‘We’ve lost credibility in the Security Council’

‘We’ve lost credibility in the Security Council’

Did Germany abandon its closest allies by abstaining from a UN resolution to impose a no-fly zone over Libya? The Local discussed the potential implications with Dr. Henning Riecke of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP).

Merkel: Libyan reaction to UN ‘encouraging’

Merkel: Libyan reaction to UN ‘encouraging’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday that reports Libya is reacting to a United Nations resolution were "encouraging" after Tripoli declared a ceasefire in its battle against rebels. But Berlin denied it had isolated itself diplomatically.

Addicts in treatment suspected of giving children hard drugs

Addicts in treatment suspected of giving children hard drugs

Several Bremen parents undergoing methadone replacement treatment for drug addiction are suspected of giving their small children hard drugs such as cocaine, heroin and sedatives, the city’s health and social welfare department said Friday.

Warmer, dryer weather expected for the weekend

Warmer, dryer weather expected for the weekend

Sunshine will return to a soggy Germany again over the weekend, when temperatures will also inch up to slightly more tolerable levels, the Geman Weather Service (DWD) reported Friday.

Hamburg mulling harbour gondola line

Hamburg mulling harbour gondola line

Hamburg is in the process of approving an ambitious gondola line that would extend some 5.2 kilometres across the northern German city's harbour by 2013, a media report said Friday.

Human egg gives sperm a ‘navigation system’

Human egg gives sperm a ‘navigation system’

Men might disdain female directions while driving, but when it comes to human reproduction a woman’s egg offers key navigation help to sperm. German scientists have discovered how hormones guide sperm to their destination.

Air Berlin books loss on volcano ash and strikes

Air Berlin books loss on volcano ash and strikes

Germany's second biggest airline, Air Berlin, plunged into loss last year owing to poor weather, the Icelandic volcano and strikes. The carrier also faces significant challenges in the current year.

Opel reportedly to cut 1,200 jobs in Bochum

Opel reportedly to cut 1,200 jobs in Bochum

Incoming Opel boss Karl-Friedrich Stracke is planning to slash some 1,200 jobs at the troubled German carmaker’s Bochum plant on the traditional labourers holiday May 1, a media report said Friday.

‘Win your own funeral’ contest legal, court rules

‘Win your own funeral’ contest legal, court rules

A Bavarian radio station was not in violation of the law when it ran a “win your own funeral” advertisement, a court ruled this week.

Muslims forming charity system for kindergartens and care homes

Muslims forming charity system for kindergartens and care homes

Muslims in Germany want to form their own charity to support retirement homes and kindergartens nationwide, leader of the Central Council of Muslims (ZMD) said Friday.

Germany calls Libyan no-fly zone ‘risky’

Germany calls Libyan no-fly zone ‘risky’

No German troops will take part in any military intervention in Libya as there are "considerable risks and dangers," Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said Friday, after Berlin abstained in a UN vote to impose a no-fly zone.