western Germany

BERLIN | German police, city officials probed over Italian mob ties

BERLIN  — 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. The dpa news agency reported that prosecutors in Duisburg said Thursday the five include two police officers and an employee of Wesseling, a town outside … Continue reading BERLIN | German police, city officials probed over Italian mob ties

BERLIN | Protesters in Germany block tracks to disputed coal mine

BERLIN — Protesters on Saturday blocked a railway line leading to a large strip coal mine in western Germany that has become a cause celebre for environmentalists amid plans to clear part of a neighboring forest to expand the facility. Another group of about 40 people occupied an excavator at the Hambach mine near Cologne, … Continue reading BERLIN | Protesters in Germany block tracks to disputed coal mine

BERLIN | German police say hostage suspect lit explosive, had record

BERLIN  — 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 … Continue reading BERLIN | German police say hostage suspect lit explosive, had record

BERLIN | Thousands protest felling German forest to expand coal mine

BERLIN — Thousands of environmentalists are protesting the expansion of a coal mine in western Germany a day after a court blocked the felling of an endangered forest near the site. The mood Saturday at Hambacher Forest near Cologne was celebratory as thousands expressed relief over the court’s temporary halt to the clearing of Hambach … Continue reading BERLIN | Thousands protest felling German forest to expand coal mine

BERLIN | German couple convicted of murder for abusing, killing women

BERLIN  — A man and his ex-wife were convicted Friday of murder through neglect for luring women to their home in western Germany and abusing two so badly that they died. In a case that has drawn national attention, Angelika W., 49, received 13 years in prison from the Paderborn state court and her ex-husband … Continue reading BERLIN | German couple convicted of murder for abusing, killing women

BERLIN | Final section of new bridge laid over Germany’s Mosel River

BERLIN  — Workers have laid the final section of a massive new bridge across the Mosel River in western Germany that has drawn criticism from conservationists. German Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer on Friday described the 1.7-kilometer (1 mile) bridge over the Mosel valley as a “masterpiece of German engineering.” The 175 million euro ($203 million) … Continue reading BERLIN | Final section of new bridge laid over Germany’s Mosel River

BERLIN | Assailant grabs boy, jumps in front of train in Germany

BERLIN | April 13, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  — Police say a man snatched a 5-year-old boy from his family and jumped in front of an approaching train with him at a station in western Germany. The child escaped with light injuries and the assailant was unhurt. Authorities said the 23-year-old suspect, who arrived from India as … Continue reading BERLIN | Assailant grabs boy, jumps in front of train in Germany

Skylarks spared Ed Sheeran concert, trees not so lucky

BERLIN /March 6, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — 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 … Continue reading Skylarks spared Ed Sheeran concert, trees not so lucky