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Oktoberfest Battles Stench of Stale Beer

World's biggest beer festival prepares for 200th anniversary

(Newser) - For the first time in its 200-year history, Munich's Oktoberfest plans to do something about the stench of stale beer. Countless gallons of beer end up sloshed onto the floor of beer tents during the 3-week festival, leaving behind a stink that in previous years was largely masked by cigarette... More »

Horrific Abuse Alleged at Monastery in Pope's Old Turf

Abuse transpired in Ratzinger's archdiocese

(Newser) - More bad news for the Catholic Church from Pope Benedict's native Germany, where monks and lay teachers stand accused of abusing students for decades at an elite Catholic boarding school near Munich. Allegations from more than 100 students that monks "brutally mistreated, sadistically tormented and, not least, sexually abused"... More »

Pope Benedict's Enemies Are Twisting Facts

Pontiff didn't allow a pedophile to serve as a priest

(Newser) - Pope Benedict XVI is taking an unfair beating in the world press, writes Damian Thompson. Headlines to the contrary, the then-archbishop of Munich "did not allow a priest he knew to be a pedophile to continue in ministry." He did permit the priest to receive counseling, and that... More »

PETA Wants Knut Castrated

They worry about incest with comely cousin Giovanna

(Newser) - The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals want Knut’s nuts. The group’s German branch is demanding the Berlin Zoo castrate the world’s most famous polar bear, lest he mate with his current cage-mate—and cousin—Giovanna, a 3-year-old female on loan from the Munich Zoo. “... More »

Pete Doherty Booed Off Stage for Nazi Anthem

German crowd not up for drunken rendition of 'Deutschland über Alles'

(Newser) - British rocker Pete Doherty was booed off a Munich stage after crashing a concert lineup and singing the first verse of the German national anthem—the part associated with the Nazi regime. The Babyshambles frontman and onetime Kate Moss boytoy "sang Deutschland, Deutschland Über Alles four times,"... More »

Seoul's Airport Is World's No. 1

None in North America makes top 10

(Newser) - Incheon International airport in Seoul, South Korea, is the world's best, according to a British survey that took into account passengers' experiences with check-in, departures, transfers, and arrivals. Two other Asian airports, in Hong Kong and Singapore, finished second and third, the BBC reports. More »

Demjanjuk Taken to German Prison

Nazi war crimes suspect to hear charges at Munich jail

(Newser) - Accused Nazi guard John Demjanjuk arrived today in Germany and was taken from Munich airport directly to prison, AP reports. German authorities have charged the retired Cleveland auto worker with being an accessory to the murder of some 29,000 civilians in Nazi-occupied Poland. His deportation from the US sets... More »

Travelers Flock to Nazi Tours

For many tourists, Germany means beer and Hitler

(Newser) - The world has moved on in many ways, but for many tourists, a visit to Germany often boils down to two things: beer and Hitler. "I'm no Nazi," said an American who's spending most of his four-day visit on Hitler's trail. "I'm just interested in Germany.... More »

US Seizes Demjanjuk; Court Halts Deportation

Appeals court will consider family's claims that Demjanjuk is too frail to travel

(Newser) - Accused Nazi guard John Demjanjuk will stay in the US for at least a while longer after a federal appeals court granted him a last-minute stay of deportation, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Six US immigration agents removed Demjanjuk from his home in suburban Cleveland today and drove him away... More »

Jim McKay Dead at 86

ABC sportscaster was first to win Emmy

(Newser) - Veteran sportscaster and TV journalist Jim McKay has died at age 86 of natural causes, ESPN reports. McKay is most famous for hosting ABC’s Wide World of Sports, and for covering the tragic 1972 Olympics in Munich, which were marred by the Black September attack on Israeli athletes. McKay... More »

1958 Soccer Crash Remembered

8 Manchester United players among 23 killed in Munich disaster

(Newser) - Fans in England and Germany remembered 23 people—including eight members of Manchester United's powerhouse soccer team—killed 50 years ago today in a plane crash in Munich, the Guardian reports. In Manchester, thousands gathered outside the club's Old Trafford stadium to mourn the "Busby Babes." Inside, club... More »

Nazi Architect's Son Has His Own Designs

Father's shadow hasn't kept Albert Speer from worldwide impact

(Newser) - It’s hard to make a name for yourself when you share a name with your father, harder when the father was a famous Nazi architect and friend of Hitler. Urban planner Albert Speer constantly battles the association, keeping a low profile, and, though he has made his mark worldwide,... More »

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