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German women battle for 'no means no' in rape law
A woman carries a sign reading "no means no" at a demonstration in 2011. File photo: DPA

Germany has long lagged behind other advanced nations when it comes to laws on rape. As parliament discusses a new law, women are using increased public attention to the problem to demand real change.

Cologne mayor tells court of being stabbed in neck
Henriette Reker. Photo: DPA

Cologne Mayor Henriette Reker, described in court on Friday how she was attacked during campaigning last autumn and almost lost her life.

'I am truly sorry' says 96-year old Auschwitz SS guard
The accused being brought into court in a wheelchair on Friday. Photo: DPA

A 94-year-old former SS guard on trial for complicity in 170,000 murders at Auschwitz broke his silence Friday for the first time since the war, telling victims: "I am truly sorry".

Woman dies after weeks-long hostage ordeal
Police tape off an area of the farm house. Photo: DPA

A woman has died after being held against her will since March in a farmhouse in Lower Saxony and subjected to "brutal violence".

Boys, 8, go on two-day robbery spree at toy store
Photo: DPA

Two young children in Bavaria plundered a shop for toys worth hundreds of Euros. When police found out they coolly tried to give them the runaround.

Jet-setters rejoice: roaming price caps start Saturday
EU mobile users will soon be calling from Alicante to Zagreb at lower prices. Photo: DPA

Phoning and surfing while abroad is about to get a lot cheaper in the EU as new rules limiting how much mobile operators can charge come into force on Saturday.

Merkel party calls for state to spy on mosques
Photo: DPA

Authorities should be keeping an eye on the content of sermons in Germany's mosques, a senior member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's party has said.

Dieselgate scandal
VW targets return to profit despite year of scandal
A car on an elevator in one of the "Auto towers" at Volkswagen's Wolfsburg HQ. Photo: DPA

Embattled German carmaker Volkswagen vowed Thursday to overcome its current crisis triggered by the engine-rigging scandal, insisting it would not allow itself to be slowed down by the affair and would return to profit this year.

Drug deaths surged by 20 percent in 2015
Photo: DPA

More drug dealing, more drug taking, more drug deaths. After years of decreases in drug figures, the use of banned highs is once again rising in Germany - and fast.

Parents blast principal who ordered kids to strip naked
File Photo: DPA

The principal at a school near Düsseldorf is being investigated for forcing two students from a neighbouring school to strip naked in his office.

Features
German women battle for 'no means no' in rape law
A woman carries a sign reading "no means no" at a demonstration in 2011. File photo: DPA

Germany has long lagged behind other advanced nations when it comes to laws on rape. As parliament discusses a new law, women are using increased public attention to the problem to demand real change.

The Germans who long for the life of an English gent
German men's fashion guru Bernhard Roetzel. Photo: h.f. ullmann publishing/Erill Fritz

For Germans chasing the ultimate in style, one man holds the key to dressing in the timeless manner of the English gentleman.

Panama Papers
'More headlines to come': Panama papers reporters
Bastian Obermayer (left) and Frederik Obermaier (r), the journalists behind the Panama Papers leaks. Photo: Stephanie Füssenich/Verlag Kiepenheuer & Witsch/DPA

Meet the German journalists who helped bring the biggest leak in history to light - and who are promising more huge stories in the days ahead.

John Lydon interview
'I love the way Germans eat, drink and enjoy themselves'
John Lydon pictured in 2012. Photo: Paul Heartfield

Punk legend John Lydon – Johnny Rotten in a former life – is touring Germany again with a new album. The Local asks what he's bringing here and why he keeps coming back.

Bavarian town goes back to sleep as refugees disappear
Refugees crossing into Germany near Freilassing September 2015. Photo: DPA

Quiet returns to a small Bavarian town on the Austrian border as the refugee flow from the Balkans dries up.

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Suspect in Cologne sex assaults caught in Switzerland
Cologne Cathedral on New Year. Photo: DPA

A key suspect in the New Year's Eve mass sexual assaults in Cologne was spotted shoplifting in southern Germany and arrested across the border in Switzerland, authorities said on Thursday.

US Presidential election
Germany scratches head over Trump's zany foreign policy
Donald Trump (l) didn't impress Frank-Walter Steinmeier (r) with his foreign policy nous. Photos: DPA

US Presidential hopeful Donald Trump's explanation of his foreign policy got a polite but decidedly critical reception from Berlin on Thursday.

Brussels threatens Berlin over Autobahn toll on foreigners
A stretch of the Autobahn in Baden-Württemberg. Photo: DPA.

The European Commission demanded Germany make changes to its plan for an Autobahn toll on foreign drivers - or else face a challenge before the Court of Justice.

Top scientist faces probe after 3 children die in clinical trial
File Photo: DPA

The Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich is investigating an award-winning scientist, after eight children who participated in an experimental study contracted leukaemia.

Brexit
Expats lose bid to scrap 15-year rule for EU referendum
Photo: D Smith/Flickr

Long term British expats face being locked out of Brexit referendum after high court ruling on Thursday.

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From our other editions
Teen confesses to gang rape attack in Vienna
CHRISTIAN BRUNA/EPA

Teenager admits to being involved in an alleged gang rape attack on a student in a public toilet in Vienna.

Council-funded brothel touted for Zurich
File photo: Joshua Rindner

A Zurich politician files a motion to open a municipal brothel.

Could Danes face a 'red meat tax' to help climate?
The council said that consumers should be prompted to eat less meat through a tax. Photo: Bjarke Bo Olsen/Scanpix

“Danes are ethically obligated to change their eating habits," the Danish Council on Ethics said in suggesting a tax on meat.

Couple caught on camera having sex on metro platform
Screen grab: Krroks/YouTube

The hunt is on for a couple filmed getting a bit too frisky on a metro platform in Barcelona on Saturday night.

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