Travel havoc continues as flight ban is extended

Travel havoc continues as flight ban is extended

German authorities have extended the closure of the country's airspace to 2 am Wednesday due to the giant plume of volcanic ash, though some airlines continued to operate flights with special permission.

Four soldiers injured in Afghanistan crash

Four soldiers injured in Afghanistan crash

Four German soldiers were wounded – some seriously – when their armoured vehicle crashed in Afghanistan on Tuesday, continuing a heavy run of casualties for the Bundeswehr.

Former Siemens execs fined for corruption

Former Siemens execs fined for corruption

A court handed two former Siemens executives suspended sentences and hefty fines Tuesday for their part in a corruption scandal that engulfed the German industrial giant in 2006.

Test flights show no damage to planes

Test flights show no damage to planes

Two comprehensive test flights by aircraft-manufacturer Airbus have shown no damage to aircraft or pilot's visibility, a company spokesman said Tuesday, suggesting the danger in volcanic ash-affected European airspace is lower than thought.

Pensioner jailed for attempted Jehovah’s Witness massacre

Pensioner jailed for attempted Jehovah’s Witness massacre

An 83-year-old man who stormed a Jehovah’s Witnesses congregation with a machine gun in the city of Bielefeld was sentenced to 11 years prison on Tuesday for 39 counts of attempted murder.

Volcanic ash fallout halts work at BMW factories

Volcanic ash fallout halts work at BMW factories

German luxury automaker BMW is partially halting production at several sites because of spare parts not arriving due to the turmoil in European air traffic, a spokesman said on Tuesday.

Germany named Europe’s top computer virus culprit

Germany named Europe’s top computer virus culprit

Germany hung onto its dubious title as Europe’s leader in spreading computer viruses in 2009, though its share of malicious activity in the region dropped slightly, a survey has found.

Mixa asks for forgiveness as Church begins abuse inquiry

Mixa asks for forgiveness as Church begins abuse inquiry

Controversial Augsburg bishop Walter Mixa has asked for forgiveness as church officials look into accusations that he physically abused children at a church orphanage and spent the institution's money on art, wine and jewellery.

Stubborn ‘strongmen’ brave ash cloud for gruelling foot race

Stubborn ‘strongmen’ brave ash cloud for gruelling foot race

Nearly 9,000 tenacious runners and triathletes overcame Europe’s transport chaos at the weekend to compete in the gruelling, 18-kilometre Fisherman’s Friend Strongman Run near the western German town of Weeze.

Senior conservative calls for end to Kunduz inquiry

Senior conservative calls for end to Kunduz inquiry

In the wake of prosecutors' decision to drop a criminal investigation into German Colonel Georg Klein over the Kunduz air strike, a leading conservative politician has demanded an end to the parliamentary inquiry into the affair.

Crime drops for 2009

Crime drops for 2009

The number of criminal offences in Germany went down by 1.2 percent in 2009, a media report said on Tuesday.

German airlines resume limited flight schedules

German airlines resume limited flight schedules

Many German airlines resumed service on Tuesday morning despite another extension on the flight ban until at least 8 pm due to volcanic ash still hovering over Europe.

Bayern preps for semi-final clash with worn-out Lyon

Bayern preps for semi-final clash with worn-out Lyon

Fresh from squeezing past Manchester United in the quarter-final, Bayern Munich are cautiously confident ahead of Wednesday's semi-final, first leg, Champions League clash against Lyon.