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.
The Spanish opera singer was cured of leukemia 25 years ago, an event which changed his life. He reveals how he has devoted himself to good causes and how his new album is about all about the joy of being alive.
The EU executive says it is starting a probe into Germany's system of subsidized electricity for big companies to clarify whether it violates competition rules. It is also probing British aid for a planned nuclear plant.
When the Berlin-based RIAS Chamber Choir received an invitation to perform in Beirut, they were reluctant due to the political situation. But they soon agreed to bring a little Christmas sparkle to the Middle East.