German sues Macedonia for CIA rendition
Germany

German sues Macedonia for CIA rendition

Khaled el-Masri, a Lebanese-born German national abducted by the CIA in Macedonia in 2004 and flown to Afghanistan for interrogation on terrorism charges, is claiming €50,000 in damages from Skopje.

Berlin’s KaDeWe hit by huge jewellery heist
Germany

Berlin’s KaDeWe hit by huge jewellery heist

Thieves stole over €1 million in jewels from Berlin’s KaDeWe luxury department story during a spectacular burglary over the weekend, according to the Berliner Zeitung newspaper.

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Sweden

Wild boar car crashes cost more than elk wrecks: Swedish study

A car collision with a wild boar is 27 percent costlier than running into an elk, a new Swedish study has revealed.

Abandoned East German flat discovered 20 years later
Germany

Abandoned East German flat discovered 20 years later

An architect has discovered a Leipzig apartment left untouched for the last 20 years after being abandoned by its East German occupants as the communist state crumbled, daily Berliner Morgenpost reported on Monday.

Failing integration not about ethnicity, Turkish group says
Germany

Failing integration not about ethnicity, Turkish group says

A new study revealing that Turks are Germany’s most poorly integrated group is not a problem of ethnicity, but a socio-economic one, the head of the German Turkish Association (TGD) Kenan Kolat said on Monday in Berlin.

Ex Deutsche Post boss Zumwinkel avoids jail
Germany

Ex Deutsche Post boss Zumwinkel avoids jail

Klaus Zumwinkel, the former head of German logistics giant Deutsche Post, received a suspended jail sentence of two years on Monday and was fined €1 million ($1.3 million) for tax evasion.

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Sweden

Redundancies continue to rain down on Swedish workplaces

More than 6,000 people in Sweden were given notice last week that they would lose their jobs, setting the stage for January redundancy announcements to reach levels roughly four times greater than a year ago.

Bosnian war criminal: ‘I did nothing wrong’
Sweden

Bosnian war criminal: ‘I did nothing wrong’

Convicted war criminal and former Bosnian leader Biljana Plavsic has retracted a confession made to the Hague war crimes tribunal in 2001.

Skåne police shooting ‘a scandal’
Sweden

Skåne police shooting ‘a scandal’

A neighbour has expressed outrage after police shot and killed a deranged man in a cabin in Trelleborg in southern Sweden early Monday morning.

Royal’s Swedish chef on the run following UK nipple threat
Sweden

Royal’s Swedish chef on the run following UK nipple threat

A Swedish chef who worked for a member of the British royal family was convicted last week for a drunken assault against a woman who tended to the royals' horses.

Surprise World Cup win for Swedish alpine skier
Sweden

Surprise World Cup win for Swedish alpine skier

Sweden's Jessica Lindell-Vikarby raced to a surprise alpine skiing victory on Monday, taking first place in the women’s World Cup Super-G in Cortina, Italy and marking the first World Cup victory of her career.

Economic crisis worries Bundesbank’s Weber
Germany

Economic crisis worries Bundesbank’s Weber

Bundesbank President Alex Weber on Monday expressed concern at the extent of the global economic crisis, which he called the worst since World War II.

Germany hikes aid to Afghanistan
Germany

Germany hikes aid to Afghanistan

Germany will give an additional €2.6 million in aid to Afghanistan this winter to help residents in rural provinces, the Foreign Ministry reported on Monday.

Sweden claims bandy world title
Sweden

Sweden claims bandy world title

Sweden claimed its ninth bandy world championship on Sunday, overpowering Russia 6-1 in a come from behind victory before more than 7,500 fans at the ABB arena in Västerås in central Sweden.

Woman exchanges Monopoly money for Danish kroner
Sweden

Woman exchanges Monopoly money for Danish kroner

A woman in Denmark played a high stakes game last week when she successfully convinced a bank to exchange bills worth two thousand "kronor" in Swedish Monopoly money for a quantity of real Danish money.

Speeding car launches into church roof
Germany

Speeding car launches into church roof

A 23-year-old man launched his car off a steep slope into the roof of a Limbach-Oberfrohna church in a high-speed accident that left the driver seriously injured, police in the state of Saxony reported on Monday.

Man trapped in recycling bin while diving for keys
Germany

Man trapped in recycling bin while diving for keys

A Mönchengladbach man was stuck with his feet in the air for hours after diving into a paper recycling container to retrieve his keys, police in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia reported on Monday.

Berlin to cut export aid for trade with Iran
Germany

Berlin to cut export aid for trade with Iran

The German government will no longer offer credit guarantees to companies exporting to Iran – a clear reaction to US criticism that a recent spike in trade goes against international strategy to fight the country’s nuclear programme, financial daily Handelsblatt reported on Monday.

Bayern gets ready to take on Stuttgart after winter break
Germany

Bayern gets ready to take on Stuttgart after winter break

Bayern Munich are to begin their 2009 campaign with a testing last-16 German Cup tie at Stuttgart, the same team who held the German champions to a 2-2 draw in their last match of 2008.

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Sweden

Arrests at pro-Israel demonstration in Malmö

Police in Malmö arrested four men after eggs and bottles were thrown at pro-Israel demonstrators in the town’s main square on Sunday, disrupting a protest that drew hundreds of people, police said.

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Sweden

Six men flee Migration Board detention centres

A total of six men escaped from detention centres run by Sweden’s Migration Board (Migrationsverket) on Sunday evening in two separate incidents.