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Alleged Militant Nabbed After 30 Years on the Run

Daniela Klette, alleged ex-member of Red Army Faction, is caught in Germany

(Newser) - An alleged member of a far-left militant group tied to murders in Germany has been arrested after nearly 30 years on the run. Daniela Klette, a member of the now-dissolved Red Army Faction, also known as the Baader-Meinhof Gang, was discovered at an apartment in Berlin's Kreuzberg district on...

Man Finds Out Not to Compare COVID Shots to Holocaust

German teacher is hit with $3.3K fine for 'trivialization' over COVID shots

(Newser) - A German man has been hit with a $3,300 fine after expressing some unconventional views on COVID-19 vaccines. Deutsche Welle reports that the unnamed vocational-college teacher, a 62-year-old from Berlin, heard his financial fate on Thursday from the Tiergarten Local Court, where a presiding judge slammed him for comparing...

2 US Cities Make Cut in World 'Destinations' List
2 US Cities Make Cut
in World 'Destinations' List

2 US Cities Make Cut in World 'Destinations' List

Paris is No. 1, but New York and L.A., make the cut in Euromonitor International's annual ranking

(Newser) - With international travel making a comeback after the peak of the pandemic, the sky's the limit on possible destinations. To help you narrow down where to visit, CNN Travel reveals the most attractive cities worldwide, at least according to Euromonitor International's "Top 100 City Destinations Index 2023....

Brussels, Berlin Rallies Protest Growing Antisemitism
European Crowds
Protest Antisemitism

European Crowds Protest Antisemitism

Activists say hatred has grown since the Israel-Hamas war began

(Newser) - Thousands of people marched in the Belgian and German capitals on Sunday to protest soaring antisemitism since the outbreak of the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza. The demonstrations in Brussels and Berlin were the latest in a series of rallies in European capitals that have expressed support for Jewish communities, the...

That's Probably Not a Lion After All, Say German Police

Animal roaming near Berlin is probably a boar, say authorities

(Newser) - It appears that a roaming "lion" in neighborhoods near Berlin isn't a lion after all. Authorities now think the animal spotted by witnesses is actually a much less sensational wild boar, reports the BBC . Boars are common in the area, and authorities have found zero physical evidence of...

Germany to Build Monument to 'Forgotten Victims' of Nazis

Jehovah's Witnesses were 'persecuted, tormented, locked up, and murdered'

(Newser) - The German parliament has approved the construction of a memorial in Berlin to the Jehovah's Witnesses persecuted under the Nazis, a plan the country's culture minister hopes will help end their status as "forgotten victims." On Thursday evening, lawmakers backed a motion formally calling on the...

Climate Protesters Use an Odd Tactic
Climate Protesters
Use an Odd Tactic

Climate Protesters Use an Odd Tactic

In Berlin, Last Generation members glue their hands to the roads to shut down traffic

(Newser) - German climate activists temporarily brought traffic to a standstill in some parts of Berlin on Monday by gluing themselves to streets all over the capital. The group Last Generation has repeatedly blocked roads across Germany in the past year in an effort to pressure the government to take more drastic...

Berlin: All Poolgoers Can Drop Their Swimsuit Tops

German capital says that women can go topless, just like the guys

(Newser) - Hate those pesky swimsuit tan lines you get while sunbathing? If you're planning an upcoming vacation in Berlin, you won't have to worry about that, if you're not too modest. That's because authorities in the German capital announced Thursday that they support the concept of "...

German Protesters Denounce Aid to Ukraine

Demonstrators call for peace talks, with a few waving Russian flags

(Newser) - Thousands of people protested in Berlin on Saturday to condemn Germany's supply of arms to Ukraine and call for peace talks to end the war. The organizers were criticized before the protest for dismissing Ukraine's right to defend its territory from Russian aggression and failing to distance themselves...

