Black Forest cops probe UFO alarm
Germany

Black Forest cops probe UFO alarm

Police in Villingen-Schwenningen, a small town near the Black Forest in southwestern Germany found themselves with nothing better to do on Friday night than investigate a UFO sighting.

Koch sees Hesse coalition as blueprint for Germany
Germany

Koch sees Hesse coalition as blueprint for Germany

Hesse's state premier and Christian Democratic leader Roland Koch celebrated the formal sealing of his centre-right coalition government on Saturday by declaring that its success had national implications.

Steinmeier expecting US Gitmo request
Germany

Steinmeier expecting US Gitmo request

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Saturday he is expecting a formal American request soon for Germany to take in inmates from the US terrorist prison camp at Guantanamo Bay.

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Sweden

Teacher asks pupils to name ‘most trying’ classmate

A teacher at a school in Ängelholm in southern Sweden gave pupils a task to name their 'most trying' classmate.

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Sweden

Camera ban hinders hunt for Swedish sea monster

Sweden's legendary Great Lake Sea Monster (Storsjöodjuret) remains the focus of photographers hunting for its image despite a Jämtland county council order banning cameras on the shores of Storsjön in Östersund in northern Sweden.

Taxpayers to foot huge ‘bad bank’ bill
Germany

Taxpayers to foot huge ‘bad bank’ bill

According to a new report published Saturday in news magazine Der Spiegel, experts at the German finance ministry calculate that tax-payers will have to shell out a further €120 billion to save Germany’s crisis-stricken banks.

Lottery jackpot climbs to €35 mln
Germany

Lottery jackpot climbs to €35 mln

After last week's lottery drawing failed to produce a winner, Lotto players on Saturday will vie for the third largest German jackpot of all time – some €35 million.

Swedish boxing champ “Ingo” Johansson dies
Sweden

Swedish boxing champ “Ingo” Johansson dies

Swedish former world heavyweight boxing champion Ingemar "Ingo" Johansson died on Friday night, aged 76-years-old.

Officials warn of terrorism ahead of election
Germany

Officials warn of terrorism ahead of election

Jörg Ziercke, head Germany's BKA federal police agency for criminal investigation issued a warning on Saturday that Islamist extremists may attempt terrorist attacks ahead of the general election on September 27 in order to influence the outcome.

Swedish school pupils falling behind
Sweden

Swedish school pupils falling behind

Swedish pupils still perform above average in the majority of international studies conducted over the last 20 years, the Swedish National Agency for Education (Skolverket) has concluded.

Hamburg stun Bayern
Germany

Hamburg stun Bayern

Coach Martin Jol hailed Hamburg's 1-0 win over Bayern Munich on Friday as the best moment of his time in charge as a first-half header from Croatian striker Mladen Petric took his side top.

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Sweden

Armless beggar handlers go to jail

Four people who forced an armless man from Ukraine to beg in the Stockholm metro were handed prison sentences on Friday.