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Germany to improve safety of Jewish sites after Halle attack

Sep. 17, 2020 1:17 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany is providing 22 million euros ($26 million) to improve security of synagogues and other Jewish sites in the country following an anti-Semitic attack last year. The government pledged to step up security after a right-wing extremist tried to force his way into a synagogue in the...

Herbert Reul, Minister of the Interior of North Rhine-Westphalia, takes part in a press conference on the uncovered right-wing extremist chat groups in North Rhine-Westphalia with the participation of police officers from North Rhine-Westphalia in Duesseldorf, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. A total of 29 German police officers were suspended on Wednesday for participating in extremist chat groups that shared images such as swastikas and a depiction of refugees in a gas chamber, officials said, in the latest neo-Nazi scandal to engulf the country's military and law enforcement. (Marcel Kusch/dpa via AP)

29 German police suspended over far-right chat groups

Sep. 16, 2020 1:33 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Authorities in western Germany have suspended 29 police officers suspected of sharing far-right propaganda in WhatsApp groups, at least two of which were active for several years, a top security official said Wednesday. Investigators searched 34 locations, including police stations and...

Greek soldiers set up UNHCR tents at a shooting range to accommodate refugees, in Lesbos Island, Greece, Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. Some thousands of refugees and migrants have spent a third night in the open on the Greek island of Lesbos after two consecutive nights of fires in the notoriously overcrowded Moria camp left them homeless. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Greece seeks shelter for thousands after refugee camp fire

Sep. 11, 2020 3:53 PM EDT

MYTILENE, Greece (AP) — Authorities on Friday sought to shelter thousands of refugees and migrants on the Greek island of Lesbos after fires destroyed the squalid and overcrowded Moria camp that for years symbolized Europe's biggest migration policy failings. Soldiers set up new tents on a site near...

Migrants flee from the Moria refugee camp during a second fire, on the northeastern Aegean island of Lesbos, Greece, on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. Fire struck again Wednesday night in Greece's notoriously overcrowded refugee camp on the island of Lesbos, a day after a blaze swept through it and left thousands in need of emergency shelter. The fires caused no injuries, but they renewed criticism of Europe's migration policy. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

New fire breaks out in crowded refugee camp on Greek island

Sep. 9, 2020 6:38 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Fire struck again Wednesday night in Greece's notoriously overcrowded refugee camp on the island of Lesbos, a day after a blaze swept through it and left thousands in need of emergency shelter. The fires caused no injuries, but they renewed criticism of Europe’s migration...

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer arrives for the cabinet meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 29, 2020. Olaf Scholz leads the meeting because German Chancellor Angela Merkel is on vacation. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, Pool)

German minister slams press watchdog's police column ruling

Sep. 9, 2020 6:53 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s top security official criticized the country's independent press watchdog Wednesday for ruling that a left-wing newspaper's column disparaging the police was covered by freedom of speech. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said in a statement that the verdict was...

Police officers push away a crowd of demonstrators from the square 'Platz der Republik' in front of the Reichstag building during a demonstration against the Corona measures in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. (Christoph Soeder/dpa via AP)

German leaders condemn far-right attempt to storm Reichstag

Aug. 30, 2020 10:01 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Senior German officials on Sunday condemned attempts by far-right protesters and others to storm the parliament building following a protest against the country’s pandemic restrictions. Hundreds of people, some waving the flag of the German Reich of 1871-1918 and other far-right...

The police take vegan chef Attila Hildmann into custody during a demonstration against COVID-19 measures, in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. Berlin police ordered a protest by people opposed to Germany’s pandemic restrictions to disband after participants refused to observe social distancing rules. Tens of thousands of people had gathered at the  Brandenburg Gate before marching through the German capital in a show of defiance Saturday against Germany's coronavirus prevention measures.   (Kay Nietfeld/dpa via AP)

Far-right extremists try to enter German parliament

Aug. 29, 2020 5:34 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Far-right extremists tried to storm the German parliament building Saturday following a protest against the country's pandemic restrictions, but were intercepted by police and forcibly removed. The incident occurred after a daylong demonstration by tens of thousands of people opposed to the...