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Authorities Think They've Found Infamous Nazi Gate

It was stolen from the Dachau memorial in Germany in 2014

(Newser) - Two years ago when someone stole an infamous iron gate from the former Nazi concentration camp at Dachau, Angela Merkel called the theft "appalling" and the director of the Dachau memorial said it was a "deliberate, reprehensible attempt to deny and obliterate the memory of the crimes."... More »

Pilot's Flight Path Spells Out Friendly Message

Flight tracking service confirms this is a real flight

(Newser) - A pilot used his flight path to spell out a friendly message Monday in Germany, the Guardian reports. The privately owned Robin DR400/180 Régent aircraft, which took off near Agathenburg, flew a 37-minute path that spelled out "Hello" on radar, as captured by Flightradar24 . The global flight tracking... More »

Cops: 'Macabre' Tattoo Key to Solving Woman's Murder

Police found unknown date of death on boyfriend's arm

(Newser) - Spanish police had not yet identified the date a 20-year-old woman had been murdered in her apartment in Freyung, Germany—until they noticed her boyfriend had tattooed a date of death on his arm, along with the woman's name, reports the BBC . Thanks to that apparent clue, authorities now... More »

In Germany, a Massive Raid, a Ban on the 'True Religion'

Islamic group accused of radicalizing teens

(Newser) - Hundreds of police officers searched about 190 offices, mosques, and apartments of members and supporters of the Islamic group "The True Religion" as the German government announced a ban of the organization Tuesday, the AP reports. Police raided places in 60 cities in western Germany and Berlin seizing documents... More »

German Consulate in Afghanistan Attacked

Taliban says it sent suicide attackers to the consulate

(Newser) - Germany's consulate in northern Afghanistan was attacked late Thursday when a suicide car bomber rammed the compound, a senior police official said. The car exploded at the gate of the consulate in Mazar-i-Sharif city, destroying the gate and wall around 11.10pm local time, said Abdul Raziq Qaderi, head... More »

Buckle Up for This 8-Minute Plane Ride

From Switzerland to Friedrichshafen, Germany—the world's shortest international commercial flight

(Newser) - The world's longest nonstop commercial flight is nearly 15 hours; the shortest, about eight minutes. CNN reports on the latter out of Europe, where the puddle jumper (water droplet jumper?) between Switzerland's St. Gallen-Altenrhein Airport and Germany's Friedrichshafen Airport is a commuter fantasy come to life as... More »

82-Year-Old Finds Wedding Ring in Carrot Harvest

Just as his late wife told him he would

(Newser) - A retiree in Germany has struck gold in his garden, reports the AP , finding the wedding band he lost three years ago wrapped around a carrot. German public broadcaster WDR reports that the 82-year-old lost the ring while gardening in the western town of Bad Muenstereifel. The incident happened shortly... More »

Germany Widens VW Investigation to Top Brass

Investigators now looking at chairman of board, 2 others

(Newser) - German prosecutors have widened their investigation into Volkswagen's handling of the emissions scandal to include its board chairman, Hans Dieter Poetsch, reports the AP . Poetsch was VW's chief financial officer when the company's efforts to rig cars to cheat on US diesel emissions tests became public in... More »

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 »

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