Eric Saade snags 2011 Melodifestivalen title
Sweden

Eric Saade snags 2011 Melodifestivalen title

Eric Saade, the 20-year-old heartthrob from Helsingborg in western Sweden, was crowned winner of the 2011 Melodifestivalen song contest on Saturday evening.

Two adults, nine-day-old infant die in Berlin apartment fire
Germany

Two adults, nine-day-old infant die in Berlin apartment fire

A fire at an apartment building in Berlin's Neukölln district early on Saturday morning left three people dead and more than a dozen others injured. The fire started after a pram was reportedly set ablaze, according to a Berlin daily.

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Sweden

Stockholm taxi driver kills man using his car

A 37-year-old man died in hospital after being hit by a taxi in a Stockholm suburb.

Swede’s unicorn email prompts gay porn piracy probe
Sweden

Swede’s unicorn email prompts gay porn piracy probe

A prank email referencing a unicorn and a leprechaun sent by a Swedish file-sharer prompted a US-based gay porn film studio to file a subpoena for the man's email address.

Guttenberg apologises to Bundestag researchers
Germany

Guttenberg apologises to Bundestag researchers

Ex-defence minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, who resigned last week amid revelations he copied large portions of his doctoral thesis, has issued an apology to the German parliamentary research service, according to a Saturday report.

Worried Wolfsburg to punish late players with five-figure fine
Germany

Worried Wolfsburg to punish late players with five-figure fine

Bundesliga strugglers Wolfsburg have set a flat-rate fine of €10,000 to punish any tardiness in their squad as the 2009 champions battle to stay in Germany's top-flight.

Japan quake fuels German nuclear debate
Germany

Japan quake fuels German nuclear debate

On the heels of an explosion at a Japanese nuclear power plant following a massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake in the country, politicians in Berlin spoke out Saturday against plans to extend the lifetime of nuclear reactors in Germany.

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Sweden

Swedes flee Japan amid quake’s devastation

Many Swedes in Japan are trying to leave the country following Friday's earthquake and tsunami, while the Swedish foreign ministry reported on Saturday it had heard from all the Swedes thought to be in the area worst hit by disaster.

Finland wins diplomatic hockey tournament in Stockholm
Sweden

Finland wins diplomatic hockey tournament in Stockholm

A squad featuring hockey playing diplomats from the Finnish embassy took home gold in the second annual Stockholm Diplomatic Cup hockey tournament on Friday.

Former neo-Nazi becomes leftist after sex change
Germany

Former neo-Nazi becomes leftist after sex change

Before undergoing a sex change to become a woman, Monika Strub was a member of Germany's neo-Nazi NPD party. But ten years later, she is running for Baden-Württemberg's state parliament for the socialist Left party.

Merkel wary of military engagement in Libya
Germany

Merkel wary of military engagement in Libya

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday she is "fundamentally sceptical" as to the prospect of military intervention in Libya at the present time.