Germany beat Russia to book World Cup berth
Germany

Germany beat Russia to book World Cup berth

Miroslav Klose booked Germany's place at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa with a first-half goal for a 1-0 win over Russia in Moscow on Saturday.

Twitter calls for help with the German tongue
Germany

Twitter calls for help with the German tongue

Twitter, the world's fast-growing micro-blogging service, is calling for volunteers to translate its website into German.

MAN replaces managers after bribery scandal
Germany

MAN replaces managers after bribery scandal

Five months after the exposure of alleged bribery and corruption at the German utility vehicle-maker MAN, the firm is overhauling the senior management in its sales and marketing division, a company spokesman said on Saturday.

Steinmeier welcomes Polish embrace of Lisbon treaty
Germany

Steinmeier welcomes Polish embrace of Lisbon treaty

Outgoing Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier welcomed the decision by Poland on Saturday to ratify the Lisbon Treaty to reform the European Union.

Two more Germans turn up in terror videos
Germany

Two more Germans turn up in terror videos

Anti-terrorism authorities have identified two further German citizens in Islamist videos calling for holy war, officials confirmed Saturday.

Germany to send 1,200 police to Afghanistan
Germany

Germany to send 1,200 police to Afghanistan

Germany is set to send 1,200 police to Afghanistan to train local law enforcement in a major boost to its commitment to the war-torn country, news magazine Der Spiegel reported Saturday.

Franzén injury blow to Swedish Olympic hopes
Sweden

Franzén injury blow to Swedish Olympic hopes

Swedish ice hockey star and Detroit Red Wings forward Johan Franzén will be out for four months with a torn knee ligament and risks missing the Vancouver Olympics in 2010.

Historians dispute key facts in Köhler’s Leipzig speech
Germany

Historians dispute key facts in Köhler’s Leipzig speech

German President Horst Köhler may have made embarrassing factual errors in his speech on Friday celebrating the October 9, 1989 demonstration in Leipzig, his office has admitted.

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Sweden

State appeals ABBA star’s island dream

The ongoing dispute has now returned to Sweden’s Environmental Court of Appeal who will decide the fate of Ulvaeus’ proposal to build a house and studio on Furillen, an island off Gotland.

Naked rock musical proves too big a hit with nudists
Germany

Naked rock musical proves too big a hit with nudists

Plans to offer free entry to the rock muscial Naked to audience members who turn up in the nude at the Muscial Theatre Bremen were scrapped on Friday due to overwhelming demand.

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Sweden

Terror suspect Swedes freed from Pakistan

The Swedish foreign ministry has confirmed that four Swedish citizens, arrested in Pakistan in August as terrorist suspects, have been released and put on a flight to Stockholm.

Child benefit hikes in doubt as budget tightens
Germany

Child benefit hikes in doubt as budget tightens

A quick rise in child benefits and tax exemptions is unlikely to go ahead because of growing concern within the incoming government of a budget blowout, a report said Saturday.

Arrest made in ferry terminal robbery
Sweden

Arrest made in ferry terminal robbery

Ferries from Stockholm to Finland were delayed on Friday after two armed men stormed the Viking Line terminal in the Swedish capital. Police have arrested one of the suspects.

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Sweden

Woman murdered in Malmö shootings

A man and a woman in their twenties were found with gun-shot wounds to the head in Malmö in the early hours of Saturday morning. The female victim later died from injuries sustained.