German 90-year-old pleads innocent to Nazi war crime

German 90-year-old pleads innocent to Nazi war crime

A 90-year-old German, sentenced in Italy in absentia to life in prison for a Nazi war crime, pleaded innocent Monday at the start of a trial in Germany in one of the last cases of its kind.

Spiders take over Hamburg’s HafenCity

Spiders take over Hamburg’s HafenCity

Millions of spiders have colonized the HafenCity revitalization of Hamburg's old port district, daily Berliner Morgenpost reported on Monday. Some windows alone are infested with more than 700 creepy crawlers.

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Lufthansa takes control of Brussels Airlines

German carrier Lufthansa will acquire full control of Brussels Airlines, the two companies said Monday after talks with SN Airholding of Belgium.

Air Berlin passengers refuse to board plane after two false starts

Air Berlin passengers refuse to board plane after two false starts

Passengers on an Air Berlin flight that made two false starts in Nuremberg on Sunday banded together and forced the pilot to ground the plane. Against the background of several recent aviation disasters, they collected signatures and then waited 15 hours for a replacement aircraft.

Boy stands trial for flooding arena with beer

Boy stands trial for flooding arena with beer

A German teenager will stand trial on Monday for causing €100,000 in damage after he flooded a Düsseldorf arena with beer.

Berlin calls Lehman fallout ‘manageable’ as Frankfurt tanks

Berlin calls Lehman fallout ‘manageable’ as Frankfurt tanks

The German Finance Ministry on Monday said the country’s exposure to the collapsed US investment bank Lehman Brothers was “manageable,” but that didn’t stop financial shares from tanking on the Frankfurt stock market.

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Chemicals giant BASF wants to takeover Swiss rival Ciba

BASF, the world's biggest chemical company, said Monday it aimed to take over Swiss rival Ciba for €3.8 billion ($5.4 billion).

Leftists outraged by Schmidt’s comparison of Lafontaine to Hitler

Leftists outraged by Schmidt’s comparison of Lafontaine to Hitler

Members of Germany’s hard-line socialist Left party on Monday attacked former Chancellor Helmut Schmidt for comparing their populist leader Oskar Lafontaine with Adolf Hitler and French far-right politician Jean-Marie Le Pen.

Medical association calls smoking an illness

Medical association calls smoking an illness

The German Medical Association is pushing to have tobacco addiction recognized as an illness, Dortmund daily Ruhr Nachrichten reported on Monday.

Robbe says German military morale endangered

Robbe says German military morale endangered

Germany's parliamentary commissioner for the country’s armed forces, Reinhold Robbe, said on Monday he fears for the morale of the Bundeswehr soldiers.

Alleged Nazi war criminal to stand trial at age 90

Alleged Nazi war criminal to stand trial at age 90

A 90-year-old German, sentenced in absentia by an Italian military court to life in prison for a Nazi war crime, faces trial in Germany Monday in one of the last cases of its kind.