German federal prosecutors called on Wednesday for a self-confessed cannibal to be sentenced to a life jail term as an appeal against his original verdict began. Armin Meiwes, 43, was sentenced to eight and a half years in jail in January last year after being found guilty of manslaughter in a trial that fascinated and appalled Germany. The trial judges rejected prosecution calls for a murder conviction, which would have carried a life term of 15 years. Germany's highest judicial court is now to decide whether his sentence should be upgraded or whether there should be a retrial.
Switzerland's economic output slowed sharply in the first quarter of 2015 after the country's currency appreciated against the euro and the US dollar. The GDP drop was the first quarterly contraction in three years.
Ai Weiwei and Bob Dylan are members of Germany's most important cultural organization, the Academy of Arts. Its director, an outspoken political satirist, is passing the buck this weekend. Will a woman take over?
Did a software bug cause the fatal crash of an Airbus military transport plane in Spain earlier this month? Analysis of the flight recorders suggests as much. But the group says it's too early to draw any conclusions.