Swimmer sinks own German record

Swimmer sinks own German record

Swimmer Jenny Mensing broke her own 200m national backstroke record on Saturday at the German trials - which double as the Olympic trials – but has not yet secured her place in the squad for the London Games.

<i>Bild</i> award seen as ‘alarm signal’ by German press

Bild award seen as ‘alarm signal’ by German press

A row exposing fears of a Murdoch-style over-influential tabloid press blew up in Germany at the weekend when reporters from one paper rejected a prestigious prize – because they were set to share it with the populist Bild newspaper.

Sex game murder victim ‘paid killer to do it’

Sex game murder victim ‘paid killer to do it’

A man who killed a bank manager during a sex game and boiled his severed head in a pan has told investigators he was paid to do so by his victim, it emerged.

Pope’s old pad up for rent – no takers

Pope’s old pad up for rent – no takers

A flat near Bonn said to have been the former residence of Pope Benedict XVI is up for rent. Despite this distinction, there has been a surprising lack of interest from Catholic pilgrims in the property, according to a newspaper report.

Bundesbank tells France: ‘hands off!’

Bundesbank tells France: ‘hands off!’

Bundesbank president Jens Weidmann warned French president-elect Francois Hollande on Saturday against tampering with the European Central Bank or the EU fiscal pact.

Cops rescue schoolgirl from kidnapper

Cops rescue schoolgirl from kidnapper

German police freed a 13-year-old girl from her kidnapper after he held her prisoner for 12 hours, demanding several million euros from her wealthy businessman father.