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German women’s football team draws against Brazil

Germany and Brazil battled to a scoreless draw as they launched the 2008 Olympic Games with the opening Group F women's football match at Shenyang Stadium here Wednesday.

Germany sharpens penalties for methamphetamines

Germany sharpens penalties for methamphetamines

A German court sharpened penalties for methamphetamine posession on Wednesday in a preliminary ruling that called the drug particularly dangerous to users.

Three German troops hurt in suicide attack

Three German troops hurt in suicide attack

A suicide bombing in Afghanistan on Wednesday left three German soldiers wounded, two of them seriously, the German command in Potsdam said.

German football clubs set to call Brazilians home from Olympics

German football clubs set to call Brazilians home from Olympics

Werder Bremen and Schalke 04 look set to bring their Brazilian stars home from the Beijing Olympics before a ball is kicked after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled on Wednesday in favour of the Bundesliga clubs' battle with FIFA.

State premier Ringstorff to step down

State premier Ringstorff to step down

Harald Ringstorff, the longstanding state premier of the German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, ended months of speculation on Wednesday by announcing he will step down on October 3.

Taking the Neukölln out of Eliza Doolittle

Taking the Neukölln out of Eliza Doolittle

A new production of "My Fair Lady" just opened in Berlin, but Ben Knight reports the musical has a unique history in the once-divided German capital.

Germany to compensate Budapest Holocaust survivors

Germany to compensate Budapest Holocaust survivors

Germany will pay the first reparations to some 6,500 Holocaust survivors in Budapest, the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany announced on Wednesday. The restitution comes more than 60 years after Jews in the Hungarian city were crammed into a ghetto and shot on the banks of the Danube River.

German believed abducted in Afghanistan

German believed abducted in Afghanistan

A German citizen missing since late July in Afghanistan is presumed to be the victim of a criminal kidnapping, the German Foreign Ministry announced on Wednesday.

Germany tells firms to show ‘sensitivity’ on Iran deals

Germany tells firms to show ‘sensitivity’ on Iran deals

Germany on Wednesday called on companies to show "sensitivity" if they choose to do business in Iran after a German-Iranian gas deal drew sharp criticism from Israel.

Frankfurt customs agents seize piano with 16 kilos of cocaine

Frankfurt customs agents seize piano with 16 kilos of cocaine

Customs agents at the Frankfurt am Main airport announced on Wednesday they had seized a seemingly worthless piano containing 16 kilogrammes of cocaine.

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Commerzbank profits rise despite financial crisis

Commerzbank, the second-biggest German bank, posted on Wednesday a gain in second-quarter net profit, owing to a favourable tax effect, along with a plunge in operating earnings.

Leonardo DiCaprio’s German grandmother dies

Leonardo DiCaprio’s German grandmother dies

The German grandmother of Leonardo DiCaprio has passed away at the age of 93, according to the US film star’s family.

Wuppertal suspension railway resumes service after accident

Wuppertal suspension railway resumes service after accident

Wuppertal’s suspension monorail was expected to resume normal service on Wednesday following a dramatic accident involving a parked crane.

SPD mulling measures against Liechtenstein and Swiss banks

SPD mulling measures against Liechtenstein and Swiss banks

Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) are considering pushing for sanctions against banks from Liechtenstein and Switzerland to make them more cooperative in the fight against tax evasion.

Basketball star Nowitzki to carry German flag at Olympics

Basketball star Nowitzki to carry German flag at Olympics

Dirk Nowitzki, one of the stars of American professional basketball, will be Germany's flag-bearer at the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics, the German Olympic Committee announced on Wednesday.