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ECB extends unlimited cash loans to euro zone banks

The European Central Bank said it would keep providing unlimited amounts of cash in operations that underpin euro zone lending at fixed rates aimed at unblocking key interbank markets, on Thursday in Frankfurt.

Germany ‘did not help US in Iraq war’

Germany ‘did not help US in Iraq war’

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has vehemently denied that the German secret service (BND) helped the US in the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

IMF chief urges Germany to increase spending

IMF chief urges Germany to increase spending

IMF director general Dominique Strauss-Kahn urged Germany to boost public spending, in line with other European countries, to stave off global recession, in a television interview on Thursday.

German pope gets special Bavarian Christmas delivery

German pope gets special Bavarian Christmas delivery

Bavarian-born Pope Benedict XVI doesn’t want to miss out on his country’s traditional Christmas goodness and had his personal courier drive up to the southern German state to pick up holiday treats and Christmas trees for the Vatican, news agency DPA reported on Thursday.

Drunk man killed on highway after police let him go

Drunk man killed on highway after police let him go

Hannover police have reported that a pedestrian was killed on the autobahn after they had decided to let him continue walking home despite stopping him for intoxication.

Fourth grade students try to poison teacher’s pet

Fourth grade students try to poison teacher’s pet

School children have tried to poison their classmate at a primary school in Hamburg because she was too smart, daily Express reported this week.

Business sentiment hits all-time low for December

Business sentiment hits all-time low for December

Business sentiment dropped in Germany for the seventh straight month to a record low point of 82.6 points in December, the key Ifo index showed on Thursday, while business activity fell sharply across the 15-nation eurozone.

Kidnappers demand prisoner release in exchange for hostages

Kidnappers demand prisoner release in exchange for hostages

Yemeni tribesmen who are holding a German family hostage are demanding the release of two Yemenis detained in the United States for supporting Al-Qaeda, a tribal source told AFP.

CSU threatens to torpedo stimulus plan

CSU threatens to torpedo stimulus plan

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Bavarian allies have threatened to torpedo any new stimulus package to boost the flagging economy unless it includes tax cuts.

Couple charged with helping Passau neo-Nazi murder suspect

Couple charged with helping Passau neo-Nazi murder suspect

A couple picked up by police this week for questioning regarding the neo-Nazi stabbing attack on the Passau police chief have been arrested on suspicion of assisting the assailant.

Bird-loving Berlin man ruffles feathers with 1,700 budgies

Bird-loving Berlin man ruffles feathers with 1,700 budgies

Berlin city officials, summoned by complaints over the noise, found a 60-year-old man sharing his two-room flat with 1,700 budgerigars.