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Boat races, bake-offs and beer: How Prince William and Kate spent their day in Heidelberg

The royal couple spent their second day in Germany in the picturesque town of Heidelberg, racing boats against one another, baking pretzels and sipping on beer. Here’s a look at the day in pictures.

German judge warns of court system 'collapse' due to mass number of asylum complaints

The massive number of court cases challenging asylum decisions have stretched authorities "to the limits", a leading judge told German media on Thursday.

Turkey accuses Germany of 'great political irresponsibility' after Berlin issues travel warning

Turkey on Thursday accused Germany of displaying "great political irresponsibility" in stepping up a travel warning for the country after Berlin reacted angrily to Ankara's latest arrests of human rights activists.

German customs seize largest ever haul of cocaine, worth €800 million

On Thursday the German customs agency presented a huge quantity of cocaine which it had seized at Hamburg harbour. It was the largest cocaine seizure in German history.

Police stage nationwide raids against child porn suspects

German prosecutors said Thursday they had carried out nationwide raids against people believed to possess child pornography, targeting nearly 70 prime suspects.

'Women are being attacked every day': violence at small town festival reignites migration debate

Reports of sexual assaults and attacks on police during a small town festival have again sparked debate in Germany about integration, while also leading police to correct what they say are "misinterpretations" of what happened.

How Germany is racking its brains to find a way to deal with Turkey

Since last July, some 22 German nationals have been arrested in Turkey. Nine still sit in prison. But Berlin is struggling to come up with an effective strategy against an ever more hostile Ankara.

Heavy storms flood streets, kill one in west Germany

Thunderstorms across western Germany on Wednesday night left one woman dead, as well as streets and basements flooded, while lightning strikes started fires in other places.

Former Pope's brother accused of 'merciless rule' of choir hit by abuse scandal

The former choirmaster of a Catholic school in Germany where more than 500 children were abused, including sexually, was a "fanatic" who was "feared" by pupils, his immediate successor said on Wednesday.

US bank Morgan Stanley to shift jobs to Frankfurt due to Brexit

Morgan Stanley has picked Frankfurt as its temporary hub in the European Union once Brexit takes effect, a person familiar with the situation said Wednesday.

Thousands swarm to greet Prince William and Kate in Berlin

Die-hard fans of the royal family waited with anticipation for hours to catch a glimpse of Prince William and wife Kate Middleton as they kicked off their three-day German tour in Berlin.

Germany summons Turkish envoy over detention of activist

Berlin on Wednesday summoned Turkey's ambassador over the detention of a German human rights activist who was remanded in Turkish custody this week.

Radical left plot to assassinate opponents no longer unthinkable, Berlin warns

For years far-left activists in Berlin followed the strategy of attacking property, not people. But that is changing, the Berlin interior ministry claimed on Tuesday.

British royal couple take Brexit 'charm offensive' to Germany

Prince William and his wife Kate embarked Wednesday on a three-day visit to Germany billed as a "charm offensive" by local media as Britain begins thorny Brexit talks in earnest.

Thunderstorms to sweep Germany from Munich to Berlin on Thursday

The sunny weather on Wednesday is set to turn grey by Thursday as German forecasters predict thunderstorms across most of the country.

Housing prices keep roaring up in Germany, new study shows

A new report by consumer watchdog Stiftung Warentest shows that housing prices rose even more rapidly in 2016 than in recent years, posing a problem for people looking to buy a home.

Ryanair calls for yet another airport in Berlin

As the capital city continues to struggle to complete its long-awaited new airport, Ryanair has chimed in to say that Berlin needs yet another hub for air travel.

Daimler announces emissions recall of 3 million diesel cars in Europe

German luxury car maker Daimler, which is being investigated for alleged emissions cheating, announced Tuesday a voluntary recall of more than three million Mercedes-Benz diesel vehicles in Europe.

Man with diplomatic immunity accused of filming up woman's skirt during town festival

A man with a diplomatic passport is accused of filming up a woman's skirt during a town festival by Lake Constance.

Turkish custody for German activist 'unjustified', says Merkel spokesman

Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman on Tuesday condemned the detention of a human rights activist, who has become yet another German swept up in Turkey's mass arrests amid President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ongoing crackdown on perceived opponents.