Deutsche Börse seals merger with NYSE

Deutsche Börse seals merger with NYSE

Deutsche Börse agreed to merge with NYSE Euronext on Tuesday, creating the world’s largest stock market operator.

Phlegmy or dry? Computerized telephone hotline diagnoses coughs

Phlegmy or dry? Computerized telephone hotline diagnoses coughs

Researchers at Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute have developed voice-recognition software that can diagnose a person's cough over the telephone. But some in the medical community remain sceptical about the service.

Army eyes school dropouts to fill ranks

Army eyes school dropouts to fill ranks

German military officials are considering pursuing high school dropouts to fill the Bundeswehr's ranks following the end to conscription, a media report said Tuesday. But a plan to recruit foreigners is encountering resistance.

‘German Fritzl’ put on trial for incest

‘German Fritzl’ put on trial for incest

A German trucker went on trial Tuesday accused of sexually abusing his daughter and stepchildren for decades after neighbours and social services apparently ignored warning signs.

Deutsche Telekom and VW probed for corruption

Deutsche Telekom and VW probed for corruption

Stuttgart state prosecutors are investigating high-level employees at both Volkswagen and Deutsche Telekom on suspicion of corruption between the two major German companies, a media report said Tuesday.

Ralph Fiennes directorial debut wins over critics at Berlinale

Ralph Fiennes directorial debut wins over critics at Berlinale

British actor Ralph Fiennes won applause at the Berlin film festival for his directorial debut, "Coriolanus," a modern adaptation of the Shakespeare tragedy about a vengeful Roman general.

Harsh winter hits growth

Harsh winter hits growth

Germany’s booming economy slowed in the fourth quarter of last year amid exceptionally harsh winter weather, expanding just 0.4 percent according to figures published by the national statistics office on Tuesday.

Documentary exposes suffering of Chinese with AIDS

Documentary exposes suffering of Chinese with AIDS

A heart-wrenching documentary about AIDS sufferers in China and the discrimination they face in their daily lives has won a rapturous reception at the Berlin film festival.

Politicians bicker over Tunisian refugees

Politicians bicker over Tunisian refugees

With a flood of Tunisian refugees descending on the Italian island Lampedusa, German politicians bickered on Tuesday over whether the country was prepared to accept some of them.

Lost sailors rescued by merchant ship near Argentina

Lost sailors rescued by merchant ship near Argentina

Four Germans whose boat lost power while they sailed from Argentina to South Africa have been rescued by a passing merchant ship, naval officials in Buenos Aires said late on Monday.

‘Ethical’ banks booming

‘Ethical’ banks booming

Morality and money aren’t always compatible, but a new breed of "ethical" banks in Germany are building a successful new business model that is showing they can be.