Steinmeier fears impact of chilly US-Russia ties

Steinmeier fears impact of chilly US-Russia ties

Germany's Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier warned on Wednesday that the frigid state of US-Russian ties could aggravate a range of world crises after high-level talks on Iran's disputed nuclear program were axed.

Bavarian dentist retrieves unpaid work from patient’s mouth

Bavarian dentist retrieves unpaid work from patient’s mouth

A disgruntled dentist in the Bavarian town of Neu-Ulm is under investigation for assault and theft after forcibly retrieving unpaid dental work from the mouth of his patient.

Germany doubles police instructors in Afghanistan

Germany doubles police instructors in Afghanistan

Germany will double its contribution to an EU police training mission in Afghanistan, the cabinet in Berlin announced on Wednesday.

Unfulfilled Aachen john demands hooker refund

Unfulfilled Aachen john demands hooker refund

An Aachen man who failed to reach orgasm during his €30 ($44) session with a prostitute has accused her of unfairly taking his money, according to a bemused police report on Wednesday.

First Siemens bribery scandal trial starts in Nuremberg

First Siemens bribery scandal trial starts in Nuremberg

A damaging bribery scandal at German conglomerate Siemens came to court in Nuremberg for the first time on Wednesday as a former board member went on trial charged with breach of trust.

China asks German dairies for powdered milk

China asks German dairies for powdered milk

China has started making inquires at German dairies for powdered milk in the wake of a deadly food safety scandal, daily newspaper Die Welt reported on Wednesday.

Brangelina arrives for three-month stay in Berlin

Brangelina arrives for three-month stay in Berlin

Hollywood couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have arrived in Berlin for a three-month stay while Pitt stars in Quentin Tarantino's “Inglorious Basterds,” which begins production in mid-October.

German business confidence drops again

German business confidence drops again

German business confidence dropped for the fourth straight month in September, the key Ifo index showed on Wednesday, as the biggest European economy was gripped by the international financial crisis.

Tiefensee says aid to former communist east ‘urgent’

Tiefensee says aid to former communist east ‘urgent’

Eighteen years after German reunification, the eastern states still depend on financial support from the federal government, Transportation Minister Wolfgang Tiefensee told broadcaster ZDF on Wednesday morning.

Knut’s surrogate father Dörflein had cancer

Knut’s surrogate father Dörflein had cancer

An autopsy has shown Berlin's famous zookeeper Thomas Dörflein died of a heart attack, but Germany daily Bild reported Wednesday that Knut’s surrogate father was also suffering from cancer.

Steinmeier says Russia hindering talks on Iran

Steinmeier says Russia hindering talks on Iran

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Tuesday that Russia’s apparent cancellation of a ministerial meeting of six major powers on Iran’s nuclear program would make it “difficult” to bring pressure on Tehran.