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  • 'St. Jude' storm hits Germany, kills four UPDATE: The violent "St. Jude" storm that hit the UK on Sunday night reached Germany on Monday, killing a mother and child. Strong winds and heavy rain battered northern parts of the country grounding flights and halting trains.
  • Germans want to interrogate Snowden German politicians said on Monday they wanted to call whistleblower Edward Snowden as a witness in a parliamentary investigation into US spying - and possibly grant him asylum at the same time.
  • Football chiefs dismiss 'ghost goal' case The German Football Association rejected a complaint from Hoffenheim on Monday about a "ghost goal" scored in the Bundesliga a week ago. The referee allowed a header to stand despite the ball slipping in through a hole in the net.
  • 'It's easier to be sacked here than you think' In this week's Job Talk, The Local finds out how hard it is to get sacked in Germany and looks at just how you can, and cannot, be dismissed from your job.
  • Lou Reed's dark, drug-fuelled Berlin The US rock legend Lou Reed died on Sunday at the age of 71. The influential musician had a complicated relationship to the German capital.
  • Villagers kill marten after attack spree A aggressive marten attacked several people in a village in western Germany on Saturday. It injured one victim badly enough to put them in hospital, before a shopkeeper managed to kill it with a broom.
  • White House 'ended NSA Merkel phone tapping' UPDATE: The United States flatly denied on Sunday that President Barack Obama had been informed years ago that US spy agencies were monitoring German Chancellor Angela Merkel's phone calls.
  • Thieves 'steal and rape dog' in Berlin A Berlin woman was reunited with her stolen dog on Sunday only to discover that it had likely been sexually assaulted. There may be more than one attacker, vets said.
  • German warning triggers Israel UN meet Israel will attend a UN human rights review on Tuesday a top official said, after Germany warned of a diplomatic backlash if it stayed away.
  • Fourth F1 victory sparks party in 'Vettelheim' Thousands of people began to party in Formula One great Sebastian Vettel's hometown of Heppenheim after the German was crowned world champion for a fourth successive year following his victory in Sunday's Indian Grand Prix.
  • Obama was aware of Merkel spying: Report US President Barack Obama was personally informed of mobile phone tapping against German Chancellor Angela Merkel, which may have begun as early as 2002, German media reported Sunday as a damaging espionage scandal widened.
  • Spy chiefs head to US over phone tap row German spy chiefs will travel to the United States next week to demand explanations following allegations that US intelligence has been tapping Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone.
  • Nazi criminal's grandson: Change my name The Argentine grandson of Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke wants to change his last name, just weeks after the death of his grandfather sparked turmoil when various countries refused his body.
  • Fake Kings and neo-Nazis exploit legal quirk A loophole in German law allowed a man claiming to be the 'King of Germany' to establish a mini-state with 3,500 subjects. But other attempts at exploiting the legal quirk have been rather more sinister as The Local's Fred Searle discovers.
  • Merkel: relations with US not 'one-way street' UPDATE: Chancellor Angela Merkel said the relationship between the United States and Germany was not a "one-way street" and that actions, not words, mattered in the future.