Pippi’s monkey cleared for child’s obituary
Sweden

Pippi’s monkey cleared for child’s obituary

The firm holding the image rights to the children's books about Pippi Longstocking has reversed its decision to ban the use of a picture of Pippi's monkey Mr Nilsson in a three-year-old child's obituary.

Lucky escape as fairground ride falls apart
Germany

Lucky escape as fairground ride falls apart

Two German schoolgirls had a narrow escape at the weekend when the fairground ride gondola they were in broke off the main structure and skidded along the ground.

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Sweden

Systembolaget to launch home delivery

Swedish state-owned alcohol monopoly retailer Systembolaget has been given the green light to begin offering a home delivery service.

Stamp costs rise to ‘keep delivering quality’
Germany

Stamp costs rise to ‘keep delivering quality’

The cost of posting a letter in Germany is set to rise for the first time in 15 years – by three cents to 58 cents – to maintain standards, Deutsche Post chief Frank Appel said on Saturday.

Sweden’s Borg dismisses EU bank supervision plan
Sweden

Sweden’s Borg dismisses EU bank supervision plan

Sweden's finance minister Anders Borg rejected plans to place all eurozone lenders under the supervision of the ECB at a meeting of top EU officials on Saturday.

Elderly German hiker freezes to death in Alps
Germany

Elderly German hiker freezes to death in Alps

A 73-year-old German man died of hypothermia after being caught out by unexpected heavy snow in the Austrian Alps with a fellow retiree who survived, police said on Saturday.

Czechs bury WWII revenge attack victims
Germany

Czechs bury WWII revenge attack victims

The bodies of 12 German farmers killed by vengeful Czechs after World War II were laid to rest on Saturday in a move seen as a step towards soothing Czech-German relations on the matter.

Minister: I’ll fight attempt to show anti-Islam film
Germany

Minister: I’ll fight attempt to show anti-Islam film

An anti-Islam far-right group wants to stage a Berlin screening of the provocative anti-Islamic film that sparked violent protests across the Muslim world, a report said.

Bildt slams Ukraine over Tymoshenko meet
Sweden

Bildt slams Ukraine over Tymoshenko meet

Sweden's foreign minister accused the Ukrainian authorities on Saturday of illegally denying him a meeting with the jailed and hospitalised opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko.

Kissinger visit fails to boost Fürth’s fortunes
Germany

Kissinger visit fails to boost Fürth’s fortunes

Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said on Saturday he hoped Gruether Fürth win this season's Bundesliga title after returning to his Franconian hometown to watch his football team play.

Angelica, 29, found alive after kidnapping
Sweden

Angelica, 29, found alive after kidnapping

A 29-year-old woman who went missing in Mariestad in western Sweden on Thursday has been found alive, telling police that she had been the victim of a kidnapping.