Germany to compensate gay men investigated after WWII
BERLIN (AP) — German authorities on Wednesday extended compensation payments to more gay men who were investigated under a law criminalizing homosexuality that was enthusiastically enforced in...
Jermaine Jones retires, 11 months after his last match
Midfielder Jermaine Jones announced his retirement, 11 months after his last match for Major League Soccer's LA Galaxy.
The 36-year-old midfielder, born in West Germany to an American father and West German mother, had four goals in 69 appearances for the United States from 2010-17, highlighted by a tying goal against Portugal in the group stage of the 2014 World Cup.
Other suspected Nazi war criminals removed from the US
NEW YORK (AP) — Since the 1970s, the U.S. government has initiated legal proceedings to expel just 137 of the estimated 10,000 suspected Nazi war criminals who immigrated to the U.S. after World War II.
At least 67 have been deported, extradited or left voluntarily, and 28 died while their cases were pending. Jakiw Palij, a 95-year-old former labor camp guard, was the last living in the U.S. with an active deportation order. He was deported to Germany Tuesday.
In 1990, months after the Berlin Wall came crashing down, West Germany won its third World Cup and Franz Beckenbauer became the first person to win as captain and coach.
Beckenbauer, who many credit with revolutionizing the role of the defender into a more offensive and elegant position, had been part of the World Cup fabric as far back as 1966 when, at the tender age of 20, he played a pivotal role in West Germany's advancement to the World Cup final.
FIFA had been warned in 1978 that final group games should be played at the same time to ensure fairness.
Four years later in Spain, one of the most controversial World Cup matches took place when West Germany played Austria in the "Disgrace of Gijon." Similar to earlier circumstances when Argentina routed Peru 6-0 to make it to the World Cup final, both teams took the field of play knowing the stakes.
So close yet so far.
That pretty much explains the World Cup experience for the Netherlands, a three-time losing finalist.
The first time they made it to the final was in 1974 in West Germany, the team's first involvement in the World Cup since World War II.
Hans Schaefer, who won ’54 World Cup with West Germany, dies
BERLIN (AP) — Hans Schaefer, who won the 1954 World Cup with West Germany, has died. He was 90.
Schaefer's former team, Cologne, said the winger died Tuesday, calling his death an "indescribable loss" for the club and the city.
Schaefer joined Cologne in 1948, shortly after the club was founded, and quickly made a name for himself as an effective left winger.
German plane hijacked to Somalia in 1977 brought back home
BERLIN (AP) — A Lufthansa passenger jet that was hijacked to Somalia 40 years ago at the height of a far-left militant group's campaign against West German authorities has returned home.
The dpa news agency reported that the Boeing 737 arrived Saturday in the German city of Friedrichshafen, where it will be reassembled and displayed at the Dornier Museum.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Ancient caves in west Germany with art dating back to the Ice Age and disused silver ore mines in southern Poland were among the sites that a United Nations cultural agency has added to its list of heritage treasures during its current session.
BERLIN (AP) — German lawmakers on Thursday approved a plan to annul the convictions of thousands of gay men under a law criminalizing homosexuality that was enforced enthusiastically in post-World War II West Germany.
Parliament's lower house voted unanimously for the bill to cancel convictions under Paragraph 175. Justice Minister Heiko Maas described the annulment as "a late act of justice."
BERLIN (AP) — Helmut Kohl, the physically imposing German chancellor whose reunification of a nation divided by the Cold War put Germany at the heart of a united Europe, died Friday at his home in Ludwigshafen. He was 87.
"A life has ended and the person who lived it will go down in history" said German Chancellor Angela Merkel, speaking from Rome. "It will take some time, however, until we can truly judge what we have lost in him. Helmut Kohl was a great German and a great European."
BERLIN (AP) — Helmut Kohl, one of the towering figures of European politics whose greatest achievement is considered the skillful reunification of a divided Germany, has died at 87.
Kohl, who was chancellor first of West Germany and then of a united Germany from 1982 to 1998, combined a dogged pursuit of the European idea of unity with a keen instinct for history.
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Cabinet on Wednesday approved a bill that would annul the convictions of thousands of gay men under a law criminalizing homosexuality that was applied zealously in post-World War II West Germany.
The decision also clears the way for compensation for those still alive who were convicted under the so-called Paragraph 175 outlawing sexual relations between men.
Former West German president Walter Scheel dies at 97
BERLIN (AP) — Walter Scheel, who helped shape West Germany's policy of reconciliation with the communist bloc as foreign minister and later served as his country's president, has died. He was 97.
President Joachim Gauck, whose office said Scheel died Wednesday after a long illness, called him "a politician who helped shape the destiny of our country for many years."