Köhler urges higher gas prices for environment
Germany

Köhler urges higher gas prices for environment

President Horst Köhler on Sunday said higher petrol prices could help make car-crazy Germans become more environmentally conscious, sparking the ire of the automobile lobby.

Munich flight grounded as Japanese tourists fall violently ill
Germany

Munich flight grounded as Japanese tourists fall violently ill

The takeoff of a Munich flight to Tokyo was aborted after two dozen Japanese tourists on board fell ill with violent stomach cramps, the police said on Sunday.

Germany plans €1-billion loan for Airbus A350
Germany

Germany plans €1-billion loan for Airbus A350

The German government has signaled a willingness to help finance production of the Airbus A350 with loans totalling more than €1 billion, Die Welt reported Sunday. Berlin hopes the funds will help secure Airbus manufacturing sites in Germany.

The Left presents blueprint for party platform
Germany

The Left presents blueprint for party platform

Germany’s socialist party The Left has submitted a draft of its policy platform, some two-and-a-half years after its founding. Both the conservatives and the SPD attacked the 25-page paper as a populist hodgepodge.

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Sweden

Roddick trumps Söderling in semi-finals

American tennis star Andy Roddick beat sixth-seeded Swede Robin Söderling on Saturday in a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 victory at the Indian Wells Masters 1000 on Saturday. Roddick will now face Ivan Ljubicic in Sunday's tennis final.

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Sweden

Swedish woman faces charges for falsely accusing father of rape

A young Swedish woman who falsely accused her father of rape will now face charges of her own.

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Sweden

16-year-old arrested for attempted murder

A 19-year-old male sustained serious injuries during a knife fight on Saturday night in the neighborhood of Varberga in Örebro in central Sweden. Another 16-year-old boy was later arrested for the assault.

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Sweden

Risk of Easter strike looms

Negotiations between the Commercial Employees´ Union (Handelsanställdas förbund) and the Swedish Federation of Trade (Svensk Handel) employers' organisation have stalled, according to the trade union.

50,000 Swedish households without water
Sweden

50,000 Swedish households without water

More than 50,000 households in the Karlstad region in western Sweden were without water on Saturday due a serious water leak. Although service has been restored, residents are advised to boil drinking water for the next several days.

Search for escaped cobra costs over €30,000
Germany

Search for escaped cobra costs over €30,000

The search for a venomous cobra on the loose in Mülheim an der Ruhr continues – at a price of €850 an hour. So far, the unsuccessful snake hunt has already cost more than €30,000.

Last poker heist suspects arrested
Germany

Last poker heist suspects arrested

Police announced late on Saturday that all four suspects in an armed robbery at Germany’s largest poker tournament two weeks ago are now in police custody. Authorities arrested two men at Berlin’s Tegel airport after they returned from abroad.

KO for Klitschko at title bout in Düsseldorf
Germany

KO for Klitschko at title bout in Düsseldorf

World heavyweight champion Vladimir Klitschko defended his WBO and IBF titles on Saturday in Düsseldorf with a 12th-round knockout of challenger Eddie Chambers from the United States.