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Switzerland

Bodies of four Swiss killed in jet crash found

The bodies of four Swiss nationals who were killed when their small tourist plane crashed in eastern France have been found, investigators said on Sunday.

Athletics official dies after javelin accident
Germany

Athletics official dies after javelin accident

An elderly athletics official measuring a javelin competition died on Sunday afternoon after being speared in the face and neck at a Düsseldorf contest.

Escaped rapist found with woman and children
Germany

Escaped rapist found with woman and children

A dangerous German prisoner who escaped while on a visit to his son has been found hiding in the house of a mother of three who he met just a week earlier via a television station's chat forum.

Coalition split on equal rights for gay couples
Germany

Coalition split on equal rights for gay couples

The government is split over the idea of giving gay couples the right to adopt children and the same tax privileges as married heterosexual couples.

Study shows slim chance for fat job candidates
Germany

Study shows slim chance for fat job candidates

Overweight people have a tougher time when it comes to landing a job according to a German study which showed recruiters discriminate against them – with fat women facing the most prejudice.

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Sweden

Pricey maximum security prisons remain half-full

The three maximum security units of Swedish prisons Kumla, Hall and Saltvik remain less than half-full, despite costing the Swedish Prison and Probation Service (Kriminalvården) 50 million kronor ($7.5 million) for 2011.

China correspondents ask Merkel for help
Germany

China correspondents ask Merkel for help

German journalists working in China on Sunday called on Chancellor Angela Merkel to urge Beijing to improve reporting conditions when she arrives for talks in the Chinese capital this week.

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Sweden

Moderate politician called Pekgul ‘clapping Turk’

The Moderate Party’s social media manager Thomas Böhlmark called the former Social Democratic politician Nalin Pekgul ”clapping Turk” on Twitter, and has now been relieved of his responsibilities.

‘Racism the problem’ – 20 years after Rostock
Germany

‘Racism the problem’ – 20 years after Rostock

Thousands of people gathered in Rostock over the weekend to mark the 20th anniversary of what is viewed as the worst attack against foreigners the country has seen since the Second World War.

Athletics champion Klüft ends career
Sweden

Athletics champion Klüft ends career

Former Olympic and world heptathlon champion Carolina Klüft brought her career to an end on Saturday, claiming her body can no longer take the strain.

Social Democrats drop sharply in polls
Sweden

Social Democrats drop sharply in polls

The Social Democrats have dropped heavily in the latest voters’ poll, falling by 4.5 percentage units to 34.3 percent, as voters chose the Left Party instead.

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Sweden

‘Ban Islam in Sweden’: Sweden Democrat

"Ban Islam in Sweden and deport those who persist in believing in the religion", said Pär Norling, group leader of the Sweden Democrats (SD) in Bollnäs, in an interview with national broadcaster Sveriges Television (SVT).

Swiss go ahead with jet fighter deal
Switzerland

Swiss go ahead with jet fighter deal

Switzerland has agreed details of its planned purchase of 22 fighter jets from Sweden, despite a critical parliamentary report on the deal, the defence ministries of the two countries said on Saturday.