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German Judge Backs Men's Right to Pee Standing Up

Landlord went after tenant over floor damage

(Newser) - A German court has ruled that a tenant who liked to pee standing up doesn't owe his landlord money for damages apparently caused by missing his target. The Duesseldorf administrative court rejected the landlord's claim of $2,200 for damage to the bathroom's marble floor, the dpa... More »

German Right-Wing Leader Quits Over Hitler Pic

It was only 'satire,' Bachmann spokeswoman says

(Newser) - As the charismatic leader of a right-wing, anti-foreigner movement in Germany, Lutz Bachmann should probably have tried a little harder to distance himself from a certain figure in his country's past. Instead, the chief of PEGIDA—Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West—actually posed as Adolf Hitler,... More »

Germany Wants to House People in Old Nazi Camp

'Tasteless' Schwerte plan condemned

(Newser) - A rise in the number of people seeking asylum in Germany has led to huge anti-immigration rallies —and left one local authority so short of accommodations that it says it has to house asylum seekers in a former outpost of the Buchenwald concentration camp. Authorities in Schwerte in western... More »

Arsonists Hit German Paper That Ran Charlie Cartoons

Cops in Hamburger have busted 2 men

(Newser) - Police in Germany have detained two men suspected of an arson attack early today against a newspaper that republished the cartoons of French weekly Charlie Hebdo. The newspaper Hamburger Morgenpost said on its website the overnight arson attack destroyed several files in its archive, but didn't injure anyone. Hamburg... More »

German Anti-Islam Rallies Get Record Turnout

Counter-protesters also come out in huge numbers

(Newser) - Anti-"Islamization" and anti-immigration protesters in Germany turned out in record numbers last night despite a New Year's plea from Chancellor Angela Merkel to shun rallies organized by those with "prejudice, coldness, even hatred in their hearts." Some 18,000 people attended a rally in Dresden, the... More »

Student Dies After Rushing to Teen Girls' Rescue

Tugce Albayrak dies on 23rd birthday in Germany after attack by harasser

(Newser) - German President Joachim Gauck is considering awarding the national Order of Merit honor to a German-Turkish student who died on her 23rd birthday. The act that resulted in Tugce Albayrak's death: defending two teen girls from male harassers at an Offenbach McDonald's, then being attacked in the restaurant'... More »

Set for Auction: Painting by Adolf Hitler

Town hall image could bring in $60K: auctioneer

(Newser) - A painting set for auction in Germany could bring in more than $60,000, though its artist isn't best known for his abilities with a brush. Adolf Hitler produced some 2,000 paintings between 1905 and 1920; he painted the "Civil Registry Office and Old Town Hall of... More »

Neo-Nazis Tricked Into Anti-Nazi Fundraiser

Town in Germany turns their march into a charity event

(Newser) - When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. Or, if you're the fine citizens of Wunsiedel, Germany, when life hands you neo-Nazis marching uninvited into your town every year, you turn it to your advantage. That's exactly what fed-up residents did to deal with the 200 far-right extremists who... More »

Guy Feuds With Family, Blows Self Up

Angry German was a demolition expert, police say

(Newser) - A German man proved he was more than just a little upset today when he parked outside his family's house and blew himself up, the AP reports. The 49-year-old, who lived in the village of Homberg, had gotten in an argument at home and driven away, police say. He... More »

25 Years Ago Today, the Wall Came Down

Merkel salutes end of era, move 'reclaiming freedom'

(Newser) - As Germany celebrated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall today, German Chancellor Angela Merkel honored the memory of the 138 people who died there and paid tribute to those who helped bring down the Wall, calling its collapse an example of the human yearning for freedom.... More »

Thieves Steal Concentration Camp Gate

Infamous sign was stolen overnight, officials say

(Newser) - A gate with the chilling Nazi slogan "Arbeit Macht Frei"—"Work Makes You Free"—has been stolen from the former Dachau concentration camp in Bavaria. The 75-by-37-inch gate was set into a larger gate and security guards noticed it missing yesterday morning, reports the AP . Police... More »

WWII German U-Boat Found Just Off North Carolina

Nicaraguan-flagged wreck also found

(Newser) - Just 30 miles off the coast of North Carolina, two World War II wrecks lie underwater—one a member of a 24-ship American convoy, and one a German U-boat. US-led researchers recently discovered the Nicaragua-flagged freighter Bluefields and Germany's U-576, missing for some 70 years, just 240 yards apart,... More »

FBI: 3 Teen Girls From Denver Tried to Join ISIS

Girls ages 15 and 16 were caught in Germany, returned home

(Newser) - Three teenage girls from Denver flew overseas in a bid to join ISIS in Syria before being stopped, reports the Denver Post . The girls, ages 15 and 16, apparently were lured by a "slick" online campaign to join militants with the Islamic State, an FBI official tells ABC News... More »

German Ebola Victim Dies

UN worker was infected in Liberia, brought back to Leipzig

(Newser) - A United Nations medical worker who was infected with Ebola in Liberia has died despite "intensive medical procedures," a German hospital said today. The St. Georg hospital in Leipzig said the 56-year-old man, whose name has not been released, died overnight of the virus. It released no further... More »

Oktoberfest Brawls Down, Mug Thefts Up

One Munich reveler attacked haunted house puppet

(Newser) - If you're missing a set of dentures, a cat carrier, cymbals, a French horn, or a German Federal Cross of Merit second-class medal, you may have had a few beers too many at this year's Oktoberfest in Munich. A list of lost property has been released, along with... More »

Germany Ethics Council: Let's Legalize Incest

Government council says consensual sibling incest should not be punished

(Newser) - Patrick Stuebing was adopted as an infant, met his biological sister when he was 24 and she was 16, and started a relationship with her that resulted in four children. In 2008, Stuebing was convicted of incest, and went to prison for three years. He's been fighting the anti-incest... More »

Pirates Free American Held for 2 Years

Journalist Michael Scott Moore was kidnapped while researching piracy

(Newser) - A 45-year-old journalist who was kidnapped by Somali pirates more than two years ago has been freed, according to his family and a Somali official cited by CNN . Michael Scott Moore, who holds both US and German citizenship and was in Somalia researching a book on piracy, is said by... More »

Man Charged as Accessory to 300K Auschwitz Murders

Oskar Groening, 93, was a guard at the death camp

(Newser) - Oskar Groening is accused of helping to run Auschwitz as an SS guard between May and June 1944, and prosecutors today laid out the charges against him: 300,000 counts of accessory to murder. The AP reports that 425,000 Jews from Hungary were brought to the death camp during... More »

Germany Grapples With Chernobyl's Radioactive Boars

Government compensates hunters for unsellable meat

(Newser) - The effects of Chernobyl are still being felt 700 miles and nearly three decades away—in the form of radioactive boars. Wild boars' meat is considered a delicacy, the Telegraph notes, but a third of those animals wandering Saxony, eastern Germany, exhibit radioactivity levels beyond the EU's legal limits,... More »

Nazi Official Sent 'Stupid' Spies to Britain on Purpose

Intelligence official wanted to sabotage Hitler, says historian

(Newser) - Who would send ill-prepared spies on a vital mission knowing they were bound to screw up? Nazi intelligence official Herbert Wichmann, that's who—at least according to one historian who argues that Wichmann and his circle were trying to sabotage Hitler's plans. In Operation Sealion: Resistance Inside the ... More »

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