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ECB starts swap arrangement with US Federal Reserve

The European Central Bank announced on Monday a "swap" arrangement with the US Federal Reserve that would help the Fed loan euros to US companies.

Lidl Germany boss fired over spying scandal

Lidl Germany boss fired over spying scandal

Discount chain Lidl has sacked the head of its German operation after the firm was found to be spying on its employees and collating information about their health, the company said Monday.

Court rules Bavarian brothel must enforce condom use

Court rules Bavarian brothel must enforce condom use

The management of a brothel in Augsburg has been ordered to enforce the use of condoms by a court ruling on Monday.

CSU criticises Obama’s support of Turkey

CSU criticises Obama’s support of Turkey

The centre-right sister party of the Christian Democrats (CDU), the Christian Social Union (CSU) sharply criticised US President Barack Obama’s support for Turkey’s entry into the European Union on Monday.

Another German freight ship hijacked by Somalian pirates

Another German freight ship hijacked by Somalian pirates

Pirates have hijacked another German cargo ship off the coast of Somalia, spokesmen for the German Foreign Ministry confirmed on Monday, adding that they had appointed a crisis team.

Copy of original ‘Schindler’s list’ found in Australian library

Copy of original ‘Schindler’s list’ found in Australian library

An Australian library has discovered it has a carbon copy of the original complete “Schindler’s List,” detailing 801 of the more than 1,000 Jews saved by Oskar Schindler from Nazi extermination, the Sydney Morning Herald reported on Monday.

Merkel visits German troops in Afghanistan

Merkel visits German troops in Afghanistan

Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Afghanistan on Monday, following a key NATO summit, to meet German troops stationed in the north of the war-torn country, officials announced.

Abu Dhabi may rescue Opel

Abu Dhabi may rescue Opel

A senior member of Abu Dhabi’s royal family has confirmed United Arab Emirate's interest in buying into stricken car manufacturer Opel.

Drunk policewoman kills man in hit-and-run

Drunk policewoman kills man in hit-and-run

A drunk off-duty policewoman ran over a pedestrian and left him to die, German daily Bild reported on Monday.

Two teens declared dead after boozy Turkish class trip

Two teens declared dead after boozy Turkish class trip

Two Lübeck students flown home from Turkey after falling into an alcohol-induced coma have been declared dead, doctors announced late on Sunday.

China recalls German baby powder containing asbestos

China recalls German baby powder containing asbestos

China's state quality watchdog said baby skin powder manufactured by German housekeeping and healthcare products maker MAPA has been removed from shelves in China for allegedly containing asbestos.