Swedish boxer wins women’s world title
Sweden

Swedish boxer wins women’s world title

Swedish boxer Mikaela "Destiny" Laurén won the World Professional Boxing Federation title in the welterweight class in Karlstad in western Sweden on Friday.

Cologne zoo takes action to protect penguins from foxes
Germany

Cologne zoo takes action to protect penguins from foxes

Zookeepers in Cologne have installed electric fences around their bird enclosures after foxes broke in and killed five penguins, as well as several flamingos and ducks.

Catholic church wants to pay abuse victims on case-by-case basis
Germany

Catholic church wants to pay abuse victims on case-by-case basis

The Catholic Church would be ready to compensate victims of abuse on a case-by-case basis rather than with a single lump sum, according to papers prepared ahead of discussions to be held next week.

Social Democrats to hold extraordinary congress
Sweden

Social Democrats to hold extraordinary congress

The Social Democratic Executive Committee will hold an extraordinary congress before its next annual congress, but a date for the additional meeting has not yet been determined.

German face of Wikileaks steps down in anger
Germany

German face of Wikileaks steps down in anger

The German spokesman for whistle-blowing journalism site Wikileaks, Daniel Schmitt, has resigned his post following internal problems in the organisation and arguments with the founder Julian Assange.

Police arrrest 27 as Stuttgart protesters block road, talks falter
Germany

Police arrrest 27 as Stuttgart protesters block road, talks falter

Police arrested 27 anti-Stuttgart 21 protesters on Friday night when they blocked a road in the city, after tens of thousands of people demonstrated in the face of the authorities’ refusal to halt demolition work.

Diabetes drug Avandia to be banned amid heart attack fears
Germany

Diabetes drug Avandia to be banned amid heart attack fears

The diabetes drug Avandia will be removed from the German market from the start of November, manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline announced on Friday.

BASF learns cause of Swedish potato mix-up
Sweden

BASF learns cause of Swedish potato mix-up

German chemical company BASF said on Friday that it has discovered the cause behind the co-mingling of seeds from two strains of genetically modified potatoes in Sweden and pledged to ensure it will not occur again.

Plans set to tighten net on foreign illegal workers
Germany

Plans set to tighten net on foreign illegal workers

The government is planning to tighten up regulations against foreigners who work illegally, with not only the workers themselves and their employers but also contractors and sub-contractors being made liable.

Sweden’s Sandelin leads at golf’s Vivendi Cup
Sweden

Sweden’s Sandelin leads at golf’s Vivendi Cup

Sweden's Jarmo Sandelin and England's John Parry shared the halfway lead at the Vivendi Cup on Friday at 13 under par, with both players battling to save their tour cards.

Man released after plane forced to land at Arlanda
Sweden

Man released after plane forced to land at Arlanda

A man who was arrested after a plane made an emergency landing at Arlanda airport this morning following a bomb alert has been released without charges.