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German far-right terror group sentenced to long prison terms
Germany extends military missions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Mali
MBDA and Lockheed form joint venture for German missile defense project
Boris Becker withdraws lawsuit against ex-manager
German ministry sees benefit in keeping fighter jet expertise in Europe
Germany’s top court says cities can ban diesel cars
British woman investigated for Holocaust denial in Germany
26,000 evacuated in west German town for WWII bomb removal
2018-04-09 04:55:55 BERLIN (AP) -- More than 26,000 people have been evacuated in the western German town of Paderborn so bomb specialists could remove a World War II-era bomb discovered during construction work. In addition to people leaving their homes, two hospitals, a university and several nursing homes had to be evacuated. Specialists defused the 1.8 ton heavy British bomb on Sunday, more than a week after it was found by construction workers in a garden, only 80 centimeters (31 inches) under the ground   Read More ...
German Court Opens Path for Extradition of Catalan Separatist Leader
2018-04-06 04:00:03 April 5, 2018 4:11 p.m. ET A German court ruled to allow Catalonian separatist leader Carles Puigdemont free on bail, paving the way for his extradition to Spain to stand trial for his role in last autumn’s independence drive. But the German court said Thursday that it would permit Mr. Puigdemont’s extradition only on the lesser charges of misuse of public funds and not for Spain’s more serious charge of rebellion against the state   Read More ...
German court agrees to release ex-Catalan leader Puigdemont on bail
2018-04-05 21:14:21 BERLIN (Reuters) - A German court on Thursday agreed to release on bail former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont and said his extradition to Spain was possible on the basis of corruption charges there, but not on the more serious charge of rebellion. Puigdemont was arrested on entering Germany last month on a Spanish-issued arrest warrant. Spain accused the Catalan separatist of rebellion and corruption after he organised an unsanctioned independence referendum   Read More ...
German family traveling through Albuquerque struck by thieves
2018-03-30 08:00:01 ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) - It's a tourist tragedy. A German family visiting New Mexico victimized by thieves, and those thieves took something their daughter needs to survive. It wasn't the way the Murmann family visiting from Germany wanted to spend their vacation -- reporting a theft to Albuquerque Police. "We never had some problems in the U.S. with some thieves or something like that, so I was a little bit confused, what's going on, what's happened?" Uwe Murmann said   Read More ...
Puigdemont in Germany court after arrest triggered Catalan protests
2018-03-26 21:11:50 Berlin, Germany | AFP | Former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont is to appear in court Monday following his arrest in Germany which triggered a wave of protests in Catalonia where thousands of separatists faced off with police. German police arrested Puigdemont on Sunday, after he crossed the border from Denmark, under a European warrant issued by Spain. The arrest comes five months after Puigdemont went on the run as Spanish prosecutors sought to charge him with sedition and rebellion in the wake of a vote by the Catalan parliament to declare independence   Read More ...
German court keeps exiled Catalan leader Puigdemont in custody - prosecutor
2018-03-26 21:08:34 NEUMUENSTER, Germany (Reuters) - A German court has extended the detention of former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont pending a decision by a higher court on whether to extradite him to Spain, the general prosecutor in the northern city of Schleswig said on Monday. "He appeared calm and composed," prosecutor Georg-Friedrich Guentge told reporters when he was asked to describe Puigdemont's appearance in court   Read More ...
Fugitive Ex-Catalan Leader Carles Puigdemont Arrested by German Police
2018-03-26 21:03:45 (BARCELONA) — Five months after going on the run from Spanish authorities, Catalonia’s former president was detained in Germany on an international warrant Sunday by highway police after the ardent separatist crossed the border with Denmark. Carles Puigdemont’s capture, aided by Spanish intelligence services, sparked protests of tens of thousands in Catalonia’s main city of Barcelona and other towns in the wealthy northeastern corner of Spain   Read More ...
