ACS nears 30-percent stake in Hochtief

ACS nears 30-percent stake in Hochtief

Spain's leading construction company ACS said Monday it now had a 29.27 percent stake in Hochtief as part of its bid to take control of the German group.

Holidays a high season for Islamist recruitment

Holidays a high season for Islamist recruitment

Suspected Islamic extremists are reportedly being closely monitored during the holidays, which German intelligence authorities consider to be a high season for Islamist recruitment.

Khodorkovsky trial called ‘step back’ for Russia

Khodorkovsky trial called ‘step back’ for Russia

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said he was "very worried" by the second fraud conviction of jailed Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky Monday, calling it a "step backward" for the country.

Reckless fireworks fans face hefty fines

Reckless fireworks fans face hefty fines

New Year’s Eve without fireworks is unthinkable for many Germans, but giddy pyromaniacs could face hefty fines for recklessly blowing things up near churches, hospitals and quaint thatched-roof houses.

Mother throws newborn out of window

Mother throws newborn out of window

A young woman threw her newborn baby out of her apartment window in Berlin, killing the infant, police said on Monday.

Banks to face undercover investment probes

Banks to face undercover investment probes

The German government is planning to use undercover investigators to probe the quality of banks’ investment services.

Chinese hackers target government computers

Chinese hackers target government computers

The number of cyber-attacks on German government computers has risen dramatically in 2010 and authorities suspect Chinese government hackers are behind the assault, the media reported Monday.

Sweeping patients’ rights bill planned

Sweeping patients’ rights bill planned

Hospital patients would only have to share a room with one other person and appointments with specialists would be guaranteed within three weeks under health reforms being drawn up by the German government.

Socks again for Christmas? You may be stuck with them

Socks again for Christmas? You may be stuck with them

People disappointed with their Christmas presents have been delivered some bad news by Consumer Minister Ilse Aigner – they have no legal right to return unwanted gifts.

Review finds security holes at Reichstag

Review finds security holes at Reichstag

Security at the Reichstag in Berlin is set to be dramatically tightened after an inventory showed that nearly 23,000 people including tradespeople, interns and lobbyists have virtually unfettered access to the building.