Forgotten German film diva Luise Rainer turns 100
Germany

Forgotten German film diva Luise Rainer turns 100

Luise Rainer, a huge film star in Hollywood in the 1930s and the only German actress to win an Oscar, celebrates her 100th birthday on Tuesday.

Court orders retrial of Bad Reichenhall ice rink disaster
Germany

Court orders retrial of Bad Reichenhall ice rink disaster

Germany's federal appeals court ordered on Tuesday the retrial of a surveyor who had given a clean bill of health to a hall housing an ice rink in that killed 15 people when it collapsed in 2006.

Dozens rescued from gondola by helicopter
Germany

Dozens rescued from gondola by helicopter

A Bavarian helicopter crew on Tuesday launched a dramatic rescue operation to save 43 people left dangling high in the sky after their gondola broke down, police told The Local.

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Sweden

Crime figure sues police over sex club entrapment

A 48-year-old man identified as a leading figure in Stockholm's criminal underworld is suing an ex-policeman for 50 million kronor ($7 million), claiming he was set up as part of a major sex club scandal that led to ten criminal convictions in 2008.

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Sweden

Crisis takes its toll on Sweden’s balance sheet

Sweden’s state finances deteriorated markedly during 2009, with the National Debt Office (Riksgälden) reporting a deficit of 176 billion kronor ($24.8 billion) for the year.

Anne Frank’s helper Miep Gies dies
Germany

Anne Frank’s helper Miep Gies dies

The last living helper of Anne Frank and her family has died in the Netherlands just ahead of her 101st birthday, her son announced on Tuesday.

Prison for mum who cut kids with glass and nails
Sweden

Prison for mum who cut kids with glass and nails

A 30-year-old woman from western Stockholm charged with subjecting her three children to ‘torture-like abuse’ has been sentenced to 16 months in prison.

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Sweden

Berry pickers set to keep mystery stash of cash

A group of berry pickers who came across a sizeable sum of money last summer while working in a forest outside of Växjö in southern Sweden will most likely be allowed to hang on to the mysterious loot.

Drunken Swedish artist forgets painting four women
Sweden

Drunken Swedish artist forgets painting four women

An artist from southern Sweden has been charged with assault for spray painting four women while in a drunken stupor.

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Sweden

Sweden arrests Bosnian war crimes suspect

A 43-year-old war crimes suspect originally from Bosnia-Herzegovina was arrested on Tuesday in northern Sweden.

Poultry producer accused of massive animal abuse
Germany

Poultry producer accused of massive animal abuse

German poultry producer Wiesenhof has been accused of gravely mistreating thousands of chickens and violating animal protection laws, but the company alleges that activists actually encouraged the abuse.

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Sweden

Union groups: ‘Save money – sell Saab’

The heads of the local chapters of four trade unions represented at Saab headquarters in Trollhättan in south west Sweden have written a letter to US media urging General Motors to protect American taxpayers' money by saving Saab.

Workers: ‘Save Saab from Gangster Motors’
Sweden

Workers: ‘Save Saab from Gangster Motors’

At noon on Tuesday, thousands of Saab Automobile employees gathered outside the company’s factory in Trollhättan in western Sweden to signal their displeasure with the behaviour of Saab owner General Motors (GM).

AOL shuts down German operations
Germany

AOL shuts down German operations

The venerable US internet services company AOL is closing its offices in Germany after 15 years, a spokesperson told branch website Meedia.de late on Monday.

Transatlantic prospects for the New Year
Germany

Transatlantic prospects for the New Year

As 2010 begins, Dr. Jackson Janes from the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies explores how differing political priorities in Berlin and Washington could affect the transatlantic relationship this year.

Accidents close icy autobahns nationwide
Germany

Accidents close icy autobahns nationwide

Ice and snow caused one death, numerous accidents, autobahn closures and delays across Germany overnight, police reported on Tuesday.

Metro sales dip on strong euro
Germany

Metro sales dip on strong euro

The German retail giant Metro, number three worldwide, said Tuesday that 2009 sales fell by 3.6 percent to €65.5 billion ($95 billion), a result of negative foreign exchange rates.

Nena becomes a grandmother, again
Germany

Nena becomes a grandmother, again

Just days after announcing she had become a first-time grandmother, German pop singer Nena has confirmed her prolific offspring have provided her with a second grandchild, the Bild newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Sweden set to scrap university gender quotas
Sweden

Sweden set to scrap university gender quotas

Sweden plans to ditch gender quotas for admissions to programmes at the country’s universities and colleges, according to higher education and research minister Tobias Krantz.

Nobel author Müller wants probe into those who spied on her
Germany

Nobel author Müller wants probe into those who spied on her

Romanian-born German author Herta Müller, winner of the 2009 Nobel Literature Prize, has called for an investigation into former spies now living in Germany after it was revealed she was spied on by Romania's secret police, ARD television said late on Monday.

Guttenberg invites Käßmann to Afghanistan
Germany

Guttenberg invites Käßmann to Afghanistan

Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg has invited the leader of Germany’s Protestant church to join him on a visit to Afghanistan after she recently called for a complete withdrawal of the country's troops.

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Sweden

Danish artist’s attacker ‘tried to recruit Swedes’

Young Swedes were encouraged to join the militant Islamist group al-Shabaab by the Danish-Somali man who attacked Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard with an axe, according to Danish media reports.

Continued uncertainty over fate of Saab
Sweden

Continued uncertainty over fate of Saab

Saab Automobile's future remained in the balance on Monday as the head of General Motors signalled the wind-down of the Swedish carmaker was moving ahead, while other sources said that discussions continue with at least one suitor.