Kunduz air strike victims to get $5,000 payout

Kunduz air strike victims to get $5,000 payout

The families of 102 Afghan civilians killed or injured in a botched NATO air strike in Kunduz last year are to be paid $5,000 each in compensation, the German government announced Thursday.

Opel offers ‘lifetime’ guarantee on cars

Opel offers ‘lifetime’ guarantee on cars

Beleaguered German automaker Opel announced on Thursday it would offer a ‘lifetime guarantee’ on its cars in an attempt to attract new customers and boost its flagging market share.

German teenager raped on Turkish beach

German teenager raped on Turkish beach

A 17-year-old girl German girl has allegedly been raped on a beach by six men while on holiday in Turkey.

Cologne woman hits plush pay dirt with tours for teddy bears

Cologne woman hits plush pay dirt with tours for teddy bears

Even stuffed animals need a holiday every now and then, according to a Cologne woman who runs a travel agency catering exclusively to teddy bears and other plush toy friends.

Pensioners’ choir on a highway to hell-raising

Pensioners’ choir on a highway to hell-raising

To a rock ‘n’ roll choir made up of singers in the autumn of their lives, Stairway to Heaven might seem an enticing choice of signature tune. But the bad boys and girls of the “Rock Not Retirement” group have opted instead for “Highway to Hell.”

Deutsche Telekom Q2 hit by loss of T-Mobile UK

Deutsche Telekom Q2 hit by loss of T-Mobile UK

Deutsche Telekom, the biggest European telecommunications operator, posted weaker second quarter results on Thursday after it stripped out contributions from British mobile unit T-Mobile UK.

Legendary Wacken heavy metal festival strikes opening chord

Legendary Wacken heavy metal festival strikes opening chord

The 21st annual Wacken Open Air heavy metal music festival kicked off on Thursday in northern Germany, with a sold-out crowd of 75,000 headbangers expected through Saturday.

Commerzbank back in black in second quarter

Commerzbank back in black in second quarter

Commerzbank, the second biggest German bank, said Thursday that it swung back into profit in the second quarter of the year and predicted it would end 2010 with a profit as well.

What’s on in Germany: August 5 – 11

What’s on in Germany: August 5 – 11

This Week's Highlights: Art in Munich, beer in Berlin, and U2's 360 Tour spins through Frankfurt.

Rhineland students need Facebook lessons, minister says

Rhineland students need Facebook lessons, minister says

Students in North Rhine-Westphalia needed to learn responsible online behaviour on social networks like Facebook, the state government said on Thursday, as it proposed a new education programme for internet manners in schools.

Merkel offers aid in fighting Russian fires

Merkel offers aid in fighting Russian fires

German Chancellor Angela Merkel took a break from her vacation in the Dolomites on Wednesday night to offer Russian President Dmitri Medvedev help in fighting raging wildfires across the country.

Paradise for sale in Hamburg

Paradise for sale in Hamburg

Marlon Brando started it, Diana Ross and Nicolas Cage picked up the trend and Johnny Depp perfected it. The rich and famous often dream of owning their own private island and a German-born Canadian entrepreneur has made a fortune making it happen for them.