German MPs vote to send more troops to Afghanistan

German MPs vote to send more troops to Afghanistan

The German Bundestag, or lower house of parliament, voted Thursday to extend Germany's participation in the NATO-led force in Afghanistan and increase the number of soldiers deployed there to 4,500.

Mother pedals naked toddler through chilly Munich

Mother pedals naked toddler through chilly Munich

Authorities recently stopped a lawyer on her bicycle when they noticed her riding through town in chilly weather with her naked baby in the child seat, Munich police said on Thursday.

Doping scandals wreck German cycling

Doping scandals wreck German cycling

The German cycling world suffered two major shake-ups on Thursday when public television broadcaster ARD cancelled coverage of the Tour de France next summer and the German Cycling Federation (BDR) called off the Tour of Germany entirely.

German bank execs called upon to contribute to bailouts

German bank execs called upon to contribute to bailouts

Jürgen Thumann, the president of the German Federation of Industry (BDI), called upon well-paid banking executives to contribute to the bailout of their banks if they are rescued by the government.

Electronic books a hit at Frankfurt Book Fair

Electronic books a hit at Frankfurt Book Fair

Much touted electronic books might finally be nearing a breakthrough, and are already causing a buzz at the 60th Frankfurt Book Fair, the world's largest.

Kinky German couple creates cop chaos on Bavarian highway

Kinky German couple creates cop chaos on Bavarian highway

An emergency call about the sighting of a man in hot pursuit of a naked woman in handcuffs launched a full-scale police operation in Stammham, but the presumed kidnapping turned out to be just a sadomasochistic sex game.

Germany slashes 2009 growth forecast

Germany slashes 2009 growth forecast

The German government on Thursday slashed its growth forecast for 2009 – the world’s third largest economy is now only expected to expand by a meagre 0.2 percent next year.

‘Caliph of Cologne’ reportedly jailed for life

‘Caliph of Cologne’ reportedly jailed for life

A Turkish court has reportly sentenced an Islamic extremist known as "The Caliph of Cologne" to life in prison in a retrial for undermining Turkey's secular system.

Student busted for Peruvian cocaine candy at Munich airport

Student busted for Peruvian cocaine candy at Munich airport

A 25-year-old German student has been caught with bonbons containing cocaine extract at the Munich airport, customs officials said on Thursday.

Merkel: Germans and Turks must show more respect and tolerance

Merkel: Germans and Turks must show more respect and tolerance

Chancellor Angela Merkel has called on Germans and Turks to have more respect and tolerance for each other despite cultural differences.

Provocative pope musical debuts in Munich

Provocative pope musical debuts in Munich

A provocative new musical about a fictitious pope that is critical of key positions held by the Catholic Church opens in Munich on Thursday.

Trochowski secures German win over Wales

Trochowski secures German win over Wales

Winger Piotr Trochowski unleashed a superb second-half strike to seal a 1-0 win over Wales on Wednesday night and put Germany four points clear in their World Cup qualifying group.