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  • German Court parks ridesharing service Uber

    September 2, 2014 3:41 AM

    BERLIN, Germany - A court has issued an injunction barring ridesharing service Uber from operating in Germany, the latest shot in a fight with the country's taxi drivers. The state court in Frankfurt ruled that Uber can't offer its services without a specific permit under German transport laws, news agency... more »
  • Comet chaser reaches target after 10-year pursuit

    August 6, 2014 12:40 PM

    DARMSTADT, Germany - After a journey of 6.4 billion kilometers (4 billion miles), Europe's unmanned Rosetta probe reached its destination Wednesday, a milestone in mankind's first attempt to land a spacecraft on a comet. The decade-long trip was successfully completed with a seven-minute thrust that allowed Rosetta to swing alongside... more »
  • Germany takes home 2014 World Cup Title

    July 13, 2014 11:20 PM

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Mario Goetze volleyed in the winning goal in extra time to give Germany its fourth World Cup title with a 1-0 victory over Argentina on Sunday. Goetze controlled the ball with his chest and then shot past Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero in the 113th minute.... more »
  • Germany delighted, astonished by Brazil rout Play Video

    July 9, 2014 6:36 AM

    BERLIN, Germany - Germans awoke on Wednesday to discover the 7-1 demolition of Brazil in their World Cup semifinal was not a delightful dream but a scarcely-believable reality. The front-page headline in the country's biggest-selling newspaper, Bild, read simply: "7-1. No words for it!" The paper dedicated its first six... more »
  • Klose scores vs Brazil to set World Cup record

    July 8, 2014 4:18 PM

    BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil - Miroslav Klose has broken the World Cup scoring record after netting a goal Germany against Brazil in Tuesday's semifinal in Belo Horizonte. Klose put Germany ahead 2-0 in the 23rd minute for his 16th career World Cup goal in his fourth tournament. It broke the mark... more »
  • Scolari: Brazil will be playing for nation, Neymar

    July 8, 2014 1:48 PM

    BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil - Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari says Neymar will be in everyone's thoughts and will serve as motivation for Brazil's national team in the World Cup semifinal against Germany on Tuesday. Brazil's biggest star won't play the match in Belo Horizonte because of a fractured bone in his... more »
  • World Cup semifinals set as Argentina, Netherlands advance

    July 5, 2014 11:04 PM

    SALVADOR, BRAZIL - Late substitute Tim Krul made two saves in a 4-3 penalty shootout victory over Costa Rica on Saturday to give the Netherlands a spot in the World Cup semifinals following a 0-0 draw. Krul, who came on in the 120th minute, stopped shots from Bryan Ruiz and... more »
  • Germany to face Brazil in World Cup semifinal

    July 4, 2014 5:11 PM

    FORTALEZA, Brazil - With victories on Friday in World Cup quarterfinals action, Brazil and Germany advance to the next round and will meet on the pitch next Tuesday. Brazil advanced to the World Cup semifinals for the first time in 12 years when they beat upstart Colombia 2-1 late... more »
  • USA-Germany match an ESPN ratings win

    June 27, 2014 6:04 PM

    SAO PAULO - The United States' 1-0 loss to Germany was the second-highest rated men's World Cup match on ESPN's networks despite the noon EDT kickoff. The game received a 6.7 rating on ESPN and was seen by 10.77 million viewers, ESPN said Friday. Viewers peaked at 12.06 million during... more »
  • US falls to Germany 1-0 at World Cup

    June 26, 2014 12:58 PM

    RECIFE, Brazil - Thomas Mueller scored his fourth goal of the World Cup on Friday as Germany defeated the United States 1-0 to win Group G ahead of the Americans, who also advanced to the knockout stage of the World Cup despite losing. With two wins and a draw, Germany... more »
  • World Cup fever spikes in Baton Rouge

    June 26, 2014 11:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Fans packed sports bars and other venues around Baton Rouge before lunch Thursday to watch the U. S. take on Germany in a key World Cup match. People filled The Londoner in Baton Rouge nearly to capacity, draped in flags and covered in red-white-and-blue facepaint to... more »
  • Kaymer runs away from field, wins US Open

    June 15, 2014 11:16 PM

    PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) - Martin Kaymer of Germany won the U.S. Open on Sunday with four days of dominance at Pinehurst No. 2. Kaymer won his second major championship. He made a 15-foot par putt on the last hole for a 1-under 69, giving him an eight-shot victory over Rickie... more »
  • Obama, Merkel to display unity against Russia

    May 2, 2014 2:32 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are putting on a display of trans-Atlantic unity against Russia, even as sanctions imposed so far seem to be doing little to change Russian President Vladimir Putin's reasoning on Ukraine. Merkel and Obama will have meetings, a working lunch... more »
  • Obama renews call for nuclear reductions

    June 19, 2013 8:10 AM

    BERLIN - President Barack Obama is calling for a one-third reduction of the world's nuclear stockpiles. Obama spoke today at Berlin's iconic Brandenburg Gate, a powerful symbol of the Cold War. He says it's possible to ensure American security and a strong deterrent and also reduce nuclear weapons. He says... more »
  • End of Germany's longest word

