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The Left’s Gysi grilled for alleged Stasi links

Gregor Gysi, a top leader of Germany's hard-line socialist party The Left, came under fire on Wednesday from parliamentary deputies accusing him of having informed for East Germany's feared Stasi secret police.

German milk strike spills across Europe

German milk strike spills across Europe

With food costs soaring around the world, German dairy farmers began a strike over falling milk prices on Wednesday in a protest that a European milk body said is spreading to other EU countries.

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Woman arrested for dead baby in freezer

A woman in the state of Baden-Württemberg has given herself up to police after relatives discovered she had put her newborn baby in a freezer, police in Horb-am-Neckar said on Wednesday.

Löw cuts trio from German Euro 2008 squad

Löw cuts trio from German Euro 2008 squad

Germany head coach Joachim Loew on Wednesday dropped striker Patrick Helmes plus midfielders Jermaine Jones and teenager Marko Marin from his final Euro 2008 squad.

Messerschmitt mishap briefly shuts Berlin airport

Messerschmitt mishap briefly shuts Berlin airport

Berlin’s ILA aerospace trade fair and air show got off to a bumpy start after an antique World War II German Messerschmitt crash landed, forcing the nearby Schönefeld airport to temporarily halt air traffic late on Tuesday.

Germany pledges €500 mln at UN biodiversity talks

Germany pledges €500 mln at UN biodiversity talks

Germany on Wednesday pledged €500 million ($785 million) to help defend threatened forests and called on others to join its effort at a UN conference on biodiversity in Bonn.

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Four bidders shortlisted for stake in German bank IKB

Four bidders are interested in buying German bank IKB, which has reported a nine-month loss of about €1 billion ($1.57 billion), a spokesman for its dominant shareholder KfW told AFP on Wednesday.

Tillich takes over as premier of Saxony

Tillich takes over as premier of Saxony

Stanislaw Tillich became the new premier of Saxony on Wednesday, making him both the first easterner and member of the ethnic Sorbian minority to govern the German state.

German classical musicians turning to drugs and alcohol

German classical musicians turning to drugs and alcohol

A growing number of classical musicians in Germany are turning to drugs and alcohol, according to the vice president of the German Association for Music Physiology and Musicians' Medicine (DGfMM).

Former Deutsche Telekom boss implicated in spy scandal

Former Deutsche Telekom boss implicated in spy scandal

A former personnel director of the German telecommunications operator Deutsche Telekom Wednesday accused two of the group’s former bosses of involvement in a telephone spy scandal.

Amnesty criticizes deaths in German police custody

Amnesty criticizes deaths in German police custody

Human rights organization Amnesty International has criticized Germany’s explanation of deadly police incidents.

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German import prices climb in April: report

German import prices climbed higher in April, gaining 0.9 percent from the previous month, figures released Wednesday by the national statistics office showed.

Workers spot crocodile in Hildesheim river

Workers spot crocodile in Hildesheim river

City workers say they saw a crocodile in a river channel in Hildesheim in the German state of Lower Saxony.