Hamburg Pride parade attracts 300,000
Germany

Hamburg Pride parade attracts 300,000

At least 120,000 gay and lesbian Hamburgers flocked to the Christopher Street Day parade on Saturday, with hundreds of thousands more taking part in the three-day pride festival.

Athlete fights for silver; swimmers sink
Germany

Athlete fights for silver; swimmers sink

German heptathlete Lilli Schwarzkopf won a silver medal on Saturday – after being wrongly disqualified and then reinstated. “That is a British sense of humour I will never understand,” she said.

Town pigeon numbers hit hard by renovation
Germany

Town pigeon numbers hit hard by renovation

The number of town pigeons in Germany’s towns and cities has fallen dramatically over the past decade, with the Berlin population down by two thirds from its 2001 level.

Five million shopped at Schlecker in final month
Germany

Five million shopped at Schlecker in final month

More than five million people went shopping at drugstore chain Schlecker in July - to take advantage of its closing down sale as the national chain hit bankruptcy and shut up shop.

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Sweden

Victims’ families demand Quick investigation

The families of murder victims originally thought to have been killed by sentenced serial killer Thomas Quick are now demanding an independent investigation of the justice scandal surrounding Quick, who has been acquitted of several murders.

Black box from Hercules plane crash found
Sweden

Black box from Hercules plane crash found

The mystery surrounding the Norwegian Hercules plane which crashed into Kebnekaise may be nearing a solution, as the Swedish Army’s ranger battalion has found one of the plane’s two black boxes.

Five including teen pilot die in plane crashes
Germany

Five including teen pilot die in plane crashes

A teenage glider pilot died on Saturday after crashing into a house in Lower Saxony. Four more people died on Sunday when their single-engine plane crashed and caught on fire in Bavaria.

Lack of sleep makes you fat: Swedish study
Sweden

Lack of sleep makes you fat: Swedish study

Poor sleeping patterns and dangerous belly fat are connected, shows a new Swedish study, as people who sleep too little are decidedly fatter than those who sleep seven or eight hours a night.

Bus drivers, locals spoil neo-Nazi day out
Germany

Bus drivers, locals spoil neo-Nazi day out

Neo-Nazis planning to march through the town of Bad Nenndorf had to set off on foot earlier than expected, after demonstrators blocked their train – and at least one driver of the replacement bus service refused to take them.

Seal pups ‘abandoned’ on Swedish beach
Sweden

Seal pups ‘abandoned’ on Swedish beach

Small and fuzzy seal pups currently lining southern Swedish beaches have caused quite a stir, as many concerned callers to the police have worried that the pups have been helplessly abandoned on the beach.

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Sweden

Swedish teen arrested for Thailand murder

A Swedish teenager has been arrested by Thai police on suspicion of stabbing an 18 year-old man to death in a Thai hotel room, and is now facing murder charges for the grisly triangle drama, reported local newspapers.