FDP must pay €3.5-mln fine for illegal donations

FDP must pay €3.5-mln fine for illegal donations

A court on Tuesday said Germany’s pro-business Free Democratic Party (FDP) must pay almost €3.5 million in fines for illegal political donations collected in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Former Nazi SS hit man admits to Dutch murders

Former Nazi SS hit man admits to Dutch murders

One of the last alleged Nazi war criminals to stand trial, 88-year-old Dutchman Heinrich Boere admitted in court on Tuesday to killing three of his countrymen as a hit man for the Waffen-SS in 1944.

Bluish-green fireball sighted over northern Germany

Bluish-green fireball sighted over northern Germany

Several eyewitnesses reported seeing a bluish-green fireball over northern Germany on Monday night – possibly a large meteor burning up in the Earth’s atmosphere, according to experts at the German Aerospace Centre (DLR).

Retailers report merry sales for holidays

Retailers report merry sales for holidays

Holiday shoppers are digging deeper into their wallets than expected this year despite the tough economy, a German retailer association said on Tuesday.

Daimler to keep EADS stake at 15 percent

Daimler to keep EADS stake at 15 percent

Daimler will keep its holding in the European aerospace group EADS at 15 percent and will not retrieve a 7.5-percent stake from German banks, the carmaker's finance director said on Tuesday.

Banned Pechstein gets permission to compete

Banned Pechstein gets permission to compete

Germany’s five-time Olympic champion speed skater Claudia Pechstein will be allowed to compete at the World Cup events in Salt Lake City despite her doping ban, following a surprise decision from a Swiss court on Tuesday.

Hamburg pastor probed for child porn

Hamburg pastor probed for child porn

Prosecutors in Hamburg are investigating a Protestant pastor for suspicion of possessing child pornography and possibly abusing children, daily Die Welt reported on Tuesday.

Lower Saxony gives in to Merkel’s tax cuts

Lower Saxony gives in to Merkel’s tax cuts

Lower Saxony’s state premier Christian Wulff said Tuesday he would back Chancellor Merkel’s controversial fiscal package – a plan that many of her own conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) have threatened to torpedo over major losses in state tax revenues.

Three bodies found in plane crash near Frankfurt

Three bodies found in plane crash near Frankfurt

Rescue workers have located the charred bodies of three men aboard a small plane that crashed near Frankfurt on Monday afternoon, police said.

Archaeologists uncover evidence of ancient cannibal rituals

Archaeologists uncover evidence of ancient cannibal rituals

More than a thousand people died gruesome deaths in cannibalistic rituals according to traces uncovered at an ancient site in Germany, a report in the scientific review Antiquity revealed this week.

German tourist caught smuggling lizards in his underwear

German tourist caught smuggling lizards in his underwear

A German tourist has been caught trying to leave New Zealand with 23 geckos and 20 skinks hidden in his underwear, a court heard on Monday.