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...
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.
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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.
German police say anti-coal protester ‘holed up’ in forest
BERLIN (AP) — Firefighters pumped fresh air into a makeshift tunnel Saturday beneath an ancient German forest that environmentalists are trying to stop from being chopped down for a coal mine, while protesters nearby engaged in a standoff with police.
Aachen police said at least one person was believed to be holed up underground, and authorities ordered journalists out of the area while they investigated the tunnel system beneath Hambach forest, west of Cologne.
’Gladbach scores 11 in cup match; Cologne rallies to win 9-1
BERLIN (AP) — Rhine rivals Borussia Moenchengladbach and Cologne scored 20 goals between them to advance from the first round of the German Cup on Sunday.
Thorgan Hazard, Raffael and new signing Alassane Plea all scored hat tricks as 'Gladbach routed fifth-tier BSC Hastedt 11-1. Diyar Kucuk scored the home side's consolation in the final minutes.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Oil giant Saudi Aramco says it will buy out the other 50-percent stake in a joint chemical venture in the Netherlands in a deal valued at 1.5 billion euros, or $1.7 billion.
Aramco made the announcement on Wednesday, saying it would purchase the entire interest in Arlanxeo, a joint venture it set up in 2016 with Lanxess AG.
Lanxess is a chemical company based in Cologne, Germany.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Florida boat builder absorbs $4 million in lost business and expects more pain. An Ohio pork producer is losing access to a vital export market and fears the damage will last years. A motorcycle shop near Cologne, Germany, wonders if it even has a future.
BERLIN (AP) — A call from the public was key to foiling an Islamic extremist's plan to use the toxin ricin to carry out a deadly attack in Germany, security officials said Wednesday.
The head of the country's domestic intelligence agency said a phone-in tip helped authorities confirm their suspicions about a 29-year-old Tunisian man in the city of Cologne. The suspect, named only as Sief Allah H. in line with German privacy laws, was arrested last week and remains in custody.
BERLIN (AP) — German authorities have thwarted a plot by a Tunisian man who created the deadly toxin ricin using castor bean seeds and planned to use the poison in an Islamic extremist attack in Germany, federal prosecutors said Thursday.
Sief Allah H., whose last name wasn't given in line with German privacy laws, was taken into custody Tuesday during a raid on his apartment in Cologne. The 29-year-old was formally arrested Wednesday after a judge reviewed the evidence.
German police test substance after man detained
BERLIN (AP) — German authorities are testing a substance found at the home of a 29-year-old Tunisian to determine whether it is ricin, amid fears the man may have been preparing to use the toxic substance for an attack, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Authorities raided the man's apartment in the Chorweiler neighborhood of the western city of Cologne late Tuesday and detained him on suspicion of preparing an act of violence, prosecutors said. He was not identified due to the ongoing investigation.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The journey from the tiny African nation of Togo to the Cologne Crocodiles of the German Football League to the Arizona Cardinals is a very long one.
Now, still learning English, Moubarak Djeri is trying to navigate the tough and often complicated world of the NFL and prove he belongs.
DUESSELDORF, Germany (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Tuesday that right-wing populist rhetoric can lead to violent attacks, as she and Turkey's foreign minister marked the 25th anniversary of a firebombing by extremists that killed five Turks and shocked the country at the time.
SKOWHEGAN, Maine (AP) — A judge on Friday declared a defendant's trial testimony "poppycock" before sentencing him to 55 years in prison for killing his wife and burying her body with a wedding band, flowers, potato chip bag, and a bottle of Gucci cologne called "Guilty."
The judge said he was "disgusted" by the conduct of Army veteran Luc Tieman, who was convicted last month of murder.
BERLIN (AP) — A man has been arrested after punching the new mayor of Germany's southwestern city of Freiburg as he was celebrating his election win.
The Sunday night attack was the latest on a politician in Germany after the stabbings of a mayoral candidate in Cologne and the mayor of the small western town of Altena in recent years.
COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes said he's "the boss, nobody else" after Robert Lewandowski's unhappy response to being substituted in the side's 3-1 win at Cologne in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
Lewandowski took his tally to a league-leading 29 goals, but the Poland striker refused to acknowledge Heynckes as he left the pitch and subsequently received a dressing down from the veteran coach, who pointed his finger as he spoke to him.
BERLIN (AP) — Postponed. Hamburger SV's and Wolfsburg's scrap for Bundesliga survival will be decided on the final day after both fell to heavy defeats in the penultimate round on Saturday.
Hamburg, the only ever-present in the league since its formation in 1963, lost at Eintracht Frankfurt 3-0 and would have been demoted for the first time had Wolfsburg not fallen in Leipzig 4-1.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A judge ordered that a robbery defendant be released from jail after nearly a year in a case that led to reform of California's bail system because the man could not afford $350,000 bail.
Cologne relegated, Hamburg stays alive in Bundesliga
BERLIN (AP) — Cologne was finally relegated from the Bundesliga on Saturday, and Hamburger SV boosted its chances of an unlikely escape with a 3-1 win at Wolfsburg.
Lucas Hoeler scored in injury time for Freiburg to beat Cologne 3-2 to leave the visitors eight points from safety with two games remaining.
COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — Germany defender Jonas Hector has shunned reported interest from Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund by extending his contract with Cologne - despite the club's almost certain relegation from the Bundesliga.
Cologne, eight points from safety with three games remaining, says its 27-year-old captain has signed a two-year extension to 2023 instead of using a release clause in his contract.
BERLIN (AP) — Schalke put one foot in the Champions League next season while leaving Cologne on the brink of Bundesliga relegation with a 2-2 draw in a thunderstorm on Sunday.
Host Cologne needed a win to keep alive any realistic hopes of survival but Breel Embolo scored for Schalke after just four minutes as the rain poured down and Yevhen Konoplyanka added a second as conditions worsened.
BERLIN (AP) — Borussia Moenchengladbach defeated relegation-troubled Wolfsburg 3-0 in the Bundesliga on Friday to give a glimmer of hope to Hamburger SV and Cologne in their fight against the drop.
Goals from Lars Stindl, Raffael and Christoph Kramer put 'Gladbach in command before the break, and Wolfsburg found no answer in the second half as it remained in relegation danger.
COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — Relegation-troubled Cologne has signed Markus Anfang as coach for next season, when the club will most likely be playing in Germany's second division.
Cologne, which is last in the Bundesliga with four rounds remaining, says the 43-year-old Anfang, a native of the city, will switch from Holstein Kiel along with assistant Tom Cichon for the 2018-19 season. Both signed three-year deals.