Steinmeier to visit Iraq in sign of support for Obama
Germany

Steinmeier to visit Iraq in sign of support for Obama

Frank-Walter Steinmeier will be the first German foreign minister to visit Baghdad next year since Berlin's opposition to the Iraq war. The visit is seen as a strong sign of support for US president-elect Barack Obama's Middle East policy.

Conductor throws teen off train for travelling without ticket
Germany

Conductor throws teen off train for travelling without ticket

Deutsche Bahn has suspended a conductor who forced a 13-year-old girl to get off a train miles away from home because she forgot her ticket. It's the second such incident in three weeks.

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Sweden

Swedish soldiers in Afghanistan firefight

For the second night running Swedish soldiers have been in the firing line in Afghanistan. The soldiers were on night patrol west of Mazar-i-Sharif on Friday night when they became involved in a firefight.

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Sweden

Canine companions in runaway car crash

When a car crashed through a garden fence in the southern Swedish town of Skurup on Friday evening the family presumed that the driver had made a getaway as the car appeared empty.

Jewish leaders slam politician for ‘pogrom’ comment
Germany

Jewish leaders slam politician for ‘pogrom’ comment

Jewish leaders in Germany have castigated a senior politician from Chancellor Merkel's party for using the words "pogrom atmosphere" to describe the hostility towards well-paid business executives in the country.

Insurance giant Allianz posts big loss
Germany

Insurance giant Allianz posts big loss

German insurance giant Allianz has reported a net loss of €2.02 billion for the third quarter, saying it has taken a big hit from the turmoil in financial markets and its Dresdner Bank arm.

Swedish town marches against violence
Sweden

Swedish town marches against violence

The northern Swedish town of Gällivare joined together on Friday evening to take a stand against recent violent attacks that have rocked the remote locality north of the Arctic Circle and left two women dead.

Stenson caught by Garcia in Shanghai
Sweden

Stenson caught by Garcia in Shanghai

Sweden's Henrik Stenson was joined by Spanish sensation Sergio Garcia at the top of the HSBC Champions leaderboard after a rain-delayed second round in Shanghai on Saturday.

German police bust violent anti-nuclear protests
Germany

German police bust violent anti-nuclear protests

Police broke up a demonstration by anti-nuclear activists in Lower Saxony late on Friday after protestors hurled bottles, eggs and firecrackers at the cops and set fire to barricades, injuring an officer.

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Sweden

State rail operator in ticketing u-turn controversy

Swedish state-owned rail operator SJ has performed a u-turn and made changes to its controversial ticketing system. Travellers will from next year be obliged to carry identification in a push to tackle ticket touts.

Obasi says Hoffenheim can crush any opponent
Germany

Obasi says Hoffenheim can crush any opponent

Having taken the Bundesliga by storm so far this season, league leader Hoffenheim travels to Hertha Berlin on Sunday with Nigeria striker Chinedu Obasi claiming his side can beat anyone.