Nuke incident shuts off Hamburg traffic lights
Germany

Nuke incident shuts off Hamburg traffic lights

Hundreds of traffic lights in Hamburg stopped working Saturday after a power cut caused by an incident at a nuclear power station, an energy company said.

Man killed by lightning
Sweden

Man killed by lightning

A 31-year-old man was struck and killed by lightning in Persberg, outside Filipstad in western Sweden at around 5pm on Friday evening.

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Sweden

Holidays delay 16-year- olds’ murder trial

The prosecution of two 16-year-olds for the murder of a 15-year-old girl in the Stockholm suburb of Stureby has been delayed almost two months, because the forensic expert is on holidays.

Drunk cyclist gets on autobahn at night without light
Germany

Drunk cyclist gets on autobahn at night without light

A drunken bike rider rode for kilometres on the A81 autobahn near Stuttgart without a light early Saturday morning, police reported.

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Sweden

Man bashed by urinating gang

A man was seriously assaulted by a gang of youths in Umeå on Friday night.

Opel sale to Magna coming soon, says GM
Germany

Opel sale to Magna coming soon, says GM

The sale of Opel to Austrian-Canadian parts maker Magna should happen soon, the head of General Motors Europe said in an interview with the FAZ to be published in the newspaper’s Sunday edition.

Germany prepares for possible terror attacks
Germany

Germany prepares for possible terror attacks

After a warning from the US government, German security services are stepping up measures to counter a possible terror attack against Germany by the al-Qaeda terror organisation, according to a report published Saturday by the magazine Der Spiegel.

Sweden raps Iran over British Embassy arrests
Sweden

Sweden raps Iran over British Embassy arrests

Sweden, the current holder of the European Union presidency, summoned Iran's ambassador on Friday as part of a coordinated EU protest over the detention of British embassy employees in Tehran, the foreign ministry said.

Germans sceptical of tax cuts
Germany

Germans sceptical of tax cuts

Most German voters don’t think they will actually get a tax cut, despite promises by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats, according to a new poll published in the latest issue of the weekly Wirtschaftswoche.

Violent storms cause chaos, two deaths
Germany

Violent storms cause chaos, two deaths

Heavy thunderstorms that sometimes included hail, flooded streets, knocked out power, closed airports and lead to the deaths of two people Friday evening and Saturday morning.

German speed skater Pechstein banned for doping
Germany

German speed skater Pechstein banned for doping

German speed skate star Claudia Pechstein on Friday hotly proclaimed her innocence after the International Skating Union handed her a two-year ban for blood doping which would force her to miss next year's Winter Games in Vancouver.

VW to produce electric cars by 2013
Germany

VW to produce electric cars by 2013

German auto maker Volkswagen hopes to turn out its first all-electric car in 2013, VW head Martin Winterkorn said Friday.

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Sweden

Convicted terrorist back in Sweden

A 21-year-old Swedish man who was convicted of terror-related crimes in Bosnia-Hercegovina has been transferred to a Swedish prison.