German cargo ship reportedly hijacked off Somali coast

German cargo ship reportedly hijacked off Somali coast

The Kuala Lumpur-based International Maritime Bureau's piracy reporting centre said on Thursday that a German cargo ship was hijacked along with two other ships off the Somali coast in an unprecedented series of attacks.

German troops kill first Afghan

German troops kill first Afghan

In the midst of increased violence in Afghanistan, German troops have killed their first person there during an alleged insurgent attack, German daily Rheinische Post said on Thursday. But reports on the incident are inconsistent.

Bavarian family feared dead in Spanair crash

Bavarian family feared dead in Spanair crash

German police believe a family of four from Pullach near Munich was on the Spanair flight that crashed in Madrid on Wednesday killing at least 153 people.

German Olympians strip for Playboy

German Olympians strip for Playboy

The Greeks are said to have competed in the buff during the original Olympics, so perhaps German Playboy isn't too far off the mark by featuring four of the country's female athletes for its upcoming September edition.

German Olympic horse disqualified for doping

German Olympic horse disqualified for doping

German doping scandals have moved from two wheels to four hooves. Olympic equestrian medal favorite Christian Ahlmann has been disqualified from the games in Beijing for allegedly doping his horse.

Four dead in A31 autobahn accident

Four dead in A31 autobahn accident

An accident involving several vehicles on the A31 motorway near Kirchhellen in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia has left four people dead and at least two seriously injured on Thursday.

Tyre maker Continental agrees to Schaeffler takeover

Tyre maker Continental agrees to Schaeffler takeover

After initially saying no and weeks of wrangling, German tyre maker Continental finally said yes on Thursday to a much-sweetened takeover offer by industrial firm Schaeffler.

Citizens taxed thousands for ministry’s Knut adoption

Citizens taxed thousands for ministry’s Knut adoption

German Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel's adoption of famous Berlin polar bear Knut has so far cost the country's taxpayers €11,900, a politician told daily Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung on Thursday.

US investment group Lone Star buys IKB

US investment group Lone Star buys IKB

German state development bank KfW said on Thursday its stake in troubled commercial bank IKB will be sold to the US investment group Lone Star.

German police to help with Spanair crash investigation

German police to help with Spanair crash investigation

Forensic experts from Germany’s federal police (BKA) will help identify the victims of the horrific crash of a Spanair flight in Madrid that left at least 153 people dead on Wednesday.

Westerwelle: Berlin must oppose US missile defence

Westerwelle: Berlin must oppose US missile defence

Guido Westerwelle, the head of German opposition Free Democrats, on Thursday urged the German government to oppose the US missile defence system to be built in neightbouring Poland and the Czech Republic.