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) — Thousands of students skipped class Friday in Hamburg to call for action against global warming, part of a string of protests that have been taking place in cities across the world...
Germany probes apparent payment to deported 9/11 convict
BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors said Thursday that they are investigating how a Moroccan man convicted of helping the Hamburg-based Sept. 11, 2001, suicide pilots was apparently paid some 7,000...
German arena cancels concert after R. Kelly charges
BERLIN (AP) — A German concert arena canceled its contract Tuesday with the organizer of an R. Kelly tour, days after the R&B star was charged in the United States with sexually abusing four...
Germany charges 8 Albanians in 1.8-ton cocaine seizure
BERLIN (AP) — German authorities say eight Albanians have been charged with smuggling some 1.8 tons of cocaine into Germany in banana boxes in an elaborate scheme to run drugs from South America into Europe.
Prosecutors in the Bavarian city of Landshut said Wednesday the men, whose names weren't provided in line with privacy laws, face up to 15 years in prison if convicted of trafficking charges.
Bayern eyeing even brighter future by signing Fiete Arp
BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich is trying to ensure its future looks even brighter by capturing another rising star.
Bayern has completed the deal it agreed on last offseason by signing 19-year-old Fiete Arp, the Bild newspaper reports. It just remains to be seen whether Arp joins Bayern after this season or in 2020, when his contract with Hamburger SV expires.
Hamburg Airport staff strike forces flight cancellations
BERLIN (AP) — A strike by the ground staff at Germany's Hamburg Airport has caused the cancellation of more than 50 flights.
The ver.di labor union called ground staff out on a one-day strike starting at 3 a.m. Monday. The walkout was announced Sunday evening.
The airport said airlines had canceled 58 of the day's scheduled 388 departures and arrivals at the airport in northern Germany by Monday morning. It said further cancellations and delays couldn't be ruled out.
Union calls ground staff strike Monday at Hamburg Airport
BERLIN (AP) — A labor union in Germany has called on ground staff at Hamburg Airport to walk off the job on Monday over a pay dispute.
German news agency dpa reported that the ver.di union said the strike would begin at 3 a.m. (0200 GMT) and last all day. The international airport said delays and cancelations should be expected, but further details weren't immediately available Sunday night.
Strike by German airport security staff causes travel chaos
BERLIN (AP) — A strike by security staff at eight German airports on Tuesday is causing travel chaos for tens of thousands of travelers.
The ver.di union called on staff at airports including Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hannover and Bremen to walk off the job between 2 a.m. and 8 p.m. local time (0100 and 1900 GMT).
In Frankfurt alone where more than 1,000 security staff were participating in the strike, 570 flights were canceled and that across Germany up to 220,000 passengers may be affected.
Planned strike expands to Frankfurt, other German airports
BERLIN (AP) — A German labor union has expanded a planned strike by security staff at Frankfurt Airport on Tuesday to include several other airports, including Hamburg.
News agency dpa reported that the ver.di union on Sunday announced the one-day walkout at Hamburg, two days after calling the strike at Frankfurt, Germany's busiest hub.
Walkouts are also expected Tuesday at the smaller Hannover, Bremen, Leipzig-Halle, Dresden and Erfurt airports.
German customs destroys drugs valued at $592 million
BERLIN (AP) — German authorities say customs officials in the Hamburg area have destroyed nine tons of drugs with an estimated total street value of about 520 million euros ($592 million).
The Hamburg customs office said Thursday that the drugs were destroyed last week in an undercover operation with armed escorts that was undertaken after proceedings in various legal cases in northern Germany had been concluded. It didn't give any details of those cases.
Germany arrests suspected helper of Islamic State group
BERLIN (AP) — German authorities have arrested a woman suspected of supporting the Islamic State group by helping two members who allegedly planned an attack in Germany.
Federal prosecutors said the woman, a 40-year-old German identified only as Songul G., was arrested Tuesday in Hamburg.
The Latest: Merkel ally elected leader of chancellor’s party
HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — The Latest on the election of a successor to Angela Merkel as Christian Democratic Union party leader (all times local):
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, an ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, has been elected as the new leader of Merkel's center-right party.
