Germany teddy maker Steiff to end production in China

Germany teddy maker Steiff to end production in China

Venerable German toy maker Steiff will no longer produce its trademark teddy bears in China because of quality concerns, according to a newspaper report on Wednesday.

What’s on in Germany: July 3-July 9

What’s on in Germany: July 3-July 9

German court jails two men for holding sex slaves

German court jails two men for holding sex slaves

A German court on Wednesday handed heavy jail sentences to two men for abducting, raping and keeping three women as sex slaves in a house in Garlstedt near Bremen in 2006.

Former Airbus boss reportedly faces insider trading probe

Former Airbus boss reportedly faces insider trading probe

The former German chief executive of airplane maker Airbus, Gustav Humbert, is in French custody for questioning over alleged insider trading and will go before a judge Wednesday to face possible charges, a source close to the case said.

Lost scenes of ‘Metropolis’ discovered in Argentina

Lost scenes of ‘Metropolis’ discovered in Argentina

Lost scenes from German-Austrian director Fritz Lang's legendary silent film "Metropolis" have been discovered in Argentina, German weekly newspaper Die Zeit reported on Wednesday.

German cops bust grass growing granny

German cops bust grass growing granny

Customs police in the German town Kleve near the Dutch border have busted a 69-year-old woman for growing over 1,100 marijuana plants with a high-tech setup in an old mill.

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German firm stops supplying blank banknotes to Zimbabwe

A German firm said Wednesday it has bowed to pressure and will stop supplying blank banknotes to Zimbabwe, where the regime of Robert Mugabe fills them with ever increasing numbers of zeros.

Discount grocer Aldi to sell €399 ‘netbook’ mini laptop

Discount grocer Aldi to sell €399 ‘netbook’ mini laptop

Discount grocer Aldi will begin selling a bargain mini notebook computer for €399 across the country on Thursday, unleashing a potential buying frenzy amongst notoriously frugal German shoppers.

Knife-wielding German prisoner takes woman hostage for beer

Knife-wielding German prisoner takes woman hostage for beer

A knife-wielding prisoner at a minimum security prison in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia took a woman hostage on Monday morning to avoid being moved to a more restrictive jail.

Prestigious Bayreuth Wagner festival to go online

Prestigious Bayreuth Wagner festival to go online

The Bayreuth Festival, the prestigious annual event dedicated to the music of Richard Wagner, is to go online, organizers said Tuesday—but it will be pricey and tickets are limited.

Steinbrück bets 6 bottles of wine on balanced budget by 2011

Steinbrück bets 6 bottles of wine on balanced budget by 2011

German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück said on Wednesday he bets six bottles of red wine that the federal budget will be “in the black” by 2011.

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Merkel sticks to Lisbon Treaty strategy

German Chancellor Angela Merkel stuck to her guns Tuesday on all EU states needing to ratify the Lisbon Treaty, after Poland’s president said Ireland’s “no” vote made such a move pointless.