbek state television of instigating a suicide attack on the US embassy in 2004, as well as directing a series of high-profile killings last year.