    June 3, 2013 7:32 PM

    BERLIN- Germany's longest word is no more after some tweaking to state laws to conform with current European Union regulations. The word Rindfleischetickettierungsueberwachungsaufgabenuebertrangungsgesetz was dropped. It means "law delegating beef label monitoring." It was introduced in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania in 1999 as part of the measure... more »
  • US takes advantage of second-string Germany, 4-3

    June 2, 2013 4:32 PM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Clint Dempsey scored twice in a five-minute span of the second half and moved into second place on the U.S. career scoring list, helping the Americans edge a second-string Germany team 4-3 in an exhibition game Sunday. Preparing for three World Cup qualifiers in a 12-day span... more »
  • Bieber's monkey

    April 2, 2013 7:40 PM

    BERLIN- Pop idol Justin Bieber has four weeks to pick up his pet monkey in Germany or else it goes into permanent foster care. The monkey was seized by German customs agents when Bieber failed to produce proper documents after landing in Munich last week. Now, "Mally" the monkey is... more »
  • The Hoff lends star power to Berlin Wall campaign

    March 17, 2013 10:08 AM

    BERLIN - David Hasselhoff has put his name behind a campaign to preserve one of the few remaining sections of the Berlin Wall. And in Germany, The Hoff's name carries weight. The American actor best known for starring in "Knight Rider" and "Baywatch" is fondly remembered by many Germans for... more »
  • 'Cookie Monster' sends 2nd note in sculpture theft

    February 4, 2013 12:55 PM

    BERLIN - Police in Germany say someone dressed as the Cookie Monster has sent a second note regarding a stolen cookie sculpture - this time saying he wants to return it. But officials aren't sure the person in the photo actually stole the 44 pound, century-old sculpture. The gilded bronze... more »
  • Hearing airs sex crimes case against US general

    November 5, 2012 10:53 AM

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. - U.S. Army prosecutors are charging a general with sex crimes against five women, including four military subordinates and a civilian. The first details of the charges filed in September emerged at a military justice hearing Monday for Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair at Fort Bragg in North... more »
  • Animal escape in Germany: Kangaroo on the lam

    August 15, 2012 12:29 PM

    BERLIN - A kangaroo is on the lam in Germany after breaking out of a wildlife park, with a fox and a wild boar his suspected accomplices. Michael Hoffmann, assistant head of the Hochwildschutzpark Hunsrueck west of Frankfurt, said Monday the male kangaroo was one of three that escaped overnight... more »
  • School trip leads to sex charges

    July 10, 2012 8:03 PM

    A court ruling allows prosecutors in New Jersey to try two high school employees on charges they had sex with students on a class trip to Germany. Lawyers for a coach and the vice-president of operations at Paramus Catholic High School contended New Jersey had no jurisdiction because the acts... more »
  • German intel chief fired over neo-Nazi case

    July 3, 2012 7:40 PM

    The head of a German state intelligence agency was fired for his handling of an investigation into a neo-Nazi group that killed ten people over a series of years. Thomas Sipplel was sent into early retirement by the Thuringia state Interior Ministry because he no longer had the trust of... more »
  • Court says circumcision on Jewish boys is assault

    June 26, 2012 8:03 PM

    Even if parents consent to the procedure, a court in Germany says circumcising young Jewish boys amounts to bodily harm. The court in Cologne says a child's right to physical integrity is more important than freedom of religion and parent's rights. The president of Germany's Central Council of Jews called... more »
  • Last Briton to serve in WWI dies at 110

    February 7, 2012 12:24 PM

    LONDON - Florence Green, Britain's last veteran of World War I, has died at the age of 110. Briar House Care Home in Kings Lynn, England, says Green died Saturday. Born Florence Beatrice Patterson, she joined the Women's Royal Air Force in September 1918 at the age of 17. She... more »
  • WW I Secret ink Papers

    July 12, 2011 7:40 PM

    What are thought to be the oldest documents kept secret for 95 years were released by the National Archives. They are about secret ink used by Germany in World War I. The documents went on display this week and will remain in view through the end of July. One invisible... more »
  • 2 US airmen killed in Frankfurt airport shooting

    March 2, 2011 12:14 PM

    FRANKFURT, Germany - A gunman fired at U.S. Air Force personnel on a bus outside Frankfurt airport Wednesday, killing two airmen and wounding two others before being taken into custody. Police have identified the shooter as a man from Kosovo. U.S. Air Force Europe spokeswoman Maj. Beverly Mock... more »
  • Newborn girl stolen from German clinic

    December 9, 2010 12:28 PM

    BERLIN - A newborn baby girl has been stolen from a hospital on the outskirts of Frankfurt, police said Thursday. The baby was born in the clinic early Thursday morning, but around noon a woman came into the mother's room and took the girl away, police said in a... more »
  • Octopus that predicted World Cup results dies

