Müntefering returns to save Social Democrat election hopes
Germany

Müntefering returns to save Social Democrat election hopes

Social Democrat Party (SPD) grandee Franz Müntefering will return to full-time politics in Berlin, and most likely significant influence, according to a report in the Rheinische Post newspaper.

Abrahamian stripped of bronze medal
Sweden

Abrahamian stripped of bronze medal

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) ruled on Saturday the bronze medal awarded to Swedish wrestler Ara Abrahamian has been revoked. The International Wrestling Federation is seeking a lifetime ban for the Swedish athlete.

Confusion over German jobless numbers
Germany

Confusion over German jobless numbers

Unemployment in Germany will not break through the five million barrier even during an economic downturn, according to experts quoted in German newspapers on Saturday.

Schröder blames Georgia for crisis with Russia
Germany

Schröder blames Georgia for crisis with Russia

Former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder has criticized Georgia for the war over South Ossetia, calling Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili a gambler, and warning against allowing the country to join NATO.

Germans ‘kidnapped’ in chaotic Georgia
Germany

Germans ‘kidnapped’ in chaotic Georgia

German authorities fear two German citizens have been kidnapped in Georgia, according to a report in Spiegel Online.

Deft teen fingers claim SMS text crown
Sweden

Deft teen fingers claim SMS text crown

The deft fingers of 17-year-old My Svensson were enough to claim the title of Sweden's fastest SMS text-messager in Stockholm on Friday.

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Sweden

Justice Chancellor calls for telephone tracking law

Sweden’s Chancellor of Justice (Justitiekanslern – JK) said in a ruling on Friday that under current legislation police and prosecutors may not track the location of suspected criminals using their mobile telephone signals.

Colourful lunar eclipse due Saturday night
Germany

Colourful lunar eclipse due Saturday night

Much of Germany will be treated to a colourful lunar eclipse on Saturday evening, when the full moon is put into shadow by the earth coming between it and the sun.

Brits eye German police safer bra initiative
Germany

Brits eye German police safer bra initiative

British policewomen are calling for the same kind of safety bras as their German counterparts, according to reports in London-based newspapers.

Study: Ocean ‘dead zones’ expanding
Sweden

Study: Ocean ‘dead zones’ expanding

Oceanic "dead zones" where marine life cannot survive have been steadily increasing over the past five decades and now encompass 400 coastal areas of the world, a US-Swedish study said Friday.

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Sweden

Hanson and Dougherty share SAS Masters lead

British golfer Nick Dougherty rattled off birdies in three of the last four holes to share the midway lead with Swede Peter Hanson at the SAS Masters after Friday's second round.