IOU ‘worth trillions’ gives mayor headache

IOU ‘worth trillions’ gives mayor headache

The mayor of a German town who threatened to cash in a medieval IOU now worth trillions of euros from the city of Berlin is regretting his wild claims after the publicity stunt ran out of control.

German travel agents ‘only happy when it rains’

German travel agents ‘only happy when it rains’

Good weather for ducks - and travel agents. Germany's rainy summer has turned into a windfall for operators offering package holidays in the Mediterranean, it was reported Friday.

Only albino fur seal in zoo takes to the water

Only albino fur seal in zoo takes to the water

The world’s only albino fur seal in captivity took his first bow in public at a German zoo on Friday, complete with pink nose and flippers.

Former national goalie faces court over cocaine

Former national goalie faces court over cocaine

Former German national football goalkeeper Eike Immel will face court in October charged with 78 counts of buying cocaine and other drugs. Immel was part of the 1980 European Champion winning squad.

Pilot swims for hours in Borneo river after crash

Pilot swims for hours in Borneo river after crash

A German pilot whose helicopter crashed in a river in deep jungle in Borneo swam for four hours through crocodile territory before being found by fishermen, it was reported locally.

No honour for new intel chief over Gitmo scandal

No honour for new intel chief over Gitmo scandal

The man due to take over Germany’s intelligence service has been denied an honorary degree by a Berlin university because he was involved in leaving an innocent man in the Guantanamo prison camp.

Doctor ‘cheated’ to get patients on organ list

Doctor ‘cheated’ to get patients on organ list

A leading German doctor is under investigation for allegedly changing medical records to make people appear sicker than they were – bumping them to the top of organ transplant lists ahead of desperately ill people.

One killed in hospital fire

One killed in hospital fire

One person was killed and several more injured in a fire in a hospital in the southern German state of Baden-Württemberg in the early hours of Friday morning. The dead patient has yet to be identified.

Germany probes drone killing in Pakistan

Germany probes drone killing in Pakistan

The German federal prosecutor's office has opened a probe into the 2010 death of a German national in a drone strike in a Pakistan tribal district bordering Afghanistan, a spokesman said Thursday.

Europe’s fastest computer boots up

Europe’s fastest computer boots up

Europe's fastest supercomputer was set to be unveiled on Friday in Munich. Its three petaflops of processing power will be used to explore new worlds, from the wonders of the cosmos to mysteries of the earth's core.