    October 26, 2010 12:27 PM

    Sea Life Aquarium says that Paul the Octopus who gained worldwide fame with his perfect World Cup predictions has died. He was 2 1/2. Aquarium spokeswoman Ariane Vieregge in Oberhausen said Tuesday that Paul seemed fine when checked on late Monday night but was found dead in his... more »
  • Officials think bin Ladin involved in Europe plot

    October 1, 2010 12:50 PM

    U.S. counterterrorism officials say they believe that senior al-Qaida leaders, including Osama bin Laden, are involved in the latest terror plot against European cities. The multi-pronged scope of the emerging plan - which was to launch coordinated shooting sprees or attacks in Britain, France and Germany - is an... more »
  • Man shot in head, notices five years later

    August 24, 2010 1:28 PM

    Police say a man living in Germany was shot in the back of his head, but that it took him five years to realize it. Police said Tuesday that the 35-year-old man was hit by a .22-caliber bullet in the western town of Herne as he was out in... more »
  • The reign of Spain continues in world soccer

    August 11, 2010 9:45 AM

    World champion Spain has stayed atop the FIFA rankings, and the United States dropped five places in the top 20. Spain led World Cup runner-up the Netherlands, with Brazil third and Germany fourth. The U.S. tumbled to No. 18 because its four wins at the CONCACAF Gold Cup... more »
  • Octopus oracle to retire

    July 12, 2010 9:59 AM

    No more World Cup, no more octopus oracle. Paul, the octopus who became a popular culture sensation by correctly predicting the outcome of as many World Cup matches as he has legs-all seven of Germany's games plus the Spain-Netherlands final-is going to retire. A spokeswoman for The Sea... more »
  • World Cup overall attendance 3rd highest in history

    July 12, 2010 8:57 AM

    The overall attendance at the World Cup in South Africa, was the third highest in history, behind the 1994 tournament in the United States and the last World Cup in Germany. FIFA, world football's ruling body, said Monday that 3.18 million fans attended the 64 matches in South Africa.... more »
  • World Cup stifles Workplace Productivity

    July 5, 2010 8:29 PM

    The fact that the World Cup only comes around once every four years is probably fortunate for anyone trying to get some work done. When Italian autoworkers were told they couldn't watch the World Cup on the job, they conveniently went on strike a half hour before game time. German... more »
  • Germany sends Argentina packing

    July 3, 2010 3:03 PM

    Germany's goals flowed freely once again at the World Cup, this time battering Argentina 4-0 on Saturday to propel the three-time champions into the semifinals and send both Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona home. Miroslav Klose scored two of the goals to take his World Cup tally to 14... more »
  • Sunday World Cup Scores

    June 27, 2010 5:23 PM

    Germany 4, England 1: The United States' loss to Ghana looks ok after the beating England took against Germany Sunday morning. The Brits lost 4-1 and were eliminated from the 2010 World Cup after a disappointing performance filled with controversial calls. After falling behind 2-0, England stormed back with... more »
  • World Cup Sunday scores

    June 13, 2010 3:30 PM

    GERMANY 4, AUSTRALIA 0 Germany scored two goals in each half and Tim Cahill was sent off as three-time champion Germany beat Australia 4-0 Sunday in Group D of the World Cup. Lukas Podolski and Miroslav Klose scored in the first 30 minutes as Australia coach Pim Verbeek's defensive tactics... more »
  • Google denies use of private data

    June 7, 2010 4:40 PM

    Google representatives say they're working with authorities to address privacy concerns over its mapping service. Last month, Google acknowledged it had mistakenly collected data over public Wi-Fi networks in more than 30 countries. Authorities fear the collection may violate privacy laws. Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal held a... more »
  • U2's Bono has emergency back surgery in Germany

    May 21, 2010 12:22 PM

    The manager of U2 says that frontman Bono has undergone emergency back surgery in a Munich hospital after he was injured while preparing for the group's tour. The 50 year old, whose real name is Paul Hewson, is under the care of neurosurgeon Dr. Joerg Tonn and Dr. Hans-Wilhelm... more »
  • European soccer matches go ahead as planned

    April 19, 2010 10:26 AM

    European soccer authorities said both Europa League semifinals will proceed as planned Thursday despite the cloud of volcanic ash that has closed airports across much of Europe. Liverpool will have to find an alternative route to Spain for the first leg of its semifinal against Atletico Madrid. Fulham... more »
  • Thousands call German church abuse hot line

    April 6, 2010 8:49 PM

    The Catholic Church says nearly 2,700 people called the church's national sexual abuse hot line in Germany in the first three days of operation. The church says most callers reported cases of sexual abuse but some reported physical abuse. A church spokesman says some of the cases date back years... more »
  • Nazi albums at World War II Museum

    January 27, 2010 5:26 AM

    When private John Pistone went to the former headquarters of Adolf Hitler in the closing days of World War II, he found a nice souvenir. Pistone took home a 12-pound album filled with pictures of paintings and other artwork. Now that album may help solve one of the greatest mysteries... more »

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