Drunk in Cologne dials emergency to ‘save the world’
Germany

Drunk in Cologne dials emergency to ‘save the world’

Police in Cologne said they had to drag a 60-year-old intoxicated man from a public telephone booth after he dialled emergency services more than 30 times to “save the world.”

Steinmeier wants German elite troops out of Afghanistan
Germany

Steinmeier wants German elite troops out of Afghanistan

German Foreign Minister Steinmeier said in an interview he wants to scrap the Afghanistan mandate for German commandos, thus ending Germany’s contribution to the US-led force fighting terrorism in the region.

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Sweden

Employee stole female prisoners’ money

Swedish police have detained a 50-year-old employee on suspicion of stealing thousands of kronor. The money was supposed to be spent on glasses and dental treatment for women inmates at Hinseberg prison.

Ballack and Frings back for Russia, Wales clashes
Germany

Ballack and Frings back for Russia, Wales clashes

Captain Michael Ballack and veteran midfielder Torsten Frings are back in Germany coach Joachim Löw's squad named for the football World Cup qualifiers against Russia and Wales.

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Sweden

Swedes sail on despite penalty

Sweden's Ericsson Nordic team said on Friday it plans to take part in the inaugural event of this year's Volvo round the world yacht race despite what it considers an unjust penalty for a rules infringement.

Liberal Party looks to rescue petrol stations
Sweden

Liberal Party looks to rescue petrol stations

The Liberal Party (Folkpartiet) wants to abolish parts of pumplagen, the ‘Petrol Station Act’, to rescue petrol stations in rural areas.

Deutsche Telekom rocked by massive data theft scandal
Germany

Deutsche Telekom rocked by massive data theft scandal

Europe's biggest telecommunications firm Deutsche Telekom has confirmed the theft of personal data of more than 17 million of its mobile phone customers, reportedly including politicians, ministers and TV stars.

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Sweden

Young men suspected of serious fraud

Three young men from Uppsala have been detained on suspicion of having applied for bank loans on the internet using other people's names. They appear to have succeeded in borrowing hundreds of thousands of kronor, writes the online newspaper Uppsala Nya Tidning.

Police shoot knife attacker in Stureplan
Sweden

Police shoot knife attacker in Stureplan

Stockholm police shot and wounded a man after he threatened policemen with a knife in Stureplan, Stockholm late on Friday night.

Germans face higher health costs
Germany

Germans face higher health costs

Millions of Germans will have to cough up more money for healthcare starting next year after the government and insurers failed to agree on setting a common health insurance premium.

Economy minister rejects Europe-wide bank bailout
Germany

Economy minister rejects Europe-wide bank bailout

German Economy Minister Michael Glos has ruled out a US-style bailout for Europe’s struggling banks ahead of a summit on the financial crisis in Paris of Europe’s four biggest economies.