German police free Polish woman kidnapped in Netherlands
BERLIN (AP) — German police say they have liberated a 22-year-old Polish woman who was kidnapped by three Polish men in the Netherlands.
Cologne police said in a statement Sunday they freed...
Kroos, Hector out of Germany games; Serdar called up
BERLIN (AP) — Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos and Cologne defender Jonas Hector have been ruled out of Germany's upcoming games against Argentina and Estonia, leading to a first call-up for...
Bayern loses in Bundesliga for 1st time this season
BERLIN (AP) — Seven-time defending champion Bayern Munich lost for the first time in the Bundesliga this season, only four days after its 7-2 rout of Tottenham in the Champions...
Cologne ruing bad luck after another Bundesliga defeat
BERLIN (AP) — Cologne's new mascot, a handsome goat named Hennes IX, has not brought good luck to the promoted German side so far.
Cologne's early season enthusiasm has disappeared after its...
Hertha routs 10-man Cologne 4-0, Freiburg moves 3rd
COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — Substitute Vedad Ibisevic scored two goals with his first two touches of the ball in Hertha Berlin's 4-0 rout of 10-man Cologne in the Bundesliga on Sunday.
3 German pharmacies shut in probe of tainted diabetes test
BERLIN (AP) — German authorities have closed three pharmacies in the western city of Cologne after a pregnant woman died after using a tainted diabetes test.
Human chain rings German cathedral to demand gender equality
BERLIN (AP) — About 800 people have protested gender inequality in the Catholic Church by forming a human chain around Germany's Cologne Cathedral.
Coutinho scores his 1st Bayern goal in 4-0 rout of Cologne
BERLIN (AP) — Philippe Coutinho scored his first Bundesliga goal — twice — and Robert Lewandowski kept his scoring run going in Bayern Munich's 4-0 win over 10-man Cologne on Saturday.
The ‘Hero of Cologne’ receives his Bronze Star 75 years late
WASHINGTON (AP) — When 96-year-old Clarence Smoyer came to Washington Wednesday, he thought he was heading to the Pentagon to sign copies of "Spearhead," a recent book detailing his exploits as a...
2 WWII bombs discovered, defused in German cities
BERLIN (AP) — German authorities say two World War II-era bombs found in two major cities have been successfully defused and disposed of.
The dpa news agency reported Tuesday that 15,200...
Sancho helps Dortmund come from behind to beat Cologne 3-1
BERLIN (AP) — Jadon Sancho scored one and set up another for Borussia Dortmund to again come from behind and maintain its winning start to the Bundesliga in a 3-1 win at Cologne on...
COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — Long live Hennes the Eighth.
Cologne's popular club mascot, a 12-year-old goat, is stepping down after an 11-year reign due to health reasons.
BERLIN (AP) — Police in western Germany raided the apartments of alleged Islamic extremists on Thursday and detained six people amid suspicions the group may have been planning an...
BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel is facing tenants angry over rising rents in a country where home ownership is traditionally low.
BERLIN (AP) — A court in the western city of Cologne has ruled that Germany's richest Catholic archdiocese doesn't have to reveal what it does with the billions it receives from taxpayers each...
Paderborn joins Cologne in Bundesliga, Union misses chance
BERLIN (AP) — Paderborn is back in the Bundesliga despite a 3-1 defeat at Dynamo Dresden as Union Berlin failed to take advantage in Germany's second division on Sunday.
COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — Cologne has appointed Achim Beierlorzer as coach for its return to the Bundesliga.
Cologne, which won Germany's second-division title despite a 5-3 loss to...
BERLIN (AP) — A daring German trucker is being hailed as a hero after leaping aboard a moving tractor-trailer whose driver died at the wheel and bringing it to a stop before anyone was...
FUERTH, Germany (AP) — Two days after firing its coach, Cologne secured its return to the Bundesliga as Germany's second division champion with a 4-0 win at Greuther Fuerth on Monday.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's supreme court has rejected the appeal of a man who's serving 55 years in prison for killing his wife and burying her body with a wedding band, flowers — and a bottle...
German plane evacuates 15 injured in Madeira bus crash
FUNCHAL, Portugal (AP) — A German military plane on Saturday evacuated 15 German tourists who survived this week's bus crash on the island of Madeira that claimed 29 lives, Germany's Foreign...
Thousands in Germany protest planned EU internet reforms
BERLIN (AP) — Tens of thousands of people have marched in cities across Germany to protest planned European Union copyright reforms that they fear will lead to online censorship.
