Merkel’s conservatives gird for election fight

Merkel’s conservatives gird for election fight

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives hammered out an election manifesto on Sunday that they hope will secure her a second term in September at the head of a new-look coalition.

Quelle ran out of cash three weeks ago

Quelle ran out of cash three weeks ago

Bankrupt mail order company Quelle is relying on the goodwill and trust of its suppliers as it has not had any money for three weeks, it emerged over the weekend.

Police under fire for taking first class train seats

Police under fire for taking first class train seats

A row has broken out between operators of the North-Baltic Sea train line and local police, who are accused of refusing to leave first class carriages despite only having permission to travel second class.

Lightning injures 13 at Roman festival

Lightning injures 13 at Roman festival

Thirteen people were injured, seven of them very seriously when lightning struck a popular Roman festival in North Rhine-Westphalia on Saturday.

Police called to help howling dog find bored parrot

Police called to help howling dog find bored parrot

Police ready to deal with an animal cruelty case when called to a house by neighbours who could not ignore the howls of a tortured dog were startled to find the miserable noise coming from a parrot.

CSD parade fills Berlin amid calls for gay rights

CSD parade fills Berlin amid calls for gay rights

More than half a million people watched and took part in the Christopher Street Day gay pride parade in Berlin on Saturday, bringing large parts of the city to a halt.