German official moots accepting Guantánamo inmates

German official moots accepting Guantánamo inmates

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.

Freed hostages still in Yemen

Freed hostages still in Yemen

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.

Merkel warns of difficult 2009 in festive pep-talk

Merkel warns of difficult 2009 in festive pep-talk

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.

Lawyer claims Flick corpse reward plus fees

Lawyer claims Flick corpse reward plus fees

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.

Hypo Real Estate to shed nearly half its workforce

Hypo Real Estate to shed nearly half its workforce

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.

German Christmas cake theft sparks data scare

German Christmas cake theft sparks data scare

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.