Geriatric German gymnast wows audience
Germany

Geriatric German gymnast wows audience

Geriatric German gymnast Johanna Quaas, 86, wowed spectators with impressive floor and parallel bar performances during a break in the 2012 Cottbus Challenger Cup gymnastic competition.

Chemicals plant blast kills one, injures one
Germany

Chemicals plant blast kills one, injures one

One person was killed and another injured when a huge explosion shook a chemicals plant in the industrial heart of the German Ruhr Valley on Saturday afternoon. Police told people living nearby to shut windows and stay inside.

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Sweden

Landlord: ‘Two guys can’t live together’

A landlord in Hässleholm in southern Sweden has been reported to the Equality Ombudsman (Diskrimineringsombudsmannen - DO) after refusing to let an apartment to two men.

Germany breaks finance tax deadlock
Germany

Germany breaks finance tax deadlock

Europe's finance ministers crawled towards a compromise on a disputed financial transactions tax Saturday, after a German plan to break a months-long deadlock on the issue won cautious support.

Police seek virtual lynch mob in murder case
Germany

Police seek virtual lynch mob in murder case

Attention in the hunt for the killer of a young girl has turned to a virtual lynch mob who used social media to call for violence against a teenager who was arrested in the case but then released.

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Sweden

French ex-PM Rocard falls ill on Sweden visit

Former French prime minister Michel Rocard is set to remain in the care of a Stockholm hospital after falling ill during a visit to the Swedish capital on Friday.

Ice-skaters take gold for Germany
Germany

Ice-skaters take gold for Germany

Germans figure skaters Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy saw off competition from Russians to win a tight battle for gold at the world championships in Nice, France on Friday.

Public sector pay deal averts further strikes
Germany

Public sector pay deal averts further strikes

Further public sector strikes have been prevented by a pay deal reached on Saturday morning giving workers a 6.3 percent raise over two years. German airports were paralysed and many other services disrupted by the strikes.

Men think about sex, women nag: jobs agency
Sweden

Men think about sex, women nag: jobs agency

The Swedish Public Employment Service (Arbetsförmedlingen) has been accused of sexism after literature used in its business start up course claimed that the female brain had a "nag, complain and feel sorry for myself" centre, according to a Sveriges Radio report.

Swede released after West Bank demo arrest
Sweden

Swede released after West Bank demo arrest

20-year-old Philip Schulz from Kalmar has been conditionally released from Israeli custody after being detained on Friday while acting as an observer at demonstrations outside Ramallah in the West Bank.

Elk herd causes Swedish motorway mayhem
Sweden

Elk herd causes Swedish motorway mayhem

A family of elk have been causing consternation for police and motorists alike on a stretch of Sweden’s main motorway, and with one animal already dead, hunters are set to be deployed in a bid to entice the remaining elk away from danger.