German car attack suspect ordered kept in detention
BERLIN (AP) — A German man who repeatedly drove into crowds and injured eight people in apparent intentional attacks against foreigners has been ordered kept in detention pending possible charges, police said Wednesday.
The attacks began shortly after midnight on Jan.1, first in Bottrop in western Germany and later in the nearby city of Essen. The 50-year-old suspect, who comes from Essen, is believed to have no previous police record.
German man drives into crowds, injures 5
BERLIN (AP) — A German man has been arrested after repeatedly driving into crowds of people, injuring at least five, in what authorities said Tuesday appeared to have been intentional attacks against foreigners.
Four people were injured in the western city of Bottrop and one person was injured in nearby Essen, while pedestrians managed to jump out of his path in two other attempted attacks in those cities, police said.
Germany: 5 young men convicted over rape of several girls
BERLIN (AP) — Five young German men have been convicted over the rape of several schoolgirls in the Ruhr industrial region and given prison sentences.
News agency dpa reported that the state court in the western city of Essen handed the suspects, aged from 17 to 24, sentences ranging from three years and nine months to six years and three months.
BERLIN (AP) — A court in western Germany has sentenced a pharmacist to 12 years in prison for diluting cancer drugs on a massive scale in order to finance his luxury lifestyle.
In its ruling Friday, the Essen regional court said defendant Peter S. had manipulated at least 14,000 drugs, the quality of which was "not insignificantly" diminished. The offenses took place in nearby Bottrop between 2012 and 2016.
BERLIN (AP) — German police say they have arrested a man in connection with an attack on a young woman in the western city of Essen that was caught on video last week.
Footage from a surveillance camera shows a man smashing a bottle over the 17-year-old victim's head and then grabbing her from behind. In the video released by police, the woman is seen fending off the man and a second attacker before the assailants run away.
BERLIN (AP) — A food bank in western Germany has reversed a three-month old decision to prevent more foreigners from accessing its services, a move that drew criticism from aid groups and politicians.
The Essen food bank started excluding non-German citizens as new users in January, saying it was a temporary measure. It said the number of users who were migrants had reached about three-quarters of those it helped, and that some elderly people and women had been scared away by them.
BERLIN (AP) — Organizers say a concert by British singer Ed Sheeran at an airport in western Germany has been moved following concern about the impact on the local skylark population.
Jonas Rohde, a spokesman for production company FKP Scorpio, said Tuesday it respected concerns voiced for the birds' welfare and had decided to move the event from Essen airport to nearby Duesseldorf.
The July 22 concert is expected to draw more than 80,000 fans to the Duesseldorf trade fairground.
Food bank gives access cards to Germans only, despite uproar
BERLIN (AP) — A food bank in western Germany has pushed ahead with plans to prevent more foreigners from accessing its services, despite widespread criticism from aid groups and politicians and an intervention from Chancellor Angela Merkel.
German news agency dpa said Wednesday that the food bank in the western city of Essen gave out several dozen new access cards to German citizens on Wednesday, while turning down foreigners — the cards are given out every Wednesday and are valid for one year.
German police look for man allegedly involved in gang rape
BERLIN (AP) — German police have asked the public in an unusual move to help find a young man who was allegedly involved in the gang rape of at least two female high school students in the western town of Essen.
Police spokesman Lars Lindemann has described the crimes as "especially abhorrent and brutal."
Police said Wednesday that a group of five men aged 16-23 on two occasions lured the girls into their cars, took away their phones and then drove them to remote areas where they were raped.
Facebook opens 2nd office combating hate speech in Germany
ESSEN, Germany (AP) — Facebook is adding 500 more contractors in Germany to review content posted to the social media site, after a new law came into force targeting online hate speech.
The company says the staff will work for a service provider called CCC at a new office in the western city of Essen that was formally opened Thursday.
Germany: pharmacist tried over watered-down cancer drugs
BERLIN (AP) — A pharmacist accused of preparing thousands of doses of cancer drugs with too few active ingredients in order to benefit financially has gone on trial in Germany.
News agency dpa reported that the 47-year-old's trial opened Monday at the state court in Essen. Identified only as Peter S. due to German privacy rules, he is charged with violating Germany's medicinal products law in 61,980 cases, 27 counts of attempted bodily harm, and fraud.
3 bank customers in Germany fined for ignoring collapsed man
BERLIN (AP) — A German court has fined three bank customers for failing to help an elderly man who collapsed in a bank branch and later died.
The Essen district court handed the defendants, a woman and two men, fines ranging from 2,400 to 3,600 euros ($2,865 to $4,300).
Police said surveillance camera footage showed four people walking past or over him as he lay on the floor. The fourth person faces separate proceedings.
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BERLIN (AP) — A German court convicted three 17-year-olds on Tuesday of participating last year in a bomb attack on a Sikh temple that was motivated by hatred of other religions. They were given prison sentences ranging between six and seven years.
The boys had been radicalized for some time before the April 16 attack in the western city of Essen and had been in contact with ultraconservative Muslims known as Salafists, the Essen state court said.
German police release second man held over mall threat
BERLIN (AP) — German police say they have released a second man detained in connection with a possible planned attack against a mall in the western city of Essen.
Police say the man was released Sunday, a day after another man was freed after questioning.
Essen police said in a statement Monday that neither man "could be linked to plans" for an attack.
BERLIN (AP) — A threatened attack against a mall in the western city of Essen is linked to the Islamic State extremist group, Germany's interior minister said Sunday.
Thomas de Maiziere told public broadcaster ARD that Germany's domestic intelligence service, the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, had received "tips of an attack and passed them on" to local security authorities in Essen.
BERLIN (AP) — Police ordered a shopping mall in the western German city of Essen not to open Saturday after receiving credible tips of an imminent attack.
The shopping center and the adjacent parking lot stayed closed as about 100 police officers — many armed with machine pistols and bullet-proof vests — positioned themselves around the compound to prevent anyone from entering the mall. Several officers scoured the interior to bring out early morning cleaning staff.
It may already sound like my town of Elgin would be in for a great deal of torture, but I promise it will be just the opposite.
Germany: 3 teens go on trial over bombing a Sikh temple
BERLIN (AP) — Three teenagers have gone on trial in Germany over an explosion at a Sikh temple in the western city of Essen.
Prosecutors say the defendants, who are German-born Muslims, met on social media where they became radicalized and hatched a plan to kill people they considered to be "infidels."
German conservatives back Merkel amid tough talk on migrants
BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel won a new term Tuesday as the leader of Germany's main conservative party after stressing her determination to prevent a repeat of last year's huge migrant influx and advocating a partial ban on face-covering veils.
German woman attacks police with box cutter, IS flags found
BERLIN (AP) — German police say a Muslim convert attacked officers with a box cutter while shouting "Allahu akbar" after they were called to her apartment in the western city of Essen.
Police spokesman Marco Ueberbach said Tuesday the officers found flags with symbols of the Islamic State group after they overpowered the 53-year-old woman. The officers were called to her apartment Monday because she was throwing furniture from a window.
On the outside, Horst Cahn carried the mark of hatred for most of his life — a tattoo etched on his left arm at the Auschwitz concentration camp. Below the surface, however, the Holocaust survivor carried an unfathomable forgiveness.
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