Churchyards hit by fungus on their Busy Lizzies
Sweden

Churchyards hit by fungus on their Busy Lizzies

Several churchyards across Sweden have been hit by an outbreak of leaf fungus on their Busy Lizzies.

Two hurt as ‘gyrocopter’ crashes near Stockholm
Sweden

Two hurt as ‘gyrocopter’ crashes near Stockholm

A woman was seriously injured and a man sustained minor injuries as their "gyrocopter" home-made aircraft crashed in Upplands-Bro, north of Stockholm at around midday on Saturday.

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Sweden

Grenade attack as Malmö gang violence escalates

A hand grenade exploded against the wall of an apartment block in Malmö early on Saturday morning. No one was hurt in the attack which has been linked to a recent spate of gang violence.

Bavarians smash global child porn ring
Germany

Bavarians smash global child porn ring

Police in Bavaria have uncovered a huge international paedophilia pornography ring, which has already resulted in hundreds of investigations in Germany and the collection of data from thousands of suspects in 98 countries.

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Sweden

Government slashes growth forecasts

Sweden's centre-right government on Friday slashed its 2008 and 2009 growth forecasts but said the country was still well-positioned to ride out the global economic slowdown.

New German budget airline set for take off
Germany

New German budget airline set for take off

A new budget airline for Germany is on the way, according to a report in Der Spiegel on Saturday, with Lufthansa, TUI and Arcandor working to fuse their low-cost airlines into a giant to challenge Air Berlin.

Sports specialist warns against Chinese training methods
Germany

Sports specialist warns against Chinese training methods

A leading sports scientist has warned against adopting Chinese training methods for young athletes, saying pressure to do so will rise after the Olympics where Germany is not performing well.

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Sweden

Fermented herring – a smelly Swedish speciality

Every year on the third Thursday in August, Swedes gather with friends and family to celebrate the start of the season for fermented Baltic herring, or surströmming as it is called in Swedish. AFP's Pauline Conradsson was there to share in the fun.

Table tennis veteran in semi-final loss
Sweden

Table tennis veteran in semi-final loss

Swedish table-tennis veteran Jörgen Persson met his match in China's world number one Wang Hao in the men's table tennis semi-finals on Saturday. The host nation is guaranteed the gold after Wang Hao beat Persson 4-1.

Berlin and Hamburg in tug-of-war over police officers
Germany

Berlin and Hamburg in tug-of-war over police officers

An extraordinary row has broken out between police authorities, over 21 officers from Berlin who are working in Hamburg and want to move back home – but whose return is being blocked.

Terrapins reintroduced to Brandenburg ponds
Germany

Terrapins reintroduced to Brandenburg ponds

A group of terrapins were released into the wild in Linum, Brandenburg on Saturday as part of a reintroduction programme.

German jailed in China for Tibet protest
Germany

German jailed in China for Tibet protest

A German is among a group of pro-Tibet activists arrested in Beijing and sentenced to ten days in prison as Chinese authorities toughen their approach to protesters with the end of the Olympics drawing close.