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Skeleton Found in Castle May Be That of Doomed Lover

A Swedish count had an illicit love affair with a German princess 322 years ago

(Newser) - Construction workers fixing up a German castle may have stumbled across the remains of a Swedish count murdered more than 322 years ago for romancing the wife of the man who would become King George I of Britain, Motherboard reports. According to Smithsonian Magazine , German prince Georg Ludwig married his... More »

Giant Hand Plunges Off Church Tower

Fortunately, no one was hurt by falling 6.5-foot hand

(Newser) - A 44-pound minute hand has fallen off a clock on a Hamburg church tower, plunging 130 feet onto the sidewalk below. Hamburg's fire service said Sunday that the hand fell off the city's St. Katharinen church overnight from Friday to Saturday, news agency dpa reportedvia the AP . No... More »

To Catch Nazis, Prosecutors Go 'Back in Time'

Virtual reality model shows Auschwitz circa 1940s

(Newser) - As World War II waned, Nazis were ordered to destroy evidence of the Final Solution at Auschwitz so that only a portion of the original camp remains today. That makes corroborating testimony of suspected war criminals difficult—but not impossible, thanks to virtual reality. Using original construction plans, period photographs,... More »

Syrian Terror Suspect Asks Syrian for Shelter, Gets Tied Up

Police arrest suspect after 2-day manhunt

(Newser) - German police searched for a Syrian terror suspect for almost two days—and found him Sunday night tied up in another Syrian national's apartment. Jaber Albakr, 22, came to Germany last year as an asylum seeker. After German officials got a tip from the country's intelligence service, they... More »

43-Year-Old Who Never Left Mom and Dad's Hospitalized

Police want to know if German man isolated himself or if parents took away his freedom

(Newser) - A 43-year-old man who lived in isolation at his parents' home in Bavaria for three decades has been taken to a psychiatric hospital, and German police are investigating whether his parents did anything wrong, the AP reports. Police went to the home in Freienfels, in southeastern Germany near Bayreuth, on... More »

Artist Dismantles Rosa Parks' Old Home, Takes It Overseas

Ryan Mendoza on holding Detroit structure 'hostage' in Berlin: 'America ... it's going to cost you'

(Newser) - What do you do if the blighted home your famous aunt once lived in is on the demolition list and you can't raise the funds to preserve it? In the case of Rosa Parks' former house in Detroit, her niece donated it to artist Ryan Mendoza, who took it... More »

No Photo Exists of World's Most Wanted Migrant Smuggler

Guess that means he's pretty good at his job

(Newser) - German outlet Der Spiegel has published an in-depth investigative piece on the sprawling network that's bringing illegal African migrants across the Mediterranean and into Europe. Focusing on the operation of one man targeted by Italian and Libyan authorities, the paper traces the long, dangerous path migrants must cross before... More »

Cop Stops the Terminator for Improper Bicycling

German officer shocked to find himself issuing a warning to Arnold Schwarzenegger

(Newser) - He'll be back...but next time he'll make sure he's walking his bicycle. Deutsche Welle reports a German police officer was shocked to discover the man he stopped for riding a bicycle through the main railway station in Munich was none other than the Terminator himself, Arnold... More »

Teen Tries to Mask Cigarette Smoke, Causes Explosion

Too much air freshener created a dangerous gas mix

(Newser) - A German teenager has suffered serious injuries after accidentally creating an explosion in the family car with air freshener, the AP reports. Police in the western city of Duisburg say the 17-year-old boy had been trying Wednesday to get rid of the smell of cigarette smoke in a recently purchased... More »

World's Biggest Beer Festival Opens Amid Tight Security

Organizers say the Oktoberfest party must go on

(Newser) - Beer lovers from around the world are streaming to Munich's Theresienwiese for the start of this year's Oktoberfest, where security has been tightened following recent attacks. The annual celebration is expected to draw some 6 million visitors to the Bavarian capital by Oct. 3, the AP reports. By... More »

In Attic, Man Finds Remains of Woman Missing 40 Years

'We assume she lay down to sleep and froze'

(Newser) - The family of a man in Cloppenburg, northern Germany, apparently doesn't spend much time in the attic. When the 33-year-old son went up to set about renovating the large, unused space last week, he happened upon the remains of a woman who's been missing for nearly 40 years,... More »

Pol Caught Flipping Bird Wishes He'd Flipped 2

Germany's Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel kept things concise for neo-Nazi hecklers

(Newser) - Germany's second-in-command has only one regret after flipping the bird at a group of neo-Nazis recently. He wishes he'd shown them both middle fingers, not one, reports the AP . Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel received both criticism and applause for his unambiguous gesture of disdain toward neo-Naziprotesters in the... More »

Germany Wants Citizens to Stockpile Food

Country is reviving Cold War-era requirement

(Newser) - Germany doesn't want its citizens to panic—but it would like them to be a little more prepared for an attack or a disaster. According to a report in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung , the German government plans to bring back its Cold War-era requirement for people to stockpile enough... More »

Cop Grabs Kid's Bike to Catch Suspect

And it works, too

(Newser) - It may sound like a scene from a slapstick comedy, but it really happened in Germany: Police were chasing a suspect on a moped when he drove down a narrow road, foiling them, as their car couldn't make it through. Undeterred, a police officer commandeered a child's bike... More »

Twins' Memorable Marathon Doesn't Sit Well at Home

Germany's Lisa, Anna Hahner accused of seeking publicity instead of gold

(Newser) - Two German twins who finished the women's marathon at Rio hand in hand may have brought smiles to viewers' faces, but they're now taking some serious flak at home. Lisa and Anna Hahner finished 81st and 82nd in Sunday's race and say they decided to hold hands... More »

German Olympic Coach Dies After Rio Accident

Stefan Henze was injured in car crash last week

(Newser) - A canoe slalom coach from Germany died Monday after sustaining head injuries last week in a car crash in Rio de Janeiro, the country's Olympic team says. The team says Stefan Henze, who was 35 and won a silver medal in canoe slalom at the 2004 Athens Games, died... More »

German Nazi Hunter Finds 8 More Elderly Suspects

They allegedly worked at a concentration camp where 65K were killed

(Newser) - Eight elderly men and women could be charged with working at a Nazi concentration camp in Poland during WWII, the AP reports. German investigators say the four men were guards at Stutthof concentration camp and the four women were telephone operators and secretaries. According to Reuters , the eight individuals were... More »

Chinese Tourist Loses Wallet, Becomes Unwitting Refugee

He said Europe was not what he'd expected

(Newser) - A well-dressed tourist visiting Germany from China was robbed in Heidelberg, but he filled out the wrong set of paperwork in an attempt to report the crime. Known only as Mr. L and fluent only in Mandarin, he went to the town hall instead of the police station, signed an... More »

90-Year-Old Who Ruined Crossword Art Wants Copyright

Hannelore K. claims copyright to new version

(Newser) - A 90-year-old German woman says she didn't damage an $89,000 piece of art in the form of a crossword puzzle when she scribbled in a few answers —she actually increased its value. A lawyer for the retired dentist, identified only as Hannelore K., says she simply completed... More »

Syrian Bomber Kills Himself, Injures 12 in Germany

Cops say he blew himself up outside city's music festival

(Newser) - Police in the southern German city of Ansbach say a man killed himself and injured 12 others Sunday night when he blew himself up after being turned away from an open-air music festival, the AP reports. He was a 27-year-old Syrian who had been denied asylum, Bavaria's top security... More »

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