Arson attack on Muhammad artist’s home
Sweden

Arson attack on Muhammad artist’s home

Police have launched an investigation into arson after the home in southern Sweden of controversial artist Lars Vilks sustained fire damage on Friday night.

Teen fatally stabbed in Hamburg S-Bahn station
Germany

Teen fatally stabbed in Hamburg S-Bahn station

A 19-year-old man has died after he was stabbed during a conflict with a group of five teenagers at an S-Bahn train station in Hamburg, the police said on Saturday.

Claudia Schiffer gives birth to third child
Germany

Claudia Schiffer gives birth to third child

German supermodel Claudia Schiffer, 39, gave birth to a baby girl – her third child – on Friday. “Mother and baby are happy and doing well,” Schiffer’s spokeswoman told German paper Welt am Sonntag.

Daimler to stop trading on New York Stock Exchange
Germany

Daimler to stop trading on New York Stock Exchange

Daimler has announced plans to bid Wall Street goodbye with its withdrawal from the New York stock exchange. The carmaker's move to delist means it will no longer be obligated to report to the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

Lafontaine steps aside for new Left party leaders
Germany

Lafontaine steps aside for new Left party leaders

Oskar Lafontaine, co-leader of Germany’s far-left party Die Linke, quits the political stage this weekend because of illness: But he leaves the party he founded in rude health.

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Sweden

Search party for missing 10-year-old girl

A search party led by police and the military has been deployed to track down a 10-year-old girl from Svenljunga in western Sweden who went missing on Friday evening.

Car and mobile phone of kidnapped banker’s wife found
Germany

Car and mobile phone of kidnapped banker’s wife found

Police said the black Mercedes A-Class car and mobile phone belonging to the wife of a senior banker kidnapped this week have been found, as the search for 54-year-old Maria Bögerl continued Saturday.

Preacher settles for dialogue over book-burning
Sweden

Preacher settles for dialogue over book-burning

A renegade preacher in southern Sweden has retracted his calls for the ritual burning in a town square of books penned by comedian Jonas Gardell on God and Jesus Christ.

Diplomat’s kidnap plot foiled by phone tap
Sweden

Diplomat’s kidnap plot foiled by phone tap

Secret documents acquired by a Swedish TV network have shown that a Syrian diplomat’s plot to kidnap his own daughter was first uncovered when his phone was tapped by the security police, Säpo, who were attempting to find evidence of an illegal intelligence-gathering operation.

Merkel says major budget cuts on the horizon
Germany

Merkel says major budget cuts on the horizon

Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that bringing Germany’s budget in line would entail painful spending cuts - but dismissed calls by Hessian state premier Roland Koch to slash funding on education, research and childcare.

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Sweden

Politician: Jews behind 9/11 and Holocaust

The Centre Party has promised to take action following revelations that one of its candidates for a parliamentary seat believes Jews lay behind the 9/11 terror attacks and the Holocaust.

Google gathering private data via ‘Street View’
Germany

Google gathering private data via ‘Street View’

Google is halting the collection of WiFi network information for its controversial "Street View" mapping service after admitting it mistakenly gathered personal data sent over unsecured systems following a German audit.