Berlin Revotes After 2021 Election Filled With Glitches
Berlin Holds
Do-Over of
2021 Election

Berlin Holds Do-Over of 2021 Election

Court rejected results of glitch-filled vote

(Newser) - Berlin on Sunday held a court-ordered rerun of a chaotic 2021 state election that was marred by severe glitches at many polling stations and hourslong lines as polling places ran out of ballot papers or received ones for the wrong district. Berliners have long been frustrated by the capital's...

Only One US City Makes Top 10 Travel Destinations

New York squeaks in at No. 10 on Euromonitor International's list; Paris comes in at No. 1

(Newser) - Recovery from the pandemic for the travel industry is a work in progress, but inbound arrivals around the world increased by more than 80% this year in terms of numbers of trips, CNN notes. That means people are breaking out their passports again, and some cities are drawing travelers in...

'Chaos' as 82-Foot-Tall Aquarium With 1.5K Fish Explodes

2 people injured by glass shards in Berlin; all fish presumed dead

(Newser) - The world's largest freestanding cylindrical aquarium, which held 1,500 tropical fish and more than 264,000 gallons of water, burst Friday. Berlin's 82-foot-tall AquaDom, in the lobby of the Radisson Blu hotel, sent a huge rush of sea water and fish through the hotel and out into...

Thousands in Berlin Join Iranians' Protest

Demonstrations also are held at universities in Tehran

(Newser) - Tens of thousands of people gathered in Germany's capital Saturday to show solidarity with antigovernment protesters in Iran, where a movement sparked by the death of a woman in the custody of morality police has evolved into a challenge to the Islamic Republic. Berlin police estimated that 37,000...

Fire Breaks Out at Ammunition Dump in Berlin Forest

Grunewald blaze was sparked by several explosions

(Newser) - A large fire broke out in one of Berlin's city forests on Thursday morning, triggered by several explosions that took place at an ammunition dump inside the forest on what is forecast to be one of the hottest days of the year. Around 100 firefighters were battling the blaze...

Ravers in Berlin Seek Recognition of Techno

Parade calls for World Heritage listing of electronic music culture

(Newser) - A techno parade whose initiators include the founder of the Love Parade, once a popular annual party in Berlin, took to the streets of the German capital Saturday with calls for the city's electronic music culture to be added to a World Heritage list. The "Rave the Planet"...

Musk Says New Tesla Factories Are Burning Cash

CEO calls Austin and Berlin plants 'gigantic money furnaces' because of supply chain, battery issues

(Newser) - At some point, the Tesla factories that opened in Texas and Germany earlier this year will pay off. But at the moment, CEO Elon Musk says, they're money pits. "Both Berlin and Austin factories are gigantic money furnaces right now," he said, per Forbes . "It's...

'Carnage' in Berlin After Driver Hits School Group

Police are trying to determine whether deadly incident was intentional

(Newser) - A man drove a car into a German school group standing in a popular Berlin shopping district Wednesday, killing a teacher and seriously injuring nine people, authorities said. The man drove into people on a street corner around 10:30am before getting the car back on the road and then...

Turns Out, Rembrandt Himself Painted This One

Experts say painting long attributed to a pupil is by the Dutch master himself

(Newser) - A 1638 painting dubbed Landscape with Arched Bridge suddenly just became a lot more valuable. For the past three decades, the painting has been attributed to Govert Flinck, a student of 17th-century Dutch master painter Rembrandt van Rijn. But as the Guardian reports, it has just been confirmed to be...

Europeans, Pope Denounce War
Europeans, Pope Denounce War

Europeans, Pope Denounce War

Francis calls Russia's killing of civilians, including children, 'barbarianism'

(Newser) - Tens of thousands of people rallied Sunday in cities across Europe to protest Russia's war in Ukraine, with small vigils taking place in Russia as well despite a crackdown by authorities against such demonstrations. German trade unions called a protest in Berlin, the AP reports. The march led from...

'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....

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