ISIS-Terror in Frankreich? Schießerei und Geiselnahme in Supermarkt
2018-03-23 12:46:52 Neuer ISIS-Terror in Frankreich? Ein mutmaßliches ISIS-Mitglied hat in Südfrankreich in einem Supermarkt um sich geschossen und Geiseln genommen. Die Polizei teilte am Freitag mit, ein bis zwei Menschen seien von Kugeln getroffen worden. Einer von ihnen ist demnach womöglich tot. Nach Angaben der Staatsanwaltschaft bekannte sich der Täter zu ISIS. Demnach ereignete sich der Vorfall am Freitagmorgen in Carcassonne beziehungsweise im nahe gelegenen Ort Trèbes   Read More ...
U.S., France, Germany blame Russia for UK nerve agent attack
2018-03-16 20:12:33 By JILL LAWLESS, DANICA KIRKA and VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV Associated Press The leaders of the United States, France and Germany joined Britain on Thursday in blaming Russia for poisoning a former spy with a powerful nerve agent, condemning what they called the first attack with a nerve agent in Europe since World War II. In a rare joint statement, U.S. President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Theresa May said “there is no plausible alternative explanation” to Russian responsibility   Read More ...
Germany, France to discuss response to nerve agent attack in UK - Merkel
2018-03-16 20:11:04 PARIS (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday she would discuss with French President Emmanuel Macron an appropriate response to an attack using a military-grade nerve agent that Britain has blamed on Russia. "Many trails point to the fact that Russia is responsible," Merkel said before talks with Macron in Paris. "It is a very difficult situation and today we will discuss what the appropriate response is   Read More ...
German court rejects bid for gender-sensitive bank forms
2018-03-13 11:10:16 BERLIN (AP) — A German federal court has rejected a customer's demand for her bank to include the feminine form of words such as "account holder" on official forms. The Federal Court of Justice ruled Tuesday that plaintiff Marlies Kraemer hadn't suffered any discrimination under German law from her bank's use of the "generic masculine" on forms, a common practice. The German language adds a suffix to turn nouns into feminine form   Read More ...
German far-right terror group sentenced to long prison terms
2018-03-12 02:42:15 BERLIN (AP) — A German court on Wednesday sentenced eight Germans to between four and ten years in prison for forming a far-right terrorist organization, attempted murder and carrying out bomb attacks on asylum-seeker facilities and left-wing political targets. The Dresden regional court said in its verdict all seven men and one woman, aged between 20 and 40, were guilty of forming the so-called terrorist "Freital Group," named after a Dresden suburb that has seen a number of anti-refugee protests and attacks   Read More ...
Prosecutors want life sentence for killing of German student
2018-03-09 18:12:52 BERLIN (AP) — Prosecutors are demanding a life sentence for an Afghan migrant on trial in Germany for the rape and killing of a 19-year-old medical student in October 2016. Chief prosecutor Eckart Berger told Freiburg's regional court Friday that the defendant should also be imprisoned beyond the usual 15-year life term in Germany. Hussein K., whose last name was withheld in line with German privacy laws, told the court last year that he pulled Maria Ladenburger from her bicycle, raped her and dumped her unconscious in the Dreisam river, where she drowned   Read More ...
Cumhuriyet journalists appear in court | DW English
2018-03-09 18:06:16 March 9 sees another court hearing for 17 Turkish journalists charged with supporting terrorism. The employees of the opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet are among 100 writers and reporters jailed in a widespread crackdown on press freedom in Turkey. More News: http://www.dw.com/en/program/dw-news/   Read More ...
Germany arrests Iraqi youth suspected of planning attack in Germany or UK
2018-03-08 16:02:03 BERLIN: Germany's highest court has issued an arrest warrant for a 17-year-old Iraqi citizen suspected of planning an Islamist attack in Germany or Britain, the federal prosecutor's office said in a statement on Thursday. The young man, who was first detained on Feb. 13 by local authorities in Frankfurt, had stockpiled a large number of powerful fireworks in his apartment in the German state of Hessen, and planned to extract their explosive powder   Read More ...
