Hamburg lake draws 100,000 skating fans
Germany

Hamburg lake draws 100,000 skating fans

Some 100,000 skating fans were celebrating winter Saturday afternoon in Hamburg with an ice party on the outer Alster, one of two artificial lakes running through the city.

More snow set to blanket much of Sweden
Sweden

More snow set to blanket much of Sweden

A new line of snow showers is expected to powder Sweden during Saturday, with the snowfall expected to continue all through the night into Sunday.

Jolie: Afghanistan may be subject for next film
Germany

Jolie: Afghanistan may be subject for next film

Angelina Jolie says it was only natural that her directorial debut should tackle some of the toughest issues facing humanity and after wartime Bosnia, Afghanistan is likely to be her next subject.

Anti-German sentiment rising in Greece
Germany

Anti-German sentiment rising in Greece

Greeks are stepping up their anti-German rhetoric, in part by increasingly comparing modern day Germans to Nazis, according to Germans who have lived many years in Greece and reports by Greek newspapers.

Swedish firms choose male bosses: report
Sweden

Swedish firms choose male bosses: report

Two-thirds of newly appointed bosses in 2011 were men, showed a survey of Sweden's eight largest management recruitment companies, put together by national newspaper Svenska Dagbladet (SvD).

Traffic deaths in Berlin rise in 2011
Germany

Traffic deaths in Berlin rise in 2011

Berlin reported the worse traffic-related death toll in years, with 54 people dying on the capital city’s streets last year – 10 more than in 2010, the Berliner Zeitung reported Saturday.

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Sweden

Psychiatrist had sex with patient during therapy

A Stockholm-based psychiatrist had sex with one of his patients during a therapy session. The man has now been charged with sexually exploiting a person dependent of him.

BMW pays $3 million in US safety fines
Germany

BMW pays $3 million in US safety fines

German carmaker BMW has agreed to pay $3 million in civil penalties for failing to report safety defects soon enough, US safety regulators said Friday.

73 cats found in three-room apartment
Sweden

73 cats found in three-room apartment

A Swedish man was keeping 73 cats and two dogs in one small apartment, animal protection officers discovered to their horror. Urine, faeces and fur balls covered the apartment's floors, and several of the animals were inbred.

Ivy Quainoo wins ‘Voice of Germany’ contest
Germany

Ivy Quainoo wins ‘Voice of Germany’ contest

A 19-year-old from Berlin won the first “Voice of Germany” contest late Friday night, with a clear win over the three other finalists.

Sweden to blast fresh blood into space
Sweden

Sweden to blast fresh blood into space

A rocket carrying newly drawn blood is to be sent into space from the Esrange space centre in Kiruna, in the far north of Sweden.

For a royal film shoot, book Versailles — where else?
France

For a royal film shoot, book Versailles — where else?

The Chateau de Versailles, the backdrop to "Farewell My Queen" which opened the Berlin film festival Thursday, has long welcomed filmmakers into its grounds, provided they behave themselves.

Le Corbusier housing project hit by major fire
France

Le Corbusier housing project hit by major fire

Firefighters on Friday put out a blaze that raged overnight in La Cité Radieuse, an apartment block built by Le Corbusier and one of France's architectural landmarks.

Reactor down as cold snap drives power demand
France

Reactor down as cold snap drives power demand

A nuclear reactor has gone into an unscheduled shutdown, state energy giant EDF said on Friday, placing fresh pressure on a national power grid already strained by freezing temperatures.

Expat French get Internet vote for first time
France

Expat French get Internet vote for first time

French citizens will for the first time this year be able to vote in a parliamentary election over the Internet, an experiment that could be extended to other elections if successful.