Man breaches Obama barricades in Berlin

Man breaches Obama barricades in Berlin

A German man was detained on Wednesday afternoon after driving his car through the barricades near Berlin's Victory Column where workers are preparing for tomorrow's speech by presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, police reported.

Measuring Kreuzberg’s mosque tolerance

Measuring Kreuzberg’s mosque tolerance

Germans in several cities are complaining about plans to build new mosques, but Ben Knight finds it’s the integrated Muslims in Berlin’s Kreuzberg district eyeing a new house of worship there most sceptically.

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Merkel will resist Obama call for more Afghanistan troops

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she would resist any pressure to send more troops to Afghanistan during talks Thursday with US Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama.

VW profits surge amid drive into emerging markets

VW profits surge amid drive into emerging markets

Volkswagen, the biggest European carmaker, reported a profits leap on Wednesday, taking the stock market by surprise.

German woman charged for murder of Swedish toddlers

German woman charged for murder of Swedish toddlers

A 32-year-old German woman suspected of murdering two Swedish toddlers and the attempted murder of their mother has been charged at Sweden's Västmanland district court, Swedish news agency TT reported on Wednesday.

Over a million Germans disappear

Over a million Germans disappear

Germany’s Federal Statistics Office has shaved 1.3 million people from the country’s population after a random sampling showed the widely accepted figured of 82.2 million was too high. That's almost as high as the population in Munich, Bavaria's capital city.

German cabinet approves new citizenship test and ID cards

German cabinet approves new citizenship test and ID cards

The German cabinet gave the green light on the planned citizenship test for immigrants and new national identification cards on Wednesday.

Berlin man arrested for attempted murder by gas explosion

Berlin man arrested for attempted murder by gas explosion

Hamburg police have arrested a Berlin man who tried to blow up his Berlin apartment building last Friday, Berlin daily Berliner Morgenpost reported Wednesday.

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Poland’s Elblag Canal offers gravity-defying cruise

Poland's Elblag canal is a gravity-defying waterway like none other, writes AFP's Mary Sibierski. Located in what was once East Prussia, it offers a boat cruise that is part San Francisco cable car ride through idyllic countryside.

Strike at Lufthansa units cause widespread cancellations

Strike at Lufthansa units cause widespread cancellations

The pilot strike at two Lufthansa subsidiary airlines continued on Wednesday, with the airline reporting a number of cancelled flights.

German couple kidnapped by pirates beg for medical help

German couple kidnapped by pirates beg for medical help

The German couple kidnapped by pirates off the coast of Somalia last month were able to speak to Der Spiegel and have begged for help, according to reports by the German news magazine late on Tuesday.

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Leader of German PKK arm arrested

Police have arrested a suspected leader of the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Detmold in the west of the country, German federal prosecutors said Tuesday.