Germany ousted from World Cup by Japan
Germany

Germany ousted from World Cup by Japan

Hosts and defending champions Germany were knocked out of the women's World Cup on Saturday as they were beaten 1-0 by Japan after extra-time in the quarter-finals.

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Sweden

China throws out ‘flashmob’ Swedish blogger

A Sweden-based student in China has been sent home after calling for a flashmob in Shanghai in support of freedom of expression. reports Swedish Radio news programme Ekot.

Pensioner saves 7-year-old girl from stranger
Germany

Pensioner saves 7-year-old girl from stranger

An 85-year-old woman in the western city of Duisburg rescued a young girl on Friday, after a man tried to pull the child into the bushes. She was able to save the seven-year-old, but not without suffering a broken arm and multiple scrapes.

Merkel to stand for chancellor in 2013
Germany

Merkel to stand for chancellor in 2013

German Chancellor Angela Merkel intends to run for a third mandate in 2013 elections, she said on television on Saturday.

RWE said to be in investment talks with Russia’s Gazprom
Germany

RWE said to be in investment talks with Russia’s Gazprom

The head of German energy giant RWE, Jürgen Großmann, is mulling a partnership with Gazprom, the largest company in Russia, according to a Saturday news report.

Spider shuts down Saarland supermarket
Germany

Spider shuts down Saarland supermarket

Experts in the western German town of Bexbach are still searching a supermarket for a spider that jumped out of a Colombian fruit crate on Friday. The eight-legged escape artist is thought to be a highly venomous banana spider.

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Sweden

Man arrested at US classic car meet

A 21-year-old man was arrested last night, suspected of deliberately driving at and injuring another man during the Power Big Meet in Västerås. Police say he will be charged with attempted murder.

De Maizière rejects Saudi tank deal criticism
Germany

De Maizière rejects Saudi tank deal criticism

The German government has yet to confirm a controversial tank deal with Saudi Arabia, but Berlin is on the defensive, with Chancellor Angela Merkel and Defence Minister Thomas de Maizière emphasising the Arab kingdom's "stabilising" role.

Academy blocks Iranians from flight training
Sweden

Academy blocks Iranians from flight training

An aircraft pilot training academy will no longer teach students from Iran Air following recent sanctions brought by the Americans against the airline.

Germany face soccer showdown with Japan
Germany

Germany face soccer showdown with Japan

Germany take on Japan on Saturday looking to book a place in the Women's World Cup semi-finals with the whole country behind them.

Southern Sweden suffers alarms blackout
Sweden

Southern Sweden suffers alarms blackout

A technical hitch at a communications network shut down many of the critical alarm systems including fire stations and banks in the south of Sweden

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Sweden

Ambassador meets detained journalists

The Swedish ambassador to Ethiopia, Jens Odlander, was allowed to see the two jailed Swedish journalists in Addis Ababa on Friday, in what is seen as a positive step by observers.