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'Tragic Accident' Near Russian Embassy in Berlin Raises Eyebrows

Body of 35-year-old was found last month. Was he a diplomat or a spy?

(Newser) - Last month, a man's body was discovered on the pavement outside the Russian Embassy in Berlin. Now, more news on who the man was, though details are still murky. Der Spiegel reports that the deceased was a Russian diplomat, and that he'd apparently fallen from an upper floor....

Cemetery Lets Neo-Nazi's Ashes Be Buried at Stone of Jewish Scholar

Mourners covered marker during ceremony and placed an iron cross on the new grave

(Newser) - At a ceremony attended by right-wing extremists near Berlin on Friday, the ashes of a neo-Nazi were buried at the gravesite of a leading Jewish music scholar. Max Friedländer’s gravestone was covered by a black cloth during the burial, and by a sign with Henry Hafenmayer’s name...

Berlin Crowds Defy Ban to Oppose Restrictions

Counterprotesters also take to streets of Berlin

(Newser) - Protesters filled the German capital on Saturday to demonstrate against the government's coronavirus measures, despite bans on several of the gatherings. Police had prohibited nine planned demonstrations for Saturday, including one by the Querdenker movement. The most visible anti-lockdown movement in Germany, it unites a disparate mix of those...

German Prosecutors: We Found a Russian Spy

British citizen allegedly passed information while working at embassy in Berlin

(Newser) - German prosecutors said Wednesday they have detained a British citizen accused of spying for Russia while working at the British Embassy in Berlin. Federal prosecutors said in a statement that the 57-year-old was detained Tuesday in Potsdam, southwest of the capital, based on cooperative investigations by German and British authorities,...

Berlin March Answers Anti-LGBTQ Steps Elsewhere

Tens of thousands rally as parade returns to city

(Newser) - Around 65,000 revelers marched for LGBTQ rights at Berlin's annual Christopher Street Day celebration on Saturday, more than three times as many as expected. It was the biggest demonstration in Berlin since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the AP reports. The parade started with a call from...

Spectacular Raid Doesn't Turn Up the Missing Jewels

More than 1.6K police descended on locations thought to be tied to 2019 museum heist

(Newser) - In what sounds like a scene worthy of any big-budget heist film, a Berlin neighborhood was overrun with 1,638 officers and special forces personnel in a pre-dawn raid on 20 apartments, two garages, an eatery, and a number of vehicles. The New York Times reports three German men in...

Who Opens a New Airport During a Pandemic? This City

Berlin's Brandenburg Airport is almost a decade late and $4.6B over budget, but it's finally here

(Newser) - Having a grand opening for an airport in the middle of a pandemic may seem odd, but for Germany's newest travel hub, it's been a long time coming—14 years, to be exact. That's how long it's taken to complete Berlin's Brandenburg Airport, which was...

'Extensive' Attack Carried Out Against 70 Museum Treasures

Berlin's Museum Island targeted on anniversary of German reunification

(Newser) - At least 70 artifacts and artworks were targeted almost three weeks ago in what German newspaper Die Zeit describes as "one of the most extensive attacks on works of art and antiquities in the history of post-war Germany," per Deutsche Welle . The attack on Berlin's Museum Island,...

Berlin Ad Gets Explicit With Its COVID Mask Reminder

It depicts an elderly woman with her middle finger raised

(Newser) - Berliners and tourists to the city are getting an explicit reminder about the COVID-related rules that must be followed there. The Local reports Berlin's Senate Department for Economics, in partnership with Visit Berlin, on Tuesday released a new poster (see it here ) that shows a masked senior citizen...

32 Days After Arrival, Navalny Leaves Hospital
After 32 Days,
Navalny Walks Free 

After 32 Days, Navalny Walks Free

'Complete recovery is possible' for Russian opposition leader who leaves hospital

(Newser) - Alexei Navalny has finally left the Berlin hospital where he was treated for suspected Novichok poisoning. The Russian opposition leader was discharged on Tuesday, a few days after he posted a photo of himself walking in Charité Hospital . The hospital said his condition "has improved sufficiently for him to...

