UK bishop’s Holocaust outburst probed

UK bishop’s Holocaust outburst probed

German prosecutors said on Friday they had launched a probe against a controversial British bishop on suspicion of inciting racial hatred for comments he made about the Holocaust on Swedish television.

Jewish Council supports ban on <i>Zeitungszeugen</i> Nazi reprints

Jewish Council supports ban on Zeitungszeugen Nazi reprints

The German Jewish Council has said it supports the state of Bavaria’s choice to take legal action against Zeitungszeugen, a publication which reproduces original newspapers from the Third Reich.

Athletics champion Herms death ruled from natural causes

Athletics champion Herms death ruled from natural causes

German athletics champion Rene Herms died of heart failure due to a viral infection, according to autopsy results released on Friday.

US soldier found dead in base barracks

US soldier found dead in base barracks

A US Army soldier has been found dead in the barracks at Grafenwöhr military base in the German state of Bavaria, military officials announced on Friday.

Two Harz beat as one

Two Harz beat as one

People flock to the mountainous Harz region year round to climb the highest peak in northern Germany the Brocken. Campbell Jefferys explores spectacular countryside once split by the Iron Curtain and crawling with trigger-happy border guards and Russian soldiers.

Berlin says Israel must probe banned bomb use

Berlin says Israel must probe banned bomb use

Germany said Friday it expects Israel to carry out a proper inquiry into allegations it illegally used white phosphorus shells in Gaza but that it was not the time to consider an independent probe.

Erfurt squatters kidnap talking TV bread loaf

Erfurt squatters kidnap talking TV bread loaf

Leftist squatters have kidnapped Bernd das Brot – a talking loaf of bread from a children’s TV show – to protest their eviction from an occupied building in the eastern German city of Erfurt.

Cleaning woman finds baby girl in hospital wash basin

Cleaning woman finds baby girl in hospital wash basin

A cleaning woman found an infant in a Frankfurt hospital wash basin this week, police reported on Friday.

Qimonda files for insolvency protection

Qimonda files for insolvency protection

Troubled German chipmaker Qimonda filed for insolvency protection Friday after talks to secure additional rescue funding collapsed, a court spokeswoman in Munich said.

Lufthansa cabin crew strikes in Frankfurt

Lufthansa cabin crew strikes in Frankfurt

Lufthansa cabin crew went on a temporary strike at the Frankfurt airport on Friday morning, affecting 80 flights at the busy international hub.

Berlin to dig up old WWII bombs under Tegel airport runway

Berlin to dig up old WWII bombs under Tegel airport runway

Authorities have known for some time that old World War II munitions lie underneath the runways at Berlin’s Tegel airport, but now the airport plans to dig them up in early 2009, daily Berliner Morgenpost reported on Friday.

Elderly German woman kidnapped from tour in Mali

Elderly German woman kidnapped from tour in Mali

A German woman has been kidnapped along with a Swiss couple and a British man in Mali, the website of newsmagazine Der Spiegel reported late on Thursday.