Posted pythons wreak havoc with German mail

Posted pythons wreak havoc with German mail

Snakes on the loose sent police scrambling in two German cities on Friday as a trio of tiger pythons invaded a post office and a giant boa constrictor slunk under a garage.

Boney M and BB guns in Bremerhaven

Boney M and BB guns in Bremerhaven

In his book Cycling Back to Happiness, English journalist Bernie Friend covers 6,000 kilometres of northern Europe on a bicycle in a bid to overcome his hypochondria. Here, in the first of three excerpts, pitching up in the northern German coastal town of Bremerhaven proves to be an odd experience.

Steinmeier to head to Russia next week

Steinmeier to head to Russia next week

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier will travel to Russia next week for talks with the new government on crises including the Middle East conflict and the Iranian nuclear programme, a ministry spokesman said on Friday.

Energy drinks and alcohol seen as risky

Energy drinks and alcohol seen as risky

Clubbers who toss back a high-impact mixture of energy drinks and alcohol - such as vodka and Red Bull - could be endangering their health, German newsmagazine Der Spiegel warned on Friday.

Inferior concrete reportedly used in German nuclear plant

Inferior concrete reportedly used in German nuclear plant

Prosecutors in the southern German city of Stuttgart are investigating allegations that a company sold low-quality concrete for major building projects including the Neckarwestheim Nuclear Power Station, German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung reported on Friday.

Former Siemens chief will not face corruption charges

Former Siemens chief will not face corruption charges

Heinrich von Pierer, former Siemens chief and supervisory board president, will not face penal charges in connection with a vast corruption scandal at the German engineering giant, prosecutors in southern Munich said in a statement on Friday.

Oktoberfest ‘maß’ cost climbs over €8

Oktoberfest ‘maß’ cost climbs over €8

The price of an iconic one-litre maß of beer at Munich's Oktoberfest will climb over €8 ($12.37) for the first time this autumn, the city announced on Friday.

Italy arrests eight connected to Duisburg mob massacre

Italy arrests eight connected to Duisburg mob massacre

The investigation into the Mafia shootings of six Italian men in Duisburg nine months ago netted eight arrests in Italy on Friday, according to reports in Italian media.

‘Marco’ to treat Germany to sunny holiday weekend

‘Marco’ to treat Germany to sunny holiday weekend

The strong high-pressure system “Marco” will treat Germany to picture-perfect sunny weather over the 3-day holiday weekend, according to the German weather service.

placeholder image

Media watchdog crashes Adidas meeting in Olympics protest

Media rights group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said it has gatecrashed the annual meeting of sportswear giant Adidas, to protest their sponsorship of the Beijing Olympics.

Germany calls for more pressure on junta in Burma

Germany calls for more pressure on junta in Burma

In light of the dramatic situation in Burma after Cyclone Nargis, Germany wants to increase international pressure on the ruling military regime to let aid in the country.