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Football: German league table

German league table ahead of weekend matches (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points): Bayern Munich 29 25 3 1 82 17 78 Borussia Dortmund 29 18 4 7 64 32 58 Schalke 04 29 16 7 6 54 38 55 ------------------------------------------------------------------- Bor. Moenchengladbach 29 14 6 9 51 34 48 -------------------------------------------------------------------

West Germany's Cold War ransoming of prisoners encouraged fraud: research

By Monica Raymunt BERLIN (Reuters) - Former West Germany's decision to buy the freedom of political prisoners in the communist East during the early years of the Cold War may have encouraged fake ransoms demands and more arrests, according to new research. Between 1963 and 1989, West Germany paid to free more than 33,000 political prisoners from the German Democratic Republic (GDR) in exchange for around 3 billion deutsche marks' worth of goods that the East badly needed such as food and petroleum.

German store apologises over Hitler coffee mugs from China

A German furniture store chain has apologised for selling coffee mugs featuring faint portraits of Adolf Hitler it had mistakenly ordered from a Chinese supplier, a news report said on Thursday. The vintage-style ceramic cups feature a faint image of a Nazi-era postage stamp that shows a black-and-white profile of Hitler, postmarked with a swastika stamp, all obscured by other design elements including a rose and cursive script.

Football: German league table

German league table after Sunday evening's match (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points): Bayern Munich 29 25 3 1 82 17 78 Borussia Dortmund 29 18 4 7 64 32 58 Schalke 04 29 16 7 6 54 38 55 ------------------------------------------------------------------- Bor. Moenchengladbach 29 14 6 9 51 34 48 -------------------------------------------------------------------

Football: German league table

German league table after Sunday afternoon's match (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points): Bayern Munich 29 25 3 1 82 17 78 -- champions Borussia Dortmund 29 18 4 7 64 32 58 Schalke 04 29 16 7 6 54 38 55 ----------------------------------------------------------- Bor. Moenchengladbach 29 14 6 9 51 34 48 -----------------------------------------------------------

Football: German league table

German league table after Saturday evening's matches (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points): Bayern Munich 29 25 3 1 82 17 78 -- champions Borussia Dortmund 29 18 4 7 64 32 58 Schalke 04 29 16 7 6 54 38 55 ------------------------------------------------------- Borussia Moenchengldbach 29 14 6 9 51 34 48 ------------------------------------------------------- Bayer Leverkusen 29 15 3 11 48 36 48

German cabinet adopts national minimum wage: government source

The German cabinet Wednesday adopted draft legislation establishing a fixed national minimum wage of 8.50 euros ($11.70) to be phased in from 2015 and fully in place from 2017. "It's done," a government source told AFP following a cabinet meeting. A fixed minimum wage was the carrot which conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel dangled in front of centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) to woo them into a coalition that won her a third term in power.

Football: German Bundesliga table

German Bundesliga table after all Sunday evening's match (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points): Bayern Munich 28 25 3 0 82 16 78 Borussia Dortmund 28 17 4 7 62 31 55 Schalke 04 28 16 6 6 53 37 54 ---------------------------------------------------------------- Bayer Leverkusen 28 15 3 10 47 34 48 ----------------------------------------------------------------

Football: German Bundesliga table

German Bundesliga table after all Sunday afternoon's match (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points): Bayern Munich 28 25 3 0 82 16 78 Borussia Dortmund 28 17 4 7 62 31 55 Schalke 04 28 16 6 6 53 37 54 --------------------------------------------------------- Bayer Leverkusen 28 15 3 10 47 34 48 --------------------------------------------------------- VfL Wolfsburg 28 14 5 9 48 42 47

Football: German Bundesliga table

German Bundesliga table after all Saturday's matches (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points): Bayern Munich 28 25 3 0 82 16 78 Borussia Dortmund 28 17 4 7 62 31 55 Schalke 04 28 16 6 6 53 37 54 ------------------------------------------------ Bayer Leverkusen 28 15 3 10 47 34 48 ------------------------------------------------ VfL Wolfsburg 28 14 5 9 48 42 47 Mainz 05 28 13 5 10 41 43 44
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