1/12 German pedophile ring: Eight arrested after mother sold nine-year-old

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German police on Thursday released harrowing details of a pedophile ring that saw a 47-year-old mother and her partner repeatedly sexually abuse her son and make him available for rape in exchange for money. Authorities arrested the mother and her 37-year-old partner, a previously convicted pedophile, back in September in the city of Freiburg in southwestern […]

1/11 Opposition to Trump’s visit to Davos grows

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The announcement that US President Trump is to visit Switzerland later this month to attend the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum has prompted mixed reactions. While a spokesman for the Swiss government said it was “delighted” that President Trump was coming to the mountain resort of Davos, centre-left politicians have made their displeasure clear. Meanwhile, […]

1/10 Austria investigates football chief for alleged corruption

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Austrian prosecutors said Wednesday they are investigating the national football federation head over a payment made at the time of the disgraced Sepp Blatter’s re-election as Fifa president in 2015. The $100,000 (€84,000) transfer was made by Fifa, the world governing body, to a project supporting young footballers in Africa at the beginning of 2015. The patron […]

1/08 Hungary’s Orban tells Germany: ‘You wanted the migrants, we didn’t’

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In an interview with the German daily Bild, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban defended his country’s refusal of an EU-wide refugee resettlement quota, saying that he believed refugees are “Muslim invaders.” In the interview, he said Syrian refugees were not fleeing their home country — where a multi-sided war has been raging for almost seven […]

1/5 Last year’s German car sales highest since 2010

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More cars were registered on German roads in 2017 than in any year this decade, as sales continued a long-running growth streak, government and industry figures showed Thursday. New registrations grew 2.7 percent year-on-year to some 3.4 million vehicles, according to data from the Federation of the Automotive Industry (VDA) and the KBA vehicle licensing […]

1/4 VW teams up with Silicon Valley firm to produce self-driving cars

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Volkwagen has announced it will collaborate with Aurora, a company founded by the former autonomous driving chiefs at Google, Tesla and Uber, with the ambitious aim of delivering self-driving taxis to the streets within three years. Korean carmaker Hyundai is also joining the partnership with Aurora, which VW believes is the ideal partner to design and […]

1-3 Merkel resumes talks with SPD in hopes of ending political stalemate

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Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives resume on Wednesday drawn-out talks with Germany’s second biggest party aimed at ending months of post-election stalemate and forming a coalition government. In the year’s first such meeting, Merkel and her Bavarian ally Horst Seehofer were scheduled to talk with Martin Schulz, the leader of the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD), from […]

12/30 German inflation beats forecasts in December

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German inflation slowed slightly in December, but still beat forecasts for the second month in a row, official data showed Friday, in an encouraging sign for the European Central Bank. Consumer prices in Europe’s biggest economy rose by 1.7 percent year-on-year this month, according to figures from federal statistics authority Destatis, faster than the 1.5-percent growth […]

12/27 Germany seizes record-breaking amounts of cocaine in 2017

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The Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) said it confiscated record-breaking amounts of cocaine this year, speaking of “exorbitantly high” figures, German broadcaster NDR has reported. German law enforcement agents managed to seize more than 7 metric tons (7.7 US tons) of cocaine in part due to increased output made possible by advances in production efficiency. As […]

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