Scientists hope to rebuild Bamiyan Buddha

Scientists hope to rebuild Bamiyan Buddha

German scientists said Friday they believed it possible to reconstruct one of the world-famous Bamiyan Buddhas dynamited by the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001, prompting worldwide condemnation.

VW posts record and targets even better 2011

VW posts record and targets even better 2011

Europe's biggest carmaker, Volkswagen, unveiled record 2010 results Friday and said it would do even better this year, sending its shares soaring.

Bundesrat passes Hartz IV welfare reforms

Bundesrat passes Hartz IV welfare reforms

After months of political wrangling, Germany’s upper house of parliament on Friday finally approved an increase of €5 to Hartz IV welfare benefits. But a separate court decision said those on the dole should expect payment for TVs.

Wild boars destroy UK soldiers’ cemetery

Wild boars destroy UK soldiers’ cemetery

A sounder of hungry wild boars destroyed a Berlin cemetery for British soldiers this week, rooting up graves and headstones and causing some €10,000 in damages.

Merkel slams Netanyahu for stalled peace talks

Merkel slams Netanyahu for stalled peace talks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel reportedly berated Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for failing to advance peace talks during a "tense" phone call.

Economists demand EU sovereign default plan

Economists demand EU sovereign default plan

Almost 200 German economics professors have signed a declaration rejecting current proposals to resolve the eurozone debt crisis, instead calling for a way for distressed countries to declare bankruptcy.

US Army targeted interior minister with ‘psy-ops’

US Army targeted interior minister with ‘psy-ops’

The US Army has reportedly ordered “psychological operations” against foreign officials, including German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière, in order to influence policy in Afghanistan.

Weekend weather to divide nation

Weekend weather to divide nation

Two contrasting weather systems will split Germany into two halves this weekend, with a cold and sunny east facing a warmer but wet west, according to the German Weather Service (DWD).

Brandenburg Green party treasurer vanishes with €40,000

Brandenburg Green party treasurer vanishes with €40,000

The treasurer of the Green party in the eastern German state of Brandenburg has disappeared – along with €40,000 in party funds. Police are now looking for the man, who resigned suddenly just before he and the money went missing.

Westerwelle calls for Qaddafi clan sanctions

Westerwelle calls for Qaddafi clan sanctions

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle renewed his call for sanctions against Libya on Friday as US President Barack Obama tried to organise a coordinated effort from world leaders to quickly respond to the crisis in the North African country.

Rail traffic hit hard by second strike this week

Rail traffic hit hard by second strike this week

Germans woke up to the second train drivers’ strike of the week on Friday, with heavy delays and cancellations reported across the country. But the already struggling S-Bahn commuter train services in Berlin were spared.

Bayern Munich downplays Inter Milan win before Dortmund match

Bayern Munich downplays Inter Milan win before Dortmund match

Bayern Munich have brushed aside the merit of a valuable Champions League victory at Inter Milan in midweek as they turn their attention to what is arguably their most important match of the season Saturday.