Germany arrests Iraqi youth suspected of planning attack in Germany or UK
2018-03-08 15:04:38 BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's highest court has issued an arrest warrant for a 17-year-old Iraqi citizen suspected of planning an Islamist attack in Germany or Britain, the federal prosecutor's office said in a statement on Thursday. The young man, who was first detained on Feb. 13 by local authorities in Frankfurt, had stockpiled a large number of powerful fireworks in his apartment in the German state of Hessen, and planned to extract their explosive powder   Read More ...
Germans arrest Iraqi who allegedly planned attacks
2018-03-08 14:12:56 BERLIN – German prosecutors say they have issued a formal arrest warrant for a 17-year-old Iraqi citizen who was allegedly planning to commit an extremist attack in either Germany or Britain. Federal prosecutors said Thursday that Deday A., who was already detained on Feb. 13 by local authorities in Frankfurt, is accused of having stored a large quantity of firecrackers in his apartment in the state of Hesse to use them to build a bomb   Read More ...
Sir Mo Farah stands by claim that he was racially harassed at Munich airport by German police
2018-03-08 14:08:19 Sir Mo Farah is standing by his claim that he was racially harassed on Tuesday and has lodged a formal complaint with Munich Airport and the German Federal Police. The four-time Olympic champion on Tuesday filmed an altercation between himself and a uniformed police officer at an airport, later posting it to his Instagram and Twitter feeds with the caption "Sad to see racial harassment in this day and age   Read More ...
Germans arrest Iraqi who allegedly planned attacks
2018-03-08 13:37:46 BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors say they have issued a formal arrest warrant for a 17-year-old Iraqi citizen who was allegedly planning to commit an extremist attack in either Germany or Britain. Federal prosecutors said Thursday that Deday A., who was already detained on Feb. 13 by local authorities in Frankfurt, is accused of having stored a large quantity of firecrackers in his apartment in the state of Hesse to use them to build a bomb   Read More ...
Germany extends military missions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Mali
2018-03-08 12:33:05 ERLIN: Germany is extending six overseas military missions, including its long-running operation in Afghanistan. Cabinet agreed Wednesday to increase the maximum number of troops deployed as part of the international "Resolute Support" mission by 320 to 1,300. The German army has its headquarters in Afghanistan in the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif and a large base near the central city of Kunduz   Read More ...
MBDA and Lockheed form joint venture for German missile defense project
2018-03-08 11:01:01 BERLIN: The German unit of European missiles maker MBDA and U.S. arms company Lockheed Martin Corp have formed a joint venture to press ahead with a new air and missile defense system being negotiated with the German military, they said on Thursday. The 60-40 MBDA-led venture will serve as prime contractor for the new multibillion-dollar TLVS system, which the two companies have been negotiating to get under contract with the German defense ministry since 2015   Read More ...
MBDA and Lockheed form joint venture for German missile defense project
2018-03-08 10:41:15 BERLIN (Reuters) - The German unit of European missiles maker MBDA and U.S. arms company Lockheed Martin Corp () have formed a joint venture to press ahead with a new air and missile defense system being negotiated with the German military, they said on Thursday. The 60-40 MBDA-led venture will serve as prime contractor for the new multibillion-dollar TLVS system, which the two companies have been negotiating to get under contract with the German defense ministry since 2015   Read More ...
Sir Mo Farah stands by racial harassment claim and lodges complaint with German police
2018-03-07 21:09:08 Sir Mo Farah stands by his statement he was racially harassed at Munich airport and has lodged a formal complaint with the airport and the German police. The German Federal Police responded to the British four-time Olympic champion's initial claim by saying the accused officer was "properly carrying out his duty". Farah had posted a video on Instagram showing an altercation at the airport   Read More ...
German far-right terror group members jailed for attacks
2018-03-07 21:05:10 A German court has jailed eight members of the far-right group called Freital, for a number of crimes including attempted murder and terror offences. Prosecutors said the group's members attempted to create a "climate of fear" with a series of attacks on political opponents and refugees in 2015. The group modified pyrotechnics purchased in neighbouring Czech Republic to use in explosives attacks   Read More ...
