‘They said it would be better if I stayed here’

‘They said it would be better if I stayed here’

Iranian filmmaker Narges Kalhor made a last-minute decision to seek asylum in Germany on Monday after she was warned she might be arrested back home for showing a film critical of the regime’s human rights abuses. The daughter of a top advisor to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spoke to The Local about what comes next.

Website offers unprecedented glimpse at Berlin Wall

Website offers unprecedented glimpse at Berlin Wall

A new website launched on Wednesday offers users an interactive way to discover over 1,000 remaining bits of the Berlin Wall some 20 years after it fell.

Germany sets up online portal and hotline for swine flu

Germany sets up online portal and hotline for swine flu

The German Health Ministry on Wednesday set up a new online portal offering information about swine flu to compliment its no longer free telephone hotline.

Women working part-time jobs up 16 percent in last decade

Women working part-time jobs up 16 percent in last decade

The number of women working part-time jobs in Germany has increased significantly in the last decade, a new study by the Federal Statistics Office (Destatis) showed on Wednesday.

Surviving Berlin’s art jungle

Surviving Berlin’s art jungle

Creative minds from all over the world flock to Berlin in search of their own artistic haven, but being able to stay afloat financially can often be an enormous challenge. Exberliner magazine takes a look at some of their schemes for survival.

Southern cities revoke driving privileges from brawling youths

Southern cities revoke driving privileges from brawling youths

Two German cities say they have found a new deterrent to increasing youth violence – confiscating driver’s licences, daily Süddeutsche Zeitung reported this week.

Multiple witnesses spot UFO in northern Germany

Multiple witnesses spot UFO in northern Germany

Police and fire departments in northern Germany received dozens of phone calls on Tuesday evening from people claiming they saw a mysterious burning orb in the night sky.

Germany to send Kosovar refugees home

Germany to send Kosovar refugees home

Some 10 years after the Kosovo conflict, thousands of Kosovar refugees – most of them from the Roma community – are set to return home, daily Süddeutsche Zeitung reported this week.

Löw insists on victory over Finland in final World Cup qualifier

Löw insists on victory over Finland in final World Cup qualifier

Coach Joachim Löw has insisted Germany must finish their World Cup qualification campaign in Hamburg on Wednesday night with a victory over Finland with places at South Africa 2010 still up for grabs.

Eight-year-old tries to buy candy with €1,680

Eight-year-old tries to buy candy with €1,680

An eight-year-old boy in Viersen, North Rhine-Westphalia tried to buy a large amount of candy at a kiosk with a bundle of cash he swiped from his parents, police reported late on Tuesday.