Brutal child rapist surrenders to police

Brutal child rapist surrenders to police

A German man suspected of brutally raping children has surrendered to police after they went public with their search.

Pechstein blames lab for failed doping test

Pechstein blames lab for failed doping test

German speedskating star Claudia Pechstein, whose bid to compete in the Winter Olympics in Vancouver has been hit by a two-year ban for blood doping, on Thursday blamed a lab error for her failed drugs test.

Mucky mating mayflies block Bavarian bridge

Mucky mating mayflies block Bavarian bridge

Police were forced to close a bridge in the Bavarian town Schwandorf overnight to clean up millions of dead mayflies that created a dangerous slime after their yearly mating frenzy.

What’s on in Germany: August 6 – 12

What’s on in Germany: August 6 – 12

This Week's Highlights: A rock festival invades Berlin's Tempelhof Airport, Roman gods fill a hall in Dresden, and summertime revellers splash through the fountain at Frankfurt's opera house.

Industrial orders climb in June

Industrial orders climb in June

Perhaps heralding improving prospects for Germany's export-led economy in the second half of the year, industrial orders surged in June.

Iran’s Ahmadinejad lacks true legitimacy

Iran’s Ahmadinejad lacks true legitimacy

Germany and Europe must keep pressure on Iran despite the official inauguration of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad this week, urges Green party MP Kerstin Müller.

Hidden girl’s parents lied to school officials

Hidden girl’s parents lied to school officials

Lübbenow authorities said Thursday that the parents of the 13-year-old girl hidden in their home for years had lied to public school officials about plans to put her in a private school.

Commerzbank posts heavy Q2 loss

Commerzbank posts heavy Q2 loss

Commerzbank reported a sharp second-quarter loss on Thursday and raised bad loan provisions, while working on integrating the loss-making Dresdner Bank.

Scientology cases Berlin schools for vague project

Scientology cases Berlin schools for vague project

The Church of Scientology is targeting Berlin and Brandenburg schools for a vague fact-finding mission, sending more than 500 letters to various institutions in recent weeks, daily Der Tagesspiegel reported on Thursday.

Politicians irked by more car scrapping premium fraud

Politicians irked by more car scrapping premium fraud

Politicians are calling for tighter controls after further reports of criminal misuse of Germany’s "cash for clunkers" car scrapping premium emerged this week.

Polar bear Knut gets Italian girlfriend

Polar bear Knut gets Italian girlfriend

The Berlin Zoo’s famous polar bear Knut will be getting an Italian girlfriend from Munich’s Hellabrunn Zoo, daily Der Tagesspiegel reported on Thursday.

Ribery’s injury prevents joining start to Bundesliga season

Ribery’s injury prevents joining start to Bundesliga season

Bayern Munich's French star Franck Ribery is injured and will more than likely miss his team's start in the new Bundesliga season, the home fixture on August 8 at the Allianz Arena against Hoffenheim.