Banks’ bad assets could top €816 billion

Banks’ bad assets could top €816 billion

A secret paper by German regulators estimates that Germany’s top banks may have up to €816 billion worth of bad loans on their books, the magazine Der Spiegel reported Saturday.

War drama set in China wins German Film Prize

War drama set in China wins German Film Prize

A film about a German salesman who rescued thousands of Chinese from the Japanese army in 1937 won the Lola prize for best feature film of 2008, along with three other awards at the German Film Awards in Berlin Friday night.

Somali pirates capture another German ship

Somali pirates capture another German ship

Pirates attacked a German-owned cargo ship flying under a Maltese flag and captured its 17-strong crew overnight in the Gulf of Aden, officials said Saturday.

WWII bomb found near Merkel’s apartment

WWII bomb found near Merkel’s apartment

Parts of Berlin’s historic centre were evacuated Friday evening, including Chancellor Angela Merkel’s apartment, after authorities found a World War II-era bomb in the area.

Man killed by freight train in Schleswig-Holstein

Man killed by freight train in Schleswig-Holstein

A 35-year-old man was killed around 2 am Saturday morning when a freight train locomotive smashed into his car at a gated railroad crossing near Kiel.

Emir of Qatar wants stake in Porsche

Emir of Qatar wants stake in Porsche

The hereditary leader of the natural-gas rich Persian Gulf state of Qatar has reportedly expressed interest in buying a stake in the highly-indebted automaker Porsche, Focus magazine reported in its new issue.

Berlin climbs back to second place in Bundesliga

Berlin climbs back to second place in Bundesliga

Hertha Berlin went second in the Bundesliga on Friday, behind leaders Wolfsburg, after badboy midfielder Patrick Ebert hit the first-half goal which sealed his side's 1-0 win at Hoffenheim.

Cheap coffee as tasty as pricey java

Cheap coffee as tasty as pricey java

A test by professional coffee tasters tried 31 kinds of coffee and gave brands from discounters Lidl and Aldi top marks, Bild reported Saturday.

German-language terror video threatens attacks

German-language terror video threatens attacks

An Islamist video threatening attacks on European allies of the United States has surfaced on the Internet, German police said Friday, but US experts said it was not new.