German private sector grows in April but at slower rate - PMI


BERLIN - Germany's private sector expanded in April, a survey showed on Wednesday, and while the rate of growth was weaker than in March, it still pointed to solid growth in Europe's largest economy at the start of the second quarter.

Arsonists carry out new attack on German asylum-seekers' refuge 8:39am BST

BERLIN - Police in western Germany said on Wednesday that unidentified arsonists had set fire overnight to housing being prepared for aslyum-seekers, causing 50,000 euros (36,944 pounds) worth of damage, before fleeing the scene in a car.


Lufthansa reins in profit expectations as strikes take toll 05 May 2015

BERLIN - Germany's Lufthansa , rocked by a fatal plane crash at the end of March and trying to end a long-running dispute with its pilots, struck a cautious tone on 2015 profit expectations despite reporting a smaller first quarter loss. | Video


Global stocks gain on factory data, bund yields rise 04 May 2015

NEW YORK - Global equity markets rose on Monday, lifted by the biggest gain in U.S. factory orders in eight months and solid manufacturing data in Germany, while German bund yields rose as investors shook off deflation fears that had gnawed European bonds.


Merkel defends German intelligence cooperation with NSA 04 May 2015

BERLIN - Chancellor Angela Merkel defended Germany's BND intelligence agency on Monday against accusations it illegally helped the United States spy on officials and firms in Europe.


German prosecutors launch investigation of spying charges 03 May 2015

BERLIN - Germany's top public prosecutor will look into accusations that the country's BND foreign intelligence agency violated laws by helping the United States spy on officials and firms in Europe, including Airbus group, the federal prosecutors office said.

France says confidence restored with Germany after spy claims 02 May 2015

PARIS - France said on Saturday that "mutual confidence" had been re-established with Germany after German media reported the country's foreign intelligence agency had helped the United States to spy on French firms and government offices.

Germans cannot turn backs on Nazi past, Merkel says 02 May 2015

BERLIN - Germany cannot simply draw a line under its Nazi past and must remain sensitive to the damage it caused to other countries including Greece, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday, just ahead of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two.


Dangerous WW2 bombs still litter Germany's landscape 02 May 2015

BERLIN - The danger of unexploded World War Two aerial bombs lurking in the soil still haunts Germany 70 years after the war ended on May 8, 1945, exploding without warning or surfacing after frost.


German police foil Islamist attack ahead of Frankfurt cycle race 30 Apr 2015

FRANKFURT - Police in Germany have thwarted a planned Islamist attack after detaining a couple with suspected Salafist militant links, one of whom was seen along the route of a popular May Day cycle race in Frankfurt, officials said on Thursday.


Khamenei says U.S. military threats against Iran endanger nuclear talks

ANKARA - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday U.S. military threats made in the last few days may scupper nuclear talks as Tehran and six major world powers try to meet a June 30 deadline for a final deal.