State ‘paid prostitute bill’ in investor hunt

State ‘paid prostitute bill’ in investor hunt

A German state gave €1 million to a former circus director's assistant and an ex-hotel manager to find investors for the troubled Nürburgring race track – and then paid extra for luxury stays in Zurich, complete with brothel visits.

Robot can do shopping – if there are no steps

Robot can do shopping – if there are no steps

Proud technology students unveiled a shopping robot on Tuesday, with a test-run through a southern German town which they hailed as a success, even though it took ages – and like the Daleks, had to avoid steps.

Six hurt as train derails in Berlin

Six hurt as train derails in Berlin

Six people were hurt in Berlin when a train came off the tracks at lunchtime on Tuesday. Emergency workers said they were glad the incident was not more serious.

Porn pirates set to be outed by lawyers

Porn pirates set to be outed by lawyers

A German law firm is threatening to publish a list of internet connections it is accusing of breaching pornography copyright in order to advertise its services – and will start with those in police stations and church rectories.

Man jailed for guns and explosive stash

Man jailed for guns and explosive stash

A German man who collected so much explosive and weapons that his neighbourhood was evacuated when police moved in to remove it, has been jailed for three-and-a-half years.

WWF: We’re all eating GM-based meat

WWF: We’re all eating GM-based meat

Although genetically modified food is banned in Germany, nearly all the eggs, chicken and pork produced here are based on GM soya products – and is not labelled as such, the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) said on Tuesday.

Siemens ‘set to slash thousands of jobs’

Siemens ‘set to slash thousands of jobs’

German engineering giant Siemens, which is increasingly feeling the effects of the economic downturn, is to slash "thousands" of jobs, a financial daily reported on Tuesday.

Police hunt man as family found shot dead

Police hunt man as family found shot dead

German police are hunting a man suspected of shooting dead his wife and their two children at their home near Düsseldorf on Monday night.

Controversial Down’s test reaches Germany

Controversial Down’s test reaches Germany

A new prenatal test for Down's syndrome hit the market in Germany and several other European countries Monday, the manufacturer said, amid a controversy over whether it could lead to more abortions.

Fuel prices hit all-time high

Fuel prices hit all-time high

Petrol is more expensive in Germany than it has ever been, with average prices on Saturday reaching €1.692 a litre for Super E10, and €1.536 a litre for diesel. The record prices are hitting German motorists as many return from holidays.