Bundeswehr soldiering on with overheating guns
Germany

Bundeswehr soldiering on with overheating guns

German soldiers are probably burning their fingers and missing their targets in long gun battles in Afghanistan after tests showed their guns are overheating, according to a report in Der Spiegel news magazine on Sunday.

Swiss hunt German tax men for ‘spying’
Germany

Swiss hunt German tax men for ‘spying’

Three tax inspectors who bought a stolen CD in their chase for German tax evaders have been told they must stay out of Switzerland or face arrest, after a cross-border tax spat turned nasty.

Swedish media sign up to April Fool fun
Sweden

Swedish media sign up to April Fool fun

Pensioners forced back to work for energetically dancing jive, a little known Swedish musician signing up to Bruce Springsteen's E Street band, and The Local's own youth follicle directive were among the April Fool's hoaxes on Sunday.

Bomb experts find Nazi V2 rocket in British mud
Germany

Bomb experts find Nazi V2 rocket in British mud

A British bomb disposal squad recovered the tail section of a Nazi World War II V2 rocket found submerged in coastal mudflats on Saturday. The British military said the rocket posed no further risk to people living nearby.

Police officer seriously hurt in Frankfurt riot
Germany

Police officer seriously hurt in Frankfurt riot

A police officer was seriously hurt in clashes between police and anti-capitalist demonstrators in Germany’s finance capital Frankfurt on Saturday. Protestors also reported injuries and mass arrests from their ranks.

Reichstag to become Kids’ Dome in summer
Germany

Reichstag to become Kids’ Dome in summer

Determined to get kids into politics, the German government is turning the Reichstag's famous glass dome into a "kids zone" during the summer recess - complete with Bobby cars to zoom down the famous spiral walkway.

Car park murder cops arrest another teenager
Germany

Car park murder cops arrest another teenager

After the embarrassment of holding the wrong man for three days, police hunting the killer of a young girl in northern Germany have arrested another suspect – with reports that his DNA matches traces found at the scene of the crime.

Sweden mulls shaving products ban for minors
Sweden

Sweden mulls shaving products ban for minors

Sweden wants to draw up legislation that would bar anyone under 18 from purchasing shaving products, after a spate of bullying towards women who are "pro-hair" highlighted public health concerns.

Record March highs despite late snowfalls
Sweden

Record March highs despite late snowfalls

Despite recent snowfalls in Stockholm and southern areas of Sweden, March 2012 is set to be one of the three warmest months on record, according to the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI).

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Sweden

Man arrested after brutal axe attack

A 42-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after hitting another man in the head with an axe in a disagreement on Saturday night in Flen in eastern Sweden.

Letter reaches Swedish address after 76 years
Sweden

Letter reaches Swedish address after 76 years

A letter sent some 76 years ago was finally delivered to its destination address in Visby on the Baltic Sea island of Gotland this week and the search has begun to find the intended recipient.

Brazil close to jet fighter decision: minister
Sweden

Brazil close to jet fighter decision: minister

Brazil is in the "final chapters" of making a decision to award a lucrative jet fighter deal, the defence minister Celso Amorim said on Saturday.