Swimmer sinks own German record
Germany

Swimmer sinks own German record

Swimmer Jenny Mensing broke her own 200m national backstroke record on Saturday at the German trials - which double as the Olympic trials – but has not yet secured her place in the squad for the London Games.

<i>Bild</i> award seen as ‘alarm signal’ by German press
Germany

Bild award seen as ‘alarm signal’ by German press

A row exposing fears of a Murdoch-style over-influential tabloid press blew up in Germany at the weekend when reporters from one paper rejected a prestigious prize – because they were set to share it with the populist Bild newspaper.

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Sweden

Swedish diplomat risks jail for stone smuggling

A Swedish diplomat risks a prison sentence after he was suspected of trying to smuggle ancient relics out of Turkey while returning from a family holiday.

Rex the dog finds his way home after three years
Sweden

Rex the dog finds his way home after three years

Rex the dog was stolen from his owner André Lauridsen and family as a puppy, three years ago. Now he’s made his way back to the family at last, reported local newspaper Kvällsposten.

Sex game murder victim ‘paid killer to do it’
Germany

Sex game murder victim ‘paid killer to do it’

A man who killed a bank manager during a sex game and boiled his severed head in a pan has told investigators he was paid to do so by his victim, it emerged.

Pope’s old pad up for rent – no takers
Germany

Pope’s old pad up for rent – no takers

A flat near Bonn said to have been the former residence of Pope Benedict XVI is up for rent. Despite this distinction, there has been a surprising lack of interest from Catholic pilgrims in the property, according to a newspaper report.

Sweden suffer first world hockey loss to Russia
Sweden

Sweden suffer first world hockey loss to Russia

At Friday night’s ice hockey match at Stockholm’s Globe Arena, Russia came back from two goals down beat Sweden, giving the Swedes their first loss at the 2012 world ice hockey championships.

Bundesbank tells France: ‘hands off!’
Germany

Bundesbank tells France: ‘hands off!’

Bundesbank president Jens Weidmann warned French president-elect Francois Hollande on Saturday against tampering with the European Central Bank or the EU fiscal pact.

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Sweden

Murder victim found in well now identified

The man found dead down a well by a house in Odeshög, in south-eastern Sweden, has now been identified as the owner of the house.

Suspected killer shot man dead in stake out
Sweden

Suspected killer shot man dead in stake out

The Malmö police began staking out suspected serial killer Peter Mangs’ apartment two hours before he killed one of his victims, which led to his arrest.

Cops rescue schoolgirl from kidnapper
Germany

Cops rescue schoolgirl from kidnapper

German police freed a 13-year-old girl from her kidnapper after he held her prisoner for 12 hours, demanding several million euros from her wealthy businessman father.