Drugs plot raid reveals old woman feeding rabbits with cannabis
Germany

Drugs plot raid reveals old woman feeding rabbits with cannabis

Police in Brandenburg who discovered a large plot of cannabis called on the neighbouring house only to find an 84-year-old woman who had been feeding her rabbits with the plants.

Greens unite behind government nuke plan
Germany

Greens unite behind government nuke plan

Germany's Green Party decided on Saturday to back the government's nuclear exit plan despite an impassioned debate which threatened to split the country's strong opposition party.

Politicians plan boycott of pope’s Bundestag speech
Germany

Politicians plan boycott of pope’s Bundestag speech

Several Social Democratic parliamentarians are planning to boycott the speech Pope Benedict XVI is scheduled to give to the Bundestag in September. They accuse the pontiff of oppressing millions around the world.

Students suspected of residency permit fraud
Sweden

Students suspected of residency permit fraud

Thousands of foreign students are abusing their residency rights by never attending college in what could be a widespread visa fraud, according to a new report from the Swedish Migration Board (Migrationsverket).

UNESCO puts five German beech forests on world heritage list
Germany

UNESCO puts five German beech forests on world heritage list

The UN's education, scientific and cultural organization, UNESCO, named five German beech forests as Natural World Heritage sites on Saturday.

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Sweden

Uproar over ‘obese’ girl’s insurance snub

A five-year-old girl from Orust, an island off the west coast of Sweden, has been refused insurance from giant Folksam, on the grounds of her weight putting her into a “high risk” category, according to a report in daily Aftonbladet.

Conservatives divided over tax cuts
Germany

Conservatives divided over tax cuts

Germany's centre-right coalition has announced it is considering middle class tax cuts, but the plans have run into opposition even among Merkel's own conservatives, including the Finance Minster.

Factory sale may hold key to Saab’s future
Sweden

Factory sale may hold key to Saab’s future

Talks will continue over the weekend between Saab and real estate company Hemfosa in the latest bid to save the ailing carmaker.

Germany, US and Brazil favourites at Women’s World Cup
Germany

Germany, US and Brazil favourites at Women’s World Cup

Germany, the United States and Brazil are the favourites as the battle for the ultimate prize in football gets underway on Sunday in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.

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Sweden

Rise in truancy often parents’ fault: report

Thousands of schoolchildren across the country are regularly skipping classes as the problem of truancy grows, according to a new report.

Relatively calm midsummer celebrations in Sweden
Sweden

Relatively calm midsummer celebrations in Sweden

Midsummer came and went amid the usual flurry of accidents and drunkenness, but with few serious incidents for police to deal with around the country.