All-star jury lined up for Berlin Film Festival

All-star jury lined up for Berlin Film Festival

The Berlin International Film Festival unveiled its first selections on Monday, including a 9/11 drama with Tom Hanks, and announced an all-star jury to help director Mike Leigh pick Berlinale winners.

Former Deutsche Bank CEO settles fraud case

Former Deutsche Bank CEO settles fraud case

Former Deutsche Bank CEO Rolf Breuer has agreed to pay €350,000 to settle criminal charges of attempted fraud in connection with the implosion of the media empire of late magnate Leo Kirch.

Kim’s death ‘chance for change’ in North Korea

Kim’s death ‘chance for change’ in North Korea

The German government said Monday that the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il offered a chance for positive change in the impoverished, nuclear-armed and deeply isolated nation.

Man acquitted of rape but jailed for incest

Man acquitted of rape but jailed for incest

Adolf B., who conceived three disabled children with his daughter, has been sentenced to two years and eight months in prison for incest by a Nuremberg court. But he was acquitted of 500 counts of rape.

Suspected thief made police recruitment poster boy

Suspected thief made police recruitment poster boy

A €50,000-recruitment campaign recently launched by the Hamburg police took an ironic turn after one of the models hired to pose as an officer turned out to be a suspected thief.

Bird-killer rips heads off homing pigeons

Bird-killer rips heads off homing pigeons

An unknown perpetrator broke into a bird-breeding station over the weekend in the northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein and beheaded 17 homing pigeons.

Libya wants to buy German ankle monitors

Libya wants to buy German ankle monitors

The interim Libyan government is interested in buying German electronic monitoring devices for criminals, it was reported Monday.

Nowitzki, Neuner named top German athletes

Nowitzki, Neuner named top German athletes

Basketball superstar Dirk Nowitzki and biathlon powerhouse Magdalena Neuner have been named Germany’s “Athletes of the Year,” the country’s top sporting honour.

Arab airline throws lifeline to Air Berlin

Arab airline throws lifeline to Air Berlin

Germany's second-largest airline Air Berlin said Monday that United Arab Emirates carrier Etihad Airways had become its largest shareholder with a 29.21 percent stake.

Intel agency sabotaged police in neo-Nazi case

Intel agency sabotaged police in neo-Nazi case

Thuringia's secret service actively sabotaged the police investigation into the trio of neo-Nazi terrorists from the eastern German town of Zwickau, a newspaper reported Monday. The agency even tried to pay the trio 2,000 Deutsche marks (€1,000) at one point.

Babbel booted out of Hertha Berlin

Babbel booted out of Hertha Berlin

Hertha Berlin sacked coach Markus Babbel on Sunday amidst a war of words, while Borussia Mönchengladbach remain fourth after their 1-0 win over Mainz on the last German league weekend of 2011.

Germany’s favourite food

Germany’s favourite food

Wintertime may be cold and grey in Germany, but the it's the perfect season to enjoy some of the country’s notoriously hearty food. The Local has compiled a list of some our favourite German culinary delights.