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Dresdner Bank to split investment and retail units

Dresdner Bank, part of Germany’s giant Allianz insurance group, will split up its investment and retail banking activities, a spokesman said on Friday.

Merkel: Russia could help with US missile defence system

Merkel: Russia could help with US missile defence system

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday she sees a chance for including Russia in the controversial missile defence system the United States wants to build in Europe.

Germany calls for calm in Tibet

Germany calls for calm in Tibet

Germany called for an end to violence in the Tibetan capital Lhasa on Friday and said that peaceful demonstrations should be allowed to take place.

Afghans demand $50,000 for German hostage

Afghans demand $50,000 for German hostage

Abductors of a German national reported to be in bad health in Afghanistan have demanded $50,000 ransom for his release, an official said Friday.

Granny victim of colostomy confusion

Granny victim of colostomy confusion

German authorities said on Friday they are investigating an incident medical of malpractice involving an elderly woman in Bavaria, who has mistakenly received a colostomy instead of a leg operation.

Wall photo exhibition brings the West Bank to East Berlin

Wall photo exhibition brings the West Bank to East Berlin

A German photographer wants to raise awareness about Israel’s security wall sealing off the West Bank by mounting a controversial exhibition on the largest remaining section of the Berlin Wall, reports Sarah Roberts.

Economic upswing passes by average Germans

Economic upswing passes by average Germans

The upswing of the world’s third largest economy is passing by many average Germans, who have seen their buying power sink for the last three years. Many public sector workers even have to rely on government benefits.

Landlord gets life for gas explosion

Landlord gets life for gas explosion

Almost 11 years after a devastating gas explosion killed six at a Düsseldorf apartment building, the landlord was sentenced to life in prison on Friday morning.

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Japan bars entry of German globalization activist

Japan said on Friday it had refused entry to a German anti-globalization activist, as the nation steps up security ahead of the Group of Eight summit in July.

German police kill US soldier

German police kill US soldier

A US soldier in Bavaria died on Friday of wounds inflicted by German police who shot him on after he held his ex-girlfriend at gunpoint.

Bremen’s Klasnic dreams of Euro with new kidney

Bremen’s Klasnic dreams of Euro with new kidney

For Werder Bremen's Ivan Klasnic, all the sacrifices will be worthwhile if he returns to international football against Scotland this month after his recovery from a kidney transplant.

Merkel’s historic Israel visit

Merkel’s historic Israel visit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel travels to Israel on Sunday for a visit of major historical significance more than 60 years after the end of World War II, writes AFP's Simon Sturdee.