German police seize over a ton of cocaine, arrest 8 people
BERLIN (AP) — Police in the German city of Hamburg say they have seized over a ton of cocaine and arrested eight suspects following an investigation that lasted several months.
Germany wants automakers to pay up as more diesel bans loom
BERLIN (AP) — The German government is putting pressure on the country's automakers to fix diesel cars with excessive emissions, in a bid to placate drivers angered by the prospect of diesel driving bans in major cities.
Hamburger SV fires coach after poor results in 2nd division
HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — Hamburger SV fired coach Christian Titz on Tuesday after some poor results in Germany's second division.
Hamburg said former Stuttgart coach Hannes Wolf would take over with immediate effect and would lead the team's training session on Wednesday.
Germany deports convicted 9/11 accomplice home to Morocco
BERLIN (AP) — A Moroccan man convicted of helping Mohamed Atta and the other Hamburg-based Sept. 11 suicide pilots as they plotted attacks on New York and Washington was deported Monday from Germany to his homeland.
German authorities confirmed that Mounir el Motassadeq was aboard a plane that had taken off from Frankfurt airport in the evening.
Germany: Widow kept husband’s body for 1½ years
BERLIN (AP) — Prosecutors in the northern city of Hamburg say a widow kept her husband's body hidden inside her home for 1½ years after he died because she couldn't bear to part with him.
German news agency dpa reported Monday that police found the man's body inside the couple's apartment last month after being alerted by a building administrator who had become suspicious because he hadn't seen the man for a long time.
More cruise options coming to the Great Lakes
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A view of the bay soon will feature more floating steel.
One passenger vessel, the MS Hamburg, already stops here twice a year, and is scheduled to anchor in Traverse City this fall on Sept. 30 and Oct. 15, from 2-7 p.m.
Another cruise ship, still under construction, in 2020 will begin stopping in Traverse City twice a year.
Germany still investigating Iranian cash request
BERLIN (AP) — Even though Iran has rescinded a request to repatriate 300 million euros ($347 million) it has in a Hamburg-based bank, German authorities say financial regulators are still examining the proposed transaction.
Finance Ministry spokesman Steffen Hebestreit said Wednesday financial regulator Bafin is still examining whether regulations on money laundering and terrorism financing were being followed.
Bafin confirmed the investigation but wouldn't comment further.
Man in Germany killed when AA-battery charger explodes
BERLIN (AP) — Police say a man in Germany has died after a battery-charging device exploded, firing an object into the man's chest.
A spokesman for Hamburg police said Thursday the incident happened a day earlier in an office building in the city's St. Pauli district.
Police spokesman Florian Abbenseth told The Associated Press that "due to the force of the explosion a 26-year-old received life-threatening injuries. He later died."
Hamburg sells off former houses for refugees
BERLIN (AP) — Authorities in Hamburg are selling off 50 little wooden houses used to house newcomers at the height of the influx of refugees and other migrants to Germany.
The boxy houses, 28 square meters (301 square feet) in size, were offered this week as potential guest houses, workshops, or sport or yoga venues. The minimum bid price was 1,000 euros ($1,130), but there were two catches: buyers need to have building permission to put the houses up and must collect them themselves.
BERLIN (AP) — The heatwave gripping large stretches of Europe has already been blamed for deadly forest fires and crop failures. Now freshwater fish could be its next victims.
Some regions in Germany sweltered as the mercury hit 39 degrees Celsius (102 Fahrenheit) and the German Meteorological Office said the country's record of 40.3 Celsius (104.5 Fahrenheit) could be topped Tuesday.
Rivers like the Rhine and the Elbe have soaked up so much heat that fish are beginning to suffocate.
HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — Richard McEvoy won his first European Tour title at the age of 39 after a dramatic finish to the European Open in Hamburg on Sunday.
The Englishman holed a 20-foot putt for birdie on the last hole to secure a one-shot victory ahead of Renato Paratore, Christofer Blomstrand and German amateur Allen John.
