Danish toy maker Lego lost a legal battle to protect its trademark on iconic toy building blocks from European competition.
The European Union's Court of First Instance turned down Lego's appeal to force the EU's trademarks and designs office to reissue its trademark for the shape of its standard red Lego brick with eight cylindrical knobs.
The EU court, however, sided with a 2004 decision made by the EU agency, which had canceled Lego's trademark after rival toy maker Canada's Mega Brands Inc. filed an appeal to Lego's application. Mega Brands produces similar plastic building blocks that compete with Lego.
The wife of former German President Christian Wulff has given testimony in the corruption case that forced her husband from office in 2012. He faces bribery charges for allegedly accepting gifts from a movie producer.
Afghanistan's future may depend on how the country copes after the withdrawal of international troops. Some Afghans are arming themselves with German university degrees - with the goal of returning to rebuild their home.
The US has said it is considering imposing sanctions on the Ukrainian government after the latest attempted crackdown on pro-European demonstrators. The protesters meanwhile, appeared to be digging in for a long fight.
Call it Central European soul food. As the mercury falls, Berliners seek out restaurants serving traditional food to pack on a few pounds for the winter. Old-school cuisine has the stuff to become a big new trend.