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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A man thought to be HIV-positive went to trial in Berlin on Tuesday accused of pimping and having unprotected sex with teenage boys.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
German military troops are suffer from a lack of support from their countrymen, the new Protestant bishop for the Bundeswehr said on Tuesday.
A supposedly headless corpse discovered in Berlin's Schöneberg district was actually missing its legs, Der Tagesspiegel reported on Tuesday.