DeChambeau, McEvoy lead European Open by 1
HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — Bryson DeChambeau shared a one-shot lead with Richard McEvoy heading to the final round of the European Open on Saturday.
Both golfers seek their first European Tour title.
DeChambeau started the third round ahead by a shot.
But McEvoy carded a 3-under 69 for the Englishman to lead the tournament at 12 under. DeChambeau had to birdie the last hole to tie him with a 70 at Green Eagle Golf Courses.
HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — Leonardo Mayer of Argentina reached the German Championships final for the third time in five years after saving a match point on Saturday.
Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia will face Mayer in his first ATP final after winning a semifinal lasting nearly four hours.
Mayer beat Slovak qualifier Jozek Kovalik 6-7 (6), 6-4, 7-6 (7) in their nearly three-hour semi.
Mayer had the only break of serve in the match early in the second set.
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BERLIN (AP) — A man armed with a kitchen knife attacked passengers Friday on a crowded city bus in northern Germany before being overpowered and arrested, authorities said. Ten people were injured, three of them seriously.
Authorities had no immediate information on the assailant's motive for the afternoon attack on a city bus in Luebeck, near the Baltic coast northeast of Hamburg, but said they had no indication that he was politically radicalized or had any terrorist background.
Afghan man shot dead in German city of Hamburg
BERLIN (AP) — German police say a 26-year-old Afghan man has been shot dead outside a fitness club in the northern city of Hamburg.
A spokesman for Hamburg police said the shooting happened Friday afternoon and a suspect has been arrested.
Police spokesman Ulf Wundrack said a 23-year-old German-Afghan man was detained after trying to flee the scene by car.
HANNOVER, Germany (AP) — United States striker Bobby Wood switched to Bundesliga side Hannover from relegated Hamburger SV on Monday.
The 25-year-old Wood joined on loan for one year, with the option to then make the switch permanent, Hannover said in a statement.
The Hawaii-born forward is the club's third loan signing of the summer, after Kevin Wimmer (from Tottenham) and Takuma Asano (Arsenal).
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Finance Ministry says authorities are examining a request from Iran to repatriate hundreds of millions of euros in cash held in a Hamburg-based bank.
Bild newspaper reported Monday that the Iranian regime wants to bring home 300 million euros ($353 million) it has in the European-Iranian Trade Bank to have on hand when American financial sector sanctions come into effect.
BERLIN (AP) — Flights to and from Hamburg airport have resumed after a power outage forced its closure for much of Sunday.
News agency dpa reported that a plane from Turkey landed at 6.30 a.m. Monday, restarting operations. But airport officials said there would still be some disruption, with 10 arrivals and 23 departures canceled out of the 214 of each that were scheduled.
BERLIN (AP) — The international airport in Hamburg, Germany has suspended all flights because of a power outage, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded.
The dpa news agency quoted Hamburg Airport spokeswoman Stefanie Harder saying everyone was asked to leave the airport terminal Sunday as technicians tried to fix the problem.
Harder says she doesn't know why such a large area of the airport was affected by the power outage, thought to be the result of an electrical short.
BERLIN (AP) — Drivers of older diesel-powered trucks are now prohibited from using two road sections in Hamburg, the first German city to implement such a ban.
A German court ruled earlier this year that authorities could ban particularly dirty diesel vehicles as part of measures to limit nitrogen oxide emissions and protect public health.
BERLIN (AP) — Hamburg police say authorities in Italy, Spain, France and Switzerland are conducting raids as part of an investigation into the riots that accompanied last year's Group of 20 summit in the German city.
Police gave few details of the raids that started early Tuesday. They said that, in France, authorities are looking for a male suspect in the riots for whom a European arrest warrant has been issued.
BERLIN (AP) — Some diesel cars will be banned in Hamburg to combat air pollution, officials of the northern German city said Wednesday.
Parts of two streets in the city will be banned for older models of diesel cars and trucks starting Thursday next week, the German news agency dpa reported.
BERLIN (AP) — This time, there was no miraculous escape.
Hamburger SV was finally relegated from the Bundesliga amid chaotic scenes on Saturday.
