Teachers rejoice as swine flu brings soap back to schools

Teachers rejoice as swine flu brings soap back to schools

State health officials said on Wednesday they were gearing up to fight swine flu across Germany ahead of the new school year. Teachers are celebrating the return of soap after budgetary cuts left many school restroom dispensers empty.

Steinbrück mulling state loans to combat credit crunch

Steinbrück mulling state loans to combat credit crunch

German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück said on Wednesday he was considering giving low-interest state loans to cash-strapped firms in order to prevent a credit crunch hampering a recovery in Europe's biggest economy.

Merkel prods GM to decide Opel’s fate

Merkel prods GM to decide Opel’s fate

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday prodded US carmaker General Motors to decide the fate of its German unit Opel unit over the next fortnight.

Suspect questioned in campsite double murder

Suspect questioned in campsite double murder

Police are questioning a 30-year-old man in Cuxhaven after two women were found murdered at a camping ground in the picturesque coastal town early on Wednesday morning.

Frozen pizza hankering costs man his driver’s licence

Frozen pizza hankering costs man his driver’s licence

A frozen pizza craving cost a Cologne man €480 in fines and his driver’s licence after he barrelled through a speed trap on his way home to chow down, police announced Wednesday.

Accused paedophile guru Shanti faces trial from glass box

Accused paedophile guru Shanti faces trial from glass box

A Bavarian spiritual guru known as Oliver Shanti went on trial in Munich on Wednesday for 314 charges of sexual assault against children.

Business confidence rises for fifth consecutive month

Business confidence rises for fifth consecutive month

German firms are at their most confident since the spectacular collapse of US banking giant Lehman Brothers in September 2008 and the subsequent global recession, a survey showed Wednesday.

Man buys city street for €1,000 in auction goof

Man buys city street for €1,000 in auction goof

A Lebanese translator from Berlin now owns a street in the Brandenburg town of Havelsee for the low price of €1,000 after officials botched an auction.

Escaping in Berlin

Escaping in Berlin

Roger Boyes, the Berlin correspondent of British daily The Times, knuckles down to write his new book – but only after a valiant effort to escape work.

Nuclear waste authority says Germany needs new storage site

Nuclear waste authority says Germany needs new storage site

The Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) said Wednesday that Germany needs to look for a new nuclear waste depot because the current Gorleben facility has “many birth defects.”

High court proclaims gay adoption legal

High court proclaims gay adoption legal

Germany's highest tribunal has affirmed that gays and lesbians have the right to adopt their partner's children, overturning a lower court ruling.

School officials cleared of blame in hidden girl case

School officials cleared of blame in hidden girl case

School officials will not be penalised in the case of a developmentally disabled Lübbenow girl recently found to have been kept locked up by her parents since 2002, daily Berliner Morgenpost reported on Wednesday.