Fears more poor swimmers will drown this summer
Germany

Fears more poor swimmers will drown this summer

As the warm weather prompts people to head for lakes and rivers, a warning has been issued that more accidents should be expected as increasing numbers of people in Germany cannot swim.

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Germany

Police shoot axe-wielding maniac to free teenage hostage

Armed police officers shot a mentally-ill man several times after he injured a 13-year-old boy with an axe.

Unions call for security for those who lose out in financial crisis
Germany

Unions call for security for those who lose out in financial crisis

The German trade union association (DGB) called on Friday for politicians, employers and workers to fight together to save jobs during the global financial crisis.

Arrests and parties mark start of May 1
Germany

Arrests and parties mark start of May 1

Arrests were made in Berlin and Hamburg on Thursday night, as party-goers, rioters and political demonstrators clashed with police ahead of May 1 marches.

German nurse catches swine flu
Germany

German nurse catches swine flu

German health authorities have confirmed the first case of a person catching swine flu in the country.

An uncommonly calm Valborg
Sweden

An uncommonly calm Valborg

Beefed up security efforts on Valborgsmässoafton – Walpurgis Night – paid off this year. Police and parents on patrol, piles of confiscated liquor and teenagers escorted home resulted in a Valborg without major incident.

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Sweden

Swedish nudity in Singapore doesn’t pay

A Swedish man and a Singaporean woman were fined for strolling naked through a busy upscale bar and restaurant area for a stunt after a few drinks, Singaporean media reported Friday.

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Sweden

Teen reports being raped in Uppsala

A 16-year-old girl has reported that she was raped during Walpurgis festivities in central Uppsala last night. Police have not arrested any suspects.

dm recalls baby food after bits of wood found in dinner
Germany

dm recalls baby food after bits of wood found in dinner

Drugstore chain dm is recalling a baby food product after pieces of wood were found in two jars of the ready-made food.

Merkel in her underpants stops traffic
Germany

Merkel in her underpants stops traffic

A giant image of Chancellor Angela Merkel wearing just bra and pants has been attracting intense attention on Berlin’s premier shopping drag, the ‘Ku'damm.’

Woman suspected in Gamla Stan shooting released
Sweden

Woman suspected in Gamla Stan shooting released

The Stockholm District Court decided on Thursday to release a 39-year-old Swedish woman suspected of hiring a bouncer to murder a couple in Gamla Stan, according to Aftonbladet newspaper.

Politicians call for Rosengård curfew
Sweden

Politicians call for Rosengård curfew

Politicians from the Moderate and Sweden Democrat parties in Malmö are calling for a nighttime curfew for youth in the Rosengård neighbourhood, claiming that the situation at the Herrgården housing area has become untenable.

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Sweden

Playboy poser sentenced to jail

A 31-year-old Swedish woman was found guilty by the Borås District Court on Thursday for defrauding several men she met online, falsely claiming to be a model for Playboy magazine.