Facebook ‘like’ button declared illegal

Facebook ‘like’ button declared illegal

Facebook’s ubiquitous ‘like’ button found on countless websites in Germany was declared in violation of the country’s strict privacy laws by a state data protection official on Friday.

Skin cream possibly gave Egyptian queen cancer 3,500 years ago

Skin cream possibly gave Egyptian queen cancer 3,500 years ago

An Egyptian queen who died 3,500 years ago might have poisoned herself accidentally by using a carcinogenic balm to treat a skin complaint, German university researchers said on Friday.

Rösler says financial transaction tax must apply to all EU members

Rösler says financial transaction tax must apply to all EU members

German Economy Minister Philipp Rösler has shown the government’s hand on the subject of a financial transactions tax, saying he would only support one applied to all European Union countries, not just the eurozone.

Husband of post-war journalism legend charged with her murder

Husband of post-war journalism legend charged with her murder

The fantasist husband of a grande dame of German journalism, Viola Drath, has been charged with her murder after the 91-year-old was found battered and strangled in the bath of her Washington, DC home.

Germans doubt Merkel can avert financial crisis

Germans doubt Merkel can avert financial crisis

Three out of four Germans doubt Chancellor Angela Merkel can prevent the eurozone debt crisis turning into an outright economic and financial crisis, according to an opinion poll released Friday.

Greens MP says involvement in NATO Libya mission illegal

Greens MP says involvement in NATO Libya mission illegal

Defence Minister Thomas de Maizière has dismissed criticism from the opposition Green party that the indirect participation of German soldiers in NATO attacks on Libya needed parliamentary approval.

Storms chaos hits North Rhine-Westphalia

Storms chaos hits North Rhine-Westphalia

Violent storms felled trees and flooded roads and basements throughout North Rhine-Westphalia, leaving emergency responders struggling to make it to all the calls for service.

Fourth night of car arson prompts terror debate

Fourth night of car arson prompts terror debate

Arsonists set fire to cars in Berlin for a fourth straight night, destroying at least 11 vehicles in the early hours of Friday morning.

Insurers say hospitals overcharge €1.5 billion

Insurers say hospitals overcharge €1.5 billion

Wrong medical bills from clinics and hospitals are costing up to €1.5 billion a year, according to Germany’s statutory health insurers.

Mousetrap display traces history of rodent catching technology

Mousetrap display traces history of rodent catching technology

Tell-tale holes in cereal packets, mysteriously crumb-free kitchens and little brown calling cards in cupboards – where there are people, there are mice. And – as a new exhibition shows – mousetraps.