The only ever-present since the league was founded in 1963, "der Dino" went down fighting after 54 seasons by beating Borussia Moenchengladbach 2-1.
BERLIN (AP) — Hundreds of police have raided premises in four German states as part of a probe into a suspected people smuggling ring.
Federal police say the gang is suspected of helping mostly Moldovans enter Germany and work there illegally, using fake Romanian identity documents.
In a statement Tuesday, police said 800 officers searched 21 offices and homes in Hamburg and Bremen, Lower Saxony and Saxony Anhalt states.
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.
BERLIN (AP) — Hamburger SV has two games to stave off its first relegation from the Bundesliga.
Demotion seemed almost certain two weeks ago, but the team has bounced back with wins over relegation rivals Freiburg and Wolfsburg to cut the gap on a relegation playoff place to only two points.
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.
BERLIN (AP) — Hamburg police say they believe they've found the body of a 29-year-old Scotsman who went missing in February after celebrating his brother's bachelor party with a group of friends.
Police said they were called to Hamburg port on Monday morning after a witness informed them about a corpse in the HafenCity area of the Elbe river. It was recovered a short time later.
BERLIN (AP) — Jadon Sancho scored his first Borussia Dortmund goal and set up two others in a 4-0 victory over top-four rival Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday that pushed his team closer toward sealing Champions League qualification.
It was the first goal in professional football for the 18-year-old English forward, who couldn't break into the Manchester City first team before leaving last year.
Sancho's starring role came on his fourth start for Dortmund and his first since January.
Woman, child dead in stabbing at German subway station
BERLIN (AP) — A woman and her 1-year-old daughter died after being stabbed at a busy subway station in central Hamburg on Thursday, German police said.
The suspected assailant, the woman's ex-husband, was arrested.
The knife attack happened Thursday morning at the Jungfernstieg station in Germany's second-biggest city. Parts of the train lines were temporarily shut down as police responded.
Terror charges against German-Algerian man over IS links
BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors say they've charged a German-Algerian dual national with supporting a terrorist organization over allegations that he aided Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.
The federal prosecutor's office said Thursday that 32-year-old Samir K. was arrested Wednesday in Baden-Wuerttemberg after a series of searches in the southwestern state, as well as in Brandenburg, Hamburg and Lower Saxony.
Hertha ends Bayern’s winning run, Bremen beats Hamburg
BERLIN (AP) — Hertha Berlin ended Bayern Munich's 14-game winning run across all competitions in a 0-0 draw in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
Bayern dominated in Munich but Hertha held on without conceding for a third consecutive away match, a club record.
"Everyone did their job. When you leave here with a point, then it's outstanding," said Hertha forward Davie Selke, whose side remained in mid-table.
Scot missing after celebrating bachelor party in Hamburg
BERLIN (AP) — German police say a 29-year-old Scotsman is missing in Hamburg after celebrating his brother's bachelor party with a group of friends.
Police spokesman Rene Schoenhardt said Monday the man disappeared while he was out in the city's Reeperbahn district that's home to many bars and nightclubs. He confirmed the missing man's name as Liam Colgan, in line with a missing person's report posted on Facebook.
Hamburg’s relegation worries remain after Hannover draw
BERLIN (AP) — Hamburger SV failed to ease its relegation worries after being held to a 1-1 draw by Hannover in the Bundesliga on Sunday.
Filip Kostic prevented an even worse outcome for hosts Hamburg when he scored late to salvage the draw, but Hamburg remains in the drop zone with 13 games left after its eighth match without a win.
Hamburg, the only side to have played every Bundesliga season since the league started in 1963, is three points behind Mainz in the relegation play-off place.
Hamburg hires Hollerbach as coach in bid for survival
HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — Hamburger SV appointed former player Bernd Hollerbach as the coach on Monday in a bid to save the side from Bundesliga relegation.
Hollerbach signed a deal to take charge through June 2019, taking over from the sacked Markus Gisdol.
The club is placing its faith in an old friend in Hollerbach, who scored 23 goals in 197 Bundesliga appearances for Hamburg from 1996 to 2004, before he turned to coaching.