Bra missive saves American hiker missing in Bavarian Alps
Germany

Bra missive saves American hiker missing in Bavarian Alps

Rescue workers in the Bavarian Alps have saved an American hiker who had been missing for 70 hours in a dramatic helicopter operation after she sent a signal with her sports bra.

Daimler announces an electric Smart car for 2010
Germany

Daimler announces an electric Smart car for 2010

German automaker Daimler will market an electric model by its Mercedes division and one by its small city-car brand Smart in 2010, boss Dieter Zetsche said in a newspaper interview.

Germany at odds with France on fuel tax
Germany

Germany at odds with France on fuel tax

French President Nicolas Sarkozy openly acknowledged on Friday that France and Germany disagreed on tax breaks to ease the pain of high oil prices, in a blow to his plans to cut value added tax on fuel.

Woman caught rooming with three-legged llama in Mülheim
Germany

Woman caught rooming with three-legged llama in Mülheim

A German woman in Mülheim in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia has been rooming with her three-legged pet llama for the last two years, city officials said Friday.

German internet portal offers advice to families of neo-Nazis
Germany

German internet portal offers advice to families of neo-Nazis

Is my son a neo-Nazi? Hannah Cleaver reports on an internet portal offering advice to Germans worried about friends and family falling prey to far-right groups.

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Sweden

Thieves swipe rooftop church cross

A rooftop church cross has mysteriously disappeared from a Serbian orthodox church in Malmö, southern Sweden.

Crown Princess’s boyfriend moves closer to Royals
Sweden

Crown Princess’s boyfriend moves closer to Royals

Crown Princess Victoria’s boyfriend Daniel Westling is moving to Drottningholm, the royal palace outside of Stockholm.

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Sweden

Rape and assault see in Midsummer Eve

The dark side of Midsummer celebrations reared its ugly head during the early hours of Friday morning when a rape was reported on Öland, off the Swedish east coast.

German man banned from naked jogging
Germany

German man banned from naked jogging

A German court has ruled that a man in the Bavarian town of Gunzenhausen must wear clothes when he goes jogging from now on, Munich daily Abendzeitung reported Friday.

Jeers for North Rhine- Westphalia’s new English slogan
Germany

Jeers for North Rhine- Westphalia’s new English slogan

The German state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) has garnered scathing criticism for a new €9-million ad campaign in awkward English, according to German tabloid daily Express on Friday.

14 years for cannabis crime
Sweden

14 years for cannabis crime

Two men, aged 50 and 47 years old respectively, were sentenced on Thursday by Falu district court to 14 years for aggravated narcotics smuggling.

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Sweden

Two men on the run for attempted murder

A 23-year-old man suffered life threatening injuries when he was knifed in the neck during a fight outside a Gottsunda restaurant in south-west Uppsala, central Sweden on Thursday night.

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Germany

Germany economy expected to slow in Q2

The German Finance Ministry on Friday said it expected the country’s economy to slow considerably in the second quarter.

Stauffenberg photo allegedly altered to resemble Tom Cruise
Germany

Stauffenberg photo allegedly altered to resemble Tom Cruise

A publicity photo for the upcoming Tom Cruise film in which he plays German WWII resistance hero Claus Schenk von Stauffenberg might have been altered to resemble the Hollywood star, according to the US internet magazine Slate.

Fans party as Germany makes final four
Germany

Fans party as Germany makes final four

Tens of thousands of Germans celebrated deep into the night on Thursday after their football team upset Portugal to reach the semifinals of Euro 2008.