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Doctors acquitted after helping British man to die

Two German doctors accused of illegally helping a severely ill British man die in 2004 were acquitted Monday amid an emotional national debate on euthanasia.

Germany ready to help US close Guantanamo

Germany ready to help US close Guantanamo

Germany said Monday it would consider taking in foreign detainees from Guantanamo if the United States closes its "war on terror" jail, but only if the rest of the European Union steps up to the plate.

Physicians say flu epidemic on the way

Physicians say flu epidemic on the way

Medical practitioners predicted on Monday that a flu epidemic will to roll across Germany in the next few weeks.

Man jumps into Knut’s enclosure

Man jumps into Knut’s enclosure

Polar bear Knut, the pride of the Berlin zoo, got an unexpected visitor as a slightly disturbed man jumped into the furry star’s enclosure for a swim and refused to leave, daily Tagespiegel reported on Monday.

Think tank forecasts worst recession since World War II

Think tank forecasts worst recession since World War II

One of Germany’s leading economic institutes on Monday predicted that the country’s economy will contract by 2.7 percent in 2009 - which would be the worst recession in its post-war history.

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Man admits sexually abusing 75 children

A 40-year-old man from Bavaria is being charged with sexually abusing 75 children over a period of 13 years, police reported on Monday. The man confessed that in some cases, he lured kids with pornography into a basement where the abuse took place.

Politicians demand Christmas church pews be saved for tithers

Politicians demand Christmas church pews be saved for tithers

With churches expected to be packed this Christmas Eve, German officials are calling for pews to be reserved for church members to ensure they are not squeezed out by holiday-only parishioners.

Is Berlin’s real estate party over?

Is Berlin’s real estate party over?

While realtors worry about the consequences of the global cash crisis on Berlin's red hot property market, experts argue that flats in the right location should remain a sound investment. Joe Morgan has a look at the situation for Exberliner Magazine.

Ex-BND boss Hanning issues terror warning

Ex-BND boss Hanning issues terror warning

Deputy Interior Minister August Hanning said on Monday Germany had foiled several terrorist attacks in 2008, but warned the country from taking the ongoing threat too lightly.

Recession catches up with consumers

Recession catches up with consumers

The recession is catching up with German consumers, causing their confidence has stagnated following three straight months of gradually growing optimism, a poll released on Monday showed.

Munich Re to buy US insurer HSB Group

Munich Re to buy US insurer HSB Group

German reinsurance group Munich Re on Monday said it has agreed to buy the specialty insurer HSB Group from troubled US giant AIG for $742 million (€531 million).

Three Germans die in Austrian avalanches

Three Germans die in Austrian avalanches

Three Germans died in avalanches in Austria over the weekend, news agency APA reported on Monday.

Hesse SPD candidate calls for forced loans from the rich

Hesse SPD candidate calls for forced loans from the rich

Behind in the polls ahead of next month’s state election, the Social Democratic candidate to become premier of Hesse, Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel, on Monday called for Germany’s rich to loan the government money to help combat the economic downturn.