Germans put four past Argentina to make semis
Germany

Germans put four past Argentina to make semis

Germany's triumphant World Cup campaign continued on Saturday with an astounding 4-0 victory over Argentina. Germany now faces Spain in the semi-final.

Government split over nuclear power extension
Germany

Government split over nuclear power extension

The government coalition parties Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and Free Democratic Party (FDP) are attempting to force their own environment minister to extend the lifespans of nuclear power stations.

German spy recalled after causing death
Germany

German spy recalled after causing death

The German foreign intelligence agency (BND) has been forced to bring home one of its operatives in the Caucasus nation of Georgia, after he fatally injured a woman in a road collision.

Thunder to end hottest day of the year
Germany

Thunder to end hottest day of the year

The hottest day of the year in many parts of Germany is expected to end with a series of thunderstorms throughout the country, meteorologists say.

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Sweden

Whirlwind sparks panic at Stockholm pool

Shocked bathers took to their heels on Friday afternoon as a powerful whirlwind drew in over a popular outdoor swimming pool.

Sweden sees giant leap in trampoline accidents
Sweden

Sweden sees giant leap in trampoline accidents

Sweden has witnessed a tenfold increase in trampoline accidents in recent years as the spring-loaded devices continue to grow in popularity.

German car sales slump while exports surge
Germany

German car sales slump while exports surge

German car sales plunged last month, reflecting an end to a cash-for-clunkers bonus, but robust foreign demand for Germany's famed luxury models sparked a spurt in exports.

Airgun sniper caught
Germany

Airgun sniper caught

Police have identified a suspected airgun sniper who shot and injured fans celebrating Germany's World Cup win over England last Sunday night.

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Sweden

Man walks free after stabbing wife

A man who called the emergency services to say he had stabbed his wife twice in the chest has been cleared of any culpability after Jönköping district court ruled to drop the charges against him.

BP shareholders call for Svanberg’s head: report
Sweden

BP shareholders call for Svanberg’s head: report

Several major BP shareholders are urging the embattled firm to eject Swedish chairman Carl Henric Svanberg as soon as the leaking oil well in the Gulf of Mexico is capped, the Financial Times reports.

Sweden’s prostitution law a success: report
Sweden

Sweden’s prostitution law a success: report

A law criminalizing the purchase of prostitution has helped halve the number of streetwalkers in Sweden's cities, but the country is still facing a growing problem of sex sold over the internet, a report published on Friday said.

Argentina’s ‘German’ defender Heinze ready for Fatherland battle
Germany

Argentina’s ‘German’ defender Heinze ready for Fatherland battle

Argentine defender Gabriel Heinze will be wearing his sky blue and white heart on his sleeve in Saturday's World Cup quarter-final against Germany, even if his father would have had divided loyalties.