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Oktoberfest attendance falls amid German border controls

Berlin - Attendance slipped at the world's biggest beer party, the annual Oktoberfest in Germany, as border controls imposed to stem the flow of refugees complicated rail travel, organisers said Sunday.

Turkey, EU agree to migrant action plan: Report

Berlin - The European Union and Turkey have agreed in principle to a plan of action to help ease the flow of migrants into the bloc, a German newspaper reported Sunday.

Adidas urges FIFA reform, not Blatter resignation

Berlin - Adidas, the German maker of sportswear and equipment and a top FIFA sponsor, declined to join US companies in calling for Sepp Blatter's immediate resignation Saturday but urged reform of world football.

Germany fetes 25 years of unity with call for refugee welcome

Berlin - Germany on Saturday celebrated 25 years since its joyful reunification, with its leaders urging the nation to muster the same strength and solidarity to face a record refugee influx.

Germany fetes 25 years of post-Wall unity amid fresh woes

Berlin - Germany celebrates 25 years Saturday since its historic reunification just as a record influx of migrants and a massive cheating scam at iconic carmaker Volkswagen have sparked a national bout of soul-searching.

Gorbachev says health improving, can walk again

Berlin - The Soviet Union's last leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who has been battling diabetes, said Friday his health is improving and that he can walk again with the help of a stick."I feel much better.

Brawl hits German refugee shelter, UN says numbers may rise

Berlin - A mass brawl broke out in a crowded refugee centre in Germany, Europe's top destination for people fleeing war and poverty, as the UN warned Thursday the unprecedented migrant influx may yet grow.

Syrians, Afghans clash in German refugee centre riot

Hamburg - Some 200 Syrian and Afghan refugees clashed in a crowded German refugee centre in Hamburg overnight, leaving four people injured in the third such riot this week, police said Thursday.

VW says probe into pollution scam to take months

Frankfurt - Embattled auto giant Volkswagen said Thursday an investigation it has commissioned into its massive pollution cheating scandal would take several months, as Australia became the latest country to warn the company it could face huge fines.

Op-Ed: Politics and science collide in immigration row

A German scientist has pulled back the rights for some key European countries to use some software he has developed. The reason is because eight European countries are allowing too many immigrants in.

German minister proposes asylum checks at land borders

Berlin - Germany could in future check asylum claims as migrants arrive at its land borders, the way it already does at airports, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere proposed Wednesday.

Up to 280,000 refugees arrived in Germany in September: Bavaria minister

Berlin - A record 270,000 to 280,000 refugees arrived in Germany in September, more than the total for 2014, said the interior minister of the southern state of Bavaria Wednesday."According to current figures...

Tempers flare in Germany's crowded refugee centres

Berlin - A food queue fight in an overcrowded German refugee centre this week escalated into a mass brawl pitting 70 Pakistanis against 300 Albanians, fighting with fists, sticks and pepper spray.

Germany beefs up asylum rules as half a million cross Med

Berlin - Germany toughened rules for asylum seekers from the Balkans as Europe struggled to cope with a surge in migrants, with new figures showing more than half a million have crossed the Mediterranean this year.

VW draws up refit plan for cars in pollution scam

Frankfurt - Volkswagen revealed Tuesday it had drawn up a plan to refit millions of vehicles in a worldwide pollution-cheating scam, as its new chief vowed to act ruthlessly to overcome the "severest test" in the car giant's history.

British Museum's new German head a 'workaholic' man of action

Berlin - Hartwig Fischer who has become the first non-Briton to lead the prestigious British Museum in 150 years, is a discreet man who has built a reputation as one of the most renowned museum directors in Germany.

Germany beefs up asylum rules as half a million cross Med

Berlin - Germany toughened rules Tuesday for asylum seekers from the Balkans as Europe struggled to cope with a record surge in migrants, with new figures showing more than half a million have crossed the Mediterranean so far this year.

Bayer - no charge that probiotic is wrongfully promoted (update) Special

Washington - The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has accused drugs maker Bayer of illegally promoting the effect of its probiotic, a collection of bacteria that it says “support digestive health.” However, the Justice Department will not pursue the charge.

Merkel's welcome to refugees sparks conservative backlash

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's bold open-door policy for refugees has sparked a backlash in her conservative ranks, and a rare dip in her usually sky-high popularity ratings.

Germany launches criminal probe against VW's ex-CEO

Frankfurt - German prosecutors on Monday announced a criminal probe against Volkswagen's former boss Martin Winterkorn as VW group carmakers Audi and Skoda said more than three million of their vehicles were fitted with software designed to dupe emission tests.
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