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Facebook Expands Fight Against Fake News

Program has been rolled out in Germany

(Newser) - Facebook says it's introducing measures to tackle the spread of fake news in Germany, months before the country holds a national election. The social network said Sunday the investigative media group Correctiv will be its first outside fact-checker in Germany, and it's working to bring aboard other media... More »

A Moving Selfie Turned Into 'Fake News' on Facebook: Suit

Anas Modamani says social network isn't doing enough to stop slander using his image

(Newser) - The concept of "fake news" has infused itself into the regular news cycle, and now a well-known Syrian refugee says he's embroiled in it—and he's suing Facebook as a result, the Guardian reports. Anas Modamani made headlines in September 2015 when he took a selfie with... More »

German Police 'in Disbelief' Over False Breitbart Story

Breitbart accused of spreading 'fake news, hate, and propaganda'

(Newser) - German police say they're "in disbelief" over a false story published by Breitbart, which a local publication claims was trying to create "an image of chaotic civil war-like conditions in Germany, caused by Islamist aggressors." The AFP reports Breitbart ran a story titled "1,000-man... More »

Germany's 'Surprise Bestseller': Mein Kampf

85K copies of Hitler's manifesto sold in last year

(Newser) - Germany has "a surprise bestseller" on its hands, reports the Guardian . Some 85,000 copies of Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf sold in Germany in the first year the book was published there since World War II. Andreas Wirsching of the Institute of Contemporary History—which began publishing scholarly... More »

Possible Accomplice in Berlin Attack Arrested

Man, 40, 'may have been involved,' say prosecutors

(Newser) - German prosecutors say they've detained a Tunisian man they think may have been involved in last week's truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin. The 40-year-old, who wasn't identified, was detained during a search of his home and business, federal prosecutors said Wednesday, per the AP... More »

WWII Bomb Ruins Christmas Morning for German City

More than 54,000 must evacuate Sunday while bomb is defused

(Newser) - More than 54,000 people in the southern German city of Augsburg must leave their homes Christmas morning while authorities defuse a giant 1.8-ton aerial bomb from World War II, the AP reports. The city's medieval cathedral and city hall are in the area to be sealed off.... More »

Berlin Attack Suspect Killed in Milan Shootout

He pulled out gun during police check

(Newser) - The man suspected of killing 12 in the Berlin Christmas market attack was shot dead in a Milan suburb early Friday, according to Italian authorities. The AP reports that Italy's interior minister, Marco Minniti, says the man killed in a shootout with police is "without a shadow of... More »

Germany Arrests 2 Over Mall Terror Plot

Kosovo-born brothers accused of plotting attack

(Newser) - Police say that two Kosovo-born brothers have been detained on suspicion that they were planning an attack on a shopping mall in western Germany. The men, ages 28 and 31, were detained in Duisburg in the industrial Ruhr region early Friday, the AP reports. Authorities suspect that they may have... More »

Amid Manhunt, Brother Urges Berlin Suspect to Turn Self In

Market reopens as Trump appears to double down on Muslim ban in US

(Newser) - A brother of the fugitive Tunisian suspected in Berlin's deadly Christmas market attack is urging Anis Amri to turn himself in to police. Amri's family members, speaking from his hometown of Oueslatia in central Tunisia, were shaken to learn he's the prime suspect in Monday's truck... More »

New Suspect in Berlin Attack Is Tunisian, Boasts 6 Aliases

$100K reward offered for Anis Amri, believed to be 'violent and armed'

(Newser) - German police on Tuesday released a Pakistani man arrested for the Berlin truck attack and Wednesday announced a massive manhunt for a man from Tunisia instead. That suspect has now been identified as Anis Amri, believed to be 23 or 24 years old and who a German official has said... More »

German Cops Stage Manhunt for Tunisian Truck Suspect

Original driver tried to fight off the killer, say police

(Newser) - Investigators have a new suspect in the Berlin truck attack , say German newspapers. Der Spiegel reports that police found the identity papers of a 21-year-old Tunisian man in the truck's cab. The documents show that his bid for full asylum had been rejected, but that he was still allowed... More »

Germany Releases Man Arrested in Berlin Attack

And the Islamic State takes credit

(Newser) - Police in Germany on Tuesday began raising doubts about whether a man in custody after Monday's truck attack in Berlin had anything to do with it. Now, that man, a Pakistani national, has been released over a lack of evidence, reports the AP . Prosecutors say no physical evidence places... More »

Merkel: 'Particularly Repugnant' If Attacker Was Refugee

Death toll rises to 12, but now cops aren't sure they've got the right man in custody

(Newser) - Police said Tuesday that the driver who rammed a truck into a crowded Christmas market in the heart of the German capital, killing at least 12 people and injuring nearly 50, did so intentionally and that they are investigating a suspected terror attack, the AP reports. The truck struck the... More »

Truck Plows Into Berlin Christmas Market, Killing 12

Suspect, possibly the driver, is arrested after apparent attack

(Newser) - A truck plowed into a crowded Berlin Christmas market on Monday, killing 12 in what Germany has yet to declare a deliberate attack. The White House went a bit further, saying it "appears to have been a terrorist attack," and president-elect Donald Trump pushed beyond that, calling it... More »

In Germany, a Neo-Nazi Trial Has Troubling Undertones

Guardian report suggests nation allows these groups to thrive

(Newser) - A criminal trial underway in Germany is straightforward enough: A woman named Beate Zschaepe is accused of helping two Neo-Nazi male friends pull off a string of immigrant murders over several years beginning in 2000. The two men are dead and the 41-year-old Zschaepe, who faces life in prison, says... More »

He Fled Germany in 1933. Now His Heirs Want His Paintings

Alfred Flechtheim's heirs claim 8 paintings were sold under duress after 1933

(Newser) - Renowned German art dealer Alfred Flechtheim had been named part of the "Jewish world conspiracy" in the Nazi press even before 1933, so when Adolf Hitler came to power, he chose to flee, and died 4 years later in London, reports Courthouse News . His art collection remained in Berlin... More »

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 »

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