Weekend of storms kills four, injures 100
Germany

Weekend of storms kills four, injures 100

Four people were killed and over a hundred injured as heavy electrical storms lashed Germany over the weekend. Many areas sustained severe structural damage causing power cuts and disruption to train services.

Syphilis cases rise in Germany
Germany

Syphilis cases rise in Germany

The number of cases of syphilis is rising in Germany - particularly among gay men in urban areas, according to newspaper reports on Sunday.

Swedish farms gain UNESCO heritage status
Sweden

Swedish farms gain UNESCO heritage status

Seven farms in the region of Hälsingland in northern Sweden have been named as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, bringing a successful end to a long-running saga for the picturesque farmsteads.

Police out in force as Almedalen week kicks off
Sweden

Police out in force as Almedalen week kicks off

Sweden’s annual political week, the "Almedalen Week" started on Sunday on the Baltic island of Gotland with police launching their largest operation to date.

French breathalyzer law to hit German drivers
Germany

French breathalyzer law to hit German drivers

From Sunday German drivers crossing the border into France will have to carry their own breathalyzer kit or face a fine, as a new law comes into force designed to remind motorists of the dangers of drink driving.

Germany and US ‘benefit from closer ties’
Germany

Germany and US ‘benefit from closer ties’

Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday that Germany and the United States would benefit from having a closer relationship - if they can first manage to overcome their differences.

East German soldiers dying more than West
Germany

East German soldiers dying more than West

A disproportionate number of German soldiers killed in Afghanistan come from eastern Germany or immigrant backgrounds, according to a newspaper report.

Wagner opera house gets ‘world heritage’ status
Germany

Wagner opera house gets ‘world heritage’ status

Germany's Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth, famous for its annual Wagner festival, is joining the list of sites classed by UN cultural body UNESCO as world heritage, the organisation said on Saturday.

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Sweden

Gun-toting men threaten nurse

A nurse on her way into Sahlgrenska hospital in Gothenburg was threatened by two men waving a gun on Saturday evening.

Swedish pastor exposed as Stasi spy
Sweden

Swedish pastor exposed as Stasi spy

A Church of Sweden pastor in the diocese of Luleå worked as a spy for the Stasi during the Cold War and now faces being stripped of his ecclesiastical licence, according to a report in the Dagens Nyheter (DN) daily.

Ecuador still mulling Assange plea: Correa
Sweden

Ecuador still mulling Assange plea: Correa

President Rafael Correa said Saturday that Ecuador is still considering whether to grant political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is wanted in Sweden in connection with sexual assault allegations.