Circus elephant escapes in Brandenburg

Circus elephant escapes in Brandenburg

A circus elephant escaped from its pen in the German state of Brandenburg overnight, police in Neuruppin said on Wednesday.

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Germany welcomes Gaza truce ahead of Palestinian forum

Germany on Wednesday hailed a truce between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, saying it could provide an auspicious backdrop for a Palestinian aid conference it is hosting next week.

German cabinet agrees on raft of energy-saving laws

German cabinet agrees on raft of energy-saving laws

The German cabinet on Wednesday adopted new measures aimed at cutting the country's carbon dioxide emissions by more than a third by 2020, the environment ministry said.

Löw banned from Euro quarterfinal match

Löw banned from Euro quarterfinal match

UEFA's disciplinary committee ruled on Wednesday that German national football team coach Joachim Löw will have to watch Thursday's Euro 2008 quarterfinal match against Portugal from the stands.

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Daimler to build auto factory in Hungary

The German auto manufacturer Daimler said Wednesday it would build a factory in Hungary and invest in an existing German plant to boost output of smaller, cleaner models.

Famed Hummel figurines get the axe

Famed Hummel figurines get the axe

The German porcelain manufacturer Goebel had announced it will cease production of its world-famous Hummel figurines.

Patriotic Germans flying the flag for football

Patriotic Germans flying the flag for football

A majority of Germans support flying the country’s black, red, and gold flag in patriotic support of the national football team during the Euro 2008, according to a poll published on Wednesday.

Tottenham and Juventus reportedly interested in Podolski

Tottenham and Juventus reportedly interested in Podolski

Germany's Euro 2008 top scorer Lukas Podolski has revealed Juventus and Tottenham have contacted him and he is interested in joining either football clubs after sitting on the bench at Bayern Munich last season.

Adidas to sue Wal-Mart for copycat shoes

Adidas to sue Wal-Mart for copycat shoes

German sporting goods manufacturer Adidas is suing American discount retail giant Wal-Mart for trademark infringement, German daily Handelsblatt reported on Wednesday.

Rising grocery prices force Germans to shop at discounters

Rising grocery prices force Germans to shop at discounters

Rising food and energy costs have the notoriously frugal Germans turning to discount grocers for their staples.

EU probes state aid for Frankfurt’s Hahn airport

EU probes state aid for Frankfurt’s Hahn airport

The European Commission opened a probe Tuesday into state aid to Frankfurt’s Hahn airport and contracts with low-cost carrier Ryanair to ensure that they respect EU rules after receiving complaints.