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.
Germany's second-largest carrier, Air Berlin, has logged moderate profits in the second quarter, but structural problems remain a headache. The airline announced plans to further reduce its route network and fleet.
The second-biggest sports club in Germany, Borussia Dortmund, is trying to narrow the financial gap between itself and arch-rival FC Bayern Munich. Media reports suggest the club is about to issue millions of new shares.
A Russian consumer safety watchdog has said it's widening its current probe into McDonald's restaurants across the country. It spoke about concerns that the US company might have violated sanitary requirements.