Berlin demands Iran free ‘political prisoners’

Berlin demands Iran free ‘political prisoners’

Germany's foreign minister Sunday called for the immediate release of "political prisoners" in Iran, expressing serious concern about the trial of 100 people accused of stoking unrest after June elections.

Catholic bank apologises for shares in the Pill, guns and fags

Catholic bank apologises for shares in the Pill, guns and fags

A German Catholic bank has apologised to investors and promised to sell its shares in a contraception producer, a weapons firm and tobacco companies.

Police patrol called to check penguins’ papers

Police patrol called to check penguins’ papers

Holidaymakers by a lake in Bavaria called the police when they saw a man swimming and splashing around in the water with two penguins.

Employers say a million jobs vacant despite crisis

Employers say a million jobs vacant despite crisis

Despite the financial crisis and current economic woes, there are around a million jobs vacant in Germany because companies cannot find a suitable worker, employers say.

Discount supermarkets hit the buffers on growth

Discount supermarkets hit the buffers on growth

Discount supermarkets, until now hailed as the winners of the financial crisis, have reached the limits of how far they can grow, according to figures in Der Spiegel magazine.

Heavy metal festival rocks Wacken for 20th time

Heavy metal festival rocks Wacken for 20th time

The heavy metal music festival rocked Wacken for the 20th time this weekend, attracting around 75,000 people and more than 80 bands from around the world.

Germans reduce kissing to avoid A/H1N1 virus infection

Germans reduce kissing to avoid A/H1N1 virus infection

Touchy-feely German social habits are falling victim to fears of the A/H1N1 virus, according to a survey showing many people are restricting the amount they kiss and shake hands with each other.

Young boy dies on roller coaster

Young boy dies on roller coaster

An 11-year-old boy died suddenly while riding on a roller-coaster at the German-American Volksfest in Berlin on Saturday afternoon.