7/18 Five ‘Islamic State’ German women found in tunnel in Mosul

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Five German women are in custody following a military operation in the Iraqi city of Mosul. It is alleged that they travelled to the embattled city to support the so-called “Islamic State” terror group (IS). The five are reportedly part of a group of 20 female fighters apprehended in Mosul’s beleaguered ancient city last week, including […]

7/17 German fighter jets help Korean plane make emergency landing

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Two German air force jets were deployed late on Saturday to escort and help a Korean plane land in Stuttgart after it lost contact with air traffic controllers. The Korean Air plane with around 200 people was flying from Seoul to Zurich when communication with controllers in southwest Germany broke down. The fighters were sent and escorted […]

7/14 Outcry after AfD politician suggests shooting G20 looters

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AfD politician Christel Weißig has sparked controversy after suggesting in a Facebook post that those who looted amid G20 riots should be shot. Reacting to violent riots in Hamburg amid the G20 summit hosted there last week, Mecklenburg Western-Pomerania state parliamentarian Christel Weißig posted the comment that has since come in for harsh criticism. “Looters will […]

7/11 Germany asks for EU help following Hamburg G20 protests

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Germany has asked EU members to help trace demonstrators who vandalized property or attacked police at the Hamburg G20 summit. More than 50 suspects from seven countries have been detained. In a letter, German Justice Minister Heiko Maas asked his EU counterparts to accelerate Germany’s requests for assistance in connection with G20 protests, which saw shops […]

7/10 Author Peter Härtling dies at 83: How foreignness shaped his career

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Feeling foreign was one of writer Peter Härtling’s favorite subjects – because he experienced it himself as an orphaned war deportee. The acclaimed German author has passed away at the age of 83. Nine-year-old Ben falls in love with his classmate Anna, who had moved to Germany from Poland. It’s a story about a first love, […]

7/7 Same-sex marriage bill clears German upper house

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Germany’s equal marriage bill has been approved in the Bundesrat, meaning the president can now sign it into law. However, one other legal challenge – concerned with the wording of Germany’s constitution – is likely. A vote was not necessary in the upper house of Germany’s parliament, the Bundesrat, on Friday, because no state challenged the […]

7/6 Volkswagen recalls 770,000 cars due to braking problem

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Volkswagen confirmed on Thursday that it is recalling nearly 770,000 cars worldwide due to a problem with their braking control systems. The German car manufacturer is recalling 766,000 cars globally after a problem was detected in the anti-lock brake systems, a company confirmed. The cars will be given a software update after it was discovered that the […]

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