What’s on in Germany: April 16 – 22

What’s on in Germany: April 16 – 22

This Week's Highlights: Lionel Richie takes the stage in Frankfurt, a spring festival swirls through Munich, and one of Germany's biggest art fairs kicks off in Cologne.

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US soldier sentenced to life for Iraqi murders

A US soldier will be jailed for life for the murder of four bound and blindfolded prisoners in Iraq, a court martial in Germany ruled on Thursday.

No Angels star could leave prison soon

No Angels star could leave prison soon

Nadja Benaissa, the No Angels singer accused of grievous bodily harm for allegedly having unprotected sex without telling her lover she was HIV positive – and infecting him – may soon be out of custody.

Crocodile on riverbank spooks cops near Berlin

Crocodile on riverbank spooks cops near Berlin

Police in Berlin are trying to find out how a 1.20-metre-long dead crocodile turned up on the banks of the Oberhavel in Spandau.

Germany to boycott UN anti-racism conference

Germany to boycott UN anti-racism conference

The German government is set to boycott the United Nations anti-racism conference in Geneva next week, according to newspaper.

Sleepless couple sues over loud snorer in upstairs flat

Sleepless couple sues over loud snorer in upstairs flat

A couple from Bonn is suing their landlord for promising them a quiet flat – but failing to tell them about the man living above who snored so loudly they could not sleep.

Bayern’s Ribery fuels speculation on switch to Barcelona

Bayern’s Ribery fuels speculation on switch to Barcelona

Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery on Thursday fuelled further speculation over a switch to Barcelona after saying he understands why compatriot Thierry Henry plies his trade for the Spanish giants.

Blogs attack Facebook for neo-Nazi content

Blogs attack Facebook for neo-Nazi content

Critique from bloggers has spurred social networking site Facebook to block several profiles and groups preaching neo-Nazi rhetoric – but these are a small fraction of the hundreds of offenders, critics say.

iTunes launches movie downloads in Germany

iTunes launches movie downloads in Germany

Apple Deutschland now offers films for purchase and rent via iTunes, with some 500 available so far, the company announced on Thursday.

High rents threaten thousands of retailers

High rents threaten thousands of retailers

Some 5,000 German retailers are on the verge of ruin due to rising rents, the HDE industry association told daily Neue Rhein Zeitung on Thursday.

Desperate Opel: GM owes us millions

Desperate Opel: GM owes us millions

Troubled German carmaker Opel will likely soon demand millions of euros from its beleaguered US parent General Motors, which is threatened by impending bankruptcy.

Artists give Berlin Wall murals anniversary makeover

Artists give Berlin Wall murals anniversary makeover

Restoration work began this week on murals painted on the longest remaining stretch of the Berlin Wall, 20 years after the Cold War barrier fell, organisers said. But some of the original artists are unhappy with their plan.