Polar bear star Knut dies
Germany

Polar bear star Knut dies

Knut the polar bear, who became a global media sensation as a cub after being rejected by his mother and reared by hand, died suddenly for unexplained reasons on Saturday, the Berlin Zoo said.

Björklund: Swedish arms exports ’embarrassing’
Sweden

Björklund: Swedish arms exports ’embarrassing’

Liberal Party (Folkpartiet) leader Jan Björklund has called for a tightening of conditions for Swedish arms exports, calling sales to Saudi Arabia and Bahrain an "embarrassment".

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Sweden

Upbringing not culture affects criminality: study

Differences in crime statistics between immigrants and those born in Sweden can be explained by socio-economic factors in childhood and has nothing to do with culture or race, a new Swedish study has shown.

Social worker steals from orphans in his care
Germany

Social worker steals from orphans in his care

An employee of the child welfare agency in Göttingen allegedly stole more then €400,000 from orphans and other young people he was assigned to over a five-year period. He used the money to support a lavish lifestyle.

Bad marks for Merkel’s response to atomic crisis
Germany

Bad marks for Merkel’s response to atomic crisis

Nearly one-half of those asked in a new poll were critical of Chancellor Angela Merkel's management in the face of the nuclear crisis in Japan. Merkel is in Paris on Saturday for a meeting with world leaders on Libya.

Schalke and Magath mend fences
Germany

Schalke and Magath mend fences

Champions League quarter-finalists Schalke 04 and former coach Felix Magath put an end to their threats of legal action on Saturday.

Drivers still steering clear of E10 biofuel
Germany

Drivers still steering clear of E10 biofuel

Despite government efforts to calm fears about the new E10 biofuel, German drivers are not convinced. Some 85 percent reject the petrol out of hand, a new study found.

Oldest reactor goes dark
Germany

Oldest reactor goes dark

Germany's oldest nuclear power plant has been completely shut down, operator RWE said on Saturday. The Biblis A facility, with a capacity of 1,225 megawatts, first went into operation in 1974.

Unicef reviews Persbrandt role after cocaine bust
Sweden

Unicef reviews Persbrandt role after cocaine bust

Swedish actor Mikael Persbrandt, the star of the Oscar-winning film "In a Better World", could lose his role as an ambassador of the UN's children's fund Unicef after being caught using cocaine.

Expert says Japanese radiation poses no danger to Germany
Germany

Expert says Japanese radiation poses no danger to Germany

The president of the Federal Office of Radiation Protection said he sees no reason to worry about radiation from Japanese reactors reaching Germany. Contamination fears have led to runs on iodine pills and Geiger counters.

Swedes oppose new nuclear power: poll
Sweden

Swedes oppose new nuclear power: poll

Opposition to the construction of new nuclear power is broad in Sweden, a new poll by Sifo shows following the catastrophe in Japan.

Elin trumps Tiger with Florida mansion buy
Sweden

Elin trumps Tiger with Florida mansion buy

Elin Nordegren, the ex-wife of Tiger Woods, has purchased a Florida beachfront mansion larger than the golf superstar's nearby island estate home, the Palm Beach Post reported Friday.