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Turkey: We Busted 'ISIS Cell' Headed for Germany

Authorities say 8 militants were planning to pose as refugees

(Newser) - Turkey says it has seized eight suspected ISIS militants who were trying to reach Germany. The suspects were detained at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport after arriving from Morocco. Turkey's state-run news agency says they claimed to be tourists who were staying at a hotel in the city for two... More »

Bomb Threat Evacuates German Soccer Stadium

Police say there was a plan to detonate explosives inside

(Newser) - A soccer match between Germany and the Netherlands in the German city of Hannover was cancelled Tuesday because of plans to detonate explosives inside the stadium, the AP reports. Local police received a warning about a possible bomb threat shortly before the gates opened. According to the BBC , Hannover Stadium... More »

'Nazi Grandma' Sent to Prison for Denying Holocaust

87-year-old German woman insists Auschwitz wasn't proven to be death camp

(Newser) - Ursula Haverbeck-Wetzel says there's no proof that Auschwitz was a death camp and that that's "only a belief." Those thoughts spoken in a Hamburg court Thursday—and others, such as the "Holocaust is the biggest and most sustainable lie in history" comment she made on... More »

Discovery of Dead Infant Leads to More Babies' Bodies

Sources say woman drunkenly admitted to hiding bodies

(Newser) - Authorities have made a disturbing find in an apartment in Germany: the bodies of "probably seven" infants. Police say a local woman discovered the remains of one infant in an apartment in Wallenfels, near the Czech border, on Thursday. But when officers arrived, they uncovered several more bodies, including... More »

Former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt Dead at 96

Was a major figure in Cold War politics

(Newser) - Helmut Schmidt, the chancellor who guided West Germany through economic turbulence and Cold War tensions, stood firm against a wave of homegrown terrorism, and became a respected elder statesman, died Tuesday at age 96. Schmidt, a center-left Social Democrat, led West Germany from 1974 to 1982. He was elected chancellor... More »

US Crosses German Rapper Off Its List After Airstrike

Terrorist Denis Cuspert, aka Deso Dogg, killed in Syria: State Dept.

(Newser) - Deso Dogg, the German rapper who joined ISIS and threatened President Obama, won't be freestyling on the Syrian front anymore, the AP reports. "I can confirm that an October 16 strike near [Raqqa] killed Denis Cuspert," Defense Department Elissa Smith says, per the AFP , using the rapper'... More »

Germany: Muslim Isn't Responsible for Holocaust, We Are

Country refutes claims by Israeli prime minister

(Newser) - Germany has been forced to clarify its role in the Holocaust after Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed a Palestinian convinced Hitler to kill Jews, Reuters reports. "All Germans know the history of the murderous race mania of the Nazis that led to the break with civilization that was... More »

German State Threatens Government Over Migrants

Bavaria calls influx of migrants 'massive, uncontrolled'

(Newser) - The German state of Bavaria is threatening to go rogue against the federal government over the ongoing arrival of hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees, Reuters reports. Approximately 200,000 migrants have entered Germany since the start of September—mostly from Austria, which shares a border with Bavaria—and... More »

Refugee Crisis Over? Nope, Far From It

Germany may get 1.5M migrants this year: politician

(Newser) - One month after the body of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi washed up on a Turkish beach—and a week after the European Union agreed to secure its borders—the migrant crisis has largely fallen off the front pages and reporters are going home. But the human tide keeps rolling northward and... More »

Germany Translates Constitution Into Arabic for Migrants

New arrivals expected to integrate quickly

(Newser) - Facing an expected influx of 800,000 migrants and refugees from the Middle East and Africa this year, Germany has translated the first 20 articles of its constitution into Arabic in order to speed up integration, Reuters reports. "People who come here must not only learn the German language,... More »

Ex-Auschwitz Guard Will Stand Trial If Doctor Gives OK

'Reinhold H.' faces 170K counts of accessory to murder

(Newser) - A German court is waiting for a doctor's take to see if it can haul a 93-year-old man into court to stand trial on 170,000 counts of accessory to murder. Officially referred to as "Reinhold H." (though the British press has IDed him as Reinhold Hanning),... More »

Scientists Make Pot Chemical Out of ... Yeast?

Genetically altered yeast could 'change the lives of millions': company CEO

(Newser) - Synthesized versions of tetrahydrocannabinol—that's THC, the active ingredient in marijuana— already exist in pill form and are used to treat nausea, vomiting, and appetite loss that often follows cancer treatments or appears in patients with AIDS. But a new process out of Germany could offer a less expensive,... More »

Germany Not So Open to Migrants After All

Germany limits influx at Austrian border

(Newser) - Germany announced today that it was introducing temporary border checks on the Austrian frontier in a bid to limit the influx of refugees, and cross-border train services from Austria were suspended. Germany and Austria agreed over a week ago to let in migrants who had gathered in Hungary, saying it... More »

Merkel: 'Breathtaking' Influx Will Change Germany

Austria preparing to bring back border checks

(Newser) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel says her nation can be proud of how it welcomed thousands of refugees over a "breathtaking" weekend—but warns that Germany can't deal with the crisis alone and other European countries need to pull their weight. At a news conference today, she said the... More »

As Thousands Pour In, Germany, Austria Open Arms

Merkel and Co. figuring out how to cope with influx of migrants turned away in Hungary

(Newser) - Thousands of migrants streamed into Germany and Austria for a second day today, with Munich alone having 7,000 registered, a fraught journey that was capped with cheers, welcome signs, hot tea, and toys for their children. "I said to myself, I have to do something," one volunteer... More »

Facebook Post on Aylan Could Get Man Imprisoned

Man allegedly celebrated drowning of Syrian migrant child

(Newser) - After a Berlin man allegedly posted a photo of a drowned Syrian child to Facebook with the message "we are not mourning but celebrating it," German police raided his home today, seizing a computer and two cellphones, the AP reports. The man is now facing up to three... More »

Amazing Images: Migrants Walking to Austrian Border

They got tired of waiting for trains in Hungary

(Newser) - Europe's migrant crisis is leading to yet more compelling images today, this time of about 1,000 migrants making a more than 100-mile hike from Budapest, Hungary, to the Austrian border, reports the BBC . What's striking is that the group is walking along the major thoroughfare to Vienna.... More »

How 2 Nazi POWs Escaped Into the Wilds of Minnesota

They were among 13 who escaped in Minnesota during WWII

(Newser) - Nazi Cpl. Heinz Schymalla, 22, and fellow captive Walter Mai, 21, were among some 200 Germans cutting timber for Minnesota's pulp industry in a prisoner-of-war camp in 1944. Both captured in Tunisia in May 1943, they gained momentary notoriety when, moved to act in part by news that Schymalla'... More »

17-Year-Old's Kidnapping, Murder Stuns Germany

Anneli-Marie's captors demanded $1.3M in ransom before killing

(Newser) - The kidnapped daughter of a wealthy German businessman was found dead earlier this week—a horrific end to a case that has stunned Germany and left her parents in the care of police psychologists, reports the Mirror . Authorities say the 17-year-old, identified as Anneli-Marie R., was kidnapped while walking her... More »

Thieves Break in Store, Uncap 1.2K Beers

And yet drink not one

(Newser) - Police in western Germany are looking for thieves who broke into a store selling alcohol and stole the caps off 1,200 bottles of beer—presumably to collect points for a prize contest—yet left the suds themselves untouched. Essen police said the thieves broke into the shop in Muelheim... More »

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