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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 »

Modern Hero: The Syrian, the Riches, and the Wardrobe

Refugee in Germany turned in $55K cash found in wardrobe

(Newser) - When a Syrian known as Muhannad M. was granted asylum in Germany in October after fleeing violence in Homs, he had to rely on donations to furnish his new apartment in Minden. He just didn't expect someone to give him a wardrobe hiding $55,000. The 25-year-old says he... More »

Sleepy Judge Keeps Falling Asleep During Trial

A German court had to start the whole trial over

(Newser) - A judge was apparently none too impressed by the alleged criminal exploits of a couple German ne'er-do-wells as he repeatedly fell asleep during the trial, the AP reports. The sleepy judge was part of a five-judge panel presiding over the trial of two men suspected of robbing a grocery... More »

Cops Help Man Find Buried Treasure Lost in Floods

It was buried six feet underground in his garden

(Newser) - German authorities say an elderly man in Bavaria has recovered his fortune, which he'd hidden at home for safety only to have recent floods make the building uninhabitable, the AP reports. Police in the town of Simbach am Inn said Thursday the 81-year-old initially told them he'd hidden... More »

Suspect in German Theater Dead; No Serious Injuries

Police shot him; injuries to others attributed to tear gas

(Newser) - Officials say a suspect in an incident at a movie theater in southwest Germany is dead, reports AP . The dpa news agency quotes Interior Minister Peter Beuth as saying the man was shot dead. Police earlier said there was a "threat situation" at the Kinopolis movie theater in the... More »

'Ashamed' Auschwitz Guard Gets 5 Years

Reinhold Hanning, 94, apologized in court

(Newser) - A 94-year-old former SS sergeant who served as a guard at Auschwitz has been found guilty of more than 170,000 counts of accessory to murder for helping kill 1.1 million Jews and others at the Nazi death camp. The state court in Detmold, Germany, sentenced Reinhold Hanning to... More »

Rock Festival Suspended After 72 Injured in Lightning Storm

Some were hit by lightning, others by flying debris at Germany's Rock am Ring

(Newser) - A rock festival in western Germany was suspended Saturday after scores of people were injured in a lightning storm, the AP reports. Paramedics said more than 70 people were hospitalized after a storm struck the Rock am Ring festival late Friday at a former airfield 62 miles west of Frankfurt.... More »

Germany Genocide Vote Infuriates Turkey

Yanking ambassador is just the first step, Erdogan says

(Newser) - The German Parliament overwhelmingly voted Thursday to label the killings of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turks a century ago as genocide, prompting Turkey to recall its ambassador to Germany. The motion passed with support from all the parties in Parliament, with one abstention and one vote... More »

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