Chipmaker Qimonda to stop production in April

Chipmaker Qimonda to stop production in April

The distressed German memory chip maker Qimonda faces liquidation and will halt production April 1, an insolvency administrator said on Friday.

Merkel rejects calls for new stimulus package

Merkel rejects calls for new stimulus package

German Chancellor Angela Merkel reiterated Friday that she did not favour a new package of economic stimulus measures US officials have called for as world leaders prepare for a G20 meeting in London.

Gunman’s internet threat probably a hoax

Gunman’s internet threat probably a hoax

German authorities said on Friday they would need another two days to work out whether an internet threat from the teenager who went on a deadly rampage at his old school this week was a hoax.

Five million crocuses bring a touch of spring to the Rhineland

Five million crocuses bring a touch of spring to the Rhineland

The banks of the Rhine River near Düsseldorf have taken on an extra dash of springtime colour, after an initiative planted five million crocus bulbs along the water.

Wannabe model cast off show for insulting mighty Heidi

Wannabe model cast off show for insulting mighty Heidi

Heidi Klum has thrown one of her most promising candidates off the current series of Germany’s Next Top Model for showing her the finger in front of the cameras.

Mineral water in plastic bottles contaminated with hormones

Mineral water in plastic bottles contaminated with hormones

Scientists at Frankfurt University have shown that mineral water in plastic bottles is contaminated with chemicals which act like female hormones in the body.

Telekom spy scandal investigators raid executives’ houses

Telekom spy scandal investigators raid executives’ houses

Authorities investigating the spying scandal at Deutsche Telekom confirmed on Friday that they have raided properties owned by former Deutsche Post chief Klaus Zumwinkel and former Telekom boss Kai-Uwe Ricke.

Politicians demand better gun club checks and a video game ban

Politicians demand better gun club checks and a video game ban

Two days after the school massacre in the state of Baden-Württemberg, German Justice Minister Brigitte Zypries has called for gun clubs to put tighter restrictions on their members. Others are demanding a ban on violent video games.

A million Germans home sick from work on Friday the 13th

A million Germans home sick from work on Friday the 13th

Today’s supposedly unlucky date of Friday the 13th should be taken seriously by employers, with up to five times as many German people staying off work sick as on other Fridays.

Second body retrieved from collapsed Cologne archive

Second body retrieved from collapsed Cologne archive

Rescue workers have retrieved the body of a second victim from the rubble of Cologne’s historic archive more than a week after the building collapsed.

Police make second arrest in Duisburg mafia hit case

Police make second arrest in Duisburg mafia hit case

The suspected mafia hit man accused of six slayings in Duisburg in 2007 has been arrested, police said on Friday.

Police probe gunman’s internet threat

Police probe gunman’s internet threat

German police said late on Thursday they were probing whether a supposed internet threat from the teenager who went on a deadly rampage at his old school this week might be fake.