20 die in fiery bus accident near Hannover

20 die in fiery bus accident near Hannover

Around 20 people were feared killed on Tuesday evening in a fire on a bus on a motorway near Hannover, according to police in the German state of Lower Saxony.

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German TV told it must broadcast Tour de France

German public broadcaster ARD has been told it has no basis on which to bring a premature end to its contract with Tour de France organisers to show the race in 2009-2011.

Where to watch US election coverage in Germany

Where to watch US election coverage in Germany

Though the US election will take place thousands of kilometres away and in the middle of the night for those of us living in Germany, there are plenty of ways to tune in to the final showdown between Obama and McCain - both from home and in the company of excited party-goers.

‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ voting for US soldiers in Germany

‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ voting for US soldiers in Germany

Members of the US military and their families make up a large but insular bloc of voters in Germany. As the nation turns its attention across the Atlantic on Tuesday, The Local looks at Election Day on base – where many events will be well below the radar.

Merkel details economic recovery plan

Merkel details economic recovery plan

Chancellor Angela Merkel gave details on Tuesday of measures aimed at boosting slowing growth in Germany, calling the package a "bridge" for Europe's biggest economy until it picks up again in 2010.

Chocolate cigarettes labelled a gateway drug

Chocolate cigarettes labelled a gateway drug

German cancer researchers and consumer protection experts on Tuesday called for a ban on chocolate and candy cigarettes, labelling them a threat to the future health of children.

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Suspected HIV-positive sex offender on trial in Berlin

A man thought to be HIV-positive went to trial in Berlin on Tuesday accused of pimping and having unprotected sex with teenage boys.

Hesse girds for new state elections

Hesse girds for new state elections

Politicians in Hesse on Tuesday were bracing themselves for fresh elections, one day after rebel Social Democratic MPs torpedoed their party's formation of a centre-left minority government in the German state.

Live Jamie Oliver stage show postponed in Hamburg

Live Jamie Oliver stage show postponed in Hamburg

Poor ticket sales have forced British superstar-chef Jamie Oliver to postpone the forthcoming German premiere of his cooking stage show in Hamburg, daily Bild reported on Tuesday.

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Siemens sells computer unit to Fujitsu

German engineering group Siemens said on Tuesday it will sell its half of a computer joint venture with Fujitsu to the Japanese group for around €450 million ($566 million).

BMW posts hefty quarterly loss

BMW posts hefty quarterly loss

BMW, the German luxury car maker, said on Tuesday that it could no longer give a forecast for 2008, after it was hit head-on by the international financial crisis.

Bridge murder suspect goes on trial

Bridge murder suspect goes on trial

A case involving a chunk of wood thrown from a motorway bridge that killed a Lower Saxony woman in a passing car goes to trial on Tuesday.

Military bishop says Germans don’t support troops

Military bishop says Germans don’t support troops

German military troops are suffer from a lack of support from their countrymen, the new Protestant bishop for the Bundeswehr said on Tuesday.

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Headless Berlin corpse was actually legless

A supposedly headless corpse discovered in Berlin's Schöneberg district was actually missing its legs, Der Tagesspiegel reported on Tuesday.