Merkel hails departure of Egypt’s Mubarak

Merkel hails departure of Egypt’s Mubarak

German Chancellor Angela Merkel hailed Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak's resignation Friday as a "historic change" but urged the new leadership to respect the country's 1979 peace treaty with Israel.

Researchers expose locked iPhone passwords in six minutes

Researchers expose locked iPhone passwords in six minutes

Researchers at Germany's Fraunhofer Institute have discovered a way for hackers to access passwords stored on a locked iPhone in only six minutes, without even cracking the phone’s passcode.

Of mullets and men

Of mullets and men

In the latest installment of Portnoy’s Stammtisch, The Local’s column about life in Germany, Portnoy slicks back his locks to explore the nation’s hairstyle fetishes.

Heidi the cross-eyed opossum to tip Oscars

Heidi the cross-eyed opossum to tip Oscars

A cross-eyed opossum called Heidi, Germany's latest animal sensation after "Cute Knut" the polar bear cub and Paul the Octopus, has been hired as a tipster for the Oscars, her zoo said Friday.

Bundesbank boss Weber stepping down

Bundesbank boss Weber stepping down

Germany said Friday that Bundesbank boss Axel Weber, thought to have been a front-runner to become European Central Bank president, was leaving "for personal reasons" on April 30.

Underage models encouraging paedophilia, ex-supermodel says

Underage models encouraging paedophilia, ex-supermodel says

Former supermodel Nadja Auermann has reportedly criticised the trend to underage models in the fashion world, saying the situation was creating a beauty ideal flirting with paedophilia.

MBA from Dutch school opens doors across globe
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MBA from Dutch school opens doors across globe

An innovative Dutch business school is turning heads and attracting students to its unique offering of a European, American or British MBA degree taught in English.

Formaldehyde likely caused Gorch Fock sailor’s weight gain

Formaldehyde likely caused Gorch Fock sailor’s weight gain

The woman cadet who died after falling from the rigging on German navy training ship Gorch Fock may not have been too overweight for duty as previously suspected. According to a media report, her body may have been pumped full of formaldehyde.

Porsche unveils electric roadster

Porsche unveils electric roadster

Luxury carmaker Porsche has introduced an electric version of its Boxster roadster as part of an e-mobility pilot programme in the southwestern German city of Stuttgart.

Kidnapped toddler returned to parents after secret investigation

Kidnapped toddler returned to parents after secret investigation

A kidnapped four-year-old girl was returned unharmed to her parents late on Thursday after a secret police investigation, Brandenburg authorities announced.

Westerwelle disappointed with Mubarak’s speech

Westerwelle disappointed with Mubarak’s speech

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has expressed disappointment over Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s latest speech and warned the country’s officials not to use violence to put down the popular revolt there.

Berlinale honours jailed Iranian director

Berlinale honours jailed Iranian director

The Berlin film festival will honour dissident Iranian film-maker Jafar Panahi, who was sentenced to prison in December, on the anniversary of the Islamic revolution Friday.

Pump it up: Theatre mixes art with science

Pump it up: Theatre mixes art with science

A new production of “An Experiment with an Air Pump” staged at the English Theatre in Berlin proves collaboration between the arts and sciences can thrill audiences, writes The Local’s Ruth Michaelson.