Afghan police chief and German soldiers killed
Germany

Afghan police chief and German soldiers killed

The police chief of northern Afghanistan and two German soldiers were among seven people killed in a suicide bombing at the Takhar governor's office Saturday.

Herpes virus kills elephants in Berlin Zoo
Germany

Herpes virus kills elephants in Berlin Zoo

It hasn’t been a good year for Berlin Zoo. First celebrity polar bear Knut died suddenly in March, now a baby elephant has succumbed to a virus.

German judge appointed to oversee Mladic trial
Germany

German judge appointed to oversee Mladic trial

Germany’s Christoph Flügge has been appointed presiding judge in the forthcoming war crimes trial of former Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladic.

Bus crash caused by brake failure: driver
Sweden

Bus crash caused by brake failure: driver

The driver of a bus that drove into a crowd of people on a busy pedestrian square on Saturday has told police that the brakes failed as she attempted to bring the vehicle to a halt.

Rosberg Escapes Monaco Crash Unharmed
Germany

Rosberg Escapes Monaco Crash Unharmed

German racing car driver Nico Rosberg was lucky to escape unscathed after a spectacular crash during a training session ahead of Saturday’s Monaco Grand Prix qualifying race.

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Sweden

Two dead in Stockholm helicopter crash

Two people have died after a small helicopter crashed just north of Stockholm early on Saturday afternoon.

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Sweden

Teacher suspected of assaulting 2-year-old girl

A pre-school teacher in Gothenburg has been reported to the police on suspicion of assaulting a 2-year-old girl earlier this week, prompting several parents to keep their children at home, local newspaper Göteborgs-Posten reports.

Commission sees nuclear exit within decade
Germany

Commission sees nuclear exit within decade

Germany's energy ethics commission is to recommend a complete phaseout of nuclear power by 2021. The independent body’s report is due to be submitted to Chancellor Angela Merkel this weekend.

Scandal-hit king sees popularity plunge
Sweden

Scandal-hit king sees popularity plunge

Support for Sweden’s king has dropped rapidly in the wake of recent scandals, with a new poll indicating that less than half the population wants King Carl XVI Gustaf to remain on the throne.

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Sweden

Teenage girls beat schoolgirl unconscious

Five teenage girls are to be questioned in connection with the brutal assault of a 14-year-old girl who was beaten unconscious at a school in Malmö on Friday.

Narcolepsy cases rising after swine flu vaccine
Sweden

Narcolepsy cases rising after swine flu vaccine

Ninety-three people in Sweden, most of them children, have been diagnosed with narcolepsy since taking the swine flu vaccine Pandemrix last winter, according to figures from the Swedish Medical Products Agency (Läkemedelsverket).

Deadly E.coli outbreak claims ninth victim
Germany

Deadly E.coli outbreak claims ninth victim

Authorities are struggling to determine the source of a deadly strain of bacteria in Germany that has already claimed nine victims.

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Sweden

Young man killed after mass brawl

Three people have been arrested in Borlänge in central Sweden after a man in his twenties was run over and killed after two groups clashed in the town on Friday night.

‘Green’ cars battle for eco-marathon title
Germany

‘Green’ cars battle for eco-marathon title

It's a motor rally with a difference: souped-up "green" vehicles going head to head in an international eco-marathon to see who runs the longest on as little energy as possible.