Germany: Far-right ‘terrorists’ jailed for bomb attacks on refugees and politicians
2018-03-07 20:39:32 to our channel! rupt.ly/subscribe Eight members of the right-wing organization Gruppe Freital were sentenced to four to ten years in prison by the Dresden Higher Regional Court after being accused of attempted murder and bomb attacks on refugee shelters and politicians. The group's leaders Timo Schulz and Patrick Festing were sentenced to 10 and nine-and-a-half years in prison respectively. The other six received custodial terms of between four and eight-and-a-half years. "I think it is clear that the court wants to send a clear message to the outside, not only that attempted murder is punished, but also the creation of such a group has been punished" said Accessory Prosecutor Kristin Pietrzyk   Read More ...
German far-right 'terrorists' jailed for refugee attacks
2018-03-07 18:02:46 DRESDEN, Germany: Eight members of a German far-right group were sentenced to jail Wednesday on terrorism and attempted murder charges for a series of explosives attacks targeting refugees and anti-fascist activists. Based in Germany's ex-communist east, the so-called "Freital group" had sought to create "a climate of fear" at the height of Germany's refugee and migrant influx in 2015, the court was told   Read More ...
Eight sentenced to jail for right-wing terror crimes in Germany
2018-03-07 16:29:54 Dresden, Germany (CNN)Eight people have been found guilty of being members of a right-wing terror organization by a court in Germany. A federal court in Dresden handed down the verdict Wednesday after a yearlong trial of members of the so-called "Freital Group," a terror cell founded in eastern Germany in 2015 accused of firebombing two refugee homes and an office and car belonging to the left-wing, pro-immigration Die Linke party   Read More ...
German court hands long jail sentences to far-right 'terrorists'
2018-03-07 16:04:44 DRESDEN, Germany (Reuters) - A German court sentenced seven men and one woman to four to 10 years in jail on Wednesday for founding a far-right terrorist group responsible for attempted murder and bomb attacks on refugee shelters and politicians in the former Communist East. The individuals were members of the "Freital Group", named after their base in the state of Saxony, a bastion of support for the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD), which won the most votes there in a Sept   Read More ...
Germany charges Vietnamese man over Cold War-style abduction
2018-03-07 14:45:30 BERLIN (AFP) - German prosecutors on Wednesday (March 7) laid charges against a suspected Vietnamese agent over last year's Cold War-style kidnapping of a fugitive state company official in Berlin which has badly strained bilateral ties. The 47-year-old man - identified only as Long N.H. in keeping with German privacy rules in judicial cases - was charged with working for a foreign intelligence service and aiding in an abduction   Read More ...
German far-right 'terror' group faces verdicts for attacks
2018-03-07 14:04:23 DRESDEN (GERMANY) (AFP) - Eight members of a German far-right group face verdicts Wednesday after a year-long terrorism trial over a series of explosives attacks targeting refugees and anti-fascist activists. Based in Germany's ex-communist east, the so-called "Freital group" had sought to create "a climate of fear" at the height of Germany's refugee and migrant influx in 2015, prosecutors say. The seven men and one woman, now aged between 20 and 40, modified pyrotechnics they had bought in the neighbouring Czech Republic for five explosives attacks   Read More ...
Germany charges Vietnamese man in ex-oil executive kidnapping
2018-03-07 11:45:04 BERLIN (Reuters) - German prosecutors have charged a 47-year old Vietnamese citizen for helping to kidnap high-profile oil executive Trinh Xuan Thanh from central Berlin last year, from where he was whisked to Vietnam and imprisoned, they said on Wednesday. The case, reminiscent of Cold War-style disappearances, angered Berlin and soured relations with Hanoi. Federal prosecutors in Karlsruhe said they believe the suspect, identified only as Long N   Read More ...
German far-right 'terror' group faces verdicts for attacks
2018-03-07 06:01:56 DRESDEN, Germany: Eight members of a German far-right group face verdicts Wednesday after a year-long terrorism trial over a series of explosives attacks targeting refugees and anti-fascist activists. Racist ideology. Schulz, who did not address the court, was previously handed a one-year suspended jail sentence for a baseball bat attack on the car of pro-refugee activists.   Read More ...
