Social Democrat party secretary to quit
Sweden

Social Democrat party secretary to quit

The Social Democrats’ party secretary Ibrahim Baylan announced on Sunday that he plans to leave his post at the party’s extra congress at the end of March.

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Sweden

Avalanche rattles Swedish ski area

An avalanche rumbled down a valley near Åre in northern Sweden on Sunday afternoon. Search teams with dogs have been dispatched to the area to search for anyone who may have been caught in the slide.

Moderates suffer drop in voter support: poll
Sweden

Moderates suffer drop in voter support: poll

Support for the Moderates, the party of Swedish prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, has dropped substantially in the last month, a new poll shows.

Security lapses found after airport shooting
Germany

Security lapses found after airport shooting

Surveillance cameras were reportedly down at Frankfurt Airport when two US soldiers were killed by a suspect Islamist last week, meaning that there are no pictures of the shooting.

Guttenberg affair hits Merkel’s conservatives
Germany

Guttenberg affair hits Merkel’s conservatives

The plagiarism scandal that cost former Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg his job has also damaged Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives in a new opinion poll.

Stern journalist detained in China
Germany

Stern journalist detained in China

The China correspondent of German news magazine Stern was detained by police on Sunday along with several other foreign journalists while covering a street protest in Shanghai.

Peace group slams sale of Swedish ‘meat grinder’ ammunition
Sweden

Peace group slams sale of Swedish ‘meat grinder’ ammunition

The export of a new type of Swedish ammunition referred to by soldiers as "the meat grinder" represents a human rights violation, a Swedish peace organisation has claimed.

Bundeswehr soldiers return from Libya
Germany

Bundeswehr soldiers return from Libya

Around 150 Bundeswehr soldiers have returned from Libya following last week's successful evacuation mission.

Swede claims second Vasaloppet title
Sweden

Swede claims second Vasaloppet title

Sweden's Jörgen Brink emerged from a pack of more than 14,000 skiers to win the 87th annual Vasaloppet cross-country ski race on Sunday.

Partygoers mourn death of man behind Jägermeister success
Germany

Partygoers mourn death of man behind Jägermeister success

Jägermeister fans this weekend should raise a glass to a man who not only transformed a little-known tipple into a top-selling liqueur, but also pioneered football shirt sponsorship.

‘Give young criminals ankle monitors’: minister
Sweden

‘Give young criminals ankle monitors’: minister

Young offenders in Sweden should be required to wear ankle monitors upon their release from juvenile care facilities, justice minister Beatrice Ask has proposed.

Van Gaal awaits fate as Bayern lose again
Germany

Van Gaal awaits fate as Bayern lose again

Louis van Gaal's tenure as Bayern Munich coach was on a knife-edge Saturday after the German giants lost 3-1 to Hannover and his chairman lambasted the team's performance as a "low point."