BERLIN (AP) — Stormy weather caused severe travel disruptions in Germany on Sunday, forcing cancelations and delays to rail and air traffic, particularly in the west of the country.
BERLIN (AP) — A manhunt was underway in western Germany for at least two masked suspects who attacked a money transport truck at the Cologne-Bonn airport and shot a guard Wednesday.
German far-right party wins injunction over extremism probe
BERLIN (AP) — A court has ruled that Germany's domestic intelligence agency shouldn't have publicly announced that it is investigating the country's biggest far-right party.
Thanks in a tank: WWII gunner, now 95, gets a nostalgic ride
BOSTON (AP) — The inside of a tank was Clarence Smoyer's home, and the crew was his family.
In that sense, the 95-year-old veteran returned home Wednesday for the first time since World War...
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Sour surprise for sweets: Brexit may raise German candy cost
COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — German gummy bears, chocolate and licorice are popular sweets in Britain, but aficionados there might have to start stockpiling if they don't want to go cold turkey when the country leaves the European Union.
German candy retailers are worried that exporting sweets to the United Kingdom will become as slow as molasses after Brexit day on March 29, with new, unclear customs regulations potentially causing supply shortages and price increases.
Strike by German airport security staff causes travel chaos
BERLIN (AP) — A one-day strike by security staff at three German airports on Thursday is causing travel chaos for tens of thousands of travelers.
The ver.di union called on staff at airports in Duesseldorf, Cologne-Bonn and Stuttgart to walk off the job all day, leading to hundreds of flights being canceled.
The German news agency dpa reported that 350 flights were canceled at Duesseldorf, 142 at Stuttgart and 131 at Cologne-Bonn.
Germany: 1 detained after shots fired in Cologne
BERLIN (AP) — Several shots were fired in an area of Cologne near the German city's main station on Friday and a man was detained, police said.
The shots followed an altercation involving several people, who fled on foot and in a car, according to city police. The man who was detained was on foot and carrying a live weapon.
Officers searched a building in the area and police said they found no evidence that anyone else was involved. They had no information that anyone was hurt.
Man accused of stealing nearly $1,300 worth of cologne.
MONROE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana man is accused of trying to shoplift nearly $1,300 worth of cologne.
The arrest report by Monroe police says a witness in a Pecanland Mall store saw 61-year-old Dwight Davis of Ruston put 14 bottles of cologne in his purse and try to leave without paying. The estimated total value was $1,260, working out to $90 a bottle.
Germany: Cologne hostage-taking wasn’t terror incident
BERLIN (AP) — German federal prosecutors have handed off the investigation of an October hostage-taking in Cologne after failing to find evidence of an Islamic extremist motive.
German police, city officials probed over Italian mob ties
BERLIN (AP) — Prosecutors in western Germany say they are investigating five current and former police and municipal officials on suspicion that they passed information to Italian mobsters or their helpers.
Thousands march in Germany to demand quick exit from coal
BERLIN (AP) — Thousands of people marched Saturday in Berlin to demand that Germany speed up its exit from coal-fired power plants, a day before the opening of a U.N. climate summit in neighboring Poland.
German leader Merkel on her way to G20 after plane problem
BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel was finally on her way to Argentina Friday for the Group of 20 summit after a technical problem with her plane forced her to change plans and stay overnight in Bonn.
Merkel's office said that she and a small delegation, including the finance minister took a different government plane to Madrid on Friday morning, and then boarded a commercial flight to Buenos Aires.
Merkel’s plane makes emergency stop, tech issues reported
BERLIN (AP) — A plane carrying German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the Group of 20 meeting in Argentina was forced to make an unscheduled landing Thursday night in western Germany. A German military blog reported it was due to technical problem with its radio.
German police conduct anti-terror drill at Cologne airport
BERLIN (AP) — German police have conducted a large-scale anti-terror drill at Cologne-Bonn airport, in the west of the country, amid ongoing concerns about the threat posed by Islamic extremists.
Some 1,000 officers took part in the exercise early Wednesday, which took into account insight from attacks in neighboring Belgium and France to be as realistic as possible.
The scenario involved a group of extremists with military training seeking to cause as many civilian casualties as possible.
German offices of BlackRock searched in tax probe
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German prosecutors say they have searched the Munich offices of investment firm BlackRock, which said it was cooperating in a probe of a tax scheme known as "cum-ex" transactions that has drawn the attention of law enforcers.
