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Gunman Fires 'Wildly' in University Lecture Hall

2 dead, including gunman, in Germany attack

(Newser) - A shooter fired "wildly" inside a lecture hall at a university in Germany Monday, killing one student and wounding at least three others, police say. The gunman killed himself after the shooting at Heidelberg University, police say. According to German media, the gunman, identified as an 18-year-old student at...

Ex-Secret Police Officer Guilty of Crimes Against Humanity

Syrian man was convicted in German court

(Newser) - A German court has convicted a former Syrian secret police officer of crimes against humanity for overseeing the abuse of detainees at a jail near Damascus a decade ago. The verdict Thursday in the landmark trial has been keenly anticipated by Syrians who suffered abuse or lost relatives at the...

Shepherd Hopes Germans Get Her Sheep's Message

It was easy enough to lead animals to a syringe, woman says

(Newser) - Tasty bits of bread did the trick for about 700 sheep and goats to join Germany's drive to encourage more people to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The animals were arranged on Monday into the shape of a roughly 330-foot syringe in a field at Schneverdingen, south of Hamburg. Shepherd...

She Tried to Sell a Clapton Bootleg for $11. He Filed Suit

German court rules in favor of rock star in copyright infringement case

(Newser) - A German judge has sided with Eric Clapton in a copyright infringement case that started with a CD being listed on eBay for just over $11. Deutsche Welle reports that on Wednesday, a Duesseldorf regional court ruled a 55-year-old widow who'd tried to sell a bootlegged CD of some...

Driver Who Plowed Into Parade Jailed on 177 Counts

Germany's Maurice P., convicted of 89 counts of attempted murder, receives life sentence

(Newser) - Update: The man who plowed his vehicle into a parade in Germany in February 2020 received a life sentence Thursday for 89 counts of attempted murder. Identified as 31-year-old Maurice P., he was also convicted of 88 counts of grievous bodily harm at a trial that began in May, reports...

German Anti-Vaxxers Accused of Assassination Plot

Crossbows were seized in predawn raids

(Newser) - "We won't put up with a tiny minority of uninhibited extremists trying to impose its will on the whole of our society," German Chancellor Olaf Scholz warned Wednesday, hours after police raided the homes of anti-vaccination activists suspected of plotting to assassinate a state governor. Prosecutors said...

Walking to Home Office Counts as Commute: Court

Worker in Germany prevails in injury claim

(Newser) - It's a ruling made for the age of COVID: A court in Germany has declared that walking from your bedroom to the home office counts as commuting. As CNN reports, the issue came up because a man slipped on his staircase while heading to the office in his house...

In Germany, the Beginning of a New Era

Olaf Scholz took over for Angela Merkel on Wednesday

(Newser) - Olaf Scholz became Germany's ninth post-World War II chancellor Wednesday, opening a new era for the European Union's most populous nation and largest economy after Angela Merkel's 16-year tenure. Scholz's government takes office with high hopes of modernizing Germany and combating climate change but faces the...

Police Suspect Fake Vaccine Card Spurred Murder-Suicide

German man procured forged document for wife, and her employer found out

(Newser) - German investigators said Tuesday that a man suspected of killing his family and then himself left a note indicating that he was afraid of being arrested after procuring a fake vaccination certificate for his wife. The bodies of two 40-year-olds and their children aged 10, 8, and 4 were found...

Scientists Object After Paper Takes a Shot at Researchers

German tabloid placed blame for pandemic holiday restrictions, with photos

(Newser) - A group representing Germany's main scientific organizations has accused the country's biggest-selling newspaper of contributing to public hostility against scientists during the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement Monday, the Alliance of Scientific Organization criticized a recent report by the Bild tabloid for singling out three researchers who had...

Germany's Unvaccinated Will Be Barred From Venues

Merkel says hospitals could become overrun with COVID-19 cases

(Newser) - Unvaccinated people across Germany will soon be excluded from nonessential stores, restaurants, and sports and cultural venues, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced Thursday, and parliament will consider a general vaccine mandate as part of efforts to curb coronavirus infections. Merkel announced the measures after a meeting with federal and state leaders,...

Bomb Dropped From Aircraft During WWII Just Exploded

4 injured in Munich blast

(Newser) - A World War II bomb exploded at a construction site next to a busy railway line in Munich on Wednesday, injuring four people, one of them seriously, German authorities said. A column of smoke was seen rising from the site near the Donnersbergerbruecke station, the AP reports, with the Wall ...

Germany Passes 100K COVID Deaths
Germany Passes
100K COVID Deaths

Germany Passes 100K COVID Deaths

Leader-in-waiting hasn't ruled out mandatory vaccinations

(Newser) - Official figures released Thursday show Germany has become the latest country to surpass 100,000 deaths from COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Germany’s disease control agency said it recorded 351 additional deaths in connection with the coronavirus over the past 24 hours, taking the total toll to 100,119....

Goodbye, Angela Merkel. Hello, Olaf Scholz

3 German parties reach deal on new government, with Social Democrat now at the helm as chancellor

(Newser) - Three German parties have reached a deal to form a new government that will end the era of longtime Chancellor Angela Merkel, according to Olaf Scholz, who's poised to replace her. Scholz, of the center-left Social Democrats, said he expects that members of the parties will give their blessing...

He Decided to Drive Himself to His Driving Test

This did not go over well with police

(Newser) - Points won for punctuality. Points lost for comically bad common sense. The AP reports that a man in Germany had the bright idea to drive himself to his own driving test. What's more, he parked the car right in front of the man who was there waiting to give...

Austria Announces Full Nationwide Lockdown
'All of Germany Is
One Big Outbreak'

'All of Germany Is One Big Outbreak'

Country may join Austria in announcing full nationwide lockdown

(Newser) - Days after ordering a lockdown for the unvaccinated , the government of Austria has extended it to the vaccinated as well. Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg says a full nationwide lockdown will begin Monday and last for a maximum of 20 days, the BBC reports. Under the European Union's first nationwide lockdown...

COVID Cases Hit Record Highs in Germany, Netherlands

Meanwhile, Austria plans a lockdown for the unvaccinated

(Newser) - Winter is approaching in Europe—and with it, a return to tighter COVID restrictions, at least for the unvaccinated. Reuters reports that, with strained ICUs and infections at a record high, Austria is planning a lockdown for the unvaccinated. Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said Thursday that the country is just days...

3 'Severely Injured' By Knife Attacker on German Train

Police say motive is unclear

(Newser) - A knife attack on a high-speed train in Germany left three people severely wounded, the Bavarian Red Cross said Saturday. One man has been arrested in connection with the morning attack at the train station in Seubersdorf, police said. Police said multiple people were wounded but were unable to provide...

'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....

Greens Agree to Coalition Talks, Energy Changes

New government could be 'a big win' for party

(Newser) - Germany's Green party gave its blessing Sunday to opening formal coalition talks on a new government that would speed up the country's exit from coal-fueled power and the expansion of renewable energy. A congress of the environmentalist party signed off on negotiators' recommendation to open full-fledged talks on...

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