Swedish man gets 10 years in jail for opium
Sweden

Swedish man gets 10 years in jail for opium

A 51-year-old man from Umeå in northern Sweden was sentenced to 10 years in prison for aggravated drug crimes involving 4 kilogrammes of opium, local media reported on Friday.

Sweden’s Pärson second in downhill to Vonn
Sweden

Sweden’s Pärson second in downhill to Vonn

American ski superstar Lindsey Vonn beat Swedish veteran Anja Pärson for her 20th downhill victory on the World Cup circuit in Zauchensee, Austria on Saturday.

Olympic discus gold medal winner loses leg to infection
Germany

Olympic discus gold medal winner loses leg to infection

German discus Olympic champion Ilke Wyludda has had most of a leg amputated after an infection failed to react to treatment.

New cash registers boost Swede hospitality sector
Sweden

New cash registers boost Swede hospitality sector

Turnover in Sweden's hotel and restaurant industry increased sharply last year, as did bankruptcies, following the implementation of new certified cash registers on January 1st, 2010.

Arson attacks against Berlin mosques continue
Germany

Arson attacks against Berlin mosques continue

Police in Berlin are investigating an arson attack on a mosque in the capital city after a man walking past saw flames at the entrance in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Ozone layer hits record thickness in Sweden
Sweden

Ozone layer hits record thickness in Sweden

Sweden's government weather agency reported on Friday that the ozone layer over southern Sweden reached its thickest levels at the end of last year, surpassing the previous record set in 1991.

Plea made for increasing Iraqi asylum quotas
Germany

Plea made for increasing Iraqi asylum quotas

Germany should increase the number of Iraqi refugees it offers a safe haven tenfold, according to Berlin Interior Minister Ehrhard Körting in an appeal to his federal counterpart Thomas de Maizière.

Sweden’s Söderling faces Roddick in Brisbane final
Sweden

Sweden’s Söderling faces Roddick in Brisbane final

Top seed Robin Söderling of Sweden will face American Andy Roddick in the final of the Brisbane International following tough semi-final matches for both men on Saturday.

Global concern about dioxin meat grows
Germany

Global concern about dioxin meat grows

Global fears mounted on Saturday over the safety of German meat due to contaminated animal feed, with South Korea banning pork imports and Slovakia suspending poultry sales, even as the EU declared no need for a ban.

Deutsche Bahn faces political pressure ahead of special meeting
Germany

Deutsche Bahn faces political pressure ahead of special meeting

Politicians are piling the pressure onto Deutsche Bahn ahead of Monday’s special meeting of state transport ministers, as Germany’s rail network contends with cancelled trains, poor communication and frustrated travellers.

BND found Eichmann years before his arrest
Germany

BND found Eichmann years before his arrest

German and American intelligence services knew where Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann was hiding eight years before Israeli agents apprehended him, according to documents released this week.