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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 »

Report: Germans Spied on Kerry, Clinton

German intelligence eavesdropped on their calls 'by mistake'

(Newser) - Germany's foreign intelligence agency eavesdropped on calls made by US Secretary of State John Kerry and his predecessor Hillary Clinton, German magazine Der Spiegel reported today. The respected news weekly reported that the agency, known by its German acronym BND, tapped a satellite phone conversation Kerry made in 2013... More »

Lenin's Giant Head Is Missing

Nearly 4-ton object was buried in a forest, now can't be found

(Newser) - Where's the 3.86-ton head of former Russian leader Vladimir Lenin? Um, lost in a forest, apparently. The giant head, made of Ukrainian red granite, was part of a statue that stood some 62 feet tall in East Berlin's Lenin Square before it was broken into 129 pieces... More »

Oops: Germany Breaks the World Cup

Fortunately, FIFA only gives out replicas to winners

(Newser) - When do you know you’ve partied a bit too hard? When you break the World Cup. Thankfully, it’s only a replica, and perhaps the German team’s mishap is why FIFA doesn’t give out the real thing, which ESPN FC reports is worth about $13.5 million.... More »

Spy-Wary Germany Actually Considering Typewriters

And not the fancy electronic kind, either

(Newser) - The wave of the future for some German government communications could be a decidedly retro one. It's no secret that the country is unhappy with NSA and other spying on the country, and in a TV interview Monday, the politician heading up parliament's probe into NSA doings in... More »

As Germany Celebrates, Argentina Riots

60 arrested amid Buenos Aires unrest

(Newser) - Germans poured into Berlin's "Fan Mile" last night, watching the World Cup final in pouring rain near the Brandenburg Gate. Tension reigned until minute 113, when the German team scored the winning goal over Argentina. When the final whistle was blown, fireworks appeared in the sky as, for... More »

Germany Wins It With Sweet Goal

Mario Goetze kicks it in for overtime World Cup victory

(Newser) - With two quick and sublimely deft touches, Mario Goetze ended Germany's 24-year wait for another World Cup title. Goetze scored the winning goal in extra time to give Germany a 1-0 victory over Argentina today in a tight and tense World Cup final that came down to a few... More »

Germany to Top US Spy: Leave

Merkel: US, Germany have 'different approaches' to spying

(Newser) - Germany took the dramatic step today of asking the top US intelligence official in Berlin to leave the country, following two reported cases of suspected American spying and the yearlong spat over eavesdropping by the National Security Agency. The move reflects growing impatience in Germany at what is perceived as... More »

How Brazil's Drubbing Was Historically Terrible

Here's a look at just how bad it was

(Newser) - We're still not over Germany's epic 7-1 spanking of Brazil , and frankly, the soccer world may never be. The home nation crapped the bed in truly historic fashion, and today dazed observers are combing through the record books to figure out just how historic. The loss is sure... More »

Brazil Fans Endure Rout for the Ages

Germany 7, Brazil 1

(Newser) - Germany handed Brazil its heaviest World Cup loss ever today with an astounding 7-1 rout in the semifinals that stunned the host nation. Miroslav Klose scored a record-setting 16th career World Cup goal in a five-goal spurt in the first half as Brazil's defense was torn apart. Just how... More »

Officials: CIA Recruited US Spy in Germany

The spy, still unnamed, is 'severely disabled'

(Newser) - The CIA is owning up to involvement in a spying operation that threatens to rankle US-German relations yet again, two US officials tell Reuters . The CIA apparently recruited the German intelligence staffer who was caught last week , and CIA director John Brennan plans to tell key US congress members about... More »

Claim: German Double Agent Stole Files From Mailroom

As Merkel comments on the situation

(Newser) - If allegations that a German man spied on his country for the US are true, it's going to be a serious black mark on US-German relations, says Angela Merkel. The Wall Street Journal sheds more light on the 31-year-old accused spy , who was arrested Wednesday: Per sources, he was... More »

Germany Blanks France, 1-0

France comes out flat against experienced German team

(Newser) - It just wouldn't be the World Cup without Germany in the semifinals. Harnessing all their big-game experience, the Germans delivered a performance of maturity and efficiency to hold off France 1-0 today and become the first team to reach four straight semifinals in the sport's marquee tournament. Defender... More »

Germany Busts Man Accused of Spying for US: Reports

Allegedly revealed information on surveillance probe

(Newser) - Germany has arrested a German intelligence worker who's suspected of spying on behalf of the US, German politicians tell Reuters . The 31-year-old man has admitted revealing sensitive material to an American, according to the politicians; the information allegedly dealt with a committee investigating Edward Snowden's surveillance claims. One... More »

Germany Wins, but US Advances to Round of 16

Portugal's narrow win over Ghana eliminates both teams

(Newser) - It may not have been the glorious triumph some fans were hoping for, but the US is advancing out of its group and into the round of 16, after a 1-0 loss to Germany today. Thomas Mueller scored his fourth goal of the tournament to give the Germans the win,... More »

It's Do or Tie for US and Germany

Jurgen Klinsmann thinks you should take the day off work to watch the match

(Newser) - This is it. The US men's national team plays a climactic match against powerhouse Germany at noon today, and, as USA Today's For the Win blog puts it, "It's do or … tie … or lose with better goal differential … or something." Confused? Or... More »

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