Hidden Van Gogh painting revealed by Hamburg science centre

Hidden Van Gogh painting revealed by Hamburg science centre

A group of international scientists at the DESY physics research centre in Hamburg has uncovered a painting underneath another artwork by Vincent van Gogh using special light technology.

Germany needs a comprehensive smoking ban

Germany needs a comprehensive smoking ban

The Consitutional Court ruling on smoking in bars and restaurants shows Germany needs a comprehensive ban to ensure public health, argues Marlies Volkmer, member of parliament for the Social Democratic Party (SPD).

Strike forces Lufthansa to cancel long-distance flights

Strike forces Lufthansa to cancel long-distance flights

Germany's largest airline Lufthansa cut long-distance flights Wednesday for the first time since cabin crews and ground personnel launched an open-ended strike earlier this week, a spokesman said.

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German troops attacked in Afghanistan

German troops in Afghanistan were attacked in two separate incidents earlier this week, newsmagazine Der Spiegel reported on Wednesday. One unit came under gunfire and another was targeted by explosives, but there were no injuries.

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Woman killed in sadomasochistic game near Potsdam

A dead woman found in a motel room near Potsdam on Monday is thought to have died in a bizarre sadomasochistic sex game, German daily Bild reported on Wednesday.

German high court overturns smoking ban

German high court overturns smoking ban

In a ruling likely to have nationwide implications, Germany's high court on Wednesday ruled that a new smoking ban in the states of Baden-Württemberg and Berlin was unconstitutional.

Siemens Q2 results beat expectations

Siemens Q2 results beat expectations

Scandal-hit German engineering giant Siemens on Wednesday posted better than expected quarterly results that included a slew of new orders.

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Bayer sees growth despite drop in Q2 profit

The German pharmaceutical and chemicals group Bayer posted a 13-percent drop in second-quarter net profit on Wednesday, but said it reflected a one-off item and that the business itself had grown.

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Germany regrets ‘lost opportunity’ at WTO talks

German Agriculture Minister Horst Seehofer regretted on Wednesday the "lost opportunity" in the collapse of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) talks and called for negotiations to continue.

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MAN posts strong Q2 results

The German conglomerate MAN reported unexpectedly strong second-quarter results on Wednesday, largely owing to its large diesel engine division.

Aachen 7-year-old steals €500 from his granny

Aachen 7-year-old steals €500 from his granny

A 7-year-old child in Aachen lifted his grandmother’s bank card and stole €500 to distribute to his friends, according to police in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Humpback whale sighted off of Germany’s northern coast

Humpback whale sighted off of Germany’s northern coast

A humpback whale has been sighted off Germany’s northern coast for the first time in 30 years.

Lufthansa cancels 78 flights due to strike

Lufthansa cancels 78 flights due to strike

Germany's largest airline, Lufthansa, will cancel long-distance flights Wednesday for the first time since cabin crews and ground personnel walked out on strike earlier this week, a spokeswoman said.