Norway: A car thief in the town of Porsgrunn, Norway, was so frightened when involved in a car chase with the owner of a vehicle he had stolen that he rang the police on the car phone and begged them to arrest him. "I guess I looked pretty furious, but I didn't want to lose the car," said the owner.

Netherlands: A 31-year-old Dutchman turned on his gas taps then struck a match in a suicide attempt last Sunday. The attempt failed, but he demolished his house and caused severe structural damage to the homes of three of his neighbours.