Berlin ‘Stasi bar’ draws protests
Germany

Berlin ‘Stasi bar’ draws protests

A new Berlin bar is taking spy chic and East German nostalgia to a new – and some say tasteless – level by using the former state’s feared secret police, the Stasi, as its theme.

Lufthansa strike aftermath grounds passengers
Germany

Lufthansa strike aftermath grounds passengers

Widespread cancellations of Lufthansa flights are expected to continue through Monday in the aftermath of a strike by trade union Verdi, a Lufthansa spokesman said on Sunday in Frankfurt.

New golden cross to decorate Berlin Cathedral
Germany

New golden cross to decorate Berlin Cathedral

Workers will hoist a new 11-tonne golden cross atop the Berlin Cathedral in August, a cathedral spokesman said on Sunday.

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Sweden

Heavy rainfall ahead

The Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) has issued a class 1 warning for heavy rainfall on Monday. The counties of Norrland and Uppland in northern Sweden are to be most affected.

K2 mountain drama over: 11 deaths
Sweden

K2 mountain drama over: 11 deaths

A total of eleven people have died in the K2 mountain death drama this weekend.

Germans favour national smoking ban
Germany

Germans favour national smoking ban

A wide majority of Germans want a comprehensive smoking ban instead of state-by-state rules, German newspaper Bild am Sonntag reported on Sunday.

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Sweden

Gays attacked by three boys

Three youths arrested for the assault of two homosexuals in Stockholm last Monday, were held in custody on Saturday, and charged with robbery and grievous bodily harm.

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Sweden

Heatwave spells Swedish berry shortage

The recent dry spell has led to an acute shortage of berries in Swedish woodlands.

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Sweden

Freak fodder slide kills farmer

A farmer in his 50s was killed after six tons of fodder buried him in a freak accident on Saturday.

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Sweden

Well-known artist beat 63-year-old to death

A well-known artist and illustrator has been detained in police custody on manslaughter charges after admitting she beat a 63-year-old acquaintance to death.

Crowds throng Stockholm for gay fest
Sweden

Crowds throng Stockholm for gay fest

Hundreds of thousands of people braved pouring rain in Stockholm Saturday to watch or participate in this year's colourful EuroPride parade to protest discrimination against homosexuals.

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Germany

Furnished Nazi bunkers surface in Denmark

Three Nazi bunkers uncovered recently in a violent storm off the Danish coast are a sensation for history buffs and archaologists, writes AFP’s Slim Allagui.