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Germany economy in ‘disastrous’ shape

Germany is being pummelled by the global slowdown and "disastrous" data show its economy is already in recession, economists said on Thursday.

Apartment explosion kills one, injures five

Apartment explosion kills one, injures five

An explosion in a Mettmann apartment building on Thursday afternoon left one man dead and five people injured, authorities in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia reported.

Polticians criticize Russia’s missile threats

Polticians criticize Russia’s missile threats

German politicians have criticized Russian President Dmitri Medvedev's threat to station missiles at the Polish border after Barack Obama won the US presidential election on Tuesday.

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Bayern targets Champions League 16 after Fiorentina draw

Midfielder Tim Borowski said Bayern Munich deserved the point from their 1-1 draw at Fiorentina as the German giants took a step closer to the Champions League's last 16.

ECB cuts eurozone interest rates

ECB cuts eurozone interest rates

The European Central Bank (ECB) on Thursday cut its main interest rate by 50 basis points to 3.25 percent in an attempt to buttress the weakening eurozone economy.

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Police probe possible copycat bus fire

Less than two days after 20 people died tragically in a bus fire near Hannover, unknown suspects set the back of a public bus in Detmold alight, police in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia reported on Thursday.

Back to business for blackmailed BMW heiress Klatten

Back to business for blackmailed BMW heiress Klatten

Germany's richest woman, who was recently blackmailed by an ex-lover, hit the news again Thursday. But this time it was strictly business with a takeover worth almost a cool billion euros.

Deutsche Telekom stands by 2008 outlook

Deutsche Telekom stands by 2008 outlook

Deutsche Telekom, the leading European telecommunications operator, posted third-quarter results on Thursday which were in line with expectations and stood by its outlook for the full year.

High court curbs data collection law again

High court curbs data collection law again

Germany's Constitutional Court on Thursday announced it had further limited parts of a data-collection law meant to fight terrorism.

German youth fail to see Berlin Wall shadow

German youth fail to see Berlin Wall shadow

Nineteen years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, its historical shadow is fading fast for Germany's youth – many of whom do not even know who built it.

Berlin unwilling to help Obama more in Afghanistan and Iraq

Berlin unwilling to help Obama more in Afghanistan and Iraq

Anticipating likely requests by US president-elect Barack Obama, an official at the German Foreign Ministry said on Thursday Berlin would not increase its military and civilian operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Dumped fiancée ‘disappointed and hurt’ by Boris Becker

Dumped fiancée ‘disappointed and hurt’ by Boris Becker

Sandy Meyer-Wölden, the recently dumped fiancée of retired German tennis star Boris Becker, said on Thursday she was crushed by the decision to end their three-month whirlwind romance.