Baltic Sea hotel blasts Bush’s ‘poison’ theory

Baltic Sea hotel blasts Bush’s ‘poison’ theory

A fancy Baltic Sea hotel where former US President George W. Bush stayed angrily rejected Thursday claims by his wife Laura Bush of possible poisoning during the G8 summit in 2007, accusing her of a publicity stunt for her memoirs.

Ansbach school attacker gets nine years

Ansbach school attacker gets nine years

The 19-year-old who went on a rampage in the Bavarian city of Ansbach in September 2009 was sentenced to nine years in a juvenile detention centre on Thursday for 47 counts of attempted murder.

Scientists create men with emotional sensitivity

Scientists create men with emotional sensitivity

Women be assured: it's not men's fault. They just don't have enough Oxytocin. All it takes, according to German scientists, is a healthy dose of the hormone linked to female reproduction and men can be as caring, sensitive and empathic as women.

Northern biker gangs banned amid deadly feud

Northern biker gangs banned amid deadly feud

In the wake of a bloody biker feud across Germany, the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein has outlawed chapters of the notorious Hell’s Angels and Bandido gangs, the regional government announced Thursday.

Three German restaurants eke into world’s top 50

Three German restaurants eke into world’s top 50

Germany’s culinary performance continues to hover around average with just three restaurants making it into a prominent “best restaurants” list, putting it well behind its major European neighbours.

Unemployment drops sharply in April

Unemployment drops sharply in April

In another sign of recovery in Europe's biggest economy, figures published Thursday showed that German unemployment dropped sharply in April to 8.1 percent of the workforce from 8.5 percent in March.

German scholar rankles Swiss with questions over Heidi’s origins

German scholar rankles Swiss with questions over Heidi’s origins

The legend of Heidi, the storybook character cherished as a national icon in Switzerland, has been shaken in recent weeks after a German scholar questioned her Swiss origins.

Asian business boosts BASF Q1 profit

Asian business boosts BASF Q1 profit

The world's leading chemical company, BASF, posted Thursday a better than expected first quarter profit on the back of strong demand from Asian economies and inventory build up.

Bavaria rebuffs China over Uighur ‘terrorists’

Bavaria rebuffs China over Uighur ‘terrorists’

Bavaria has knocked back a demand from China to list a group representing the Uighur ethnic minority – which has a violent separatist movement in China – as a terrorist organisation.

What’s on in Germany: April 29 – May 5

What’s on in Germany: April 29 – May 5

This week's highlights: German Impressionists in Cologne, a Green Sauce Festival in Frankfurt, and it's Gallery Weekend in Berlin.

Bus ploughs into school group, injuring 13

Bus ploughs into school group, injuring 13

Two children remain in serious condition in hospital after a horrific accident in which a minibus ran off the road into a group of students in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Obama urges swifter action on Greece

Obama urges swifter action on Greece

As pressure mounted on Germany to tackle Greece's spiralling debt crisis, US President Barack Obama called Chancellor Angela Merkel Wednesday night and later issued a pointed statement saying both leaders agreed on the need for "resolute action."