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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 »

Medieval Mystery Sword Inscription Baffles Experts

The 13th century River Witham sword bears a long message

(Newser) - World, can you help us decipher a medieval sword inscription? That sums up the British Library's announcement about a blade discovered in an English river in 1825, LiveScience reports. The so-called River Witham sword—a 13th-century object now on display at the library—bears a message along its 38-inch... More »

Teen Makes Pricey Find in German Lake

It was a gold bar, which the girl then turned over to police

(Newser) - A teenager has made an unexpected find while swimming in a lake in the German Alps: a 17.6-ounce bar of gold. Police say they're still trying to figure out where the bar comes from and how it got into the Koenigssee lake, a popular tourist destination near Berchtesgaden... More »

Sports Bra's Underwire Saves Woman From Harm

Cyclists meandered into middle of a wild boar hunt

(Newser) - When a 41-year-old woman and her husband were cycling while on vacation outside of Hamburg, Germany, they accidentally wandered into the middle of a wild boar hunt. They heard rifle fire and the woman felt a flash of pain in her chest. A stray bullet had hit her—but was... More »

German Man Uncovers Nazi-Era Treasure

217 gold coins were found in a field

(Newser) - For anyone with a metal detector collecting dust in the closet, this story should keep the dream alive. A man in northern Germany turned up a gold coin in October while searching near a pine tree at a field's edge. Further searching yielded nine coins, at which point Florian... More »

How $220K Turned Up in a Tree

Money is linked to rumored bad marriage and a home fire

(Newser) - Money doesn’t fall from the sky, but a tree in Germany made it rain on passersby last week. A bag of money containing €200,000, or roughly $220,000, was hung in a tree in a campsite near the northern town of Mirow, the Local reports. Police say... More »

WWII Tank Was Stashed in 78-Year-Old's Cellar

Prosecutors previously found stolen Nazi art in the pensioner's villa

(Newser) - It took 20 soldiers almost nine hours to remove a World War II "Panther" tank from a pensioner's cellar in a wealthy community in northern Germany—and that's in spite of the fact that the German army sent in modern recovery tanks to help confiscate the vintage... More »

Tragic Tale of the German Who Wouldn't Salute Hitler

Ex-Nazi August Landmesser's life was torn apart after refusing to do a 'Sieg Heil'

(Newser) - Look at the black-and-white photo taken at a 1936 Nazi rally in Hamburg, Germany, and you'll see a wave of unbroken "Sieg Heil" salutes to Hitler, in town to christen a new German navy vessel, per Business Insider . Look even more closely, though, and you'll spot one... More »

7 Leaders Try to Solve World's Vexing Problems

Atop today's G7 agenda: terrorism, climate change

(Newser) - It's now past lunchtime in Germany, where seven world leaders are huddling for 26 hours in a bid to address an "ambitious agenda" of world issues. The latest from the G7:
  • Atop the agenda today: terrorism and climate change. Angela Merkel is pushing the G7 to come to
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