Saarland’s state premier to leave post this year
Germany

Saarland’s state premier to leave post this year

Saarland premier Peter Müller announced plans Saturday to step down as the state's top politician and CDU party leader in 2011. The news comes amid speculation that Müller will seek a spot on Germany's Constitutional Court.

Stieg Larsson’s brother: we’re not greedy
Sweden

Stieg Larsson’s brother: we’re not greedy

In a rare public interview, the younger brother of late Swedish author Stieg Larsson rejected claims that he and his father have jealously guarded the author’s inheritance from his longtime partner Eva Gabrielsson.

Thousands protest industrial agriculture during Green Week
Germany

Thousands protest industrial agriculture during Green Week

With about 80 tractors leading the way through central Berlin, thousands of people gathered Saturday to protest factory farming and GM technology, a day after the Green Week food and farming trade fair opened in the German capital.

Swedish woman denied job after miscarriage
Sweden

Swedish woman denied job after miscarriage

A farmer in southern Sweden who refused to employ a woman after she informed him she had had a miscarriage has been found guilty of discrimination and violating Swedish parental leave laws.

Town evacuates after explosives discovered
Germany

Town evacuates after explosives discovered

Some 500 residents in the small town of Becherbach in southwestern Germany have been told to evacuate their homes after highly explosive materials were found in a barn, a police spokesman said on Saturday.

Pharma firm probed for allegedly bribing doctors
Germany

Pharma firm probed for allegedly bribing doctors

Investigators in the German state of Saxony are looking into the pharmaceutical company Oncosachs on suspicion of paying bribes to doctors, according to a Saturday news report. The firm has denied any wrongdoing.

Suspect arrested in mosque arson case
Germany

Suspect arrested in mosque arson case

A 30-year-old man was arrested Friday evening in Berlin's Neukölln district on suspicion of arson, following a series of attacks on several mosques in the German capital, a police spokesman said.

Söderling cruises in third Aussie Open win
Sweden

Söderling cruises in third Aussie Open win

Sweden's Robin Söderling has yet to drop a set after reaching his first Australian Open fourth round with a straight-sets victory over Jan Hernych of the Czech Republic on Saturday.

Forsberg hits the ice with former NHL club
Sweden

Forsberg hits the ice with former NHL club

Swedish standout Peter Forsberg will practice on Saturday with the Colorado Avalanche in a bid to determine whether he is fit enough for a National Hockey League comeback at age 37.

Gorch Fock captain relieved of duty
Germany

Gorch Fock captain relieved of duty

Following reports of an alleged "mutiny" on board the German navy training ship Gorch Fock, German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg has dismissed the ship's commander, a ministry spokesman confirmed.

Handball ref exposed himself to hotel maids
Sweden

Handball ref exposed himself to hotel maids

A handball referee who was arrested for exposing himself to cleaners in a Gothenburg hotel has been banned from the men’s handball World Championships currently being held in Sweden