Germany ‘invites’ Iran’s envoy to clear air

Germany ‘invites’ Iran’s envoy to clear air

The German government "invited" on Monday the Iranian ambassador to explain himself after Tehran accused Western countries of "meddling" in its affairs, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said in Berlin.

Hostages in Yemen being held by rebels

Hostages in Yemen being held by rebels

Six foreign hostages, including five Germans, kidnapped this month in Yemen are alive and being held by Shiite rebels, a tribal source said on Monday. Three other hostages were found dead last week.

Last Karmann leaves factory as firm folds

Last Karmann leaves factory as firm folds

Sports car manufacturer Karmann has produced its last vehicle, which left its factory on Monday, amid a row between management and unions over the reasons for its insolvency.

Lufthansa takes over BMI for Heathrow slots

Lufthansa takes over BMI for Heathrow slots

Lufthansa announced on Monday it had reached an agreement that should finally allow it to buy British Midland (BMI) from the carrier’s dominant shareholder, Michael Bishop.

BASF leaks 10 tonnes of stinging chemical into the Rhine

BASF leaks 10 tonnes of stinging chemical into the Rhine

Production at the BASF factory near Mannheim was closed down on Monday after ten tonnes of chemicals leaked from it into the Rhine River.

Bruno takes Berlin in knit ‘naked’ suit

Bruno takes Berlin in knit ‘naked’ suit

British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen has donned a skin-tight pink suit complete with sewn on genitalia in front of Berlin's landmark Brandenburg Gate to promote his new film "Bruno."

Taking a bite out of voter apathy

Taking a bite out of voter apathy

What do finger-chomping chimps at the zoo have to do with voter apathy in Germany? Roger Boyes, the Berlin correspondent of British daily The Times, has the answer.

Germany business confidence rises despite dire conditions

Germany business confidence rises despite dire conditions

German firms are getting over the recession blues and expect a stabilisation in Europe’s biggest economy after the turmoil of recent months, the closely watched Ifo survey suggested on Monday.

Judge backs police breaking up concerts pre-emptively

Judge backs police breaking up concerts pre-emptively

A court in Koblenz has ruled that police may break up public events pre-emptively on the grounds that they expect crimes to be committed.

Police hunt killer after jogger stabbed to death in Berlin

Police hunt killer after jogger stabbed to death in Berlin

Police on Monday were still feverishly hunting a blond teenager who stabbed a woman to death while she was jogging in the Spandau forest near Berlin over the weekend.

Greenpeace occupies Unterweser nuke plant

Greenpeace occupies Unterweser nuke plant

Activists from the environmentalist group Greenpeace staged a protest on top of the reactor dome of the Unterweser nuclear power plant in Lower Saxony on Monday.

Schumacher backs rebel F1 teams

Schumacher backs rebel F1 teams

German driving legend Michael Schumacher has waded into the row engulfing Formula One racing by suggesting the breakaway competitor series being organised by the teams could be more exciting to watch than the original.

Berlin clears way for EU approval of cloned meat

Berlin clears way for EU approval of cloned meat

Germany has reportedly dropped its opposition to allowing meat and dairy products from cloned animals in the European Union.

Frankfurt airport offers ‘gold to go’ vending machine

Frankfurt airport offers ‘gold to go’ vending machine

Tired of buying perfume or chocolates for your spouse while flying home? Looking for a special and safe investment in these turbulent times? AFP's William Ickes reports on Frankfurt airport's new gold vending machine.