Teacher loses case against online rankings website for students

Teacher loses case against online rankings website for students

A German teacher who had sued to shut down a website where pupils rank their instructors according to competence and "coolness" lost her battle in court on Tuesday.

Berlin motorcycle inventor puts the human in hybrids

Berlin motorcycle inventor puts the human in hybrids

Who says green vehicles can’t be cool? A Berlin-based inventor has created a “human-hybrid” cycle combining a zippy electric motor with pedal power. Andrew Mach takes the eRockit out for a spin.

German soldiers die in Afghanistan attack

German soldiers die in Afghanistan attack

Three German soldiers have died after being attacked while on patrol in the Kunduz region of northern Afghanistan.

WHO warns swine flu to infect 1/3 of Germany

WHO warns swine flu to infect 1/3 of Germany

The World Health Organisation has warned one in three people in Germany could catch the swine flu this autumn.

Hamburg bank must repay customer’s Lehman loss

Hamburg bank must repay customer’s Lehman loss

A retired teacher who lost €10,000 when the US investment bank Lehman Brothers went bust last year has succeeded in forcing the Hamburg bank which sold him the bond, to pay him the money in full.

Flooding from heavy rain closes roads in Bavaria

Flooding from heavy rain closes roads in Bavaria

Heavy and constant rain in southern Bavaria has caused road closures amid widespread flooding. A host of rivers haven broken their banks and snow has even fallen in the highest Alpine regions.

Children’s make-believe nuclear power plant prompts full alert

Children’s make-believe nuclear power plant prompts full alert

Two six-year-old boys caused panic and a nuclear alert when they put up home-made signs saying the area they were playing in was radioactive.

Islam on the way to legal equality with Christianity in Germany

Islam on the way to legal equality with Christianity in Germany

Calls are growing in Germany for Islam to be granted the same legal status, rights and duties as other recognised religions, with the idea forming the main focus for this week’s Islam Conference.

Louis Vuitton sues Red Cross charity shop for selling fake purse

Louis Vuitton sues Red Cross charity shop for selling fake purse

Luxury brand Louis Vuitton sued a second-hand clothing shop operated by the German Red Cross because it was selling a counterfeit purse.

Survey shows consumer confidence edging higher

Survey shows consumer confidence edging higher

German consumer confidence is edging higher after stagnating for several months, but rising unemployment is a risk to any broader pick-up in Europe's biggest economy, a key survey showed on Tuesday.

Pre-school teachers go back on strike as day-care wage talks fail

Pre-school teachers go back on strike as day-care wage talks fail

Widespread day care strikes hit several German states on Tuesday, as pre-school teachers returned to the picket lines to press their ongoing labour dispute.

Gang of geriatric kidnappers arrested

Gang of geriatric kidnappers arrested

Police have arrested five elderly people accused of being vicious kidnappers who were holding a middle-aged man in a cellar, allegedly trying to extort money with menaces.