Forgotten German film diva Luise Rainer turns 100

Forgotten German film diva Luise Rainer turns 100

Luise Rainer, a huge film star in Hollywood in the 1930s and the only German actress to win an Oscar, celebrates her 100th birthday on Tuesday.

Court orders retrial of Bad Reichenhall ice rink disaster

Court orders retrial of Bad Reichenhall ice rink disaster

Germany's federal appeals court ordered on Tuesday the retrial of a surveyor who had given a clean bill of health to a hall housing an ice rink in that killed 15 people when it collapsed in 2006.

Dozens rescued from gondola by helicopter

Dozens rescued from gondola by helicopter

A Bavarian helicopter crew on Tuesday launched a dramatic rescue operation to save 43 people left dangling high in the sky after their gondola broke down, police told The Local.

Anne Frank’s helper Miep Gies dies

Anne Frank’s helper Miep Gies dies

The last living helper of Anne Frank and her family has died in the Netherlands just ahead of her 101st birthday, her son announced on Tuesday.

Poultry producer accused of massive animal abuse

Poultry producer accused of massive animal abuse

German poultry producer Wiesenhof has been accused of gravely mistreating thousands of chickens and violating animal protection laws, but the company alleges that activists actually encouraged the abuse.

AOL shuts down German operations

AOL shuts down German operations

The venerable US internet services company AOL is closing its offices in Germany after 15 years, a spokesperson told branch website Meedia.de late on Monday.

Transatlantic prospects for the New Year

Transatlantic prospects for the New Year

As 2010 begins, Dr. Jackson Janes from the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies explores how differing political priorities in Berlin and Washington could affect the transatlantic relationship this year.

Accidents close icy autobahns nationwide

Accidents close icy autobahns nationwide

Ice and snow caused one death, numerous accidents, autobahn closures and delays across Germany overnight, police reported on Tuesday.

Metro sales dip on strong euro

Metro sales dip on strong euro

The German retail giant Metro, number three worldwide, said Tuesday that 2009 sales fell by 3.6 percent to €65.5 billion ($95 billion), a result of negative foreign exchange rates.

Nena becomes a grandmother, again

Nena becomes a grandmother, again

Just days after announcing she had become a first-time grandmother, German pop singer Nena has confirmed her prolific offspring have provided her with a second grandchild, the Bild newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Nobel author Müller wants probe into those who spied on her

Nobel author Müller wants probe into those who spied on her

Romanian-born German author Herta Müller, winner of the 2009 Nobel Literature Prize, has called for an investigation into former spies now living in Germany after it was revealed she was spied on by Romania's secret police, ARD television said late on Monday.

Guttenberg invites Käßmann to Afghanistan

Guttenberg invites Käßmann to Afghanistan

Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg has invited the leader of Germany’s Protestant church to join him on a visit to Afghanistan after she recently called for a complete withdrawal of the country's troops.