German prize for Putin stirs controversy

German prize for Putin stirs controversy

A prominent German political prize will go to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, a spokesman said Sunday, in a move sharply criticised in the German press due to his rights record.

Guttenberg’s father likens plagiarism scandal to ‘tsunami’

Guttenberg’s father likens plagiarism scandal to ‘tsunami’

The father of former Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg has spoken out for the first time about his son's plagiarism scandal. In his new book, Enoch zu Guttenberg says the episode hit his family "like a tsunami."

Sex offender still on the loose after unlikely escape from clinic

Sex offender still on the loose after unlikely escape from clinic

The search continues for a sex offender who managed to escape through a heavily barred window at a psychiatric clinic in the state of Lower Saxony at the weekend. Police said the man is considered "extremely violent."

Catholic Church to allow access to internal files

Catholic Church to allow access to internal files

The Catholic Church in Germany plans to open up a decade of personnel files to criminologist researchers, according to a magazine report, in a bid to facilitate an independent investigation into sexual abuse at Church-run institutions.

Merkel to visit Africa for economic development talks

Merkel to visit Africa for economic development talks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will next week visit three African nations to discuss economic cooperation, specifically in the energy sector, her office announced Saturday.

Man confesses in Mary Jane murder, police say

Man confesses in Mary Jane murder, police say

Police in the Thuringian town of Suhl have announced a break in the case involving the murder of seven-year-old schoolgirl Mary Jane, after a man admitted to sexually abusing and killing the girl.