Berlin sex trade fair titillates the masses
Germany

Berlin sex trade fair titillates the masses

Has porn gone mainstream? Is organic erotic? Berlin’s sex industry trade fair Venus seemed like the perfect place for Shannon Smith to find out.

Berlin districts agree to ban patio heaters
Germany

Berlin districts agree to ban patio heaters

Five Berlin districts have agreed to ban patio heaters at outdoor restaurants in the new year because the heat lamps guzzle energy and pollute the air, city officials said on Sunday.

Collapse of circus stand near Düsseldorf injures 16
Germany

Collapse of circus stand near Düsseldorf injures 16

A collapsing circus stand in a town near Düsseldorf has injured 16 people, four of them children, police said.

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Sweden

Teenage joyrider in Västerås bus queue mayhem

A teenage joyrider caused mayhem and at least 12 casualties when he rammed his car into a line of people patiently waiting for a bus in Västerås in central Sweden on Saturday.

Deutsche Bahn planned huge bonuses for bosses after IPO
Germany

Deutsche Bahn planned huge bonuses for bosses after IPO

German railway Deutsche Bahn planned to give its top board members millions in bonuses in its planned but now delayed stock listing, newsmagazine Der Spiegel reported.

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Sweden

Swedish police accused of concealing evidence

Swedish prosecutors and police have illegally withheld evidence from courts and defence counsel in several hundred cases, according to lawyer Per Althin and public prosecutor Nils-Eric Schultz in a debate article published in Dagens Nyheter on Sunday.

Frankfurt animal lounge caters to furry frequent fliers
Germany

Frankfurt animal lounge caters to furry frequent fliers

Anyone who thinks air travel is a jungle should trek through the Frankfurt Animal Lounge, Europe's most modern airport site for just about everything from worms and fish to wolves and hippopotamuses.

Swedish tennis star Söderling in Lyon final
Sweden

Swedish tennis star Söderling in Lyon final

Swedish tennis star Robin Söderling beat Gilles Simon in three sets to set up a final on Sunday against France's Julien Benneteau in the ATP event in Lyon.

Ballack to apologise for remarks about Löw
Germany

Ballack to apologise for remarks about Löw

The spat between football skipper Michael Ballack and German national trainer Joachim Löw is apparently over, after the Chelsea player said he will apologise for his criticism of the coach's treatment of senior players.

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Sweden

More storms forecast as strong winds cut power

Households in Dalarna and Hälsingland were left without power on Sunday morning after stormy weather on Saturday. More strong winds and heavy rainfall are forecast on Sunday by the meteorological agency SMHI.

French Nobel laureate receives Swedish literature prize
Sweden

French Nobel laureate receives Swedish literature prize

Nobel prize-winning French author Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio was in Sweden on Saturday to receive the Stig Dagerman prize for his work drawn from his vast world travels, jury members said.

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Germany

Toddler crushed by candy machine

A candy dispenser at a sporting hall in Wuppertal tipped over, crushing and killing a one-and-a-half-year-old boy.

Iceland creates banking pain in told-you-so Germany
Germany

Iceland creates banking pain in told-you-so Germany

German politicians were fast to blame "Anglo-Saxon" excesses for the financial crisis but the country's own banks, particularly state-owned lenders, have been anything but risk-averse.

Daimler to suspend production for a month
Germany

Daimler to suspend production for a month

German carmaker Daimler, hit by falling demand amid the global financial crisis, plans to suspend production for a month beginning in December, as woes continue to pile up for the global auto industry in the growing recession.