Dennis Rodman arrested after failing to pay for boozy party

Dennis Rodman arrested after failing to pay for boozy party

Flamboyant US basketball star Dennis Rodman was temporarily retained on Monday for not paying his sky-high hotel bill after a boozy party in the western German city of Trier.

Lufthansa credit cards hit by fraud fears

Lufthansa credit cards hit by fraud fears

Thousands of Lufthansa “Miles & More” credit cards have been frozen because of fears they were vulnerable to a major fraud ring in Spain, the airline announced Monday.

Munich unveils latest cultural offering: portable opera

Munich unveils latest cultural offering: portable opera

A mobile opera house that can be pulled apart and fit into a shipping container was unveiled Monday by the Bavarian State Opera, which expects its new creation to travel Germany and the world to showcase experimental performances.

Germany’s citizens in uniform

Germany’s citizens in uniform

Roger Boyes, Berlin correspondent for British daily The Times, believes German society’s fascination with authority belongs confined to where it once was lacking: the country’s military.

Mercedes buys Brawn F1 team

Mercedes buys Brawn F1 team

Mercedes on Monday bought a controlling stake in Formula One world champions Brawn GP in a move which is likely to see Jenson Button join McLaren next season.

Köhler honours activists who stood ground against East Germany

Köhler honours activists who stood ground against East Germany

President Horst Köhler awarded Germany’s highest honour, the Federal Cross of Merit, to 12 former East Germans on Monday for standing up to injustices committed by the communist regime.

Informant goes on trial for neo-Nazi radio station

Informant goes on trial for neo-Nazi radio station

In an embarrassing situation for Germany’s domestic intelligence agency, one of its paid informants in the neo-Nazi scene went on trial Monday for running a radio station that called for the nuclear destruction of Israel, daily Tagesspiegel reported.

Fire brigade bills fairground ride victims for rescue

Fire brigade bills fairground ride victims for rescue

Fourteen people rescued by the fire brigade after being left dangling upside down from a Berlin fairground ride last summer for nearly an hour have been slapped with a hefty bill, a spokesman said Monday.

Brüderle’s refusal to help Opel angers state premiers

Brüderle’s refusal to help Opel angers state premiers

Premiers from German states with Opel plants clashed on Monday with Economy Minister Rainer Brüderle over his insistence that the struggling carmaker would get no federal financial help.

German government gets secure smartphones

German government gets secure smartphones

The German government has ordered several thousand secure smartphones from Deutsche Telekom, Essen-based daily Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung reported on Monday.

Swine flu kills two in Bavaria

Swine flu kills two in Bavaria

German health authorities on Monday confirmed the deaths of two men in Bavaria from swine flu, but a 55-year-old from the eastern German state of Thuringia did not die after being immunised for the H1N1 virus as had been originally feared.

Eyes sewn shut – playing an emotional zombie

Eyes sewn shut – playing an emotional zombie

“Colin” is the title and hero of the new sleeper-hit zombie movie playing at this year's Britspotting film festival. Made for a reported £45 (€50) in a lot of people's spare time, it caused enough of a stir in Cannes to get a British cinema release. Ben Knight meets Colin himself, Alastair Kirton.