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Hotel Knows Name of Her Child's Father. She Doesn't

Court rules hotel can keep man's identity a secret

(Newser) - A court in Munich has rejected a woman's legal bid to obtain the name of a man she spent three nights in a hotel with seven years ago, reports the AP . The unidentified woman gave birth to a son nine months after the encounter in Halle, eastern Germany, and... More »

After Crash, Cops Deliver 'Shaken Yet Edible' Pizza

German delivery driver was seriously injured in accident, so police finished his job

(Newser) - German police came to the aid of a pizza courier who crashed his car in the southwest German town of Gaggenau—by completing his delivery. The AP reports that the 46-year-old driver hit another car early Saturday after failing to yield. Both drivers required hospital treatment in the accident that... More »

Ivanka Greeted With Boos at Women's Summit

Audience didn't care for her gushing about President Trump's 'advocacy' for women

(Newser) - Media access to the first family may be somewhat controlled in the US, but Ivanka Trump found such a buffer doesn't exist in Germany. Trump took the stage in Berlin on Tuesday at the W20 summit on women's entrepreneurship, at Chancellor Angela Merkel's invite, and she was... More »

Germany: Bus Bomber Motivated by Greed

He bought options to sell 15K shares in soccer team

(Newser) - A 28-year-old German-Russian citizen was arrested Friday in Germany on suspicion of bombing the bus carrying the Borussia Dortmund soccer team in an attack last week that prosecutors allege was motivated by financial greed. A Dortmund player and a policeman were injured in the triple blasts last week as the... More »

As Suspect Arrested in Bombing, German Soccer Team Plays on

Dortmund lost hastily rescheduled game 3-2

(Newser) - German authorities arrested a suspected Islamic extremist Wednesday in their investigation into a bomb attack on a top German soccer team , while the team—missing a defender wounded in the blast—lost 3-2 to Monaco in a hastily rescheduled Champions League match. Amid heightened security, the defeat for Borussia Dortmund... More »

German Soccer Player Hurt in Bus Explosions

It's unclear who is responsible for the explosions

(Newser) - A German soccer team says defender Marc Bartra was injured when three explosions went off near the team bus and is being treated at a hospital, the AP reports. Borussia Dortmund tweeted the news after its Champions League quarterfinal first leg game against Monaco was called off because of the... More »

'Dumbest Bank' Makes Another Massive Error

KfW did get its money back though

(Newser) - To err is human, and a major bank is reminding the world of this for the second time after once again accidentally transferring a massive sum of money it shouldn't have. The blunder occurred on Feb. 20, when Frankfurt-based lender KfW, a German government-owned development bank, transferred $5.4... More »

Anne Frank Center to Tim Allen: 'Have You Lost Your Mind?'

Wants apology from Allen for comparing being conservative star to being in '30s Germany

(Newser) - The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect is calling on Tim Allen to apologize for comparing the experience of being a conservative in Hollywood to living in Germany in the 1930s. Allen made the comments on Jimmy Kimmel Live last week while discussing his attendance at President Trump's inauguration,... More »

Wiretapping Joke Doesn't Help Tense Trump-Merkel Meeting

President says he and Merkel 'have something in common'

(Newser) - President Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel held a joint press conference following a meeting Friday, and NPR reports it was "wide ranging and occasionally tense." That's no surprise, as Trump has previously called Merkel a "catastrophic leader" and accused her of "ruining Germany,"... More »

He Insulted Her on Campaign Trail. Now, They Meet

Trump, Merkel are seen as polar opposites in personality and world view

(Newser) - President Trump hosts German leader Angela Merkel at the White House on Friday, and the Christian Science Monitor says it could go a long way toward clarifying relations between the US and Europe under Trump. He's made disparaging comments about the EU, NATO, and Merkel herself, and analysts say... More »

5 Hurt in Ax Attack at German Train Station

One person has been arrested

(Newser) - A man was arrested after injuring five people with an ax at Duesseldorf's main train station late Thursday, police said, correcting earlier police reports of two arrests. A spokeswoman for Duesseldorf police Anja Kynast told the AP that the man arrested was also injured. She was unable to say... More »

Boy With Metal Detector Hits WWII-Era Jackpot

Danish teen and dad find German WWII fighter plane, remains of pilot

(Newser) - Young boys tend not to forget fantastical stories told by their grandpas, especially if those stories involve downed World War II fighter planes. Klaus Kristiansen of Denmark apparently couldn't get the tale his own grandfather had told him out of his head—that an aircraft had crashed behind their... More »

Stolen 'Work Sets You Free' Gate Back at Dachau

Famous wrought-iron gate was found under a tarp in a Norwegian parking lot

(Newser) - The wrought-iron gate to the Nazis' Dachau concentration camp, which prompted an international outcry when it was stolen more than two years ago, has been returned to the German memorial site. The gate, bearing the slogan "Arbeit macht frei," ("Work sets you free"), was located in... More »

Watchdog Tells Parents to Destroy 'Spying' Doll

Germany reclassifies toy as illegal transmitting device

(Newser) - German authorities have issued a warning to parents that sounds like it was taken from an urban legend: A doll could be spying on their children and should be smashed. The country's Federal Network Agency has reclassified the My Friend Cayla toy as a "concealed transmitting device,"... More »

Driver Deliberately Crashes Fancy Tesla to Save Lives

He was able to stop an out-of-control Passat whose driver was in distress

(Newser) - The driver of a $70,000 Tesla Model S put his fancy car on the line to save lives with an impressive maneuver Monday in Germany. Jalopnik reports the driver was on the autobahn near Munich when he saw an out-of-control Volkswagen Passat swerve across the road and repeatedly hit... More »

Germany Chooses a New President

Steinmeier once called Trump a 'hate preacher'

(Newser) - A special assembly elected former German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier by an overwhelming majority Sunday to be the country's new president. Steinmeier was elected in Berlin by the assembly made up of the 630 members of parliament's lower house and an equal number of representatives from Germany's... More »

Germany Gets Back Its 300 Tons of Gold From US

US had held gold since Cold War

(Newser) - Germany has completed an effort to bring home 300 metric tons of gold stashed in the United States, part of a plan to repatriate gold bars kept abroad during the Cold War, the AP reports. The German central bank said it brought 111 tons of gold back from the Federal... More »

Police Know What Killed 6 Teens in Garden Shed

It was carbon monoxide poisoning: cops

(Newser) - Six teenagers found dead Sunday in Bavaria died from carbon monoxide poisoning, authorities have confirmed. The teens, all aged 18 or 19, had been using a gasoline-powered generator inside a garden shed where they were holding a small birthday party on Saturday. The AP reports the generator wasn't approved... More »

Nazi Propagandist's Secretary Dies With a Final Hope

Brunhilde Pomsel hoped history wouldn't repeat itself

(Newser) - Brunhilde Pomsel, the former secretary to Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, died in her sleep at a care home in Munich on Friday, a few weeks after her 106th birthday. Christian Kroenes, who extensively interviewed Pomsel for last year's documentary film, A German Life , confirmed the news, per the... More »

Father Finds 6 Teens Dead in Garden Shed

No sign of violence in death of German teens

(Newser) - A worried father in Bavaria made a horrifying discovery Sunday morning: the bodies of six teenagers, including his own son and daughter, in a garden shed. Police say there were no signs of violence. The youths, all 18 or 19 years old, were initially thought to have overdosed on an... More »

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