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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 »

Man Kills Pregnant Woman With Machete in Germany

Police find no indication of terrorism

(Newser) - A Syrian man killed a woman with a machete and wounded two others Sunday outside a bus station in the southwestern German city of Reutlingen before being arrested, the AP reports. The woman who was killed in the attack was pregnant, according to the Sun . Police say there were no... More »

Munich Shooter Plotted 1 Year, Lurked on Dark Internet

Teen had also been treated for mental health issues in the past year

(Newser) - Investigators looking into Friday's mass shooting in Munich say the gunman spent more than a year preparing his attack, reports the AP . Bavarian investigator Robert Heimberger said the 18-year-old shooter, whom the BBC identifies as David Sonboly, "received inpatient (psychiatric) treatment in 2015 for two months and after... More »

Teen Munich Gunman 'Lured People to McDonald's'

German-Iranian's motive still unclear, cops say

(Newser) - Police investigating Friday's mass shooting in Munich have identified the gunman who killed nine people before shooting himself as a German-Iranian 18-year-old with no criminal record or known links to extremists. Police say the teen—named in some reports as Ali Sonboly—hacked a young woman's Facebook account... More »

10 Dead in Shooting at German Shopping Mall

Police believe the lone shooter killed himself

(Newser) - At least 10 people are dead, including the suspected shooter, following a shooting at a mall Friday evening in Munich, Germany, the AP reports. The shooting started around 6pm local time at a McDonald's inside Olympia Einkaufszentrum mall. According to CNN , witnesses reported seeing three people with guns near... More »

10 Nations With Highest Percentage of Immigrants

In Saudi Arabia, a third of residents were born elsewhere

(Newser) - The US is a nation of immigrants, but it's not the nation of immigrants. In Priceonomics ' rankings of the most populous countries by percentage of foreign-born residents (it excluded the Vatican, for example, which otherwise would've ranked first), America sits at No. 5. The top 10: More »

ISIS Flag Found in Room of Train Attacker

Afghan migrant may have been 'self-radicalized'

(Newser) - Authorities say they've found an Islamic State flag in the home of the 17-year-old Afghan migrant shot dead Monday after slashing five people in Germany. The hand-painted flag was found in the teen's room in his foster home in Ochsenfurt, where he had only lived for two weeks,... More »

Teen Migrant Killed After Slashing 4 on German Train

Victims' injuries are serous

(Newser) - A teenage Afghan migrant armed with an ax and a knife attacked passengers aboard a regional train in southern Germany on Monday night, injuring four people before he was shot and killed by police as he fled, authorities said. Wuerzburg police said on their Facebook page that three of the... More »

Woman Fills Out Crossword, Screws Up $89K Piece of Art

German woman, 91, was reported to police

(Newser) - Four letters, starts with Oo and ends with s: Some 51 years after avant-garde artist Arthur Koepcke completed his artwork "Reading-work-piece," which included a partially filled-in crossword puzzle and the suggestion "insert words," a museum visitor followed his instructions. The 91-year-old woman was questioned by police... More »

Germany Sex Assaults Were Worse Than Thought

2K men assaulted 1.2K women on New Year's Eve

(Newser) - The New Year's Eve attacks on women in Germany were much more widespread than originally reported. Though police initially identified about 30 suspects in Cologne, a Federal Criminal Police Agency document—obtained by a German newspaper—reveals that an estimated 2,000 men were responsible for attacks on 1,... More »

German Rape Victims Now Don't Have to Prove They Resisted

New law has potential to improve country's low reporting of rapes

(Newser) - German lawmakers passed a bill Thursday that will make it easier for victims of sex crimes to file criminal complaints if they rejected their attacker's advances with a clear "no." German law previously required victims to show that they physically resisted attack before charges for rape and... More »

Monuments Men Rescued the Art. Nazis Got It Back

It was 'restitution to the Nazis rather than to their victims'

(Newser) - The Monuments Men are famous for rescuing art looted from Jewish families during World War II—but it turns out that many pieces never made it back to their original owners. That's because when the famed group turned over the artwork to the Bavarian state after the war, the... More »

Man Writes Own Obituary, Bans Family From Funeral

It's not clear exactly why

(Newser) - A German man has taken his grudges to the grave, telling relatives in a posthumous newspaper notice that some of them aren't welcome at his funeral, the AP reports. News agency dpa reported Friday that Hubert Martini published his own obituary in the Trierischer Volksfreund, a newspaper in western... More »

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