Berlin votes to keep religion classes voluntary in schools
Germany

Berlin votes to keep religion classes voluntary in schools

Ethics classes imposed after an "honour killing" in Berlin's Muslim community will stay compulsory after supporters of religion lessons failed on Sunday to force a change via referendum.

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Sweden

Swedish man arrested for under skirt pics

A 46-year-old Swedish man has been arrested on suspicion of sexual harassment after photographing several young women under their skirts with the help of a concealed camera.

Munich airport prepares for swine flu
Germany

Munich airport prepares for swine flu

Munich airport is preparing emergency measures to respond to any arriving passengers who may show signs of the deadly swine flu that has struck parts of Mexico and the US, a spokesman said Sunday.

Hitler watercolors fetch €32,000
Germany

Hitler watercolors fetch €32,000

Two watercolours attributed to Adolf Hitler and dated 1914 have been sold at auction to a private collector for €32,000, the Weidler auction house said Saturday.

Child abandoner attempts suicide
Germany

Child abandoner attempts suicide

A man who helped a mother abandon her three children in Italy has attempted to commit suicide, Bild am Sonntag reported, citing an Italian police spokesman.

Elephants roam Berlin suburbs
Germany

Elephants roam Berlin suburbs

Three elephants that belong to a circus currently camped in a southern suburb of Berlin have been spotted roaming the area regularly, the daily Tagesspiegel reported on Sunday.

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Sweden

Homeless single mothers: Child allowance counts towards rent

A woman risks becoming homeless after a Stockholm public housing company ruled out her child allowance as a legitimate source of income, writes Elizabeth Dacey-Fondelius. Now the rental companies have seen the error of their ways. But for this single mother of two, the clock is still ticking.

Germans fear crisis, many would take to streets
Germany

Germans fear crisis, many would take to streets

The economic crisis is hitting the German psyche hard; a new survey says 72 percent of Germans are scared by the crisis and over 30 percent would demonstrate on the streets, Bild am Sonntag reported.

Swedish-Chinese author accused of plagiarism
Sweden

Swedish-Chinese author accused of plagiarism

A Swedish woman of Chinese origin is alleged to have plagiarized large tracts from more than 250 works of over 245 writers, according to Chinese media reports.

Steinbrück warns of massive debt
Germany

Steinbrück warns of massive debt

Germany will take on a record €50 billion of new debt, due to the financial crisis and the world’s deepest recession in over 60 years, Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück warned Sunday, in an interview with Bild am Sonntag.

Forest fires ‘out of control’ in western Sweden
Sweden

Forest fires ‘out of control’ in western Sweden

Forest fires raging north of Gothenburg in western Sweden remain out of control on Sunday morning.

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Sweden

Swede caught in Somali pirate attack

A Swedish man was caught up in an attack by Somali pirates on Saturday. The pirates attacked an Italian cruise ship outside of Somalia's coast but were repelled.

Rare owl convalescing in southern Sweden
Sweden

Rare owl convalescing in southern Sweden

A Lapland Owl was found injured in a ditch in southern Sweden in March. The species is very rare in these parts and the bird is now convalescing after receiving hospital treatment.

Berliners vote on religious education
Germany

Berliners vote on religious education

Berliners voted Sunday in a referendum on religious education in schools that goes to the heart of how Germany's sizeable Muslim minority is integrated into modern society, reports AFP's Simon Sturdee.