Banks’ bad assets could top €816 billion
Germany

Banks’ bad assets could top €816 billion

A secret paper by German regulators estimates that Germany’s top banks may have up to €816 billion worth of bad loans on their books, the magazine Der Spiegel reported Saturday.

War drama set in China wins German Film Prize
Germany

War drama set in China wins German Film Prize

A film about a German salesman who rescued thousands of Chinese from the Japanese army in 1937 won the Lola prize for best feature film of 2008, along with three other awards at the German Film Awards in Berlin Friday night.

Somali pirates capture another German ship
Germany

Somali pirates capture another German ship

Pirates attacked a German-owned cargo ship flying under a Maltese flag and captured its 17-strong crew overnight in the Gulf of Aden, officials said Saturday.

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Sweden

Swedes ran brothel in the Philippines

Two Swedish men in their thirties have been arrested in the Philippines on charges of human trafficking. The accused, who are alleged to have forced women to perform sexual acts in front of a web camera, face possible lifetime prison sentences, writes Expressen.

‘Allow foreign police in Sweden’: minister
Sweden

‘Allow foreign police in Sweden’: minister

Minister of Justice Beatrice Ask wants foreign police to be able to operate in Sweden. A committee of inquiry will be set up to look into ways in which this might work.

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Sweden

Lundström demands Pirate Bay retrial

Carl Lundström, who received a one-year prison sentence following the trial of the four men behind the free file-sharing website The Pirate Bay, has demanded that the case be retried in the Stockholm District Court.

WWII bomb found near Merkel’s apartment
Germany

WWII bomb found near Merkel’s apartment

Parts of Berlin’s historic centre were evacuated Friday evening, including Chancellor Angela Merkel’s apartment, after authorities found a World War II-era bomb in the area.

Man killed by freight train in Schleswig-Holstein
Germany

Man killed by freight train in Schleswig-Holstein

A 35-year-old man was killed around 2 am Saturday morning when a freight train locomotive smashed into his car at a gated railroad crossing near Kiel.

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Sweden

‘Unity in Cyprus a chance for peace’: Bildt

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt declared on Friday that the negotiations on reunification in Cyprus brokered by the UN offer an unprecedented chance for peace in the region as a whole.

Emir of Qatar wants stake in Porsche
Germany

Emir of Qatar wants stake in Porsche

The hereditary leader of the natural-gas rich Persian Gulf state of Qatar has reportedly expressed interest in buying a stake in the highly-indebted automaker Porsche, Focus magazine reported in its new issue.

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Sweden

Ludvika murder victim identified

Police have announced that the man found dead last Tuesday in Marnästjärn i Ludvika was Jimmy Bäckman, a 22-year-old resident of Ludvika who disappeared mysteriously last November. His identity was confirmed by the medical examiner on Friday.

Berlin climbs back to second place in Bundesliga
Germany

Berlin climbs back to second place in Bundesliga

Hertha Berlin went second in the Bundesliga on Friday, behind leaders Wolfsburg, after badboy midfielder Patrick Ebert hit the first-half goal which sealed his side's 1-0 win at Hoffenheim.

Cheap coffee as tasty as pricey java
Germany

Cheap coffee as tasty as pricey java

A test by professional coffee tasters tried 31 kinds of coffee and gave brands from discounters Lidl and Aldi top marks, Bild reported Saturday.

German-language terror video threatens attacks
Germany

German-language terror video threatens attacks

An Islamist video threatening attacks on European allies of the United States has surfaced on the Internet, German police said Friday, but US experts said it was not new.

Restless Ibrahimovic looks to pastures new
Sweden

Restless Ibrahimovic looks to pastures new

Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he feels footloose after half a decade with the current Serie A league leaders Inter Milan and would like to move on, preferably to a club in Spain.