German deployment during Iraq war illegal: top court

German deployment during Iraq war illegal: top court

Germany's highest court ruled Wednesday that the decision to deploy German crews on NATO surveillance flights over Turkey during the Iraq war was illegal.

Signs of violence found on frozen German babies

Signs of violence found on frozen German babies

Autopsies found signs of violence on the bodies of two of the three dead babies found in a freezer in the basement of a German home, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

Shipping and tourism giant TUI hits stormy seas

Shipping and tourism giant TUI hits stormy seas

A shareholders' meeting of Germany's TUI turned into a stormy affair on Wednesday as a Norwegian billionaire sought to chart a new course for the shipping and tourism giant.

German Muslim girl can’t skip swim lessons: court

German Muslim girl can’t skip swim lessons: court

A Muslim girl in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia cannot skip co-ed swimming lessons because of religious prohibitions against wearing formfitting clothing, a German court ruled on Wednesday.

Police investigate Gazprom executive’s Stasi past

Police investigate Gazprom executive’s Stasi past

A senior executive at a German subsidiary of the Russian energy giant Gazprom is under investigation for lying about his past as a former East German spy, a chief prosecutor said Wednesday.

Makatsch loses court case over baby photos

Makatsch loses court case over baby photos

German movie star Heike Makatsch on Wednesday was denied compensation for unauthorized photos of her and her new baby after a Munich court ruled they were not a serious breach of privacy.

Berlin family finds ‘holy potato’

Berlin family finds ‘holy potato’

A potato destined for the fryer has become a holy relic to some Berliners after a woman cut it open only to find an image of a cross inside.

Germany bans two neo-Nazi groups

Germany bans two neo-Nazi groups

Germany has banned two right-wing extremist groups out of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Interior Ministry announced on Wednesday.

Spooks break ground on new HQ in Berlin

Spooks break ground on new HQ in Berlin

Germany’s BND foreign intelligence agency on Wednesday broke ground on the future site of its new headquarters in Berlin in a move intended to improve coordination with the country’s political leadership.

Critics slam German MP pay raise

Critics slam German MP pay raise

A proposal to raise pay for members of Germany’s parliament for the second time in a year drew bitter criticism on Wednesday.

Schalke seal Champions League berth

Schalke seal Champions League berth

A goal by Germany striker Gerald Asamoah launched Schalke 04's 3-0 win over VfL Bochum on Tuesday to put the Royal Blues second in the Bundesliga and seal their Champions League berth next season.

Group calls for warning labels on liquor

Group calls for warning labels on liquor

The German Child Protection Agency called on Wednesday for warning labels on liquor – like those on cigarettes – to combat rising rates of binge drinking among youth.