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Symbols of migrant plight to go on show in Bonn museum
Photo: DPA

A people smugglers' car, a dinghy and a life jacket are among items related to Europe's migration crisis due to go on display at a German museum.

Police arrest Syrian refugee, 16, over Isis links
A security at the refugee centre where the 16-year-old was arrested. Photo: DPA

A 16-year-old Syrian refugee has been arrested in Germany on suspicion of having ties to the Isis jihadist group, officials said Wednesday, describing him as a "serious threat".

Bayer buys Monsanto for $66 bn after months-long pursuit
Photo: DPA

German chemicals giant Bayer said on Wednesday it had signed a $66 billion (€58.8 billion) takeover deal with US seeds and pesticides firm Monsanto.

Man dies in car crash with horses on Autobahn
The scene of the collision. Photo: DPA.

Horses running across the Autobahn caused a horrible collision on Monday morning, leaving one driver dead.

Fireman gets 6 years in jail for refugee home arson
The two men convicted for starting a fire at a refugee home in Altena. Photo: DPA.

A firefighter and his friend were sentenced to prison on Monday for arson after they set fire to a refugee home in western Germany.

Boy sends card to grandad in heaven, and gets reply
File Photo: DPA

A 5-year-old boy couldn't get over the death of his grandfather, so attached a card to a helium balloon. His parents were surprised to find a box in the post shortly after.

Swiss charge banker who helped nab German tax cheats
Photo: DPA

Switzerland has charged a former employee of the country's largest bank UBS with allegedly selling German authorities the files of wealthy clients suspected of tax evasion, officials and media said Tuesday.

German Islamist preacher on trial over Syria terror links
Sven Lau. Photo: DPA

One of Germany's best known Islamist preachers went on trial in the western city of Düsseldorf on Tuesday on charges of backing "a terrorist group" fighting in Syria.

Teen girl injures ten in pepper spray attack spree
File photo: Public domain/Wikimedia Commons

Police are searching for a teenage girl, who reportedly went on a pepper spray rampage of sorts during a folk fest in the Rhineland.

AfD leader attacked and beaten in Mainz
Uwe Junge. Photo: DPA

The leader of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) in Rhineland-Palatinate was attacked on the street on Tuesday evening by a group of young men.

Study finds rival Rhineland beers 'actually taste the same'
Left: Altbier. Right: Kölsch. Or can you even tell? Photos: DPA.

Cologne and Düsseldorf have a long established rivalry, not least over who has the better home brew. So the results of a new study might be more than they can swallow.

Teacher convicted for holding kids back after class
Photo: DPA

A music teacher from North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) has been found guilty of "holding people against their will" after he made some naughty stay kids back after class.

In Pictures
Düsseldorf swoons as Prince William comes for royal visit
'Well hello Mr. Prince'. Photo: DPA.

Prince William paid a visit to the Rhineland city of Düsseldorf on Wednesday to celebrate the state of North Rhine-Westphalia's 70th birthday. Here's a look at his royal stay.

Worried neighbours alert police to parrot’s cry for help
File photo: DPA.

New neighbours were startled to hear what they thought was a child crying for help in a small west German town - until police discovered the true birdbrain behind the calls.

Footballer Reus gets licence after driving illegally for years
Photo: DPA

Germany winger Marco Reus - who was fined half a million euros in 2014 after it emerged he had been driving for years without a licence - has finally passed his test.

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