Obama to visit Dresden, Buchenwald in June

Obama to visit Dresden, Buchenwald in June

US President Barack Obama will visit the German city of Dresden and the former Nazi death camp at Buchenwald in June on a trip also taking in D-Day commemorations in France, the White House said Friday.

Recession sparks German angst

Recession sparks German angst

The global economic crisis hasn’t affected the German psyche much until now, but a new study released on Friday shows fears about the recession and job loss have surged dramatically.

No double jeopardy for German doc who killed UK patient

No double jeopardy for German doc who killed UK patient

A German doctor who accidentally killed a British patient will not be extradited to England, the Hamm public prosecutor’s office said on Friday.

Whistling orangutan brings out CD of songs

Whistling orangutan brings out CD of songs

It might not exactly be “Wind of Change” by the Scorpions, but could a self-taught whistling orangutan become Germany’s next pop superstar? The Heidelberg Zoo thinks so and is putting out a CD of the primate’s musical stylings.

Commerzbank reports sharp loss

Commerzbank reports sharp loss

Commerzbank reported a sharp quarterly loss on Friday due to the financial crisis and its purchase of Dresdner Bank, but said it would recover by 2011 without additional state aid.

German industrial output numbers a reason to hope

German industrial output numbers a reason to hope

Markets welcomed unexpectedly good German industrial output data on Friday after Europe's biggest economy posted a slight rise in trade, signs it was not finished with recession but was starting to see some hope.

Archaelogists may have found oldest human figurine ever

Archaelogists may have found oldest human figurine ever

Archaeologists have unearthed an Ice Age goddess statue in the Swabian Alb mountain range that may be the oldest ever found, German daily Südwest Presse reported on Friday.

Mecklenburg mulls free birth control to lower abortion rate

Mecklenburg mulls free birth control to lower abortion rate

Politicians in northeastern German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania want to make birth control available to low-income women for free to halt rising abortion rates, public broadcaster NDR reported this week.

Israeli foreign minister’s visit irks German politicians

Israeli foreign minister’s visit irks German politicians

German politicians expressed disappointment on Friday over a visit from Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman this week, saying he treated them like weaklings.

Taliban leader won’t be tried in Germany

Taliban leader won’t be tried in Germany

The high-ranking Taliban leader captured by German special forces will not be brought back to Germany for trial, parliamentary liaison to the Defence Ministry Christian Schmidt said on Friday.

Bremen win breaks hearts in Hamburg

Bremen win breaks hearts in Hamburg

Werder Bremen will face Shakhtar Donetsk in the UEFA Cup final after second-half goals by Claudio Pizarro and captain Frank Baumann sealed a 3-2 win at Hamburg in Thursday night’s semi-final second leg.

Supreme Court denies extradition appeal by ex-Nazi guard

Supreme Court denies extradition appeal by ex-Nazi guard

A US Supreme Court Justice Thursday denied a bid by ex-Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk to block his extradition to Germany to face charges of aiding the wartime murder of thousands of Jews.