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Russia Allegedly Plotted to Kill This Arms Maker

Germany's Armin Papperger runs a company vital to Ukraine's military

(Newser) - American intelligence agencies may have saved the life of a German businessman who is high on Vladimir Putin's enemies list, according to multiple reports. The details:
  • Who: Armin Papperger runs a company called Rheinmetall in Germany that is one of the biggest suppliers of military weaponry to Ukraine, reports

In This Nation, Getting to Work Takes Just 17 Minutes

Denmark boasts shortest commute time in the world, per AHTI Games stats

(Newser) - Looking for the shortest, sweetest commute? Consider Scandinavia. That's per AHTI Games, which crunched the numbers to figure out how long it takes to get from home to work across the globe, per Digital Journal . Denmark tops the list, with an average commute time of just 17 minutes. Neighbor...

US Woman Charged With Stabbing German Man After Sex Harassment

20-year-old is in custody after fatal stabbing in region home to many US military personnel

(Newser) - Prosecutors in Germany say video shows a 64-year-old German man touching the buttocks of a 20-year-old American woman on a train station escalator shortly before he was fatally stabbed. The woman turned herself into authorities after the Saturday afternoon incident in Kaiserslautern in southwest Germany. Stars and Stripes reports that...

With Great Ape Discovery, a Possible Evolutionary Bombshell

Study suggests Europe was a hotbed for great ape evolution, and possible cradle of humanity

(Newser) - For the first time, researchers have found evidence that two distinct species of great apes coexisted outside of Africa many millions of years ago. It's an important, though contested, discovery that suggests European ecosystems in the Miocene Epoch, from about 23 million to 5 million years ago, "enabled,...

Germany's Head Soccer Coach Blasts 'Absolutely Racist' Poll

21% said they wanted to see more white players on country's national team

(Newser) - The coach of Germany's national soccer team has condemned a survey that asked Germans whether they wanted to see more white players selected. At a press briefing Sunday, Julian Nagelsmann said he agreed with midfielder Joshua Kimmich, who described the poll as "absolute nonsense" and "absolutely racist,...

Munich Airport Shuts Down After a Most Sticky Situation

Police detained 6 climate activists who glued themselves to runway access roads

(Newser) - German authorities closed down Munich Airport temporarily on Saturday after six climate activists broke through a security fence and glued themselves to access routes leading to runways, officials and local media reported. The activists from the group Last Generation were protesting flying, the most polluting form of transportation, said the...

'Fingerhakeln': Germany Has a Lesser-Known Festival

Finger wrestling sounds like a surefire way to put your digit out of joint

(Newser) - Despite the threat of dislocated fingers and strained muscles, more than 150 Bavarian men came together to compete in Germany's unique national championship of "Fingerhakeln," or finger wrestling. The "finger wrestlers" met in a big beer tent in the small southern village of Bernbeuren, reports the...

Site Highlights Early Humans' Mastery of Wood, Largely Lost

Spear Horizon site shows evidence of splitting, carving wood 300K years ago

(Newser) - The Stone Age, launched roughly 3 million years ago, marks the time when tools first appeared. Early humans used stones for hammering, stones for grinding, and sharp stone flakes as knives and projectile points. But the Stone Age might just as well be called the Wood Age, German archaeologist Thomas...

Another Group of Nazi Victims Is Getting a Memorial

Sex workers in Hamburg were severely persecuted under Hitler's regime

(Newser) - Campaigners including church leaders in Hamburg have won approval for a memorial to honor a long-forgotten group of victims of the Nazi regime: sex workers. The memorial in Herbertstrasse, a street in the city's red-light district, will be modeled on the "stumbling stones" memorials with brass plaques honoring...

Ahead of Soccer Match, Scary Find Near the Stadium

Active WWII bomb discovered near Germany's Mewa Arena to be defused on Friday

(Newser) - Thousands of people have been evacuated from the area around a German sports stadium so that an undetonated World War II-era bomb found near the home of a Bundesliga soccer club could be defused on Friday. Per a statement from the city of Mainz, the 1,100-pound weapon was discovered...

