Stricken cargo ship heading for Germany

Stricken cargo ship heading for Germany

A burning cargo ship which has been floating around the Atlantic for several weeks is heading for Germany after an international row over where it could dock. But a politician says the German MSC Flaminia is a "ticking time-bomb."

Street prostitutes ‘accept sex meters’

Street prostitutes ‘accept sex meters’

A “sex meter” scheme, taxing prostitutes €6 a night to work the streets of Bonn has raised more than €35,000 for public coffers in its first year, authorities said this week.

Flying fish-eating dinosaur unveiled

Flying fish-eating dinosaur unveiled

A new kind of flying, fish-eating dinosaur has left German palaeontologists waving their trowels in glee. After a year of examining, dusting and head-scratching, they are putting the fossil on show this Saturday.

Ullrich tight-lipped on retroactive Tour wins

Ullrich tight-lipped on retroactive Tour wins

German cyclist Jan Ullrich on Friday refused to speculate whether he would be handed three Tour de France titles which seem certain to be withdrawn from US rider Lance Armstrong over doping claims.

‘Mafia boss Merkel’ book makes waves

‘Mafia boss Merkel’ book makes waves

Chancellor Angela Merkel is portrayed as a mafia boss, accused of disempowering parliament and having an “East German neutrality of values” that is foreign to many westerners, in a new book by a former advisor to Helmut Kohl.

Drug-smuggling granny ‘did it to stay active’

Drug-smuggling granny ‘did it to stay active’

A German granny who smuggled a tonne of cannabis into the country over five years starts a jail sentence this weekend – despite her argument that the trips to Holland and back were keeping her active in her old age.

German cops trained Belarusian militia

German cops trained Belarusian militia

German police officers trained security forces in Belarus at the same time as the German foreign minister condemned militia crackdowns in what has been called Europe's last dictatorship, a newspaper reported.

Greece: we need more time for reforms

Greece: we need more time for reforms

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said on Friday his debt-wracked country was not asking for more cash, but needed more "breathing space" to carry out cuts and reforms. He had just met Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin.

Four children killed in house fire

Four children killed in house fire

Four young children died in a house fire in western Germany early on Friday morning. Firemen did manage to rescue two adults presumed to be the parents and a baby, all of whom are said to have been injured.

Pink stinks, says toy marketing campaigner

Pink stinks, says toy marketing campaigner

As Kinder Surprise launches a new egg wrapped in pink, containing fairies in push-up bras and labelled “just for girls”, a campaign is growing against such marketing. Pinkstinks Germany founder Stevie Schmiedel spoke to The Local.