Anna Bergendahl wins Melodifestivalen
Sweden

Anna Bergendahl wins Melodifestivalen

Anna Bergendahl with This is my life won Sweden's Melodifestivalen on Saturday night and will represent the country in the Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo in May.

Neureuther takes World Cup slalom victory to banish bad run of luck
Germany

Neureuther takes World Cup slalom victory to banish bad run of luck

Felix Neureuther has chalked up the second slalom world cup victory of his career at his home of Garmisch-Patenkirchen on Saturday – the same spot where his father took the title 36 years ago.

Platzeck’s Brandenburg chancellery infiltrated by Russian spies
Germany

Platzeck’s Brandenburg chancellery infiltrated by Russian spies

The chancellery of Brandenburg Premier Matthias Platzeck has been infiltrated by spies working for the Russians, according to a magazine report.

Westerwelle’s ministry colleague also under fire over foreign trips
Germany

Westerwelle’s ministry colleague also under fire over foreign trips

The controversy surrounding Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle’s travel companions on official overseas trips has widened to include a close colleague at the ministry.

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Sweden

Children’s rights worker charged with abuse

A man working with authorities in matters of children’s rights and family values in Borås, south west Sweden, has been charged with physically abusing his two daughters.

Pope helped priest accused of child abuse
Germany

Pope helped priest accused of child abuse

The Pope has become embroiled in Germany's Catholic child sex abuse scandal after his former diocese confirmed he approved a decision to give church accommodation to a priest accused of forcing an 11-year-old boy to perform oral sex.

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Sweden

Petty thief returns purse to police after 40 years

Police in Vansbro, central Sweden, received a surprise package on Friday morning. A guilt-ridden thief who stole a wallet at a party 40 years ago sent it back to the station with an anonymous letter of apology.

Police arrest one in poker heist investigation
Germany

Police arrest one in poker heist investigation

Police in Berlin hunting for a gang who robbed a high-stakes poker tournament in front of rolling cameras have made an arrest and raided several addresses in the capital.

Fire breaks out onboard SAS plane
Sweden

Fire breaks out onboard SAS plane

An SAS plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Malmo airport on Friday evening after a fire broke out in the cabin.

Lena to sing for Germany at Eurovision contest
Germany

Lena to sing for Germany at Eurovision contest

Germany will be represented at the Eurovision Song Contest by Lena Meyer-Landrut, the slightly rockier of the two 18-year-old girls who made it through to the final.

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Sweden

Hospital probed as patient dies in wait of operation

Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg has come under steep criticism after a woman with a serious bowel condition died, having been forced to wait seven hours for emergency treatment.

Three cartoon murder plot suspects freed
Sweden

Three cartoon murder plot suspects freed

Police in Ireland have released three of the seven people arrested earlier this week on suspicion of plotting to kill Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks. US media reports a second American Muslim woman has been arrested in the case.