Rwandan arrested on genocide charges

Rwandan arrested on genocide charges

Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that a former Rwandan mayor had been arrested a second time in Germany for his alleged involvement in the country's 1994 genocide.

The Local’s Christmas quiz

The Local’s Christmas quiz

As 2008 slowly winds down, it's time for The Local's first annual Christmas quiz.

German Navy joins hunt for pirates off Africa

German Navy joins hunt for pirates off Africa

The German Navy frigate “Karlsruhe” set sail on Tuesday from Djibouti to take part in an EU-led anti-piracy mission off the Horn of Africa. The waters in the region have been plagued by increasingly daring attacks by pirates, mostly from Somalia.

Couple held in Passau neo-Nazi knife attack released

Couple held in Passau neo-Nazi knife attack released

A 22-year-old woman and her 33-year-old husband who were arrested under suspicion of involvement in a knife attack with far-right overtones on a police chief in Passau were released on Tuesday. Police have no new leads in the case.

Pensioner stuck in parking spot leaves path of destruction

Pensioner stuck in parking spot leaves path of destruction

Despite getting help from a police officer, an elderly woman left a path of destruction after she panicked while pulling out of a parking space. She damaged half a dozen cars, a street lamp, and more, police in Schleswig–Holstein reported on Tuesday.

German states asked to decide on projects for new stimulus package

German states asked to decide on projects for new stimulus package

German state officials agreed on Tuesday to have concrete proposals ready in early January for a new economic stimulus package. The plan, which could total up to €40 billion, will target infrastructure projects.

Gabriel rejects stimulus ‘orgy’ for roadwork

Gabriel rejects stimulus ‘orgy’ for roadwork

German Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Tuesday warned against making a new government stimulus package into an “orgy” of construction work on the country’s roads.

Hitler poo painter shocks with new semen artwork

Hitler poo painter shocks with new semen artwork

Still looking for that perfect last-minute Christmas present? A German artist who gained notoriety for painting a picture of Hitler with his own poo has set out to shock Germany with a new exhibition of art made from semen.

Firework truck in flames blocks A9 motorway

Firework truck in flames blocks A9 motorway

A truck laden with fireworks for New Year’s celebrations went up in flames on Tuesday morning, temporarily closing the A9 motorway in Bavaria between Munich and Nuremberg.

Premiere pay TV unveils €450-million capital increase

Premiere pay TV unveils €450-million capital increase

The German pay-TV channel Premiere will proceed with a capital increase of €450 million ($630 million) to obtain credits essential for its survival, the group said on Tuesday.

Wintry weather could bring white Christmas

Wintry weather could bring white Christmas

A blast of Polar air from Russia expected to cause temperatures to drop over the holidays has improved the chances for a white Christmas in some parts of Germany, according to the German Weather Service (DWD) in Offenbach.

Deutsche Telekom partners with Vodafone for high-speed internet

Deutsche Telekom partners with Vodafone for high-speed internet

German telecommunications giant Deutsche Telekom is to join forces with British rival Vodafone to develop a fiber optic network for high-speed internet access, a senior Deutsche Telekom official said on Tuesday.

Former Chancellor Helmut Schmidt turns 90

Former Chancellor Helmut Schmidt turns 90

Helmut Schmidt, the chain-smoking former German chancellor who is enjoying a revival of popularity after being kicked out of office more than 25 years ago, turns 90 on Tuesday. But while he's being lionized by the media, Schmidt would rather just be left alone.