Beate Uhse looks to 3-D porn for salvation

Beate Uhse looks to 3-D porn for salvation

Flagging German sex shop chain Beate Uhse said this week it would embrace 3-D porn movies to boost limp sales.

Berlin buskers break record for longest street concert

Berlin buskers break record for longest street concert

A group of German musicians broke the world record for busking on Thursday, logging 24-hour street concert in Berlin to kick off the city’s Popkomm international music trade show.

Madam uses ‘voodoo’ to exploit prostitutes

Madam uses ‘voodoo’ to exploit prostitutes

A 30-year-old woman accused of forcing young Nigerian women into prostitution with “voodoo magic” will face trial for human trafficking, Bonn police said on Thursday.

US Marines rescue German ship from pirates

US Marines rescue German ship from pirates

US Marines rescued on Thursday a German-owned ship seized by pirates a day earlier, as part of multinational operations to stem piracy in the Gulf of Aden off Somalia, the US Fifth Fleet said.

Steinbach to leave CDU leadership after WWII row

Steinbach to leave CDU leadership after WWII row

Erika Steinbach, under fire for implying Poland was jointly to blame for World War II, announced on Thursday she would leave the leadership of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats.

Cosmetic surgery on the rise

Cosmetic surgery on the rise

While plastic surgery slowly loses popularity in the US, beauty treatments such as wrinkle-smoothing Botox shots are rising steadily in Germany, the GÄCD cosmetic surgery association said Thursday.

What’s on in Germany: September 9 – 15

What’s on in Germany: September 9 – 15

This Week's Highlights: A weekend of art in Munich, Hamburg celebrates China, and the Berlin Festival lands at Tempelhof Airport.

Google boss tries to allay German privacy fears

Google boss tries to allay German privacy fears

Google CEO Eric Schmidt said on Thursday he understood why Germans were uneasy about the company's Street View service for historical reasons, as he began a charm offensive aimed at assuaging their privacy concerns.

Booze and butts a human right, drug commissioner says

Booze and butts a human right, drug commissioner says

Germany’s drug policy commissioner Mechthild Dyckmans defended welfare allowances for alcohol and cigarettes on Thursday, saying that little indulgences were a human right.

Secret pact on nuclear deal could fill government coffers

Secret pact on nuclear deal could fill government coffers

The German government’s plan to extend the life of the country’s nuclear reactors could turn out to be more expensive for energy companies than previously thought, according to a secret agreement cited in a media report on Thursday.

Fischer blasts rival Russian gas pipeline

Fischer blasts rival Russian gas pipeline

Russia's South Stream gas pipeline project is not in Europe's interest and makes no sense on an economic level, former German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer said on Thursday.

Severance pay for Sarrazin in question

Severance pay for Sarrazin in question

Embattled Bundesbank board member Thilo Sarrazin may not receive a severance package if he is removed from his post following incendiary claims about race and immigration, a media report said on Thursday.