Guttenberg wants military reform by 2011
Germany

Guttenberg wants military reform by 2011

Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg intends to get his planned reform of the armed services passed before the end of the year he said on Sunday – including the controversial axing of compulsory military service.

Assange: Pentagon could be behind rape claim
Sweden

Assange: Pentagon could be behind rape claim

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has speculated that the Pentagon could be behind a rape accusation that prompted Swedish prosecutors to issue a warrant for his arrest which was later withdrawn.

Hamburg artists celebrate success in saving squatted quarter
Germany

Hamburg artists celebrate success in saving squatted quarter

Artists who squatted the Gängeviertel area of central Hamburg invited visitors in over the weekend to celebrate the first anniversary of their deal with the city to preserve and develop the historic buildings.

Hoffenheim opens Bundesliga campaign with 4-1 win over Bremen
Germany

Hoffenheim opens Bundesliga campaign with 4-1 win over Bremen

Hoffenheim destroyed Werder Bremen 4-1 on Saturday in their opening Bundesliga season game, challenging Bayern Munich's claim to again being the team to beat after the Bavarians won against Wolfsburg on Friday.

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Sweden

Mother told to clean own room after caesarean

Mother-of-two Elin Andersson has highlighted staffing shortage problems at a maternity ward in Sundsvall in northern Sweden after she was asked to clean out her own hospital room just two days after giving birth by caesarean section.

Spectacular car crash near Reichstag only noticed hours later
Germany

Spectacular car crash near Reichstag only noticed hours later

A driver crashed his BMW at more than 100 kilometres an hour through a barrier near the Reichstag in Berlin, landing in the river on Friday night, swam to the side and walked away – without any security staff noticing, it emerged on Sunday.

Police make arrest in search for Sylt island arsonist
Germany

Police make arrest in search for Sylt island arsonist

A 46-year-old man was arrested on the North Sea island of Sylt on Saturday, suspected of being an arsonist who has set several fires recently, police have announced.

Alliance parties gain absolute majority: poll
Sweden

Alliance parties gain absolute majority: poll

Sweden's four-party centre-right Alliance would achieve an outright majority if a general election were held today, according to pollster Sifo's third August survey.

Germany’s bravest, baddest director Schlingensief dies
Germany

Germany’s bravest, baddest director Schlingensief dies

Christoph Schlingensief, one of Germany's most provocative theatre and film directors, died of lung cancer on Saturday, organisers of the Ruhr Triennale festival said. He was 49.

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Sweden

Fredrik, 35, overjoyed as police find mountain bike stolen 12 years ago

Police in Gävle in eastern Sweden have recovered a mountain bike that was stolen from a student twelve years ago – in a town 1,350 kilometres further north.

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Sweden

Elmander double seals Bolton win

Swedish international striker Johan Elmander scored twice on Saturday as Bolton registered a 3-1 win away to sloppy West Ham.