Oct 14, 2014

Polish doctors test man for Ebola

A man has been hospitalised in Poland pending blood tests on whether he has the Ebola virus, but he had not travelled to Africa and the tests were being conducted as a precaution only, a health official said. The 31-year-old man called for an ...

One month in, Ukraine truce exists in name only

Oct 6, 2014

One month in, Ukraine truce exists in name only

Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels marked a month since the signing of a Kremlin-backed truce on Sunday by engaging in one of the most heated battles of their six-month war over the ex-Soviet state’s eastern rustbelt. The artillery blasts that rocked the front line ...

Oct 2, 2014

Nazi hunters seek German probe of WWII death squad suspects

The Simon Wiesenthal Center has sent the German government a list of 80 people it believes murdered Jews while serving in Nazi death squads in World War II and who may be still alive, the head of the Israel office of the organization said. ...

Oct 2, 2014

Google removes news snippets in Germany legal fight

Internet giant Google said Wednesday it would remove news snippets and thumbnails of articles from several German news sites from its search results amid a legal battle with publishers. From Oct. 9 Google, which controls over 90 percent of the German search market, will ...

Sep 25, 2014

German ethics panel advises legalizing incest between adults

Sex between consenting adult siblings should not be punished under German law, an ethics panel advising the government recommended Wednesday. The majority of the 25-member panel, which examines delicate ethical questions facing policymakers, said criminal law is the wrong instrument “to maintain a social ...

Oktoberfest opens to toast millions

Sep 21, 2014

Oktoberfest opens to toast millions

Germany’s world-famous Oktoberfest kicked off Saturday with the traditional tapping of the first barrel of beer. Millions of revelers will soak up the frothy atmosphere in the 16-day annual extravaganza. With the cry of “O’zapft is” (“The keg is tapped”), the amber fluid began ...

CIA halts spying in Europe stand-down

Sep 20, 2014

CIA halts spying in Europe stand-down

The CIA has curbed spying on friendly governments in Western Europe in response to the furor over a German caught selling secrets to the United States and the Edward Snowden revelations of classified information held by the National Security Agency, according to current and ...

Sep 18, 2014

Germany to toughen penalties against child porn

Germany is seeking to widen its definition of child pornography and jail people for up to three years for owning or trading photographs of naked children that are considered pornographic, according to a new draft law. “The new rules will improve the protection of ...

Sep 15, 2014

Anti-euro party polls well in German state votes

A new party that has expanded its anti-euro platform into a broader appeal to protest voters won seats in two more German state legislatures Sunday. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the votes in Thuringia and Brandenburg, two eastern states, would make possible Germany’s first ...

Sep 14, 2014

NSA, British spy agency have secret access to Deutsche Telekom: report

The U.S. National Security Agency and British intelligence services are able to secretly access data from telecommunications giant Deutsche Telekom and several other German operators, according to Der Spiegel weekly. An NSA program called “Treasure Map” gives the U.S. agency and Britain’s electronic eavesdropping ...

Sep 9, 2014

Salafist 'Shariah Police' patrols spark fury in Germany

German politicians and media Monday called for a crackdown on radical Islamist propaganda after ultraconservative Salafists took to the streets calling themselves the “Shariah Police.” Chancellor Angela Merkel hinted that laws could be tightened after a small group of men wearing orange vests with ...