Iranian woman facing stoning to sue journalists
Germany

Iranian woman facing stoning to sue journalists

An Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery said on Saturday she would sue two German journalists who have been jailed in Iran for interviewing her son.

Denmark terror plan ‘destined to fail’: expert
Sweden

Denmark terror plan ‘destined to fail’: expert

A plot foiled this week to massacre staff at a Danish newspaper was destined to fail because the suspects' links to Islamic extremists were so well known, a terrorism expert was quoted saying Saturday.

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Sweden

Muslim Council head condemns extremism

Helena Benaouda, chair woman of the Muslim Council of Sweden (Sveriges muslimska råd), said in a statement that all forms of extremism are unacceptable, and that she, "just like everyone else, must take the threat of extremism - including Islamic extremism - seriously."

One injured in train crash at Malmö station
Sweden

One injured in train crash at Malmö station

In Malmö Central Station, an out-of-control X2000 train drove into a buffer stop earlier this morning.

Swedes break text messaging record
Sweden

Swedes break text messaging record

Champagne glass in one hand and a cell phone in the other. This year New Year's Eve broke all previous records in number of text and photo messages sent.

‘I will never be German, but I am a Berliner in and out’
Germany

‘I will never be German, but I am a Berliner in and out’

Gayle Tufts is arguably the most famous American performer in Germany. Exberliner magazine’s Summer Banks caught up with the Fatherland’s favourite showgirl.

Archbishop: Church must proselytize Germany
Germany

Archbishop: Church must proselytize Germany

Rocked by scandal and seeing its flock shrink, the Catholic Church should actively begin proselytizing in Germany, according to the Archbishop of Munich Cardinal Reinhard Marx.

Berlin condemns closure of OSCE office in Belarus
Germany

Berlin condemns closure of OSCE office in Belarus

Germany has condemned Belarus's decision to order the closure of the OSCE's office in Minsk, saying the move was another step backwards for democratic rights in the ex-Soviet republic.

Huge snowball fight called off amid crowd concerns
Germany

Huge snowball fight called off amid crowd concerns

Organisers of a giant annual New Year's snowball fight in Berlin have been forced to call it off after around 8,000 people signed up online for the next battle, according to city authorities.

Germans ring in 2011 with a bang
Germany

Germans ring in 2011 with a bang

More than a million people gathered at Germany’s largest New Year’s party in front of Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate on Saturday night to ring in 2011 with a fireworks spectacle.

Swedish actor feared dead in house fire
Sweden

Swedish actor feared dead in house fire

The Swedish actor Per Oscarsson and his wife Kia Östling are feared dead in a fire. A relative discovered the couple's house burned to the ground yesterday morning. The house is in an isolated spot in the small hamlet Bjärka Långöna outside the town Skara.

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Sweden

‘Drunkenness aplenty, but little violence’: police

Drunkenness aplenty, but not much blood, was Gotland's police station's summary of the events of New Year's Eve, a summary that seems to apply for much of Sweden. However, in the northern city Umeå, a 45 year-old man was severely injured following an brawl.