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German city of Cologne permits broadcast of muezzin's call

Oct. 11, 2021 11:09 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German city of Cologne will start permitting mosques to broadcast muezzin calls for prayer, the city said Monday. The calls can be broadcast for five minutes every week for the Friday prayer around noon and audible outside the Muslim houses of prayer,...

Pope retains German archbishop criticized over abuse scandal

Sep. 24, 2021 08:55 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Pope Francis has decided to leave in office a prominent German archbishop who faced criticism for his handling of the church's sexual abuse scandal, but the pontiff also gave the cleric a “spiritual timeout” of several months after he made “major errors" of...

German cleric defends pope's decision to keep archbishop

Sep. 20, 2021 11:11 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The head of the German Bishops’ Conference on Monday defended the pope’s decision to allow the archbishop of Hamburg to stay on at this post, despite being faulted for his handling of sexual abuse allegations. Limburg Bishop...

Pope rejects German archbishop's resignation over abuse

Sep. 15, 2021 13:03 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Pope Francis has rejected the resignation of the archbishop of Hamburg, who offered to step down in March after a report faulted him for his handling of sexual abuse allegations in his previous diocese. The papal nuncio's office in Berlin said in a...

Boy who lost dad to COVID talks to brightest star in the sky

Sep. 04, 2021 00:04 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — What do you say to a five-year-old boy whose father has died of COVID-19? That’s the question that faced the family of Michael Mason, a truck driver living in Olive Branch who hadn’t received a vaccination and died in a hospital in July at the...

3 people injured by darts from a blowgun in western Germany

Aug. 02, 2021 05:39 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German police said three people were slightly injured Monday morning when they were targeted with darts likely shot from a blowgun in the western city of Cologne. Police said in a statement that a construction worker, a passerby and an employee of the...

Germany: 3 more workers found dead at industrial blast site

Jul. 29, 2021 10:41 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The known death toll from an explosion at a German industrial park grew to five Thursday after authorities said the bodies of three more people were recovered from the chemical manufacturing site. Two people are still missing following Tuesday's explosion...

Little hope for 5 missing workers at German blast site

Jul. 28, 2021 12:41 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Officials said Wednesday they have little hope of finding five missing workers alive, a day after an explosion at an industrial park for chemical companies in western Germany that killed at least two people and injured 31 others. Tuesday's explosion at the...

At least 2 killed in German chemical blast; 31 injured

Jul. 27, 2021 14:32 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — An explosion at an industrial park for chemical companies in Germany killed at least two people on Tuesday, with 31 others injured and several still missing hours later. Fire officials who tested the air said there did not appear to be a danger to nearby residents after...