Russia returns looted church windows

Russia returns looted church windows

Russia on Monday returned precious 700-year-old stained glass windows to a Frankfurt an der Oder church that were seized by the Soviet army at the end of World War II.

Soldiers attacked twice in Afghanistan

Soldiers attacked twice in Afghanistan

Four German soldiers were injured on Monday in an insurgent attack as another soldier injured on Sunday was being transported back to the country for treatment.

Find Germany’s Obama? Yes we Cem!

Find Germany’s Obama? Yes we Cem!

An overwhelming majority of Germans might adore US president-elect Barack Obama, but they're unlikely to vote for a comparable politician in their own backyard any time soon, argues The Local's Marc Young.

One-third of German kids not read to at home

One-third of German kids not read to at home

Some 37 percent of German children are not read to in their homes, according to a Berlin study released Monday, contradicting reports from parents.

German cyclist Sinkewitz announces January comeback

German cyclist Sinkewitz announces January comeback

German cyclist Patrik Sinkewitz, who admitted to doping last year, announced plans on Monday to make his comeback in January at the Tour of Majorca riding for Team PSK Whirlpool.

Doc claims southern Germans smarter than northerners

Doc claims southern Germans smarter than northerners

A German military doctor said on Monday that data from a decade of giving intelligence tests to young enlisted men shows that southern-born Germans are smarter than their northerners.

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EU industry groups call for coordinated economic action

A round table of 47 leading European industrial groups called on Monday for urgent political action, in particular from Germany, in response to what it termed an "extremely dangerous" economic crisis.

Hypo Real Estate expects heavy charges

Hypo Real Estate expects heavy charges

German property lender Hypo Real Estate expects to suffer heavy charges in 2009 after flirting with bankruptcy this year, the bank said in a statement on Monday.

Season’s first grey seal pups born on Helgoland

Season’s first grey seal pups born on Helgoland

The season’s first grey seal pups have been born on the dunes of the North Sea island Helgoland, animal experts reported on Monday.

Left party MP backs off wikipedia.de ban

Left party MP backs off wikipedia.de ban

Lutz Heilmann, a German MP from the hard-line socialist Left party, has retracted his injunction against wikipedia.de after his legal action stirred up widespread criticism while the website was blocked over the weekend.

The best of Berlin in November

The best of Berlin in November

Exberliner, the German capital's leading English-language magazine, this month picks the best places to buy hard-to-find mags, have a nice cup of tea to fight the cold German winter, or get your hair cut in style.

Löw to lay down the law ahead of England friendly

Löw to lay down the law ahead of England friendly

Germany coach Joachim Löw will on Monday lay down the law to his players after last month's public spat with captain Michael Ballack, as his side prepares for its Berlin friendly against England.

New teen drug trend has officials worried

New teen drug trend has officials worried

Officials are worried about a new recreational drug trend among Berlin youths called "Spice" that could lead to permanent physical damage, daily Der Tagesspiegel reported on Monday.

Steinbrück rejects auto industry rescue plan

Steinbrück rejects auto industry rescue plan

German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück has rejected a financial rescue package for the country’s ailing auto sector on Monday ahead of an emergency meeting about automaker Opel’s dire financial state.

Rwandan president says aide arrest shows ‘contempt’

Rwandan president says aide arrest shows ‘contempt’

Rwandan President Paul Kagame said Monday that Germany and Europe had shown "total contempt" for his country by arresting one of his key aides suspected of involvement in the death of a former ruler.