Cop facing divorce kills daughter then self
Germany

Cop facing divorce kills daughter then self

A police commissioner in western Germany fatally shot his eight-year-old daughter before killing himself on Saturday, just two days after his wife told him she wanted a divorce.

Al Qaida ‘planned to take German hostages’
Germany

Al Qaida ‘planned to take German hostages’

Documents seized in May linked to al Qaida leaders indicate that the terrorist organisation was aiming to take hostages in Germany and other Western countries as part of a "war of attrition," according to a newspaper report.

VW eyes 2012 merger with Porsche
Germany

VW eyes 2012 merger with Porsche

Europe's biggest automaker Volkswagen will probably complete its takeover of luxury car group Porsche this year after clearing key hurdles, according to a German media report on Sunday.

German victim on Italian shipwreck identified
Germany

German victim on Italian shipwreck identified

Italian authorities have identified a German man among the 12 bodies recovered from the Costa Concordia cruise ship which ran aground off the Tuscany coast on January 13.

Protesters mount diggers in bid to save trees
Germany

Protesters mount diggers in bid to save trees

Demonstrators against the controversial "Stuttgart 21" rail project tried to block workers from felling more than 30 trees early on Sunday. Police removed protesters from trees and demolition equipment to allow teams to finish the work.

Swedish police: white van child-snatchers ‘an urban myth’
Sweden

Swedish police: white van child-snatchers ‘an urban myth’

Swedish police have confirmed that rumours of a man driving around in a white van seeking to snatch kids from schools in the Stockholm areas is nothing more than an 'urban myth'.

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Sweden

Man charged for ‘trying to set in-laws on fire’

A 28-year-old man who stood for the Green Party at the 2010 election, has been charged, along with his 26-year-old girlfriend, for trying to murder his parents-in-law by setting alight to their apartment.

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Sweden

Girl awakes ‘unscathed’ after ice fall drama

A six-year-old girl who was rescued by her mother after becoming trapped under ice in a creek in southern Sweden last week has awoken after her extended ordeal apparently unhurt.

Munich baby elephant dies before operation
Germany

Munich baby elephant dies before operation

A three-month old elephant at a zoo in Munich died on Saturday of a pulmonary embolism, just before she was due to receive a heart surgery for a congenital defect.

Saab administrator: ‘the patient is dead’
Sweden

Saab administrator: ‘the patient is dead’

Saab's bankruptcy administrator said at a press conference on Saturday that the company is dead but continues to bleed, while retaining hope that a buyer can be found.

Social Democrats plumb new poll depths
Sweden

Social Democrats plumb new poll depths

As the Social Democrats begin the search for a new leader after Håkan Juholt's resignation, an opinion poll conducted prior to the dramatic events on Saturday shows the party at its lowest ebb since the 1960s.