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Berlin probes cases of US embassy staff experiencing Havana Syndrome

Authorities in Berlin are investigating after staff at the US embassy reported experiencing symptoms of the so-called Havana syndrome. The probe into an “alleged sonic weapon attack on employees of the US Embassy” began in August, police said. More than 200 US officials have reported suffering from the illness since 2016. Those affected say they […]

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100-year-old Nazi concentration camp guard goes on trial 76-years after end of World War 2

Seven decades after the world war two ended, a former concentration camp guard has gone on trial for assisting in the murder of 3,518 prisoners at Sachsenhausen near Berlin. Josef S is accused of complicity in the shooting of Soviet prisoners of war and the murder of others with Zyklon B gas. Time is running […]

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Germany arrests British man working at embassy in Berlin on suspicion of spying for Russia

Germany arrested a British man on the suspicion of spying for Russia. German federal prosecutors said the man, named as David S, worked at the British embassy in Berlin. He allegedly passed documents to Russian intelligence “at least once” in exchange for an “unknown amount” of money. He was arrested in Potsdam outside Berlin on […]

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Alexei Navalny detained in Moscow after flying home 5 months after nearly being killed

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was detained after flying back to Moscow from Germany, five months after he was nearly killed by a nerve agent attack. The police at passport control at Sheremetyevo airport whisked away the 44-year-old. Thousands had gathered at a different Moscow airport to greet his flight from Berlin, but the plane was diverted. […]

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Berlin Shooting: Four injured, manhunt underway to nab assailants

Four people have been injured after a shooting incident in Berlin early Saturday, police said, adding that a manhunt was under way for the unidentified assailants who fled the scene. German media reported heavily armed police officers were deployed to the scene in the Kreuzberg district. The four injured were aged between 30 and 42. […]

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Russian security agent ‘admits’ to putting poison in Alexei Navalny’s underwear

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has claimed that the Kremlin sought to kill him by placing poison in his underwear. Navalny presented audio recordings with a man named Konstantin Kudryavtsev, who he said was a chemical weapons expert with the Federal Security Service, the principal security agency of Russia. “I called my killer. He confessed […]

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70 artefacts at Berlin’s Museum Island attacked with oily liquid

At least 70 artefacts from post-war German history were sprayed with an oily liquid on Berlin’s Museum Island, a UNESCO world heritage site that is home to five famous museums. Berlin’s state criminal police agency released details of the attack late on Tuesday, 17 days after at least one unknown attacker targeted Ancient Egyptian sarcophagi, […]

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Russian President Vladimir Putin’s critic Alexei Navalny discharged from Berlin hospital

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s critic Alexei Navalny was discharged from a Berlin hospital where he was being treated for Novichok nerve agent poisoning. The Charité Hospital said it was ending acute medical care because his condition had sufficiently improved. A statement from the hospital said that 44-year-old Mr Navalny had spent 32 days there, including […]

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Russian opposition leader poisoning: Navalny’s staff finds nerve agent on hotel room water bottle

The nerve agent used to poison Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was detected on an empty water bottle from his hotel room in the Siberian city of Tomsk. Earlier, it was suggested that Mr Navalny was poisoned  at the airport. Mr Navalny fell violently ill on a flight in Russia last month and was airlifted […]

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Russia opposition leader Alexei Navalny poisoned with Novichok, Germany finds

Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny was poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent, Germany claims. After the government in Berlin released results of toxicology tests carried out at a military laboratory, Chancellor Merkel said there were now “serious questions that only the Russian government can and must answer”. “Someone tried to silence [Mr Navalny] and in […]

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Doctors treating Putin’s critic find no poison in Alexei Navalny’s body; Deny moving him to Germany

Russian doctors treating opposition leader Alexei Navalny remains too ill to be moved to Germany for treatment. Mr Navalny has been in a coma since Thursday when he fell ill on a flight. His supporters called the doctors’ decision “a direct threat to his life”. The doctors say no poison was found in his body. […]

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Berlin motorway crashes probed as a terrorist attack

A man who rammed three motorcyclists on a motorway in Berlin is being investigated as “an Islamist-motivated attack”. Three people were seriously injured when the suspect’s car collided with motorbikes and cars on the motorway on Tuesday evening. Witnesses said the 30-year-old Iraqi suspect claimed to have a “dangerous object” in a box of ammunition. […]