Nigeria arrests five over kidnapped German

Nigeria arrests five over kidnapped German

Nigerian authorities are holding five men, including a Mauritanian, believed linked to al Qaida's north African branch over the January kidnapping of a German, two security sources said on Tuesday.

Thieves cut off dentist’s finger in robbery

Thieves cut off dentist’s finger in robbery

Police in the eastern German state of Brandenburg are hunting for two men who robbed a dentist on Monday in broad daylight and cut off his finger with a pair of garden shears.

Germans in more danger of poverty than Czechs

Germans in more danger of poverty than Czechs

Germans are in greater danger of falling below the poverty line than their closest European neighbours, the German Statistics Office announced Tuesday.

Blood-sucking mite kills a third of German bees

Blood-sucking mite kills a third of German bees

Nearly a third of Germany’s bees died this winter due to parasitic mites thriving in the mild weather and causing greater damage than normal. Experts say the Varroa destructor could threaten the entire bee population.

Court: skin colour good reason for cop ID check

Court: skin colour good reason for cop ID check

German police have been told they can continue to single out black train passengers on the basis of their colour to check their papers, prompting allegations of institutionalised racism.

No compensation for condiment catastrophe

No compensation for condiment catastrophe

A man who broke his arm after slipping in a puddle of salad dressing in a works canteen cannot claim compensation, a German court ruled on Monday.

Drunk Spanish cop held on German cyclist death

Drunk Spanish cop held on German cyclist death

Police investigating a hit and run which left a German tourist dead on Majorca arrested the main suspect on Monday – a detective who was still drunk hours afterwards.

Strikers shut down German airports

Strikers shut down German airports

Nearly all of Germany's airports were shut down on Tuesday morning as the next round of public sector strikes took hold. Hundreds of flights have been cancelled.

Merkel brushes off Sarko election snub

Merkel brushes off Sarko election snub

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday denied being annoyed over French President Nicolas Sarkozy's comment that she would not play a direct part in his re-election campaign.

Compensation for abused East German kids

Compensation for abused East German kids

Thousands of survivors of abusive communist East German children's homes are to receive state compensation, after the Interior and Family Ministries announced a new €40 million fund on Monday.