Guard accused of helping with prison breakout
Germany

Guard accused of helping with prison breakout

Police have arrested a prison guard on suspicion he helped in the dramatic escape of two violent inmates from the maximum-security Aachen jail, authorities announced Saturday, as the hunt for the two men continued.

Köhler refuses to sign controversial internet child porn law
Germany

Köhler refuses to sign controversial internet child porn law

German President Horst Köhler has hammered another nail in the coffin of a controversial law to block child pornography on the internet by refusing to sign it, news magazine Der Spiegel reported Saturday.

Merkel warns banks over tight lending habits
Germany

Merkel warns banks over tight lending habits

Chancellor Angela Merkel stepped up her warning on Saturday of a further credit crunch in Germany as she called on banks to meet their “responsibility” to lend money and help the nation’s fragile economic recovery.

Football scandal spills over to tennis, basketball
Germany

Football scandal spills over to tennis, basketball

The football match-fixing scandal grew to engulf tennis and basketball on Saturday, with Der Spiegel magazine reporting prosecutors had expanded their investigations to include the other sports.

Dubai crisis set to hit German industry
Germany

Dubai crisis set to hit German industry

German businesses are likely to be hit hard by Dubai’s debt crisis through a slump in orders for exports, the head of Germany's chamber of commerce told daily Neuen Osnabrücker Zeitung on Saturday.

Woods’ Swedish wife in car crash rescue
Sweden

Woods’ Swedish wife in car crash rescue

Tiger Woods' Swedish wife Elin Nordegren came to the rescue of her sporting superstar husband with a golf club when he was involved in a car crash outside his Florida home on Friday.

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Sweden

Ikea company unveils rapid China expansion

Inter Ikea Centre Group, (IICG) a sister company of the Swedish furniture retailer, has announced plans to build two new shopping centres in China, an investment worth $1,2 billion.

Germany home to 90 combat Islamists: report
Germany

Germany home to 90 combat Islamists: report

There are about 90 combat-trained Islamists in Germany moving among underground networks, Focus magazine reported Saturday, as intelligence agencies and police prepare to overhaul the country's anti-terrorism approach.

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Sweden

Police consider death by elk in murder case

A former murder investigation has been reviewed by police who now suspect a 63-year-old woman found dead in Småland, southern Sweden, last year was killed by an elk.

German families to sue French aviation over crash off Brazil
Germany

German families to sue French aviation over crash off Brazil

German families who lost relatives in a plane crash off Brazil will sue Air France, aircraft-maker Airbus and the French aviation authorities for negligence, lawyers said Friday.

ZDF editor shown the door amid political row
Germany

ZDF editor shown the door amid political row

The conservative Christian Democratic Union won its bid late Friday to force out broadcaster ZDF’s editor-in-chief Nikolaus Brender in a move journalists, unions and opposition parties branded a major blow against media freedom.

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Sweden

Defeated Söderling marches on to ATP semis

Swedish tennis star Robin Söderling was beaten by Russia's Nikolay Davydenko in straight sets on Friday at the ATP World Tour Finals in London. But two heavyweight wins earlier in the week secure his semi-final place.

Court bans sale of energy drink Cocaine
Sweden

Court bans sale of energy drink Cocaine

The planned launch of a new energy drink called Cocaine has been halted by a court ruling before the product had a chance to hit the shelves in Sweden.