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Hamburg nuclear plant on road to demolition
The Krümmel nuclear power plant near Hamburg. Photo: DPA

Hamburg nuclear plant on road to demolition

August 26, 2015

Swedish energy company Vattenfall announced on Tuesday that it had applied for permission to dismantle a nuclear power plant near Hamburg that has been out of action since 2007.

German cities struggle with housing shortage
A construction site in Dresden. Photo: DPA

German cities struggle with housing shortage

August 19, 2015

Too few new flats are being built in Germany's largest cities even as oversupply looms in rural areas, experts at the Institute for the German Economy (IW) in Cologne warned on Wednesday.

One killed as storms sweep Germany
Photo: DPA.

One killed as storms sweep Germany

August 17, 2015

Update: The summer sun turned to strong rainstorms over the weekend and into the start of the work week with one fireman found dead on Monday during heavy downpours.

Gas leak interrupts stay for Hamburg hotel guests
Emergency services arrive to evacuate people after gas leak in Hamburg. Photo: DPA.

Gas leak interrupts stay for Hamburg hotel guests

August 07, 2015

A gas leak at a chemical company forced more than 100 hotel guests and others living in the area in a Hamburg neighbourhood to be evacuated on Thursday night.

Hamburg bunker blast and fire injure 38
Photo: DPA

Hamburg bunker blast and fire injure 38

August 04, 2015

UPDATE: A fire and explosion in a World War II-era bunker injured at least 38 people in Hamburg on Tuesday morning.

Small town family disappears without trace
Photo: Winsen and Harburg police.

Small town family disappears without trace

July 28, 2015

No one has seen husband and wife Sylvia and Marco Schulze or their daughter, 12-year-old Miriam, since Thursday. Helicopters and search dogs have failed to find any trace of the family, leading local media and police to wonder: Where are the Schulzes?

Amateur archaeologist finds Nazi gold hoard
Photo: DPA

Amateur archaeologist finds Nazi gold hoard

July 15, 2015

A man in northern Germany has found a €45,000 hoard of Nazi gold – but will only pocket a small portion of the sum.

Hamburg welcomes new addition to elephant herd
The baby elephant is still to be named. Photo: DPA

Hamburg welcomes new addition to elephant herd

July 14, 2015

The elephant herd at Hamburg's Hagenbeck Tierpark (Zoo) is now ten strong after mother Yashoda gave birth to a baby girl on Monday following a 23-month pregnancy.

Police warn they can't handle refugee numbers
A policeman in Passau takes an identity photo of a refugee. Photo: DPA

Police warn they can't handle refugee numbers

July 13, 2015

The Police Union (GdP) warned on Sunday that German authorities were unable to register many of the refugees arriving in the country for lack of resources.

Germany star gives up football to found startup
Marcell Jansen, capped 45 times by Germany. Photo: DPA

Germany star gives up football to found startup

July 08, 2015

One of Germany's most experienced international footballers announced on Wednesday that he's hanging up his boots in his prime because he wants to set up a start-up company.

Police confiscate WW2 tank hidden in cellar
The Panther tank removed from a cellar in Kiel, with a prosecutors' evidence label attached to its barrel. Photo: DPA

Police confiscate WW2 tank hidden in cellar

July 02, 2015

Police searched a villa in a wealthy suburb of Kiel on Wednesday and found a Second World War tank, a torpedo and other weaponry in the cellar. On Thursday they were still working on removing the tank.

'Auschwitz bookkeeper' trial nears verdict
Oskar Groening, the 'bookkeeper of Auschwitz'. Photo: DPA

'Auschwitz bookkeeper' trial nears verdict

July 01, 2015

A former SS officer known as the "bookkeeper of Auschwitz" and a woman who survived the Nazi death camp delivered wrenching testimony in a courtroom on Wednesday as his historic trial neared a verdict.

Boy sues classmate over sore bottom
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Boy sues classmate over sore bottom

June 29, 2015

A 15-year-old boy from Hanover is suing his classmate after he pulled a chair from underneath him as he was about to sit down.

Three German sites up for Unesco recognition
Hamburg's Speicherstadt. Photo: CherryX/Wikimedia Commons

Three German sites up for Unesco recognition

June 29, 2015

Three German sites are up for inclusion in the prestigious UNESCO list of world heritage sites as the organization's committee meets in Bonn to consider the nominees.

Hamburg homeowner shoots intruder dead
Police at the scene of the crime outside the house: Photo: DPA

Hamburg homeowner shoots intruder dead

June 24, 2015

A Hamburg homeowner shot dead a masked man who broke into his house on Tuesday night. It was the third such fatal incident to have taken place in the last half year.

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