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Sweden

Police to reexamine old murders amid Danish submarine case

Swedish police say they will reopen old murder cases in an area near Copenhagen in the wake of the killing of Swedish journalist Kim Wall aboard a submarine. Danish police on Saturday found bags containing the head, legs and clothes of Wall, who went missing while on board local inventor Peter Madsen's submarine. Madsen, who is under investigation for manslaughter, said Wall died in August in an accident aboard the submarine. Police say evidence contradicts his claim that she was fatally hit in the head by a hatch. Swedish broadcaster TV4 reported Monday the southern region of Skane has around 120 unsolved killings. Bo Lundqvist, head of the cold case unit in Skane, said that "we also have cases with quartered bodies." Next month, DNA databases from Sweden and Denmark will be joined up, with Madsen's DNA expected to be tested against unsolved killings. Police have found videos on Madsen's personal computer of women being tortured, decapitated and murdered.

Germany

Merkel agrees to limit influx of refugees

Chancellor Angela Merkel has agreed to limit the number of asylum-seekers allowed to enter Germany each year to 200,000, a concession to her Bavarian partners as she tries to form a government after losing seats to the far right in elections last month. Merkel angered many voters in 2015 by letting in anyone who could reach the country, which resulted in the arrival of more than a million people. Some voters responded by voting for far-right Alternative for Germany. Merkel's talks on forming a new government are to begin next week with the free-market Free Democrats, which welcomed the agreement, and the environmentalist Greens, which had opposed such limits.

Switzerland

Regional prosecutor on Polanski case

The Bernese Highlands regional prosecutor's office has confirmed it has jurisdiction in the complaint of a German woman alleging Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski raped her in an Alpine resort town when she was a teenager 45 years ago. Renate Langer, 61, filed the complaint last month alleging Polanski raped her at his Gstaad chalet in 1972. Polanski's lawyer declined to comment. Langer spoke publicly in a New York Times interview. Polanski, 84, has been a fugitive since fleeing to France in 1978 after pleading guilty to having unlawful sex with a minor in California.

Austria

Activist, other cited over face cover ban

Police issued citations Monday to two people who broke a law banning full-face coverings. One was an Algerian millionaire activist who says such laws are directed against Muslim women, and the other a man wearing a shark suit to promote a business. Activist Rachid Nekkaz was fined nearly $60 after he stood in front of the foreign ministry with a large photo of leader Sebastian Kurz around his neck, fully masked and in a black suit festooned with 100-euro bills. Kurz has led his center-right People's Party into first place before Sunday's election on a campaign that exploits anti-Muslim sentiments. Nekkaz has paid women's fines in EU nations with such bans. — tbt* wires

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