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Germany

Berlin to contest Italian Nazi massacre ruling

Germany will challenge at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) an Italian court's ruling that it pay damages to the families of victims of Nazi war crimes there, officials said Saturday.

Sörenstam leading chase in Suzhou Open
Sweden

Sörenstam leading chase in Suzhou Open

Swedish golfer Annika Sörenstam has not given up hope of of securing her fourth tour victory of the year at the Suzhou Taihu Ladies Open in China. Sörenstam hit a second round 69 to hold on to second place on the leader board.

Germany to help small business through slump
Germany

Germany to help small business through slump

The German government is reportedly planning an ambitious aid package for small and medium businesses, the backbone of the German economy, to help them survive the credit crisis.

BMW heiress Klatten blackmailed by gigolo
Germany

BMW heiress Klatten blackmailed by gigolo

Susanne Klatten, the richest woman in Germany and an heiress to the BMW fortune, paid out €7.5 million to a Swiss gigolo who threatened to release secretly-filmed movies of the two having sex.

German pilot dies in Iranian ultra-light crash
Germany

German pilot dies in Iranian ultra-light crash

A German pilot was killed when his ultra-light aircraft crashed at an air show in front of hundreds of spectators on the Iranian island of Kish in the Gulf, a newspaper reported on Saturday.

Transport Minister Tiefensee under fire for Bahn bonuses
Germany

Transport Minister Tiefensee under fire for Bahn bonuses

Members of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) called on Transportation Minister Wolfgang Tiefensee to resign Saturday over a bonus plan his ministry approved for the board of German railway operator Deutsche Bahn.

Woman discovers €50,000 cash in changing room
Germany

Woman discovers €50,000 cash in changing room

A 25 year-old woman discovered €50,000 in cash while using a changing room in a Mönchengladbach clothing store on Friday.

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Sweden

Queen Silvia demands child porn ban

Queen Silvia wants to see current legislation to combat child pornography expanded. The queen has called for Sweden to follow the example set by neighbouring Denmark and Norway and make it illegal to look at child pornography.

Halloween ‘tricks’ get out of hand
Sweden

Halloween ‘tricks’ get out of hand

Egg-throwing youths gave police in Western Sweden a busy night as Halloween 'tricks' got out of hand for many home-owners.

IG Metall stages strike in wage dispute
Germany

IG Metall stages strike in wage dispute

Thousands of members of IG Metall, Germany's biggest industrial union, walked off the job in a series of limited strikes early Saturday morning to demand an eight percent pay increase in the metalworking and electronics sectors.

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Sweden

Search resumes for missing men

Västmanland police have resumed the search for two men missing, feared drowned, in Lake Mälaren near Västerås. The men have been missing since being involved in a boating accident on Friday.

Sahlin retains hope for Ohly cooperation
Sweden

Sahlin retains hope for Ohly cooperation

Social Democrat leader Mona Sahlin remains hopeful that a tripartite coalition with the Green party and the Left party remains possible. Confirmation is expected within two weeks, Sahlin says.