Navalny's Latest Pic Shows His 'Clear Path' to Recovery

Russian opposition leader posts photo of himself walking in Berlin hospital

(Newser) - What a difference a few weeks make. Alexei Navalny is not only out of his coma and communicating with family and medical staff in the Berlin hospital where he's being treated—he's also out of bed. Per Reuters , the 44-year-old Russian opposition leader, who it's now widely...

Germany: 'Certain Likelihood' Navalny Was Poisoned

Tests in Berlin are still underway as Russian opposition leader remains unconscious

(Newser) - Now that he's safely in Berlin , a seriously ill Alexei Navalny is being treated and monitored by doctors, and now the German government is saying the 44-year-old Russian opposition leader needs police protection, as it seems fairly clear what happened to put him in this state. "Because one...

Navalny Treated in German Hospital
Navalny Treated
in German Hospital

Navalny Treated in German Hospital

Still in a coma, Russian opposition leader is visited by his wife

(Newser) - Alexei Navalny, who fell ill after drinking tea his supporters believe was poisoned, is now being treated in a hospital in Berlin. The Russian opposition leader was taken by air ambulance from Siberia to Germany on Saturday, Reuters reports. Doctors in Omsk approved the move Friday after first blocking it,...

'If a Car Targets Motorcycles, They Don't Have a Chance'

One person is in life-threatening condition after what's being called a terror attack in Berlin

(Newser) - An Iraqi-born man deliberately drove his car into motorcycles along a stretch of Berlin highway, leaving at least one person in life-threatening condition in what German officials said Wednesday was a terror attack. "According to the current state of our investigation we assume this was an Islamist-motivated attack,”...

Berlin's Reopened Brothels May Disappoint

Erotic massages are allowed, but sex isn't permitted until September

(Newser) - Berlin's brothels are back open for the first time in five months, but there's a caveat: No sex allowed. While prostitution is legal in Germany, sex acts remain banned until September under coronavirus restrictions, reports AFP . At this point, clients—required to wear a mask and provide contact...

Thousands of Germans Protest 'Masks That Make Us Slaves'

Police wear masks, but demonstrators don't

(Newser) - Thousands of demonstrators gathered at Berlin's Brandenberg Gate on Saturday to protest Germany's pandemic restrictions—as police pleaded with them to wear masks and socially distance. When the warnings were ignored, police eventually ordered the crowd at the sit-in to leave, the BBC reports. Organizers had billed the...

In Berlin, New May Holiday Sends 'Unmistakable Message'

City makes May 8 a public holiday to commemorate end of WWII, Nazi rule

(Newser) - The US and Britain recognize May 8 as a special date—and now Berlin is joining them, even going so far as to make it a public holiday. Victory in Europe Day commemorates May 8, 1945, the day when German troops surrendered to the Soviets, effectively ending World War II....

She Finally Got an Audition With the Boys Choir. Now She's Suing

9-year-old says she was rejected because of her gender from Berlin's State and Cathedral Choir

(Newser) - For more than 550 years, the State and Cathedral Choir of Berlin has performed all over Germany and the world. But while the choral group has renown, there's one thing it doesn't have, and never has: a female voice. The AP reports a 9-year-old girl hopes to change...

After Visibly Shaking, Merkel Explains

German chancellor says she was dehydrated during ceremony on hot day

(Newser) - Angela Merkel was seen shaking uncontrollably Tuesday during a welcoming ceremony for Ukraine's president—but she blames dehydration and says all is fine now. "I've drunk at least three glasses of water, which I apparently needed, and now I'm doing very well," the German chancellor...

In a 16-Inch Coffin, the Grim Remains of WWII

Tissue samples from executed prisoners were found in 2016

(Newser) - The coffin that was buried in Berlin on Monday measured only 16 inches long. Inside were more than 300 pieces of human tissue, the majority of which measured about 0.2 inches square. The AP reports they're the microscopic remains of some of the more than 2,800 people...

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