3 missing after Cologne archive collapses

3 missing after Cologne archive collapses

Three people were missing after a building housing Cologne's historical archive collapsed into a nearby metro tunnel on Tuesday afternoon.

Althaus fined for negligent homicide

Althaus fined for negligent homicide

Thuringia’s state premier Dieter Althaus was convicted on Tuesday of negligent homicide and fined €33,300 for a skiing accident leaving one woman dead and him with a severe brain injury on New Year’s Day.

High court kyboshes e-voting

High court kyboshes e-voting

Germans taking part in the upcoming general election in September will not be able cast their ballots by computer, following a high court ruling on Tuesday that electronic voting machines used in 2005 were unlawful.

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Auto sales surge on junk car premium

German new car sales leapt by 22 percent in February from the same month a year earlier, mainly owing to a bonus offered to those who turned in old cars, while exports slumped, figures released Tuesday by the sector federation VDA showed.

German navy captures pirates off Somalia

German navy captures pirates off Somalia

The German navy thwarted an attack on cargo ship off the coast of Somalia on Tuesday and capture nine pirates, according to military officials in Berlin.

Filthy Berlin locales named and shamed

Filthy Berlin locales named and shamed

Berlin’s Pankow district recently began publishing a list of restaurants that violate city health codes online - an initiative that the entire capital city may soon emulate, daily Der Tagesspiegel reported on Tuesday.

Farting underwater creatures release greenhouse gases

Farting underwater creatures release greenhouse gases

Humans and farm animals were known to emit harmful greenhouse gases through digestion, but German researchers said Tuesday that aquatic worms and bugs are contributing to climate change by farting laughing gas.

Smiling while you eat

Smiling while you eat

Worried about a fly in your soup? Elvira Drobinski-Weiß, consumer affairs spokeswoman for the centre-left Social Democratic Party, argues a new smiley-face system indicating good hygiene at German restaurants benefits both consumers and the food industry.

Bayer slammed by global downturn

Bayer slammed by global downturn

The German pharmaceutical and chemicals group Bayer said Tuesday that net profits fell more than 63 percent in 2008 owing to weak results in a high-tech materials unit and because the previous year had been boosted by one-off gains.

Schwarzenegger tells CeBIT fair that only ‘losers whine’

Schwarzenegger tells CeBIT fair that only ‘losers whine’

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger kicked off the world's biggest high-tech fair in Germany Tuesday after telling crisis-hit executives to stop their "whining" and invest in the future.

Brandenburg cops might get spy-style gyrocopter

Brandenburg cops might get spy-style gyrocopter

The city of Potsdam in Brandenburg has recommended the purchase of three mini "gyrocopters" for police surveillance use, according to documents obtained by daily Der Tagesspiegel on Tuesday.

Google Earth launches 3D Berlin project

Google Earth launches 3D Berlin project

Berlin is now the first German city that can be viewed in 3-D format on internet program Google Earth, the project’s organiser Berlin Partner GmbH announced.

Opel crisis puts Merkel in a predicament

Opel crisis puts Merkel in a predicament

General Motors's fight to stay alive is creating a storm in Germany, with the fate of Opel putting Chancellor Angela Merkel between a rock and a hard place six months before elections.

Mysterious night explosion kills two in Munich apartment

Mysterious night explosion kills two in Munich apartment

Munich police are investigating the cause of an explosion late on Monday night that left two people dead, authorities reported on Tuesday.