Rapper fined for threatening to beat disabled woman with her crutches

Rapper fined for threatening to beat disabled woman with her crutches

Berlin rapper Sido reached a €14,000 settlement in a district court on Monday after being accused of defamation, intimidation, and attempted battery due to an August 2007 incident during which he threatened to beat a disabled elderly woman with her crutches.

Left coalition set to take power in Brandenburg

Left coalition set to take power in Brandenburg

The centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) will join forces with the socialist Left party to give Brandenburg its first “red-red” coalition, ending a decade of “grand-coalition” rule with the conservative Christian Democrats.

Lufthansa revives offer of mile-high web surfing and text messaging

Lufthansa revives offer of mile-high web surfing and text messaging

German flag carrier Lufthansa and Japanese electronics giant Panasonic have teamed up to offer passengers wireless Internet on long-haul flights from 2010, the airline announced Monday.

Army first in line to get cutting-edge swine flu shot

Army first in line to get cutting-edge swine flu shot

The German army has ordered a stock of special swine flu vaccine that does not contain controversial additives that will be given to the general public, the Defence Ministry confirmed on Monday.

Butt-flashing boozer dragged 200 metres while stuck to train

Butt-flashing boozer dragged 200 metres while stuck to train

A drunk young man was dragged 200 metres after pressing his bare buttocks to a departing train window to insult a ticket inspector who had just thrown him off, police reported on Monday.

Merkel vows to prod China over human rights

Merkel vows to prod China over human rights

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she would press Chinese officials on human rights ahead of talks on Monday with the country's possible next president.

The Best of Berlin in October

The Best of Berlin in October

This month Exberliner, Berlin's leading English-language magazine, highlights a travel writing workshop, a killer iPhone app and locally produced pasties.

Police brutality claims follow anti-Nazi protest

Police brutality claims follow anti-Nazi protest

Berlin police face fresh claims of brutality in the wake of a violent neo-Nazi demonstration on Saturday in which anti-fascist counter-protesters clashed with riot police, daily Der Tagesspiegel reported Monday.

Unemployment jumps among well-educated

Unemployment jumps among well-educated

The current job market has become particularly difficult for well-educated people, with unemployment among high school graduates jumping by 25 percent in the last year, daily Frankfurter Rundschau reported on Monday.

Meatball-snacking secretary can have her job back, boss says

Meatball-snacking secretary can have her job back, boss says

The Dortmund secretary who made headlines last week for being fired after 34 years on the job due to a conference buffet meatball snack can have her job back, her employer said on Sunday evening.

Former East German jewel faces ghost town future

Former East German jewel faces ghost town future

Since the Berlin Wall fell 20 years ago the Saxon town of Hoyerswerda, once a jewel in the communist crown, has become a symbol of everything that is wrong with modern East Germany – with poverty, high unemployment and a dwindling population.