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Germany: 65 children freed from abusers as part of probe

Jan. 12, 2022 09:23 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Authorities in Germany say they have rescued 65 children from their abusers over the past two years as part of an investigating into a large-scale sexual abuse network. Police in Cologne said at a news conference Wednesday that the victims ranged from three months to...

German police conduct raids in connection with floods

Jan. 11, 2022 07:45 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Police in western Germany raided offices and homes on Tuesday in connection with the floods last summer in which more than 180 people died and hundreds more were injured. The public prosecutor’s office in Cologne coordinated the searches that were executed by 140...

Reports sought about molesting New Year's Eve mob in Milan

Jan. 08, 2022 15:32 PM EST

Italian security officials on Saturday appealed to women or girls who think they were sexually abused or molested by mobs during New Year’s Eve celebrations in a square near Milan's cathedral to file complaints with police. Several women have told authorities they were groped by...

Germany: 4 men suspected of procuring bomb material arrested

Dec. 16, 2021 07:35 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Four men, some of them suspected right-wing extremists, were arrested Thursday as German investigators raided their homes in a probe of suspicions that they acquired substances to build an explosive device, police said. Investigators seized raw material for...

German court: widow not entitled to damages awarded to Kohl

Nov. 29, 2021 07:05 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A German federal court ruled on Monday that the widow of former Chancellor Helmut Kohl isn't entitled to 1 million euros ($1.1 million) in damages that the country's late leader was awarded in a legal battle with his one-time ghostwriter. Kohl was awarded...

Missing the point: Man in Germany drives to driving test

Nov. 23, 2021 08:39 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A man in Germany has discovered the hard way that it's best to get a driving license first before trying to use it. Police in Bergheim, near Cologne, said Tuesday that the 37-year-old drove himself to his driving test, parking an Opel Zafira outside the...

Cologne Catholic church holds penance service on sex abuse

Nov. 18, 2021 09:26 AM EST

COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — Germany's Roman Catholic archdiocese of Cologne held a service of penance Thursday for cases of sexual abuse by clergy, saying the ritual was not an absolution for the perpetrators but a “confession of guilt.” The German Catholic Church’s...

Germans celebrate Carnival again despite high virus numbers

Nov. 11, 2021 08:02 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Carnival revelers in the western Germany city of Cologne were lining up Thursday to show proof of their COVID-19 vaccinations before they could begin the start of the outdoors celebrations — after a hiatus due to the pandemic last year. Despite strict...

Germany's Merkel on 2015 migrant influx: 'we managed it'

Nov. 08, 2021 04:56 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel has a positive verdict on the influx of migrants to Germany in 2015 and 2016 as she prepares to step down: “We managed it.” Merkel became the face of a welcoming approach to migrants as people fleeing conflicts in Syria and...