Brokeback cyclist takes Olympic gold

Brokeback cyclist takes Olympic gold

German cyclist Kristina Vogel won Olympic gold on Friday three years after surviving a horrific crash which broke her back.

Teen trapped in train doors loses half a leg

Teen trapped in train doors loses half a leg

A teenager lost half a leg after getting stuck in the doors of a train and being dragged along a station in Berlin. An investigation has been launched into how safety mechanisms failed.

Government slates ‘Robin Hoods’ wealth tax

Government slates ‘Robin Hoods’ wealth tax

An alliance of non-profit groups and unions wants to see Germany's super-rich to pay more to keep the state from going broke.

Three dead kids in fire ‘were victims of crime’

Three dead kids in fire ‘were victims of crime’

Three children who died on Friday – two found dead and one seriously injured in their burning home – were probably victims of a crime, say German investigators trying to find out what happened.

Women banned from water slide after ‘injuries’

Women banned from water slide after ‘injuries’

A German water park has banned women from a high-speed slide - claiming whooshing water was causing “intimate injuries”.

Germany ditches rower over ‘neo-Nazi lover’

Germany ditches rower over ‘neo-Nazi lover’

A female rower on Germany's Olympic team has left London after rumours surfaced that she was in a relationship with a neo-Nazi.

Hail storm kicks off bad-weather weekend

Hail storm kicks off bad-weather weekend

A violent hail storm on Thursday night left cars dented and plants smashed up across Berlin after a hot and humid day transformed into meteorological violence and ice-cube sized chunks of ice fell from the sky.

General Motors vows no plant closures at Opel

General Motors vows no plant closures at Opel

General Motors said Thursday it hopes to soon reach a "comprehensive" deal with its German unions to restructure its troubled Opel subsidiary as union leaders insisted plant closures were off the table.

Academy of the Arts joins Pussy Riot protest

Academy of the Arts joins Pussy Riot protest

Berlin’s Academy of the Arts has added its voice to growing international calls demanding the immediate release of the imprisoned Russian punk band Pussy Riot.

Thousands head-bang their way to Wacken

Thousands head-bang their way to Wacken

Black-clad music fans flocked the world's biggest open air heavy metal festival on Thursday – while it also emerged that the Rock am Ring would continue at the Nürburgring for the next two years after months of worry.