Ballack in doubt for Euro final after injury
Germany

Ballack in doubt for Euro final after injury

In what could be a lethal blow for Germany's title hopes, team captain Michael Ballack has been rated as doubtful to play on the eve of Sunday's Euro 2008 final against Spain after straining his right calf in training.

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Sweden

Somali militants release Swedish UN worker

Islamist militants have released a Dane and a Swede working for the United Nations who were kidnapped when the fighters seized control of a town in Somalia on Saturday.

Berlin celebrates 30th CSD gay pride parade
Germany

Berlin celebrates 30th CSD gay pride parade

Berlin was in total party mode despite grey skies on Saturday, as the city celebrated the 30th edition of the popular gay pride Christopher Street Day Parade.

Great Dane attacks girl in Lower Saxony
Germany

Great Dane attacks girl in Lower Saxony

An 8-year-old girl has been attacked by a Great Dane in Wolfenbüttel, Lower Saxony police reported on Saturday, the third such incident in the northern German state this week.

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Sweden

Swedish UN worker kidnapped in Somalia

Islamist militants kidnapped a Dane and a Swede working for the United Nations and a Somali aid worker when the fighters seized control of a town Saturday, several sources told AFP.

Snoop agency head: ‘They should stand up for us’
Sweden

Snoop agency head: ‘They should stand up for us’

The director-general of the Swedish National Defence Radio Establishment (FRA), Ingvar Åkesson, is disappointed at the level of government support his agency has received over the new surveillance law.

Siemens reportedly planning 6,400 layoffs in Germany
Germany

Siemens reportedly planning 6,400 layoffs in Germany

Engineering giant Siemens is planning another huge wave of layoffs in Germany with some 6,400 jobs to be cut, according to daily newspaper Bild.

Ending Germany’s six minutes of eternity
Germany

Ending Germany’s six minutes of eternity

Millions of German football fans panicked last week as the broadcast signal of the Euro 2008 semifinal match was lost by TV channel ZDF for six long minutes. Steve Kettmann spoke with the man that saved the day.

Fredrik Ljungberg leaves national team
Sweden

Fredrik Ljungberg leaves national team

Sweden's national team captain Fredrik Ljungberg has announced his retirement from international football.

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Germany

‘Jekyll and Hyde’ Germany hoping for fairytale finish

Germany have shown two different faces at Euro 2008 - much like the character from Robert Louis Stevenson's famous 1886 novel. At times they have produced some good football, only later to turn in bad performances.

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Sweden

Swede imprisoned for trying to buy teen sex in the US

Jesper Lundberg, a 40-year-old from Järfälla near Stockholm, has been sentenced to five years and ten months in prison by a court in Virginia for trying to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a 14-year-old girl, Aftonbladet reported on Friday.

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Sweden

Sweden’s Elmander signs for Bolton

Sweden international striker Johan Elmander has signed a three-year contract with English Premiership club Bolton for an undisclosed fee, it was revealed on Friday.