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Bochum man demands mercy killing over false cancer diagnosis

A Bochum man who thought he was terminally ill with cancer convinced a friend to stab him to death but authorities later tragically confirmed he was not sick at all, according to daily Bild.

Should I junk my old car for the Abwrackprämie?

Should I junk my old car for the Abwrackprämie?

Got a question about life in Germany? This installment of Ask The Local explores the government’s Abwrackprämie – a €2,500-premium for junking your old jalopy and buying a new car this year.

Munich welcomes Guantanamo Uighurs

Munich welcomes Guantanamo Uighurs

The Bavarian capital Munich, home to the biggest community of ethnic Uighurs outside China, has offered to host the 17 members of the ethinic minority group held at the US terrorist prison at Guantanamo Bay.

Child murder suspect still likely on the run in Turkey

Child murder suspect still likely on the run in Turkey

Contrary to media reports earlier on Friday, the main suspect in the murder of eight-year-old Paderborn girl Kardelen has not been arrested in eastern Turkey.

BMW shares buoyant despite plunging 2008 sales

BMW shares buoyant despite plunging 2008 sales

German luxury automaker BMW, which is reliant on the slumping North American market, said on Friday its 2008 vehicle sales fell five percent to €53 billion ($71.6 billion).

Catholic groups urge Germans to back pope

Catholic groups urge Germans to back pope

Two German catholic groups on Friday appealed to fellow members of the faith to back the pope in the row over a Holocaust denying bishop, condemning what they see as a "manipulative media campaign."

Munich conference hoping for ‘new chapter’ in transatlantic ties

Munich conference hoping for ‘new chapter’ in transatlantic ties

The head of a high-profile annual security conference in Munich, Wolfgang Ischinger, said on Friday he hoped this year’s meeting would provide the foundation for a “new chapter” in transatlantic relations.

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Man stabs family and jumps off balcony

A man in North Rhine-Westphalia is dead after stabbing his family and then jumping off his third-floor apartment balcony, police said on Friday.

Infineon posts sharp loss and forecasts dire 2009

Infineon posts sharp loss and forecasts dire 2009

The German chip maker Infineon on Friday reported a sharp first quarter loss and gave a gloomy outlook for its 2008-2009 fiscal year as demand slumped in the auto and telecommunications sectors.

Colombian cocaine by mail earns Münster man 7 years prison

Colombian cocaine by mail earns Münster man 7 years prison

A 53-year-old German man who had seven kilogrammes (15.4 pounds) of Colombian cocaine shipped to him in Münster, just got his receipt, a court in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia said late on Thursday.

Schäuble says Obama’s inauguration won’t ease terrorism

Schäuble says Obama’s inauguration won’t ease terrorism

The inauguration of a new, more internationally accepted US president won’t help ease tensions with terrorists, German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schäuble told the Financial Times Deutschland on Friday.

German convicted for Tunisian attack

German convicted for Tunisian attack

A French court on Thursday sentenced a German Al-Qaeda militant to 18 years after finding him guilty of plotting the 2002 suicide bombing of a Tunisian synagogue that left 21 dead.