German fashion industry says ‘no’ to anorexic models

German fashion industry says ‘no’ to anorexic models

Underfed models will have no place on the runways or in ads of German fashion houses, according to a voluntary agreement signed on Friday by German fashion industry representatives and sponsored by Germany’s health minister.

Secrecy surrounds Ballack’s upcoming nuptials

Secrecy surrounds Ballack’s upcoming nuptials

Michael Ballack, German national football team captain and Chelsea midfielder, is to marry his long-time partner and hold a wedding reception next week at a yacht club at Bavaria’s Lake Starnberg. But the club isn’t providing any details.

How Team Telekom totalled the Tour de France

How Team Telekom totalled the Tour de France

In the second dispatch of The Local's new column about life in Germany, Portnoy blames Team Telekom for spoiling his love for cycling's top event, the Tour de France.

French bank buys German Citibank business

French bank buys German Citibank business

Regional French bank Credit Mutuel said on Friday that it will pay €4.9 billion ($7.7 billion) to buy the German business of US banking giant Citigroup, hard hit by the global financial crisis.

Dead baby found in Weser river was murdered

Dead baby found in Weser river was murdered

A newborn found last week in the Weser river in northern Germany did not die of natural causes but was killed after being born, forensic tests have shown.

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Six-year-old hit by flying sofa

A six-year-old girl is in the hospital with a broken leg and possibly fractured spine after her mother threw part of a sofa out of an attic apartment which hit the child.

Work on Berlin’s new airport terminal begins

Work on Berlin’s new airport terminal begins

Work on the main passenger terminal for Berlin's new airport, Berlin Brandenburg International (BBI), officially began on Friday.

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Thomas Cook, Air Berlin ditch Condor sale

British travel group Thomas Cook has dropped plans to sell its German unit Condor to low-cost airline Air Berlin, and has also suspended a share buy-back programme, Thomas Cook said on Friday.

Deutsche Bahn ICE train recall to cause delays

Deutsche Bahn ICE train recall to cause delays

German train passengers faced delays on Friday when Deutsche Bahn recalled their ICE-3 trains for inspection after a defective axle popped off tracks in Cologne this week, the national railway operator announced on Friday.

German bars flouting smoking ban by converting to private clubs

German bars flouting smoking ban by converting to private clubs

Restaurants and bars in the German states of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) and Bavaria have found a way to legally flout the country's new smoking ban by converting their businesses to smoking clubs.

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Schäuble rejects PKK demands in hostage situation

Interior Minister Wolfgang Schäuble has rejected the demands of PKK rebels who kidnapped three German climbers in eastern Turkey this week.