German woman who married IS fighter faces terrorism charges
BERLIN (AP) — Federal prosecutors say they've arrested a 46-year-old German woman on terrorism charges as she attempted to return to the country after marrying an Islamic State fighter and living in Iraqi homes seized by the extremist group.
Mine K., whose last name wasn't provided in line with German privacy laws, was arrested at the Cologne airport Wednesday on charges of membership in a foreign terrorist organization, prosecutors said.
Federal prosecutor takes over Cologne hostage case
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's federal prosecutor's office has taken over the investigation into a bloody hostage taking in the western city of Cologne amid concerns that it was connected to Islamic extremism.
Police: So far no indication of IS link to Cologne attack
BERLIN (AP) — Cologne police are investigating whether extremism was the motivation behind a bloody hostage-taking at the city's main train station, but so far have found no ties to the Islamic State group, authorities said Tuesday.
Criminal police investigation leader Klaus-Stephan Becker told reporters the man has been identified as a 55-year-old Syrian refugee who came to Germany in early 2015 and was granted asylum.
German police say hostage suspect lit explosive, had record
BERLIN (AP) — A man who held a woman hostage at Cologne's main train station also injured two other people Monday, and police said his motives weren't clear but they were investigating if he had extremist connections or beliefs.
The hostage was taken to a hospital after her ordeal, but it wasn't clear if the suspect harmed her or if she was injured when a special police unit stormed the train station pharmacy where she was held to free her.
The Latest: Hostage-taker in Germany in critical condition
BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on hostage situation at Cologne train station (all times local):
Cologne police say on Twitter that a hostage-taker has suffered life-threatening injuries when police stormed a pharmacy inside the city's train station.
German high-speed rail line to be closed for days after fire
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's national railway says the high-speed line between Frankfurt and Cologne, a major travel artery, is expected to remain closed until the end of the week after a train caught fire on Friday.
Authorities say a technical fault caused the fire on board a high-speed ICE train. The train was evacuated and no one was seriously hurt.
Train catches fire in southern Germany; no injuries
BERLIN (AP) — German authorities say a high-speed ICE train caught fire on the journey between Frankfurt and Cologne, causing no injuries but leading to delays along the well-traveled route.
The fire broke out on the train Friday morning as it was near the town of Dierdorf. Police told the dpa news agency the train was halted and emergency crews evacuated all 510 people on board.
Edmonton Oilers edge Cologne 4-3 in OT in exhibition game
COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — Ryan Strome scored with 2:53 left in overtime as the Edmonton Oilers beat the German league's Cologne Sharks 4-3 in an exhibition game Wednesday.
Strome redirected a pass from Ethan Bear for the winner. Tobias Rieder, Milan Lucic and Ty Rattie also scored for the Oilers, who outshot the Sharks 37-19. The game was a homecoming for Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl, a Cologne native. He had one assist. Jason Akeson, Moritz Muller and Ben Hanowski scored for Cologne.
Hall’s OT winner lead Devils over Swiss club
BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Taylor Hall's goal with 1:03 left in overtime lifted the New Jersey Devils to a 3-2 win over SC Bern of the Swiss National League on Monday.
The game was part of the NHL's Global Series Challenge. Edmonton will conclude the exhibition season Wednesday when it meets Kolner Haie in Cologne, Germany.
New Jersey and Edmonton will meet Saturday in Gothenburg, Sweden, in the season opener for both teams.
At German mosque, Turkey’s Erdogan defends soccer players
COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wound up a sometimes-fraught visit to Germany on Saturday by condemning the treatment of soccer players of Turkish descent and urging "a joint stance against this racist drift."
Erdogan specifically decried the treatment of the German national team's Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan, who were widely criticized for posing for a picture with Erdogan. Ozil quit the national team over the criticism.
The Latest: Turkey’s Erdogan defends German soccer players
COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — The Latest on the Turkish president's trip to Germany (all times local):
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has wound up a sometimes-fraught visit to Germany by condemning the treatment of soccer players of Turkish descent and urging "a joint stance against this racist drift."
Charr’s bout against Oquendo called off after doping test
COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — Manuel Charr's WBA heavyweight bout against American fighter Fres Oquendo next week has been called off after he failed a doping test.
Charr's management says the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) found "two suspect substances" in a voluntary test while the German-based Syrian was training. Charr needs to address the charges and can demand his B sample is also tested.
The 33-year-old Charr (31-4) had been due to fight Oquendo (37-8) in Cologne on Sept. 29.