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Creepy clown scare spreads to Germany

Berlin - Police said Friday five incidents involving so-called scary clowns had occurred in two north German towns, including one assailant who hit a man with a baseball bat, amid fears that Halloween could spark a rash of similar attacks.

The migrant trail in a wheelchair: a Syrian teen's story of hope

Frankfurt - She tackled the gruelling 2,000-kilometre (1,200-mile) migrant trail in a wheelchair, translating along the way for other refugees using English she learned from a US soap opera. Syrian teen Nujeen Mustafa is not one to shy away from a challenge.

Teen girl stands trial for 'IS' police stabbing in Germany

Celle - A teenage girl went on trial in Germany on Thursday for stabbing a police officer, an assault allegedly "ordered" by the Islamic State organisation but which was not claimed by the jihadist group.

German cop dies of gun wound from far-right supporter

Berlin - A German police officer died on Thursday of gunshot injuries sustained in a raid against a member of the shadowy far-right group "Citizens of the Reich", authorities said.

Putin ready to extend Aleppo truce as France, Germany up pressure

Berlin - Russia's President Vladimir Putin said Thursday he was ready to prolong a unilateral ceasefire in Aleppo, after tough talks in Berlin where the leaders of Germany and France refused to rule out sanctions against Moscow.

Hollande, Merkel slam Russia on Aleppo, leave sanctions open

Berlin - The leaders of France and Germany lashed out at President Vladimir Putin over Moscow's bombardment of Syria's Aleppo and refused to rule out imposing sanctions on Russia.

German chemical plant explosion toll rises to three

Frankfurt - Divers on Wednesday found the body of a man at a BASF chemical plant in western Germany where an explosion occurred on Monday, police said, bringing the death toll to three.

Frankfurt book fair opens with plea to free Turkish novelist

Frankfurt - The Frankfurt book fair opened Tuesday with a plea for Turkey to release acclaimed author and rights activist Asli Erdogan, jailed along with other journalists in a post-coup crackdown.

Fears rise in Europe of jihadist influx if Iraq retakes Mosul

Berlin - Europe faces a new influx of Islamic State jihadists if Iraqi forces retake the group's stronghold Mosul, officials and analysts warned Tuesday, adding to fears on a continent battered by a string of Islamist attacks.

One still missing after deadly fire at Germany BASF plant

Frankfurt - Firefighters on Monday evening extinguished a blaze at a BASF chemical plant in western Germany where two colleagues were killed in a major blast, a company spokesman said on Tuesday.

Terrorism TV show puts verdict in European viewers' hands

Berlin - A military pilot shoots down a hijacked plane with 164 people on board to save the lives of thousands in a packed stadium that was the target of a terrorist plot.Is he a hero, or guilty of murder?

Merkel to host Putin for Berlin summit on Ukraine

Berlin - Russian President Vladimir Putin heads to Berlin on Wednesday for a summit on Ukraine amid escalating tensions between Moscow and the West over Russia's role in Ukraine as well as Syria.

One killed, six missing in blast at German chemical plant: BASF

Ludwigshafen - One person was killed in a blast at a BASF chemical plant in western Germany Monday, the company said, adding that six others were missing and six more were injured.

Scientists map the ‘dark matter’ of DNA

Saarland - Understanding DNA variations can inform about health risks and it can also provide the basis for personalized medicine. There are still some knowledge gaps — which some call the ‘dark matter' of DNA.

Thousands mark two years of German anti-migrant Pegida

Berlin - Thousands of protesters massed in the eastern German city of Dresden on Sunday to mark the second anniversary of the anti-migrant and Islamophobic movement Pegida.

Merkel turns to Africa to curb mass migrant flow

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday wrapped up a week of Africa diplomacy aimed at slowing the flow of migrants to Europe from a continent battered by conflict and poverty.

Baby offered for sale on eBay prompts German probe

Berlin - German police said Thursday they were investigating a refugee couple after their one-month-old baby was put up for sale on the online auction platform eBay for 5,000 euros ($5,500).

German authorities under fire over bomb plot suspect suicide

Dresden - A Syrian bomb plot suspect found hanged in his cell had not been deemed an "acute" suicide risk, German officials said Thursday as outrage grew over the judicial "fiasco".

Nazi jargon revival causes alarm in Germany

Berlin - Long-banished German words and phrases linked to the country's Nazi past have been revived by far-right politicians railing against the migrant influx, sparking comparisons to the 1930s.

Syrian suspect in Germany bomb plot found dead in cell

Berlin - A Syrian man arrested on suspicion of plotting a jihadist bomb attack on a Berlin airport was found dead in his cell Wednesday after an apparent suicide, sparking outrage over a "judicial scandal".
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