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Mindestabstandsregelung Is a Thing in Germany

Term refers to social distancing, one of 1,200 new COVID words coined in the nation

(Newser) - The pandemic is changing not only our behavior but our language. The Conversation ticks off familiar examples including "quarantini," "covidiot," doomscrolling," and "zoombombing," while the Cleveland Clinic offers help dealing with "maskne," or mask-related acne. The Economist has a guide to...

After 60-Plus Years in US, Ex-Nazi Guard Gets the Boot

Friedrich Karl Berger, 95, deported for working at 'atrocious' Neuengamme subcamp in Germany

(Newser) - Authorities in the US deported a 95-year-old man Friday who acknowledged working as a guard in a Nazi concentration camp. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency said in a statement that Friedrich Karl Berger, a German citizen, was sent back to Germany this month for serving as a guard for...

Singer's 4-Year-Old Performed With Him. Now, a $3.6K Fine

Germany's Angelo Kelly is accused of violating child labor laws

(Newser) - A Bavarian court found a folk singer guilty Friday of violating Germany's strict child-labor laws for having his 4-year-old son perform onstage with him during an evening concert. Angelo Kelly, 39, was fined $3,600 by the Hassfurt administrative court for the 2019 appearance at an open-air summer concert...

95-Year-Old German Woman Might Be Tried in 10K Killings

Prosecutors say she worked as the commandant's secretary at Stutthof concentration camp

(Newser) - A 95-year-old woman who worked as a secretary and typist at a German concentration camp during World War II has been charged in the killings of more than 10,000 people. The senior prosecutor said she helped carry out "the systematic killing of Jewish prisoners," as well as...

SCOTUS Weighs In on the Guelph Treasure

Justices side with Germany

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with Germany in a dispute involving the heirs of Jewish art dealers and the 1935 sale of a collection of medieval Christian artwork called the Guelph Treasure. The collection—called the Welfenschatz in German and dating to the Holy Roman Empire, per Politico —...

Navalny Detained as He Arrives Back in Russia

Kremlin critic had been recovering in Germany from poisoning

(Newser) - Alexei Navalny, a leading Kremlin political opponent, was taken into custody Sunday just after returning to Russia from Germany, where he was recovering from a poisoning . Navalny had just told journalists in Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport: "This is the best day in the past five months. Everyone is asking...

Merkel Has Beef With Trump's Twitter Ban

Says freedom of opinion is a fundamental right

(Newser) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel considers President Trump's eviction from Twitter by the company "problematic," her spokesman said Monday. Twitter permanently suspended Trump from the microblogging platform on Friday, citing a "risk of further incitement of violence" in the wake of the storming of the US Capitol...

Pastor Finds 500-Year-Old Church Bell Taken by Nazis

BBC reports it will be returned to its former home in Poland

(Newser) - A 500-year-old church bell will be returned to its former home in Poland some 77 years after it was stolen by the Nazis. Nazis made off with an estimated 80,000 bells, most of which were melted down for their metal and used to make weapons and ammunition during World...

Russia May Have Tried Second Poisoning

Doctor suspected of administering a second dose while Alexei Navalny was in Omsk

(Newser) - When an airline pilot made an emergency landing in the Siberian city of Omsk, an ambulance crew quickly gave Alexei Navalny a poison antidote. The opponent of the Russian government had become ill on the flight. "That atropine saved his life," a British army official said. But the...

$340K Painting Found in Dumpster
$340K Painting
Found in Dumpster

$340K Painting Found in Dumpster

Work by French surrealist Yves Tanguy had gone missing

(Newser) - A surrealist painting worth more than a quarter million dollars that was forgotten by a businessman at Duesseldorf's airport has been recovered from a nearby recycling dumpster, police said Thursday, per the AP . The businessman, whose identity was not given, accidentally left behind the painting by French surrealist Yves...

Elon Musk's Newest Foe: Sleeping Snakes

Construction on hold at site of German gigafactory

(Newser) - Tesla is hoping to have its first European factory up and running by July. But that plan was in doubt Tuesday after a German court ordered the company to stop clearing a forest on the proposed site in Gruenheide, south of Berlin. The reason: sleeping snakes. As Reuters and the...

He Heads a $23B Fashion Site. He's Walking Away for His Wife

Rubin Ritter, co-CEO of EU e-commerce giant Zalando, wants to prioritize his spouse's career

(Newser) - Rubin Ritter's contract with Europe's largest fashion site isn't set to expire for two-plus years. But a surprise announcement Sunday from the 38-year-old co-CEO of the Berlin-based Zalando indicates he has other plans for the near future—ones that include letting his spouse's career take center...

She Died Without Heirs, Left $7.5M to Neighbors

Renate Wedel left her stock portfolio, property to her German neighborhood

(Newser) - There are good neighbors and there are bad neighbors, and then there's the late Renate Wedel, who surely has ascended to the level of "pretty great" in the eyes of those from the Germany community she lived in for decades. Wedel died last December at the age of...

5 Dead in Germany Vehicle Rampage
5 Dead in Germany
Vehicle Rampage

5 Dead in Germany Vehicle Rampage

'They just wanted to go to the city, shop, and now they are dead'

(Newser) - In what authorities are calling a rampage—but with no apparent connection to terrorist groups—a man drove into pedestrians in the city of Trier in western Germany Tuesday, killing five people and injuring many others. Authorities say the 51-year-old was arrested after driving an SUV into a pedestrian zone...

Doctor Suspected of Killing COVID Patients in ICU

2 severely ill men were given injections, German police say

(Newser) - A senior doctor in Germany is being held on suspicion of killing two coronavirus patients by injection. The patients—men 47 and 50—had severe cases, police in Essen said, and were in intensive care, Reuters reports. Police said the 44-year-old doctor, who began working at University Hospital around the...

Police Use Kids' Sketches in Hunt for Rogue Driver

6-year-olds witnessed accident in Hamm, Germany

(Newser) - A road accident in Hamm, Germany, has produced some memorable sketches by witnesses. Those witnesses just happened to be 6-year-old children who were walking to school, reports the BBC . The kids saw a car slam into and damage a road barrier before leaving the scene, per RTE . The children continued...

Techno-Blasting Nightclubs in Germany Just Got Good News

Federal court determines techno is indeed music, giving clubs tax break

(Newser) - Parents often shake their heads at what their kids listen to, proclaiming, "That's not music!" If you're a young person in Germany who loves techno, you can now confidently shoot back: "Oh, yes it is!" That's because the country's financial high court...

Russia Floats New Theory on Navalny Poisoning

Foreign minister says attack could have happened in Germany or en route

(Newser) - Russia added a twist Thursday to its pushback against suspicions that it poisoned Alexei Navalny. Maybe the opposition leader was poisoned, as Navalny and Germany contend, but not in Russia. "We have all grounds to believe that everything which had happened to him from the point of view of...

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...

Guy Loses Citizenship Bid Over a Refused Handshake
Court: Man Who Wouldn't Shake
Woman's Hand Can't Be Citizen

Court: Man Who Wouldn't Shake Woman's Hand Can't Be Citizen

Judges reject doctor applying for German naturalization after he spurned official's gesture

(Newser) - A court has decided that a Muslim doctor from Lebanon who aced his German naturalization exam shouldn't be awarded citizenship after all, after he refused to shake hands with the female official who tried to give him his naturalization certificate. Per Deutsche Welle , the 40-year-old doctor, who studied in...

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