Hala was nine years old when she was killed, burried alive after an air strike. Assad’s and Putin’s bombs killed her
2018-03-06 09:00:44 Last year, Hala fled from Qaboun (Damascus) to East Ghouta with her family. Initially, they sought refuge in the village of Mesraba. However, after an air strike on their house they fled to Baitsawa, another village in the besieged region of East Ghouta. There, his daughter Hala (9) and her grandfather were murdered. Hala’s father, Nazir Al-Midani (34), is telling BILD how he dug a bunker for his family in Baitsawa, seven meters below ground   Read More ...
Cyber-Espionage Likely from Russia Targets German Government
2018-03-05 16:09:06 They are said to be an elite group among the Russian hackers -- bit cleverer than the others, more cautious, more patient, but highly dangerous, not unlike a venomous snake. German intelligence agencies cannot yet say when the group known as "Snake" managed to penetrate the Federal Academy of Public Administration in the town of Brühl, just south of Cologne. It must have happened by late 2016 at the latest   Read More ...
Jürgen Resch: 'The state is behaving like a criminal' | DW English
2018-03-04 18:05:20 The director of Germany's 'Deutsche Umwelthilfe,' an environmental protection organization, has said politicians "increasingly ...fail to implement laws and regulations." Speaking to DW, Jürgen Resch demanded that policymakers fulfill their obligations, even if "large industrial groups have other interests." For more interviews, go to: http://www.dw.com/en/tv/interview/s-3   Read More ...
German court: cities can ban diesel to combat air pollution
2018-03-04 15:06:21 (27 Feb 2018) Germany's Federal Administrative Court ruled on Tuesday that cities can ban diesel cars to lower air pollution. The Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig rejected an appeal brought by two German states against lower court decisions that suggested driving bans for particularly dirty diesel cars would be effective and should be considered. The group Environmental Action Germany, known by its acronym DUH, called it "a great day for clean air in Germany". DUH has been filing legal complaints against cities for years, seeking to have them impose measures to reduce air pollution. The decision could affect millions of drivers in Germany and have significant repercussions for the country's auto industry   Read More ...
German court reportedly approves ban on diesel cars
2018-03-04 14:06:07 (27 Feb 2018) German media reported on Tuesday that a court has ruled cities can impose driving bans on diesel cars to combat air pollution. The ruling could see millions of drivers forced to leave their cars at home on days when harmful emissions are particularly high. The Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig rejected an appeal brought by two German states against lower court decisions that suggested driving bans for particularly dirty diesel cars would be effective and should be considered. Environmental campaigners had sued dozens of German cities, arguing that they have a duty to cut excessive air pollution to protect people's health   Read More ...
Terror de Boko Haram en Nigeria | Reporteros en el mundo
2018-03-04 00:12:05 Jóvenes estudiantes vuelven a ser blanco de Boko Haram en Nigeria. Esta semana el grupo terrorista secuestró a más de cien niñas en una escuela secundaria, sin que se tenga rastro alguno de su paradero. Una catástrofe no sólo para los familiares.   Read More ...
Reporteros en el mundo - Terror de Boko Haram en Nigeria | Reporteros en el mundo
2018-03-04 00:12:00 Esta semana en Reporteros en el Mundo: estudiantes vuelven a ser blanco de Boko Haram en Nigeria, cambio climático afecta a campesinos en la India, complejo regreso de yihadistas a Bélgica, la vida de un adolescente con cáncer.   Read More ...
Alleged mastermind behind Argentine cocaine smuggling detained in Germany – lawyer
2018-03-03 22:55:15 MOSCOW, March 2. /TASS/. Alleged organizer of smuggling cocaine from Argentina to Russia and to the European market Andrei Kovalchuk was detained overnight in a Berlin suburb upon Interpol’s request, his lawyer Vladimir Zherebenkov told TASS on Friday. "Kovalchuk was detained overnight in his house in a Berlin suburb. The German side will decide on his extradition to Russia," the lawyer said   Read More ...