Farmer who killed parents and fed neighbour to pigs loses appeal

Farmer who killed parents and fed neighbour to pigs loses appeal

A farmer convicted of murdering his mother and father, and then years later of feeding the body of a neighbour to his pigs has lost his appeal against a life sentence.

Police remove determined talent show reject in handcuffs

Police remove determined talent show reject in handcuffs

Police arrested a man and had to handcuff him after he flipped out during auditions for the the music talent show Deutschland sucht den Superstar, or "Germany Seeks the Superstar."

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Swiss student dies of Meningitis in Berlin

An 18-year-old Swiss student has died of a Meningitis infection in Berlin’s first case of the deadly illness this year, officials announced on Tuesday.

TSV 1860 München fires Göktan for taking cocaine

TSV 1860 München fires Göktan for taking cocaine

Professional footballer Berkant Göktan has been fired from his team TSV 1860 München after a urine test showed he had taken cocaine.

Lentil and pork stew recalled in broken glass scare

Lentil and pork stew recalled in broken glass scare

Three German supermarkets have cleared tins of lentil and pork stew from their shelves and have asked customers to return it to stores after two people found pieces of broken glass in their dinner.

Germany’s favorite 105-year-old singer sues over SS claims

Germany’s favorite 105-year-old singer sues over SS claims

Germany’s favorite oldest living cabaret entertainer Johannes Heesters is suing an author who alleges he sang for the SS at Dachau concentration camp.

Bureaucratic error frees dangerous sex offender early

Bureaucratic error frees dangerous sex offender early

A paedophile sentenced to five years in prison for sexually abusing his step-daughter has been released from prison in Lübeck by mistake - despite having been labelled as dangerous.

Germany and France lead in writing new tax haven blacklist

Germany and France lead in writing new tax haven blacklist

Seventeen countries led by France and Germany decided Tuesday to draw up a new blacklist of tax havens that could include Switzerland, in a first step toward rewriting the rules of global finance.

OECD sees gap between rich and poor growing in Germany

OECD sees gap between rich and poor growing in Germany

The gap between rich and poor in Germany has grown dramatically over the past 20 years, according to a new report released by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on Tuesday.

Reich-Ranicki ruckus co-opted by advertising industry

Reich-Ranicki ruckus co-opted by advertising industry

The ruckus surrounding German literature critic Marcel Reich-Ranicki's attack on poor television programming has been co-opted by the advertising industry, with ad spoofs by Ryanair and Deutsche Telekom this week, daily Express reported on Tuesday.

Alba Berlin hopes to lure Nowitzki from NBA

Alba Berlin hopes to lure Nowitzki from NBA

Berlin’s professional basketball team Alba Berlin is reportedly looking to lure German NBA star Dirk Nowitzki away from Dallas.

Mafia trial for Duisburg slayings starts in Italy

Mafia trial for Duisburg slayings starts in Italy

Forty-three defendants went on trial this week from both sides of a deadly Italian mafia feud that led to last year's slayings of six clan members in Duisburg.

Glos demands bankers sacrifice bonuses

Glos demands bankers sacrifice bonuses

German Economy Minister Michael Glos on Monday called for investment bankers to follow the example of Deutsche Bank CEO Josef Ackermann by forgoing their bonuses this year in light of the global financial crisis.