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Pensioner gets life in prison for killing neighbours

A German pensioner was on Thursday sentenced to life in prison for killing three neighbours in a garden allotment after a dispute over garbage and trespassing, a court said.

EU to probe Germany’s rescue of Hypo Real Estate

EU to probe Germany’s rescue of Hypo Real Estate

European regulators took aim on Thursday at German efforts to rescue Hypo Real Estate, the country's biggest casualty of the global banking crisis, as Berlin moved a step closer towards its nationalization.

Opel cuts executive pay

Opel cuts executive pay

German carmaker Opel, a unit of General Motors, has said it will slash the salaries of around 300 executives in Europe as part of a drastic cost-cutting program.

What’s on in Germany: May 7 – 13

What’s on in Germany: May 7 – 13

This Week's Highlights: A gypsy street festival in Berlin, Dixieland in Dresden, and Hamburg hosts a birthday bash for its 820-year-old harbour.

Special forces nab major Taliban leader

Special forces nab major Taliban leader

German special forces in northern Afghanistan have captured a high-ranking Taliban leader suspected of involvement in attacks on German soldiers, the website of news magazine Der Spiegel reported on Thursday.

Exhibition with corpses having sex riles Berlin

Exhibition with corpses having sex riles Berlin

Gunther von Hagens, the man behind the controversial anatomical Body Worlds exhibitions, has once again sparked outrage – this time by showing dissected corpses having sex. The Netzeitung’s Kerstin Rottmann looks at his lastest well-calculated provocation in Berlin.

Bringing boundary-breaking art books to Berlin

Bringing boundary-breaking art books to Berlin

German art book powerhouse Taschen just opened a new flagship store in Berlin. The Local dropped by the opening party and spoke with founder Benedikt Taschen about his boundary-busting relationship to aesthetics – from erotica to El Greco.

Winnenden massacre could lead to paintball and laser tag ban

Winnenden massacre could lead to paintball and laser tag ban

The German government has agreed to tighten gun laws and ban games such as paintball and laser tag because lawmakers say they “simulate killing” that could spark tragedies such as the Winnenden school massacre.

ECB cuts rates to historic low

ECB cuts rates to historic low

The European Central Bank on Thursday cut its main interest rate by 25 basis points to 1.00 percent – marking a new record low for borrowing costs in the eurozone.

Boris Becker bares private life on internet TV channel

Boris Becker bares private life on internet TV channel

German tennis legend Boris Becker is launching his own internet TV channel to allow fans a peek into his very public private life and upcoming wedding to a Dutch model, Bild newspaper reported on Thursday.

Germany confirms tenth swine flu case

Germany confirms tenth swine flu case

A tenth case of the swine flu virus has been diagnosed in Germany in the eastern state of Saxony-Anhalt, authorities said on Thursday.

Tiefensee says former East Germans get no respect

Tiefensee says former East Germans get no respect

German Transport Minister Wolfgang Tiefensee, who is also commissioner for issues concerning eastern Germany, complained Thursday that there was too little respect for the achievements of former East German citizens.

Berlin court refuses to ban brothel near posh neighbourhood

Berlin court refuses to ban brothel near posh neighbourhood

A German court has said it would not ban a brothel set up in an apartment in a posh district in western Berlin on moral grounds after judges inspected the premises and found they were discreet.