‘Phantom killer’ cotton swabs were not made for crime scenes

‘Phantom killer’ cotton swabs were not made for crime scenes

Police in search of the "phantom killer" from Heilbronn bought cotton swabs that, according to packaging instructions, were expressly not for use at crime scenes, the producer told Stuttgarter Zeitung on Monday.

Car scrapping bonus to be extended until year’s end

Car scrapping bonus to be extended until year’s end

The German government is planning an extension of its popular Abwrackprämie, or scrapping premium, until the end of the year, a spokesperson said on Monday.

Celebrity chef butchers live rabbit in front of young audience

Celebrity chef butchers live rabbit in front of young audience

Just in time for Easter, German celebrity chef Sarah Wiener’s new television series confronted young viewers with the bloody reality of where their meat comes from by butchering a rabbit before their eyes, daily Hamburger Morgenpost reported on Monday.

UK auction house denies Hitler paintings are fake

UK auction house denies Hitler paintings are fake

German daily Die Welt on Monday questioned the authenticity of 13 Adolf Hitler paintings up for auction next month, but Mullock's auction house told The Local they can prove the paintings are from the Nazi dicator.

German navy captures seven pirates

German navy captures seven pirates

For the second time since the anti-pirate mission Atalanta began in December, German military forces have detained several Somali pirates, the military said on Monday.

US sergeant found guilty of taking part in Iraq executions

US sergeant found guilty of taking part in Iraq executions

A US sergeant became the second non-commissioned officer to be convicted of murder for the summary executions of four bound and blindfolded prisoners in Iraq in 2007 at a trial in Vilseck, Germany on Monday.

Mehdorn steps down in Deutsche Bahn scandal

Mehdorn steps down in Deutsche Bahn scandal

The embattled chief of German national rail service Deutsche Bahn, Hartmut Mehdorn, stepped down on Monday amid an ongoing scandal that has revealed the company spied on its own employees and journalists.

Two children dead after dropping hair dryer into bathtub

Two children dead after dropping hair dryer into bathtub

Two children died in the southern German town of Lustadt over the weekend when they apparently dropped a hair dryer into the bathtub where they were playing, broadcaster Südwestfunk reported on Monday.

US soldier faces court on Iraq murder charges

US soldier faces court on Iraq murder charges

US Sergeant First Class Joseph P. Mayo faces a court martial in the southern German city of Vilseck on Monday, accused of murdering a bound and blindfolded Iraqi prisoner near Baghdad.

Jogger mugged by 7-year-old boy

Jogger mugged by 7-year-old boy

Police have returned a 7-year-old to his parents after the child mugged a teenage jogger in a Berlin park on Sunday afternoon.

Air Berlin falls further into debt despite revenue increase

Air Berlin falls further into debt despite revenue increase

Germany’s second largest airline Air Berlin fell deeper into debt in 2008, the company announced on Monday.

German author teaches economics with nurse love story

German author teaches economics with nurse love story

A cheesy love story dripping with kitsch: Doe-eyed sister Helga falls head over heels for handsome surgeon Robert. It's not the kind of story you would expect to find in an economics textbook.