The German government has signalled it is willing to help US President-Elect Obama make good on his promise to close the controversial terrorist prison camp Guantánamo Bay by taking in inmates.
A German woman and her parents, freed by kidnappers in Yemen on Friday after a five-day ordeal, are still in the country, a source close to the German embassy said, contradicting an earlier report they had already left for home.
After offering seasonal good wishes, Chancellor Angela Merkel gave Germany a pep-talk on a video-broadcast released on Saturday, saying that the country faced numerous “challenges” in 2009.
A Nuremberg lawyer has issued a claim for the €100,000 reward offered by the widow of billionaire Friedrich Karl Flick, whose coffin was stolen from a mausoleum in Austria in November, the Bild newspaper reported on Saturday.
Troubled German property lender Hypo Real Estate is to slash its work force by almost half in three years, it announced on Saturday. Several board members and managers are also being sacked.
The uproar over another suspected case of stolen personal data was resolved Friday when police determined it was in fact the result of a hijacked Christmas cake.