Siemens pays almost €1 billion to settle corruption case

Siemens pays almost €1 billion to settle corruption case

German industrial giant Siemens agreed to pay nearly €1 billion ($1.4 billion) to US and German authorities on Monday to settle a sprawling corruption scandal.

Famous TV cop Derrick dies

Famous TV cop Derrick dies

German actor Horst Tappert, who played Inspector Derrick in a long-running television police series shown in more than 100 countries, has died at age 85, celebrity magazine Bunte reported Monday.

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German suspect kept wife’s bones on balcony

An elderly German man who died three months ago in Australia is suspected of killing his wife and keeping her remains hidden on his balcony at their Sydney apartment for more than eight years.

VW sells Brazilian truck division

VW sells Brazilian truck division

German car manufacturer Volkswagen announced on Monday the sale of its Brazilian heavy truck division to the German transport engineering company MAN.

Expats rank Germany top place to find love

Expats rank Germany top place to find love

Germany has been ranked the number one place to fall in love and the second best place to have children by expatriates in a survey released by British bank HSBC this month.

Three Germans kidnapped in Yemen

Three Germans kidnapped in Yemen

A German couple and their daughter have been kidnapped by Yemeni tribesmen and are being held in a mountainous area of the impoverished Arab country, officials said on Monday.

Suspects in Passau police chief stabbing released

Suspects in Passau police chief stabbing released

Two suspects arrested after this weekend’s attempted murder of Passau police Chief Alois Mannichl have been released, according to senior public prosecutor Helmut Walch on Monday afternoon.

Fare dodgers crowding Berlin prisons

Fare dodgers crowding Berlin prisons

Hundreds of Berliners who end up in prison each year for riding public transportation without tickets are stressing the city’s already overcrowded prisons, daily Der Tagesspiegel reported on Monday.

Vandals ‘behead’ 2,400 Christmas trees

Vandals ‘behead’ 2,400 Christmas trees

Unknown perpetrators have cut off the tops of some 2,400 Christmas trees and sprayed them with diesel fuel in the town of Kamp-Lintfort in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, according to Cologne daily Express.

Boot camp builds Berlin’s best Santas

Boot camp builds Berlin’s best Santas

Each year Berlin’s top Santa Claus provider Heinzelmännchen holds a veritable Christmas boot camp for hundreds of Santas, and The Local’s Kerstin von Glowacki stopped by to find out what it takes to be a member of the elite yuletide force.

Authorities cull 100,000 fowl in bird flu epidemic

Authorities cull 100,000 fowl in bird flu epidemic

A bird flu epidemic has taken hold in the German state of Lower Saxony, with new cases found on six more farms and some 100,000 birds culled.

Two arrested in attack on Passau police chief

Two arrested in attack on Passau police chief

Passau police have arrested two neo-Nazi suspects in the attempted murder of the city’s police chief Alois Mannichl, local daily Passauer Neue Presse reported on Monday.

Hoffenheim finish the year on top

Hoffenheim finish the year on top

Hoffenheim finish the year as league leaders above Bayern Munich after coming from behind to seal a 1-1 draw with nine-man Schalke 04 on Sunday as the village team from southwest Germany continue the Bundesliga fairytale.