Suspected arson hits planned refugee shelter near Berlin: Police

A planned shelter for refugees near Berlin went up in flames overnight, German police said Tuesday, as authorities vowed tough action against perpetrators if the suspected arson is found to be targeted at asylum-seekers.

Putin to be notable absence from Ukraine crisis talks in Berlin

 The heads of Germany and France will meet Kiev`s pro-Western leader in Berlin on Monday for Ukrainian crisis talks most notable for their diplomatically-charged exclusion of Russia`s Vladimir Putin.

Germany charges suspected U.S and Russian spy with treason

German prosecutors said on Thursday they had charged a former employee of the BND foreign intelligence agency with treason and suspect he gave secrets to both the United States and Russia up until last year.

Barcelona won't appeal UEFA sanctions over Catalan independence flags
Barcelona won't appeal UEFA sanctions over Catalan independence flags

FC Barcelona have decided against appeal the fine of 30,000 euros ($33,000) that UEFA imposed after the club failed to keep its fans from flying a Catalan independence flag at the European Champions League final in Berlin on June 6, officials from the Catalan club said.

Barca fined over pro-Catalan flags at Champions League final
Barca fined over pro-Catalan flags at Champions League final

European soccer`s governing body UEFA has fined Barcelona 30,000 euros ($33,006) after fans displayed pro-Catalan independence flags at last month`s Champions League final in Berlin.

Palestinian teen who sobbed before Merkel can stay on in Germany: Report

A teenage Palestinian asylum seeker, who burst into tears in front of Chancellor Angela Merkel during a televised debate, will be allowed to stay in Germany, officials said Friday.

Merkel urges conservative MPs to back Greek debt deal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble have urged conservative lawmakers to back a third debt deal for Greece, on the eve of a key Bundestag vote on the new rescue package.

German Foreign Minister to visit Cuba

 Germany`s Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier will visit Cuba for two days from Thursday, Berlin said, following the historic thaw between the communist island-nation and the United States.

Civilian death toll in Yemen rises above 1,600: UN

 At least 142 civilians have been killed in Yemen over the past 10 days, bringing the civilian death toll in more than three months of violence to 1,670, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

US spy agency tapped German chancellery for decades: WikiLeaks
US spy agency tapped German chancellery for decades: WikiLeaks

The US National Security Agency tapped phone calls involving German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her closest advisers for years and spied on the staff of her predecessors, WikiLeaks said on Wednesday.

London braces for 24 hour Underground strike

Britain`s capital city braced for travel chaos on Wednesday with a planned London Underground strike expected to be the worst in years, after talks to avert the 24 hour walkout broke down.

US envoy called to Merkel office to discuss spy 'crisis'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's office asked the US ambassador to come in on Thursday to discuss new allegations of NSA spying, which threaten to drive a new wedge through transatlantic ties.

Lufthansa makes Germanwings compensation offer

Lufthansa on Tuesday offered financial compensation to relatives of people killed in the Germanwings crash three months ago a proposal that a lawyer representing many German families immediately described as inadequate.

Varoufakis says `Merkel holds key` to Greek crisis

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said Sunday that German Chancellor Angela Merkel "holds the key" to resolving his country`s crisis, while stressing Athens remains open to further talks with international creditors.

Queen makes first visit to ex-Nazi concentration camp

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II made her first trip to a former Nazi concentration camp on Friday, visiting Bergen-Belsen just over 70 years after it was liberated by British forces, on the final day of her state visit to Germany.

German robbers chased away by shopkeeper wielding vacuum cleaner

 A German shop assistant in a late-night convenience store chased away two armed robbers demanding money with the hose of a vacuum cleaner she was using to clean her shop in Berlin`s Neukoelln district, police said on Wednesday.

Jazeera's Mansour blames Berlin detention on Egyptian pressure
Jazeera's Mansour blames Berlin detention on Egyptian pressure

 Egyptian-born Al-Jazeera journalist Ahmed Mansour today blamed his controversial two-day detention in Germany at Cairo's request on pressure that the "tyrannical regime" had placed on Berlin.

Germany frees Al-Jazeera journalist sought by Egypt

 German authorities Monday released Al-Jazeera journalist Ahmed Mansour, two days after detaining him at the request of his native Egypt in a move that sparked outrage from rights groups.

Freed Al-Jazeera journalist thanks supporters `around the world`
Freed Al-Jazeera journalist thanks supporters `around the world`

An Al-Jazeera correspondent released Monday after two days` detention in Berlin on an arrest warrant issued by his native Egypt thanked supporters for the massive attention they drew to his case.

Al Jazeera TV says German authorities have released journalist
Al Jazeera TV says German authorities have released journalist

Al Jazeera television said on Monday German authorities had released journalist Ahmed Mansour.