10/09 Ex-SS officer investigated for 1944 Nazi massacre

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A 94-year-old man from Nordstemmen, Lower Saxony, is under investigation for murder, Bernd Kolkmeier, spokesman for the local prosecution authority, confirmed on Monday after a report in the Hildesheimer Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper. The prosecutors are examining whether the man will be charged with the shooting of women, men and children on the night of the April […]

10/7 AfD accuses ex-chief Frauke Petry of stealing party member data

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Frauke Petry, the former co-leader of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD), has been accused of nabbing member data before leaving the party, according to a report on Friday. According to information published by German news magazine Stern, the party’s executive board intends to sue Petry for the alleged data theft.  AfD reactions to the initial […]

10/04 Second AfD lawmaker quits party’s Bundestag faction

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Mario Mieruch, 42, a founding member of the Alternative for Germany, said he was quitting the party’s parliamentary faction, following in the footsteps of former co-leader Frauke Petry, who resigned from the faction and then the party last week. The departure of the two MPs, who will now sit as independent lawmakers in the chamber, leave […]

10/04 Bronze Age equipment found on Swiss mountain pass

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Flint arrowheads and leather fragments are among the 4,000 year-old items uncovered by archaeologists on the Lötschberg pass in the canton of Bern in September. The lack of snow last winter followed by a hot summer left the Bronze Age items uncovered by snow and ice, allowing archaeologists to extract them for examination, the cantonal authorities […]

10/2 German man admits poisoning baby food

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A 53-year-old German man admitted on Saturday to poisoning baby food and threatening to contaminate other products in stores across Europe, as part of a presumed blackmail plot, authorities said. The arrest on Friday of the suspect – described as “mentally disturbed” – came after German police alerted the public earlier in the week, saying a […]

9/28 Freedom Party expels local official over Nazi memorabilia

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Austria’s far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) said on Wednesday it has expelled a local party official for hoarding Nazi memorabilia, in embarrassing revelations less than three weeks before national elections. A local activist revealed that Martin Hochstöger had hung a plaque commemorating Hitler’s 1938 annexation of Austria in a back room of his pharmacy in the town […]

9/27 Lufthansa plans €1 billion spending spree on planes

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Germany’s largest airline Lufthansa said it would push “rapid growth” at low-cost subsidiary Eurowings by spending €1.0 billion on acquiring more planes, some of them from bankrupt competitor Air Berlin. “The funds will be used towards obtaining up to 61 aircraft, including 41 Airbus A320 Family aircraft” and 20 smaller turboprop planes, Lufthansa said in a […]

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