Oktoberfest opens to massive crowds

Oktoberfest opens to massive crowds

The 176th Oktoberfest, the world’s biggest beer festival, began in Munich Saturday morning to enormous crowds and tight security.

Al-Qaida threatens Germany in terror video

Al-Qaida threatens Germany in terror video

Al-Qaida warned Germans on Friday to change their government in the September 27 election, saying they will face a "bad awakening" if they do not, according to two intelligence monitoring services.

Bundeswehr sees need for more troops in Afghanistan

Bundeswehr sees need for more troops in Afghanistan

A German military commander in Afghanistan says his forces there need more soldiers and equipment to operate effectively, the news magazine Focus reported Saturday.

Flash mob greets Merkel at Hamburg rally

Flash mob greets Merkel at Hamburg rally

In an election campaign described by many as Germany’s most boring ever, a flash mob provided comic relief Friday evening by greeting Chancellor Angela Merkel at a rally with exaggerated enthusiasm, news magazine Der Spiegel reported.

Hamm man threatens passersby with sword

Hamm man threatens passersby with sword

A 25-year-old man in the western German town of Hamm was arrested Saturday after threatening a passerby with a sword, police reported.

VW could take stake in Suzuki

VW could take stake in Suzuki

Europe's biggest car marker Volkswagen could become a shareholder of its Japanese competitor Suzuki before the end of the year, according to the German auto industry magazine Automobilwoche.