World records smashed in speedy Berlin swimming championship
Germany

World records smashed in speedy Berlin swimming championship

World records were tumbling at a World Cup swimming meet in Berlin on Saturday.

‘Veil martyr’ family pursues court officials
Germany

‘Veil martyr’ family pursues court officials

The family of the “veil martyr” – an Egyptian woman stabbed to death in a Dresden court room in July – is suing a judge and court president for failing to protect her, a public prosecutor confirmed on Saturday.

Death Valley skeletons solve riddle of missing German tourists
Germany

Death Valley skeletons solve riddle of missing German tourists

Human bones found in California’s remote Death Valley probably belong to four German tourists who disappeared in scorching summer heat 13 years ago, US police announced on Friday.

German men to get cheap version of Viagra
Germany

German men to get cheap version of Viagra

Generic drug firm Ratiopharm plans to bring a cheap version of anti-impotence pill Viagra to the German market in 2013, business weekly Wirtschaftswoche reported Saturday.

GM moves European HQ to Germany
Germany

GM moves European HQ to Germany

In an apparent gesture of goodwill to placate jilted Germany, Opel parent General Motors is to move its European headquarters from Switzerland to the German city of Rüsselsheim, the firm announced Saturday.

Gabriel urges SPD to avoid lurch to the left
Germany

Gabriel urges SPD to avoid lurch to the left

The centre-left Social Democrats’ new chairman Sigmar Gabriel on Friday night called on his party to resist the urge to swing to the left despite its recent historic election loss, and instead to recapture the political centre.

Gothenburg school destroyed in arson attack
Sweden

Gothenburg school destroyed in arson attack

Fire-fighters were called out in the early hours of Saturday morning to Torslanda school in Gothenburg. The building has been completely destroyed in what police believe to be an arson attack.

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Sweden

15-year-old ‘babyface’ arrested for serial rape

Police in Gothenburg arrested a 15-year-old boy on Friday on suspicion of being the mystery rapist that has haunted the city in recent months.

Justice Minister calls for five year parliamentary terms
Germany

Justice Minister calls for five year parliamentary terms

Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger has called for Germany’s parliamentary terms to be lengthened from four to five years, the daily Rheinischen Post reported Saturday.

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Sweden

Israel accuses Sweden of ‘diplomatic coup’

Israel has accused Sweden of trying to change the EU’s stance on Jerusalem and refer to the city as the official capital of Israel and Palestine while at the helm of the rotating EU presidency.

Enke’s father reveals brooding fears behind the footballer
Germany

Enke’s father reveals brooding fears behind the footballer

The father of the late footballer Robert Enke revealed in an interview published Saturday how he tried to break through the emotional walls his son put up to hide his depression just days before the German national team goalkeeper killed himself.

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Sweden

High price put on Facebook head

A person from Värmland, western Sweden, contacted police after realising a 20,000 kronor ($2920) reward had been offered in return for their life on the social networking site Facebook.

Germany saved dying Opel: Merkel
Germany

Germany saved dying Opel: Merkel

General Motors' European unit Opel/Vauxhall would have gone under this year without the German government, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday – and now she wants her money back.

Wallström in running for top UN job
Sweden

Wallström in running for top UN job

Outgoing Swedish EU commissioner Margot Wallström has been nominated by the government to fill a top job at the United Nations headquarters in New York when her term of office ends early next year.