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Asylum-seekers 'abused' in German refugee centres

Berlin - German police Monday started an investigation into six private security guards at a refugee centre accused of assaulting and humiliating asylum seekers in ways that drew comparisons to abuse against Guantanamo Bay prisoners.

Man pays fine with casino winnings, just as cops arrive

Bochum - A man in Germany was able to avoid being arrested by paying a fine with his slot machine winnings, just as cops were going to arrest him.

Merck buys Sigma-Aldrich for $17 billion

The German drug maker Merck has acquired the U.S.-based science supply company Sigma-Aldrich in a multi-billion-dollar deal. Merck has been growing its laboratory supply side and it has now become one of the biggest companies in the business.

Eating curry may boost brain repair and ward off dementia

An ingredient used in many curry dishes and favourite Indian spice meals may boost the brain's ability to heal, according to scientists in Germany.

Berlin asks Google to reveal details of search algorithm

Berlin has asked Google to reveal details of the search algorithm that has helped it achieve its status as the world’s largest Internet search engine.

NSA's 'Treasure Map' targets, hacks German companies

In what is yet another example of the NSA overexerting its legal authority, leaked documents reveal that NSA and British intelligence agents targeted, infiltrated and gathered data from German satellite and telecommunication companies.

Costa Rica deports German caught smuggling hundreds of animals

San Jos - Costa Rica is famous for its wildlife and scenic grace. The country's biodiversity is astounding, but so is its illegal wildlife trafficking. In this land of unparalleled beauty, there are car alarms in the jungle and treachery is not unheard of.

German Muslims rally against extremism

Berlin - Muslims across Germany held a day of prayer and rallies Friday to condemn both Islamic extremism and a backlash against their faith that has seen arson attacks on mosques.

New BMW Mini wins 'best-looking car' award, production increases

The latest iteration of the BMW Mini — though not as "mini" as before — has been voted by readers of 'auto, motor und sport' as 'the "best-looking car" in the small-car category.

Ryder Cup begins in Scotland this week

Auchterarder - One of the biggest dates in the Scottish calendar starts this week and you could drum up support for the Europeans or the Americans. Yes, it's time for the Ryder Cup golf tournament again and it's being played at the home of golf — Gleneagles in Scotlan

Review: New frontier in graphic art — Hidden mystery of a water drop Special

Cologne - If you’ve been noticing that visual art has simply blown away its own boundaries in recent years, a lot more is happening. Experimental visual art, notably “unique” imaging, is becoming the new frontier.

Germany charges 93-year-old over Auschwitz murders

Berlin - Germany charged a 93-year-old former member of the Nazi Waffen-SS on Monday with at least 300,000 counts of accessory to murder over his time at the Auschwitz death camp.

First German trial of 'Islamic State jihadist' opens

Frankfurt - An alleged German jihadist went on trial Monday accused of fighting in Syria for the Islamic State group, amid calls for tougher action to prevent attacks in Europe by militants.

Boots on the ground: 40 German soldiers headed to Iraq

Berlin - German officials have announced plans to send 40 soldiers to Iraqi Kurdistan to train Kurdish forces fighting against ISIS.

Anti-euro party celebrates gains in eastern Germany

Berlin - Germany's fledgling anti-euro party celebrated election gains in two eastern states Sunday, in a show of strength that spells a growing threat for Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives.

Merkel to rally fight against anti-Semitism

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Jewish leaders will speak Sunday at a Berlin rally against anti-Semitism after the latest Gaza conflict sparked an upsurge in hate speech against Jews.Under the banner "Stand Up: Jew Hatred - Never Again!

Anti-euro party set for gains in German state polls

Berlin - Germany's new anti-euro party is poised to win seats in two eastern state elections Sunday, heightening an emerging threat for Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives.

NSA, British spy agency have secret access to Deutsche Telekom

Berlin - The US National Security Agency and British intelligence services are able to secretly access data from telecoms giant Deutsche Telekom and several other German operators, according to Der Spiegel weekly.

Germany, eyeing threat, bans aiding Islamic State

Berlin - Germany on Friday outlawed active support for the Islamic State, warning the "terrorist" group operating in Iraq and Syria also posed a threat to Europe.

Thermometer can potentially detect lung cancer

Munich - Today, the only way doctors can definitively diagnose patients for lung cancer is by an invasive and uncomfortable biopsy.
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