Bernie Ecclestone, the head of Formula One racing, departs the Oberlandgericht Muenchen courthouse after judges agreed to conclude his trial for bribery. Ecclestone worked out a deal with prosecutors that spares him from jail time in exchange for payments of a $100 million fine and €25 million to bank BayernLB. Ecclestone was accused of bribing a BayernLB employee in connection with the sale of a portion of Formula One. Photograph: Sebastian Widmann/Getty Images)

A German court on Tuesday halted a bribery trial against Bernie Ecclestone in exchange for his paying a $100 million fee, under the terms of a settlem(...)

The Snowden affair has made  German politicians more concerned regarding what  information the Germany’s intelligence agency Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) releases to them. Photograph: Alexandra Winkler/Reuters

German chancellor Angela Merkel is facing domestic pressure to demand a freeze on transatlantic data-sharing until Washington explains claims by Natio(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry arrives for a news conference during the 46th Association of Southeast Asian Nations Foreign Ministers Meeting in Bandar Seri Begawan. Photograph: Ahim Rani/Reuters.

Nearly all national governments, not just the United States, use “lots of activities” to safeguard their interests and security, US secretary of state(...)