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More than 20 firefighters rescue U.S. student trapped inside giant vagina sculpture in Germany

In the space of 24 hours last week, southern Germany witnessed two spectacular rescue operations. Both involved men who had become trapped deep inside cave-like structures, and a large rescue team working together to set them free. But if explorer Johann Westhauser is expected to soon tell the world how…

Germany accuses 89-year-old Pennsylvania man being Nazi death camp guard

By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Germany is seeking extradition of an 89-year-old Pennsylvania man in connection with the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Jewish men, women and children at the Auschwitz and Buchenwald Nazi concentration camps, a U.S. judge said on Wednesday. Breyer was arrested by U.S. authorities…

The military power, economics and strategy that led to D-Day

On June 6 1944, more than 150,000 Allied troops landed in Normandy. Their number rose to 1.5m over the next six weeks. With them came millions of tons of equipment, ranging from munitions, vehicles, food, and fuel to prefabricated floating harbours. The achievement of the Normandy landings was, first of…

Germany’s representative to EU Parliament is son of Nazi, once called Hitler ‘a great man’

Germany’s first far-right NPD deputy in European Parliament (via AFP) Udo Voigt, the first member of Germany’s far-right anti-immigrant party to enter the European Parliament, has faced legal action in the past with comments such as Hitler was “a great man”. The son of a Nazi SA assault division member,…

Auschwitz commandant’s grandson leads fight against Europe’s neo-Nazis

Rainer Hoess was 12 years old when he learned he was the grandson of a man who oversaw the murder of a million people as commandant of the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz. Growing up in post-war Germany, Hoess failed to understand why his school gardener — a Holocaust survivor…

United Auto Workers union close to big win thanks to Germany’s VW

American labor leaders are closing in on a decades-long goal of organizing a factory run by a foreign automaker, thanks to a bridgehead opened up at Germany's Volkswagen. While a vote has not yet been scheduled, the United Auto Workers says that a majority……

European stocks drop as eurozone returns to radar

European stock markets fell on Friday as emerging markets turmoil offsets solid economic growth and upbeat company earnings in the United States. And after a few days out of the spotlight, investor focus has returned to the eurozone as official data showed unemployment across the bloc stayed close to a…

Germany, France, Spain carry out mass online and phone surveillance in collaboration with Britain: Snowden files

Spy agencies in Germany, France, Spain and Sweden are carrying out mass surveillance of online and phone traffic in collaboration with Britain, according to documents leaked by Edward Snowden, the Guardian newspaper reported Saturday. Britain’s GCHQ electronic eavesdropping centre — which has a close relationship with the United States’ National…

Low wages –the flip-side to booming German economy

Chancellor Angela Merkel often boasts during the campaign for September 22 elections that Germany has one of Europe’s lowest jobless rates — at around 6.8 percent. But it comes at a price. As many as three million people in Europe’s top economy earn less than six euros ($7.90) per hour,…

Hacker steals data of 2 million Vodafone customers

Mobile phone operator Vodafone Germany said Thursday a hacker had stolen the personal data of two million customers, and that a suspect had been identified. “This attack could only be carried out with high criminal intent and insider knowledge and was launched deep inside the IT infrastructure of the company,”…

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