Merkel calls for Iranian election re-count
Germany

Merkel calls for Iranian election re-count

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday called for a full re-count of votes cast in Iran’s disputed presidential election and for authorities to renounce violence against demonstrators.

Limping prisoner legs it during hospital trip for sports injury
Germany

Limping prisoner legs it during hospital trip for sports injury

Police in Brandenburg are hunting a prisoner who was being taken to hospital for treatment to an injured leg – but who threw down his crutches and ran off so fast that no-one could catch him.

Tauss becomes first ‘Pirate’ in parliament after leaving SPD
Germany

Tauss becomes first ‘Pirate’ in parliament after leaving SPD

Social Democratic MP Jörg Tauss has left his party and is now the first member of the Pirate Party in the Bundestag, ignoring calls that he step down from parliament.

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Sweden

Oversized coffins complicate cremation

Swedes are getting larger and this is starting to cause problems post-mortem as coffins are proving too large to fit into cremation ovens.

Dresdeners do not care about UNESCO title
Germany

Dresdeners do not care about UNESCO title

More than half of the people in Dresden do not care if their city loses its UNESCO world cultural heritage title, as a decision is due next week on whether to strip the city of the title for building a bridge over the Elbe River.

Thief steals caravan complete with sleeping owner
Sweden

Thief steals caravan complete with sleeping owner

A thief made off with a caravan in Skövde in southern Sweden on Saturday night. To his surprise he later found that the caravan's owner was asleep inside at the time.

Man who shot dog hospitalised after revenge nose bite
Germany

Man who shot dog hospitalised after revenge nose bite

A drunken man who thought it would be funny to shoot a dog, lost part of his nose as the bleeding animal took its revenge and attacked him.

Would-be airport squatters held back by huge police presence
Germany

Would-be airport squatters held back by huge police presence

More than 100 people were arrested in Berlin on Saturday while trying to storm and squat the disused Tempelhof airport.

Student loans body seeks right to demand full repayment
Sweden

Student loans body seeks right to demand full repayment

The Swedish Board for Study Support (CSN) is to escalate its hunt for outstanding loans and wants the right to demand full repayment from overseas defaulters, Sveriges Radio (SR) reports.

Shambolic Left party aims to unite for poll
Germany

Shambolic Left party aims to unite for poll

Shaken by growing infighting and unable to profit from capitalism's global crisis, the head of Germany’s hard-line socialist Left party urged delegates at its annual conference on Saturday to close ranks for September's general election.

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Sweden

Man raped in Stockholm suburb

A man was raped near a metro station in southern Stockholm in the early hours of Sunday morning.

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Sweden

Keg of Czech beer marks EU presidency handover

Sweden accepted the EU presidency on Saturday with the symbolic handover of a barrel of Czech beer.