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Giant Hand Plunges Off Church Tower

Fortunately, no one was hurt by falling 6.5-foot hand

(Newser) - A 44-pound minute hand has fallen off a clock on a Hamburg church tower, plunging 130 feet onto the sidewalk below. Hamburg's fire service said Sunday that the hand fell off the city's St. Katharinen church overnight from Friday to Saturday, news agency dpa reportedvia the AP . No... More »

Germany Sex Assaults Were Worse Than Thought

2K men assaulted 1.2K women on New Year's Eve

(Newser) - The New Year's Eve attacks on women in Germany were much more widespread than originally reported. Though police initially identified about 30 suspects in Cologne, a Federal Criminal Police Agency document—obtained by a German newspaper—reveals that an estimated 2,000 men were responsible for attacks on 1,... More »

UN: ISIS Atrocities Loom in Besieged Border Town

World must act now to save Kobani, envoy warns

(Newser) - The world has seen the "massacres, humanitarian tragedies, rapes, horrific violence," and other atrocities that unfold when ISIS seizes a town—and it needs to act now to stop the same happening in the Syrian border city of Kobani , a UN official warns. The UN special envoy for... More »

Ikea Building Its Own City District in Germany

Shops, apartments, and offices for thousands of people

(Newser) - Swedish furniture superpower Ikea will be assembling and delivering its very own city district, complete with shops, apartments, and office space for thousands of residents, in Hamburg, Germany. "We want to build a new city district for the benefit of Hamburg," says the head of Ikea's property... More »

Did Peeing Swimmers Kill 500 Fish?

Phosphates in urine linked to algae bloom

(Newser) - It's a pisser. Swimmers who pee in a lake could be responsible for the death of 500 fish. Experts believe a significant amount of urine in popular Eichbaum Lake in northern Germany is linked to an algae bloom that poisoned the fish. "Swimmers who urinate in the lake... More »

Cops Thwart Firebomb Attack on Berlin Station

Leftists demand end to Afghan war, call for Bradley Manning release

(Newser) - Police thwarted a firebomb attack on Berlin's central train station yesterday after a worker discovered several incendiary devices hooked up to detonators. The planned attack was claimed by a leftist group protesting Germany's involvement in the Afghan war and demanding the release of suspected WikiLeaks source US Private... More »

5 German Terror Suspects Die in Pakistan Drone Strike

Hamburg cell believed to be behind Europe terror plot

(Newser) - An American missile attack has killed at least five German nationals suspected of being part of a terror cell training in Pakistan, Pakistani officials say. The missile hit a house in Waziristan, the region where authorities believe a terror cell training for an attack on Europe was hiding out, the... More »

Hamburg Mosque Used by 9/11 Attackers Shut Down

Authorities say it was attracting jihadists, jihad tourists

(Newser) - A small Hamburg mosque once frequented by the 9/11 attackers was shut down and searched today because German authorities believed the prayer house was again being used as a meeting point for Islamic radicals. The Taiba mosque was closed and the cultural association that runs it was banned. "We... More »

Europe's Sleaziest Tourist Destinations

From Paris to Athens, avoid (or enjoy) these sex-and-drugs zones

(Newser) - Ah, Europe, home of landmark cafés, glorious historic churches—and stinking, dangerous red-light districts rife with hookers, drug dealers, and pickpockets. Correspondents for the Times of London highlight the continent's most tawdry areas.
  • Reeperbahn, Hamburg: Germany's decorous port town turns as seedy as it gets here. Pimps fight turf
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