Sneaky Artist Hangs His Art Among Dali, Picasso, Loses Job

German artist lost his museum job, is being investigated for property damage

(Newser) - A museum employee fulfilled his wish of seeing his own art hanging among celebrated works from world-famous artists like Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí, though it meant he lost his job—which might not be the end of it. The German man, formerly employed in technical service at Munich's...

Germany Rebuts Genocide Claim, Cites the Holocaust

Nicaragua brought case before the UN's top court over Germany's arms sales to Israel

(Newser) - In an appearance before the UN's highest court on Tuesday, Germany responded to Nicaragua's accusations that it has been facilitating genocide in Gaza by providing weapons to Israel. The Guardian reports lawyer Tania von Uslar-Gleichen cited the Holocaust, saying, "Germany has learned from its past, a past...

Botswana Is Irked by Germany's Elephant Suggestion

It offers to ship 20K animals to Germany so it can see what it's like living among them

(Newser) - A suggestion from Germany's Environment Ministry didn't go over so well in Botswana. President Mokgweetsi Masisi took issue with the ministry's recommendation that tighter limits be put in place on importing hunting trophies, saying that conservation efforts had led to a surging elephant population that hunting helped...

Adidas Blocks Number 44 From German Soccer Jerseys

Critics said it was too close to SS logo

(Newser) - German soccer fans can buy replicas of the national team's jerseys with any number between 00 and 99—except 44. The number was pulled from sale after people on social media pointed out that it strongly resembled the logo of the SS, the organization that carried out many of...

With New Pot Law on Books, Germans Light Up Their Joints

Germany legalizes small amounts of marijuana for personal use, and aficionados stage a 'smoke-in'

(Newser) - Marijuana campaigners in Germany lit celebratory joints on Monday as the country liberalized rules on cannabis to allow possession of small amounts. The AP reports that the German Cannabis Association, which campaigned for the new law, staged a "smoke-in" at Berlin's landmark Brandenburg Gate when the law took...

German Officials: We're Not Going to Ban Dachshunds

Officials say draft bill on 'torture breeding' is being mischaracterized

(Newser) - German officials say reports that the country is planning to ban dachshunds and other beloved dog breeds have been greatly exaggerated. The German Kennels Association—VDH—spoke out this week against a draft bill clarifying and strengthening a law against so-called "torture breeding," leading to headlines like "...

American Who Attacked 2 Tourists Gets Life in Prison in Germany

Unnamed 31-year-old raped, murdered US citizen, injured another at popular tourist spot

(Newser) - An American man was convicted of murder and other charges on Monday for brutally attacking two American women near Germany's famed Neuschwanstein Castle last summer and pushing them into a ravine, fatally injuring one of them. He was sentenced to life in prison, reports the AP . The Kempten state...

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German patient was vaccinated 217 times against COVID, seemingly with no ill effects

(Newser) - Well, we know this guy definitely isn't afraid of needles. A German man has been found to have received 217 vaccinations for COVID-19, and he doesn't seem to be any worse for it. The BBC reports on the "bizarre" case of the 62-year-old out of Magdeburg, whose...

AI Tools Located Long-Sought Militant Suspect in Minutes

Arrest of Daniela Klette perhaps not such a 'masterpiece' for German police

(Newser) - German police said this week's arrest of Daniela Klette , a long-hunted alleged militant hiding in Berlin, was a "masterpiece." Journalists, however, weren't quite sure where the extraordinary skill factored in—unless it came from themselves. "What was their success? Listening to a podcast?" a reporter...

Soldier Surrenders After 4 Shot Dead in Germany

Motive still unknown as investigation centers on town of Rotenburg

(Newser) - Four people are dead and a suspect has turned himself in after shootings in two locations in northern Germany—and that suspect is reportedly one of that nation's soldiers. Police on Friday said the shooting took place overnight in the rural areas of Bothel and Scheessel, and that the...

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