A police investigation into potential poisoning is underway after drinks giants Coca-Cola and Spendrups received complaints about foul-smelling sodas.
Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed deep shock and sadness on Saturday at news of Friday's primary school shooting in Newtown in Connecticut in the USA, in which 20 children and six adults were shot to death by a gunman.
The SMHI meteorological office predicted a white Christmas today for most of Sweden but also issued a class 1 warning for the weekend as a new blizzard moved over the country.
Germans are eating more vegetables than a decade ago, new figures suggest, but do not yet appear willing to sacrifice the typical meaty fare of wurst, schnitzel and sauerbraten for the sake of their health.
A charity in Norrköping, eastern Sweden, is donating cigarettes to the homeless and other vulnerable people this Christmas.
Yoko Ono on Friday accepted a German human rights prize for peace activism with her late husband, Beatle John Lennon, as well as her more recent work championing equality for women and gays.
Deutsche Post and motoring association ADAC are looking into launching a joint long-distance bus service as an 80 year-old law guaranteeing Deutsche Bahn a near monopoly on longer journeys is due to be lifted.
Runaway leaders Bayern Munich needed a second-half equaliser to snatch a point in a 1-1 draw at home to Borussia Mönchengladbach on Friday in their final Bundesliga match of 2012.
International rating agency Moody's has affirmed Sweden's coveted triple-A rating, citing the country's sound fiscal policies and continued progress in cutting its debt burden.
Eva Rausing, one of Britain's richest women and the wife of Tetra Pak heir Kristian Rausing, died as a result of drug abuse, a coroner ruled at an inquest on Friday.
German prosecutors said on Friday they believed Islamist extremists were behind a botched bomb attack at Bonn train station. Media reports suggested the detonation device was triggered but for some reason the bomb did not go off.