First medal for Paralympians in shooting

First medal for Paralympians in shooting

Germany won its first medal in this year's Paralympic Games on Thursday after triumphing in the air rifle shooting. Manuela Schmermund had already bagged a silver medal in the Beijing Paralympics, and gold in Athens.

German scientists find ‘internet-addiction gene’

German scientists find ‘internet-addiction gene’

German scientists say they have found a link between Internet addiction and a specific genetic mutation that also plays a role in nicotine addiction.

Rainy days signal summer’s end

Rainy days signal summer’s end

It may be time for Germany to begin putting away the Birkenstocks, as rain clouds will begin rolling in over the coming few days to signal the end of a fickle summer, national weather service the DWD said on Thursday.

German label launches €190 brown paper bag

German label launches €190 brown paper bag

German fashion house Jil Sander has launched a men’s hand bag which is not only designed to look like an ordinary brown paper bag – it is a brown paper bag. But at a price of €190, throwing it away after one use would be a mistake.

Woman’s tumour as heavy as four babies

Woman’s tumour as heavy as four babies

Surgeons in Cologne have removed a 14-kilo tumour from a woman, whose internal organs were being squashed so badly she was in danger of serious complications. It was about the weight of four newborn babies.

Prostitute-orgy insurer had a sex habit

Prostitute-orgy insurer had a sex habit

The German insurance company that rewarded its top-sellers with a prostitute sex party in Hungary also paid for employees to visit brothels and swingers clubs in Majorca and Jamaica, according to a new report.

Lufthansa strikes to hit on Friday

Lufthansa strikes to hit on Friday

Lufthansa passengers could face delays and cancellations on Friday, as the airline’s cabin staff are due to go on strike. They are not announcing any details until six hours beforehand, in order to try to hinder countermeasures.

What’s on in Germany:  August 30 – September 5

What’s on in Germany: August 30 – September 5

This Week's Highlights: Classical music in Berlin, Indian dance in Munich, and a mediaeval festival stomps through Hamburg.

Chinese ‘will invest to help boost euro’

Chinese ‘will invest to help boost euro’

German leader Angela Merkel said Thursday there was "absolute political will" to strengthen the euro, as she held talks with China's premier Wen Jiabao on the eurozone crisis.

Ex-family ministers: child care cash humiliating

Ex-family ministers: child care cash humiliating

Four former family ministers have joined forces to warn against the controversial child care payment which their successor plans to pay to parents who do not send their toddlers to state-subsidised day care.

Call boosted for boys to get cancer jab

Call boosted for boys to get cancer jab

German Nobel laureate Harald zur Hausen received significant support on Thursday for his call for boys to get vaccines given to girls to protect against cervical cancer. A report in the journal Nature says everyone should get the jabs.