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Trump's Blast at Germany Calls Attention to Huge Pipeline

US worried proposed project would give Russia too much money, influence in Europe

(Newser) - President Trump came out swinging as expected Wednesday at the start of the NATO summit, but he went beyond his familiar criticism that nations such as Germany weren't spending enough on defense. Instead, he called attention to a proposed pipeline that would run gas under the Baltic Sea, from... More »

'Particularly Heavy Guilt' Found, Neo-Nazi Sentenced

Beate Zschaepe gets life in prison in Germany for her part in 10 racially motivated murders

(Newser) - A member of a neo-Nazi group in Germany has been sentenced to life in prison for her role in 10 racially motivated murders, though her lawyer claims she "was demonstrably present at no crime scene and never fired a weapon or detonated a bomb." Beate Zschaepe, 43, of... More »

Burning Bird Torches 17 Acres of Land

It takes 50 firefighters to battle the blaze

(Newser) - Police say a burning bird falling from an overhead electric line set fire to a field in northern Germany that was parched by dry weather, torching some 17 acres of land, the AP reports. Police in the Baltic Sea port city of Rostock say witnesses reported that the bird caused... More »

Merkel Survives, With a Huge Concession

German leader agrees to tough border policies to stay in power

(Newser) - Germany's Angela Merkel has struck a deal to remain in power, at least for now. Merkel, long seen as a champion of the rights of immigrants to move freely within the European Union, agreed to toughen border policies to end a revolt from within her own governing coalition, reports... More »

Sandwich Killer? Man May Have Poisoned Up to 21 Co-Workers

German man allegedly caught sprinkling toxic substance onto a co-worker’s lunch

(Newser) - Police have arrested a man suspected of killing as many as 21 engineering workers over two decades at a valve manufacturing company in western Germany, reports CNN . The 56-year-old metal-fittings worker, identified only as Klaus O, was caught on surveillance video sprinkling a powdery substance onto a co-worker’s sandwich... More »

World Cup Elimination a First Since 1938 for Germany

It's 4th defending champion in last 5 tournaments to be eliminated in group stage

(Newser) - Germany is out of the World Cup, the fourth defending champion in the last five tournaments to be eliminated in the group stage. The four-time champions lost to South Korea 2-0 Wednesday, allowing a pair of injury-time goals while knowing a 1-0 victory would have been enough to advance because... More »

Building Explodes in Germany

Explosion in city of Wuppertal has no clear cause

(Newser) - Twenty-five people were injured, four of them severely, when an explosion destroyed an apartment building in the western German city of Wuppertal, police said Sunday. Police said the explosion rocked the several-story building shortly before midnight Saturday with a large bang, scaring people in surrounding homes so much they ran... More »

Celebrating Mexicans Set Off Earthquake Sensors

Though 'quake' said to have resulted from 'massive jumping' during World Cup was deemed 'artificial'

(Newser) - Mexico pulled off a big upset during the World Cup on Sunday, defeating defending champ Germany 1-0. And that one goal in Moscow got hometown fans so riled up 6,600 miles away in Mexico City that it may have created an "artificial" earthquake, per the New York Times ... More »

Germany's Merkel May Be in Trouble

The chancellor is being hit by friendly fire over immigration

(Newser) - The bitter battle over immigration that's been brewing in Germany since Chancellor Angela Merkel opened the country's borders to Syrian refugees is pitting some within the leader's ranks against her. According to the Atlantic , Merkel's own interior minister, Horst Seehofer, drew up plans that would turn... More »

German Politician Caught With His Pants Down—Literally

Alexander Gauland's clothes stolen during swim

(Newser) - A far-right politician in Germany is battling some unfavorable press related to two incidents in a week, one rather comical, the other not at all. Alexander Gauland, 77, first drew censure over the weekend for comments addressed to the youth division of the Alternative for Germany party, the country's... More »

US Ambassador's Interview Causes a Ruckus in Germany

Richard Grenell accused of politicizing his post by expressing support for right-wing groups

(Newser) - When Richard Grenell began serving as US ambassador to Germany in May, he was accused of offending his hosts on his very first day with a tweet about how German businesses should get out of Iran. A month later, Grenell has once again raised the ire of German politicians, this... More »

They Published an Enemies List. The Response Was Unexpected

Pro-government magazine in Hungary publishes 200 names

(Newser) - One of Hungary's most famous native sons is at odds with the country's newly re-elected prime minister in a political fight that has international implications. The dispute between billionaire philanthropist George Soros and Prime Minister Viktor Orban escalated Tuesday when Soros announced that he was closing his Open... More »

Tweet Brings Sour Start to US Ambassador's First Day

Richard Grenell raised some ire in Germany

(Newser) - Richard Grenell's first day on the job may not have gone exactly how he imagined it. The brand new US ambassador to Germany arrived in Berlin on Tuesday, and in the span of little more than an hour, three things occurred: Grenell handed his credentials to Germany's president,... More »

3 Babies Found in 3 Years, and Now a Twist

Police in Berlin say they're sisters

(Newser) - Berlin police say three baby girls found abandoned in and around the German capital in recent years are siblings. The first newborn was discovered in Berlin in September 2015, the second in August the following year, and the third in the nearby village of Schwanebeck in August 2017. Berlin police... More »

His Ex Used His Sperm Without His Permission. Now He Owes Child Support

Court rules against German man in odd case

(Newser) - A married German couple, identified in the press only as Karl and Inge, fertilized Inge's eggs with Karl's sperm and froze them five years ago, intending to have children someday. Instead, they divorced. Inge decided to have a baby anyway, allegedly forging Karl's signature two times on... More »

US Spends More on War Than Next 7 Nations Combined

China is a distant 2nd

(Newser) - A "near-constant state of war" is just one of the reasons the US spends more than any other country in the world on its military—by a long shot. If the next seven major military spenders combined their funds, they still wouldn't measure up, according to a list... More »

Cops Barge In on Bondage Class After Worried 911 Call

Neighbor thought abuse was in progress, but it was an erotic class in session

(Newser) - German police say they rushed to an apartment in the southwestern town of Neustadt after receiving a call about suspected domestic abuse—only to barge in on a voluntary class on Japanese bondage. It seems a concerned neighbor called to report that two men were abusing a half-naked woman in... More »

Massive Rescue Operation Finds Headless Doll

Passer-by thought it was a corpse

(Newser) - An apparent headless body that prompted a major police operation in southern Germany has turned out to be a doll. Police in Baden-Wuerttemberg state say a passer-by spotted what appeared to be a clothed but headless corpse covered in blood lying by a stream in Remstal, near Stuttgart, late Monday,... More »

German Billionaire Disappears on Matterhorn

Tengelmann CEO, missing since Saturday, was training for ski race

(Newser) - A "full speed" search is underway for one of Germany's richest men, heir to the Tengelmann supermarket chain, who failed to return from a solo ski excursion in the Swiss Alps on Saturday. An experienced skier, Karl-Erivan Haub was training for a race when he set off from... More »

Cops Nab 6 in Foiled Plot to Stab Runners

Main suspect is linked to 2016 Berlin market attack

(Newser) - Six people were detained in connection with what police and prosecutors allege was a plan to carry out an attack on Berlin's half-marathon Sunday, German authorities say. "There were isolated indications that those arrested, aged between 18 and 21 years, were participating in the preparation of a crime... More »

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