Swimmers fail to make splash as Olympics open
Germany

Swimmers fail to make splash as Olympics open

After a stunning opening ceremony, Germany's enthusiastic start to the Olympic Games was immediately dampened on Saturday with a wet performance from the German swimming sweethearts Paul Biedermann and Britta Steffen.

Germany considers using armed combat drones
Germany

Germany considers using armed combat drones

The German defence ministry is considering whether it “could or should” deploy armed unmanned drones in Afghanistan.

Dingo savages German tourist in Australia
Germany

Dingo savages German tourist in Australia

A German tourist was savaged by a dingo in northern Australia, officials said Saturday, suffering serious bite wounds to his head, arms and legs.

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Sweden

Ticket company CEO suspected of fraud

The CEO of ticket resellers Biljett Nu has been arrested on suspicion of fraud, reported Swedish media on Saturday, as the company has sold tickets to Bruce Springsteen’s two Gothenburg concerts and then failed to deliver.

Chinese ‘theft’ leaves VW competing against self
Germany

Chinese ‘theft’ leaves VW competing against self

Volkswagen has said it is investigating allegations reported in a German newspaper that its Chinese partner has been illegally using the German car manufacturer’s patents in its models.

Cruise ship mutiny over Maltese flag
Germany

Cruise ship mutiny over Maltese flag

The German president was due on the MS Deutschland, Germany’s famous cruise ship docked in London, on Saturday, just days after a mutiny which saw the captain fired for opposing plans to swap the German flag for a Maltese one.

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Sweden

Parents win battle for help with disabled baby

Despite initially being denied help, a 15-months-old baby has now been granted a personal care assistant as the cerebral haemmorhage he suffered shortly after birth means he requires constant care.

Germany, France will do ‘everything’ for Eurozone
Germany

Germany, France will do ‘everything’ for Eurozone

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande pledged to do "everything to protect the eurozone" after telephone talks Friday.

Stranded berry pickers gather in Stockholm
Sweden

Stranded berry pickers gather in Stockholm

Stranded berry pickers are still pouring into the Bulgarian embassy in Stockholm, as another hundred seeking assistance arrived on Friday.

New internet drug kills 14 young Swedes
Sweden

New internet drug kills 14 young Swedes

A new drug sold online has caused the deaths of 14 young men in Sweden since the beginning of July, and the Swedish National Institute of Public Health (Folkhälsoinstitutet, FHI) is now attempting a speedy process to ban the drug.

Assange’s mum to meet Ecuador’s top diplomat
Sweden

Assange’s mum to meet Ecuador’s top diplomat

Ecuador's foreign minister will meet with the mother of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is holed up at the Ecuadoran Embassy in London, Quito announced Friday.