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Fake Germanwings victim relative convicted in Cologne
A torn piece of metal at the crash site in 2015. Photo: DPA

A German court on Wednesday gave a woman a year's suspended jail sentence for posing as the cousin of a victim in last year's Germanwings plane crash and obtaining compensation offered by the airline.

Hertha Berlin fan club criticised for 'anti-gay banner'
Hertha BSC beat FC Cologne 2-1. Photo: DPA

A 50 metre fan banner apparently mocking the idea of gay adoption has overshadowed Hertha BSC's win in the Bundesliga.

Court fines man €1,200 for hoverboarding on pavement
The price of being cool. Photo: DPA

The popular gift may now cost you even more if you're caught riding through the streets of Düsseldorf.

Third body found after BASF chemical plant explosion
Fire trucks at the scene of the explosion in Ludwigshafen. Photo: DPA

Divers on Wednesday found the body of a man at a BASF chemical plant in western Germany where an explosion occurred on Monday, police said, bringing the death toll to three.

Two dead, search goes on after chemical plant blast
The fire at Ludwigshafen. Photo: DPA

Emergency services were still searching for two people who went missing after a huge explosion at a chemical plant in western Germany on Monday. Two people have been confirmed as victims of the blast.

One dead, six injured after chemical plant explosion
The site of the explosion in Ludwigshafen. Photo: DPA

At least one person has died, six have been injured and another six remain missing after an explosion on Monday at a chemical plant at BASF's headquarters in western Germany.

Armed clown threatens two men in west Germany
File photo: DPA.

The 'killer clown' scare has apparently arrived in Germany.

Protest bubbles up against bizarre Cologne street art ban
File Photo: DPA

Crowds gathered in front of Cologne's famed cathedral on Sunday to protest against the "pettiness" of city authorities - by blowing soap bubbles.

Rhine river's low water levels causing ships to run aground
The Rhine river, near Neuss. Photo: DPA.

The Rhine river, a major shipping waterway through western Germany, is experiencing worringly low water levels, causing problems for vessels along the major shipping route.

Police question parents of baby offered for sale on eBay
Photo: DPA.

An ad posted on eBay purporting to be selling a month-old baby for €5,000 has sparked outcry and an official investigation.

25 years on, Germany's 'two capitals' causing headaches
Left: Berlin's Reichstag building (parliament building) and Chancellery. Right: Bonn's Post Tower. Photos: DPA.

Few may realize that the federal government is still split between the former West German capital of Bonn and Berlin - and this continues to cause complications, a new report shows.

Ex-Isis fighter jailed for nearly 7 years by Düsseldorf court
Kerim Marc B. Photo: DPA

Two German courts Thursday jailed an Isis group jihadist and handed prison terms to four men for backing another Islamist militant group in Syria.

Fire at major Ruhr area hospital kills at least two
The fire in Bochum. Photo: DPA

Tragedy struck the western German town of Bochum on Friday morning when a huge fire broke out in a hospital in Bochum, killing at least two people.

Germany's favourite smoker wins battle against eviction
Photo: DPA

How a pensioner with a serious smoking habit won a years-long fight for his right to keep his home - and his favourite pastime.

Thousands evacuated after WWII bomb found in Cologne
File photo of a Second World War bomb: DPA

Several thousands people were being evacuated from a district of Cologne just north of the old town on Thursday morning, after a Second World War bomb was found in a parking lot.

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