Westerwelle: Germany ‘very worried’ about flotilla row
Germany

Westerwelle: Germany ‘very worried’ about flotilla row

Germany joined top diplomats in piling pressure on Turkey and Israel to make up Saturday, after Ankara's decision to expel the Jewish state's ambassador in retaliation for last year's deadly Gaza flotilla raid.

Police clash with anti-Nazi protesters
Germany

Police clash with anti-Nazi protesters

Violence broke out at a counter-demonstration against a neo-Nazi rally in Dortmund on Saturday. Police said officers were "severely attacked" by about 1,500 "leftist extremists." Some 200 people were taken into custody.

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Sweden

Swedish teen charged for pocket change extortion

A 15-year-old boy who threatened to beat up a 13-year-old school mate if the latter didn't hand over 20 kronor ($3) is set to appear in court in Gothenburg to face extortion charges.

Freighter crashes into passenger ship on the Danube
Germany

Freighter crashes into passenger ship on the Danube

Nearly 200 people had to be pulled off of a cruise ship on the Danube on Friday night, after a cargo ship rammed into the vessel, sending it careening into a rock that drove a gaping hole in the hull.

Sweden Democrat charged with assault
Sweden

Sweden Democrat charged with assault

One of the far-right Sweden Democrats' top politicians in Gothenburg has been charged with assaulting a bus driver.

Merkel’s father dies, chancellor cancels appearances
Germany

Merkel’s father dies, chancellor cancels appearances

Horst Kasner, the father of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, died on Friday at the age of 85, a government spokesperson said. The chancellor canceled all appointments scheduled for Saturday.

Outrage over ‘World of Warcraft’ high school
Sweden

Outrage over ‘World of Warcraft’ high school

A Stockholm-area high school has come in for stinging criticism after a spot inspection revealed students playing World of Warcraft for hours uninterrupted and using an X-Box gaming console with a dance mat as a substitute for gym class.

Berlin to boycott UN anti-racism event
Germany

Berlin to boycott UN anti-racism event

German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle announced that Berlin will skip the United Nations' Durban anti-racism conference, with an eye toward anti-Israel remarks by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the 2009 summit.

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Sweden

Czech Ikea stores emptied by bomb scare

Police evacuated two Prague-based stores of Swedish furniture giant Ikea on Friday after defusing a booby-trapped device found near one of them, a spokeswoman said.

YouTube ‘game’ sends Swedish teen to hospital
Sweden

YouTube ‘game’ sends Swedish teen to hospital

Classmates threw flammable fluids on a 14 year-old boy in Trollhättan, in southern Sweden, and then lit a match. The highly dangerous 'game' ended with the boy being severely burned, and taken to the hospital.

Germany seal spot in Euro 2012 finals
Germany

Germany seal spot in Euro 2012 finals

Former champions Germany were given an early chance for celebration on Friday after becoming the first team to qualify for the 2012 European Championship finals.