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Cops Help Man Find Buried Treasure Lost in Floods

It was buried six feet underground in his garden

(Newser) - German authorities say an elderly man in Bavaria has recovered his fortune, which he'd hidden at home for safety only to have recent floods make the building uninhabitable, the AP reports. Police in the town of Simbach am Inn said Thursday the 81-year-old initially told them he'd hidden... More »

Suspect in German Theater Dead; No Serious Injuries

Police shot him; injuries to others attributed to tear gas

(Newser) - Officials say a suspect in an incident at a movie theater in southwest Germany is dead, reports AP . The dpa news agency quotes Interior Minister Peter Beuth as saying the man was shot dead. Police earlier said there was a "threat situation" at the Kinopolis movie theater in the... More »

'Ashamed' Auschwitz Guard Gets 5 Years

Reinhold Hanning, 94, apologized in court

(Newser) - A 94-year-old former SS sergeant who served as a guard at Auschwitz has been found guilty of more than 170,000 counts of accessory to murder for helping kill 1.1 million Jews and others at the Nazi death camp. The state court in Detmold, Germany, sentenced Reinhold Hanning to... More »

Rock Festival Suspended After 72 Injured in Lightning Storm

Some were hit by lightning, others by flying debris at Germany's Rock am Ring

(Newser) - A rock festival in western Germany was suspended Saturday after scores of people were injured in a lightning storm, the AP reports. Paramedics said more than 70 people were hospitalized after a storm struck the Rock am Ring festival late Friday at a former airfield 62 miles west of Frankfurt.... More »

Germany Genocide Vote Infuriates Turkey

Yanking ambassador is just the first step, Erdogan says

(Newser) - The German Parliament overwhelmingly voted Thursday to label the killings of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turks a century ago as genocide, prompting Turkey to recall its ambassador to Germany. The motion passed with support from all the parties in Parliament, with one abstention and one vote... More »

Dozens Report Sexual Assaults at German Festival

More women are expected to come forward

(Newser) - Some 26 women have filed sexual assault complaints following a music festival in Darmstadt, Germany—and another 15 are expected to come forward. The 26 victims reported being "surrounded" by men who "touched and fondled" them at the Schlossgrabenfest on Saturday, reports the Evening Standard . Another 15 were... More »

German Man Claims 'Fantastical' Find: Nazi Nukes

Peter Lohr warns his alleged find will eventually decay

(Newser) - A Nazi gold train . The Amber Room . Claims of legendary Nazi-era finds have been surfacing of late—and, it's worth noting, not panning out —and Nazi nukes now join that list. In what it describes as a "fantastical" claim, the Local reports retired mechanical engineer and amateur... More »

For Gay Men Who Suffered Under Paragraph 175, Justice

Germany to lift convictions handed out in post-war years

(Newser) - Paragraph 175 died in 1994, but it's taken another 22 years for those who suffered under it to find justice. Germany has announced that the tens of thousands of gay men convicted under Paragraph 175 will see that conviction annulled and may receive compensation. The Guardian has a timeline... More »

Germany Basically Had to Pay People to Use Electricity Sunday

Thanks to a new high-water mark in renewable energy

(Newser) - Germany hit a new milestone in renewable energy on Sunday, generating so much power at one point that customers were essentially being paid to turn on their lights or charge their phones. Quartz reports that around 1pm Sunday, about 87% of the power being used in Germany was coming from... More »

1 Dead in Knife Attack at German Train Station

Suspect injured 3 others; motive unclear

(Newser) - A German man was arrested after several people were stabbed at a train station in the "absolutely peaceful little Bavarian town" of Grafing, 20 miles east of Munich, early Tuesday. One 56-year-old victim died in a hospital and three men—aged 43, 55, and 58—were wounded. One reportedly... More »

For Smartphone Zombies, a New Kind of Traffic Light

One German town takes action after a teen dies while distracted by her phone

(Newser) - It's only been a matter of weeks since a 15-year-old girl in Germany was hit, dragged, and killed by a tram while she was distracted by her smartphone and headphones, but the nearby city of Augsburg has decided to take action. Citing two similar, though not lethal, incidents of... More »

Humvees Fell From the Sky, Broke Into Smithereens

To the great delight of the guy filming the now-viral video

(Newser) - The US Army is investigating what went wrong during an April 11 training exercise, during which three Humvees fell from airplanes and smashed to the ground. No one was hurt in the April 11 incident, which happened at the Hohenfels training area in Germany, Army spokesman Maj. Juan Martinez tells... More »

A Suicide Attempt, Then Cops Find a Captive Daughter

German 26-year-old, believed to be autistic, was likely held captive by mom 'for years'

(Newser) - A 54-year-old woman apparently despondent over being evicted may have tried to kill herself by throwing herself down a stairwell, reports NBC News . She survived, but German cops at the scene to enforce the eviction made a "shocking" discovery: a 26-year-old woman held in "inhumane conditions." "... More »

Bronze Age Battle May Rewrite History of War in Europe

Thousands fought in Germany's Tollense Valley

(Newser) - Ten thousand human bones excavated from Germany's Tollense Valley over the last six years tell the story of a Bronze Age battle that's surprising archaeologists. The bones of more than 100 men, along with remains of five horses and various weapons, comprise the first evidence of trained warriors... More »

Dispatcher Accused of Playing Games on Phone Before Deadly Train Crash

11 were killed in Germany collision

(Newser) - The rail dispatcher in charge of two trains that collided in Germany in February , killing 11, was playing a game on his phone just before the crash, authorities say. The man, whose name is not being released but who is a 39-year-old with years of experience, has been arrested on... More »

Daimler Shareholders Brawl—Over Sausages

Daimler investor was trying to hoard links from the buffet to bring home

(Newser) - It was the best of times, it was the wurst of times at Daimler AG's annual shareholder meeting Wednesday in Berlin, where an argument disrupted the get-together, the Guardian reports. "We had to call the police to settle the matter," says Daimler board chair Manfred Bischoff of... More »

German Historian: AP Was in Cahoots With the Nazis

Claims that Nazis even had a propaganda plant as an AP photographer

(Newser) - A historian at Germany's Martin Luther University has uncovered what she says is proof from Associated Press archives that it was in formal cahoots with Adolf Hitler's Nazi regime in exchange for being the only Western news agency to report from there, the New York Times reports. In... More »

Fresh Scars Give Away Airport Drug Smuggler

Woman had $220K worth of cocaine in breast implants: cops

(Newser) - Customs officials report an unusual arrest out of Germany: A 24-year-old Colombian woman was caught carrying $220,000 in drugs in her breast implants at Frankfurt Airport, reports Reuters . Authorities say the woman seemed to be in pain, and they found fresh operation scars below her breasts. They sent her... More »

Germany Nabs List of 22K Suspected ISIS Fighters

Potential 'law enforcement gold mine' reveals recruits from at least 50 countries

(Newser) - Germany is in possession of what one expert tells the BBC could be a "law enforcement gold mine": an apparent list of 22,000 or so foreigners from about 50 countries—including "a handful of Americans," per the Guardian —who headed to Syria to fight for... More »

Mark Zuckerberg May Face Hate Speech Charges in Germany

'I think Facebook has changed German society—not for the good'

(Newser) - A pair of German lawyers are hoping to squeeze a $163 million fine out of Mark Zuckerberg by claiming Facebook allows users to post anti-Semitic messages and other hate speech, Vice reports. "I think Facebook has changed German society—not for the good," attorney Chan-jo Jun says. It'... More »

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