SPD wins Berlin vote as Pirates celebrate
Germany

SPD wins Berlin vote as Pirates celebrate

The centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) won Berlin’s state election on Sunday, setting up a likely coalition with the Greens. The upstart Pirate Party sailed easily into parliament.

Oil spill clean-up continues in Sweden
Sweden

Oil spill clean-up continues in Sweden

The clean-up operation of the oil spill on Sweden's west coast continued on Sunday with more than 110 cubic metres removed so far, in what has been described by the National Coast Guard (Kustbevakningen) as the largest spills to affect Sweden in years.

German astronaut picked for space station mission
Germany

German astronaut picked for space station mission

German astronaut Alexander Gerst will fly aboard a Russian rocket to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2014. The Baden-Württemberg native will be on board the station for half a year conducting zero-gravity experiments.

Battles erupt between Berlin’s polar bears
Germany

Battles erupt between Berlin’s polar bears

Six months after the sudden death of its star polar bear Knut, a new drama is playing out at the Berlin Zoo. Bloody fights have broken out between polar bear females that are alarming visitors.

Police confirm searching mosque in Gothenburg
Sweden

Police confirm searching mosque in Gothenburg

Sweden’s National Security Service, Säpo, has confirmed it raided a mosque in Bellevue, Gothenburg, with the help of local police, on Thursday.

Dentures go missing after ex-couple’s spat
Germany

Dentures go missing after ex-couple’s spat

After an argument between a man and his ex-girlfriend in Braunschweig, she grabbed his dentures and fled. Police were able to find her, but the false teeth are still missing.

Siemens gets out of nuclear business
Germany

Siemens gets out of nuclear business

German industrial giant Siemens is turning the page on nuclear energy, the group's CEO Peter Löscher told the weekly Der Spiegel in an interview published on Sunday.

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Sweden

Shots fired in Malmö apartment

A series of shots ricocheted around an apartment Saturday night in Malmö, southern Sweden. Although no one was injured, police suspect attempted murder.

Youths involved in U-Bahn death turn themselves in
Germany

Youths involved in U-Bahn death turn themselves in

Two of the three young men involved in a death outside a Berlin U-Bahn metro station turned themselves in on Saturday evening. Early Saturday morning, a 23-year-old died after being chased by assailants and hit by a car.

Berlin goes to the polls
Germany

Berlin goes to the polls

Voting began in Berlin on Sunday for a state election expected to yield yet another setback for German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her governing coalition.

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Sweden

Asylum agreement to reunite thousands

Thousands of fragmented Somali families may be reunited in Sweden as early as July 2012 following the first step forward in the development of a common migration policy between the government and the Green Party (MP).

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Sweden

One dead as bridge collapses in Sweden

A man has been reported missing after a bridge collapsed Saturday afternoon in northern Sweden. Later, a man, still unidentified, was found dead under the bridge.