Wulff suggests Duisburg mayor should resign
Germany

Wulff suggests Duisburg mayor should resign

German President Christian Wulff has lent his weight to the growing calls for Duisburg mayor Adolf Sauerland to resign over after last weekned's Love Parade tragedy, which cost the lives of 21 people.

Harz canal system honoured by UNESCO
Germany

Harz canal system honoured by UNESCO

A medieval water management system in the picturesque Harz region in eastern Germany was made a UNESCO cultural heritage site on Sunday.

FDP calls for more referendums
Germany

FDP calls for more referendums

Cornelia Pieper, deputy chairman of the neo-liberal Free Democratic Party, has spoken out in favour of nationwide public initiatives and referendums, including a directly-elected German president.

Isaak’s alleged crime ‘too serious’ for trial
Sweden

Isaak’s alleged crime ‘too serious’ for trial

The Eritrean president’s closest aide has said Swedish citizen Dawit Isaak, imprisoned in the African country for the last nine years, had not yet faced trial because of the “serious nature” of the crime the dictatorial state accuses him of committing.

Man kills himself during fire-fight with police
Germany

Man kills himself during fire-fight with police

An autopsy on Sunday showed that a man killed himself during a fire-fight with police in the western German town of Mannheim on Saturday. Questions had been raised about who had fired the lethal shot.

Woman attacked by wolf at wildlife park
Sweden

Woman attacked by wolf at wildlife park

A 21-year-old woman was bitten by a wolf on Friday during a private guided tour at Kolmården wildlife park.

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Sweden

Wedding cancelled as man threatens to kill fiancée

A wedding ceremony had to be cancelled on Saturday after the 33-year-old would-be groom threatened to kill his wife-to-be on the eve of their big day.

BP to sell German assets
Germany

BP to sell German assets

Cash-strapped British oil giant BP is looking to sell its German fuel station unit Aral for at least €2 billion ($2.6 billion), a German magazine reported on Saturday.

Centre calls for partial Vattenfall privatisation
Sweden

Centre calls for partial Vattenfall privatisation

Centre Party leader and energy minister Maud Olofsson is urging Sweden to sell off sections of state-owned energy giant Vattenfall in order to generate 10 billion kronor ($1.4 billion) of share capital to be invested in a new firm tasked with developing cutting edge energy solutions.

Report says pilot error caused Saudi freight crash
Germany

Report says pilot error caused Saudi freight crash

A Lufthansa cargo plane that crashed at Riyadh's airport this week did so due to a bad landing by its pilots, the first results of a Saudi probe showed on Saturday.

Thousands march in Stockholm Pride parade
Sweden

Thousands march in Stockholm Pride parade

An estimated 35,000 people took to the streets of Stockholm on Saturday for the city's annual Gay Pride parade.