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Nord Stream 2 pipeline to Germany won’t open if Russia invades Ukraine, US says

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline between Russia and Germany will not move forward if Russia invades Ukraine, the US state department has said, in a significant strengthening of the west’s previous position on the strategically vital gas supply. As tension ratcheted up over Russia’s military buildup on its neighbour’s eastern border, state department spokesperson Ned […]

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Gunman dead after injuring several people at lecture hall at university in southwestern Germany

A gunman died after injuring several people in a lecture hall at Heidelberg University in southwestern Germany. Mannheim Police, who sent in what they described as “strong forces” said in a brief statement that the perpetrator was dead, but did not give details of how that happened. They had earlier asked people on Twitter to […]

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German man who carried out murder with “cannibalistic motives” sentenced to life in prison

A German man who carried out a murder with “cannibalistic motives” has been sentenced to life in prison by a Berlin regional court. Stefan R, 42-year-old teacher, was also found guilty of and sentenced for disturbing the peace of the dead, following the killing of a 43-year-old man in the defendant’s apartment in September 2020, […]

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Mercedes-Benz can’t recall 800,000 cars over technical defect that could cause potential fire over part unavailability

Mercedes-Benz has informed owners of its luxury cars of a technical defect that could spark a fire, adding a recall was not possible because parts needed to fix the problem are not available. The issue was traced to possible leakage in the coolant pump that could heat up components, Daimler said on Tuesday. Germany’s mass-selling […]

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700 sheep and goats take part in syringe formation to encourage Covid-19 vaccinations

About 700 sheep and goats to join Germany’s drive to encourage more people to get vaccinated against Covid-19. The animals were arranged on Monday into the shape of a roughly 330-foot syringe in a field at Schneverdingen, south of Hamburg. Shepherd Wiebke Schmidt-Kochan spent several days practicing with her animals. But she said in the […]

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New Year fireworks display kill at least three people across Europe, scores others injured

Fireworks have killed three people and injured scores others in Europe despite bans being in place against their use. In the Netherlands, a 12-year-old boy was killed and another seriously injured watching an adult set off a home-made device, local media reported. Dutch police have arrested a man. In Germany, a 37-year-old man was killed […]

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Germany shuts half of its six nuclear plants a year before final deadline

Germany is shutting down half of the six nuclear plants it still has in operation, a year before the country draws the final curtain on its decades-long use of atomic power. The decision to phase out nuclear power and shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy was first taken by the centre-left government of former […]

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Germany: Woman bites dog owner in fight over dog discipline

Two dog owners engaged in a fight which culminated in one woman biting another in east Germany. Meanwhile, their dogs “simply looked on,” police said. One dog owner has bitten another in the eastern German state of Thuringia in a fight over the correct way to discipline canines. The quarrel occurred after a 27-year-old woman […]

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Omicron Covid-19: Germany tightens restrictions on travelers arriving from UK

Germany has become the latest European country to ban most travellers from Britain, to try to slow the spread of the Omicron variant. German nationals and residents will still be allowed to enter from the UK. They must have a negative test and quarantine for two weeks, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated. The […]

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Man who fell on walk from bed to home office desk is workplace accident, German court rules

A German court ruled that a man who slipped while walking a few metres from his bed to his home office can claim on workplace accident insurance as he was technically commuting. The man was working from home and on his way to his desk one floor below his bedroom, the federal social court, which […]

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Olaf Scholz sworn Germany’s new chancellor, officially ending Angela Merkel’s 16-year rule

Social Democrat Olaf Scholz has been sworn in as Germany’s new chancellor, ending 16 years of conservative rule under Angela Merkel and paving the way for a pro-European coalition government that has promised to boost green investment. Scholz, 63, who served as vice chancellor and finance minister in Merkel’s outgoing government, got a clear majority […]

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Germany imposes curbs on unvaccinated people, considers Covid-19 vaccine mandate

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said unvaccinated people will be excluded from non-essential shops, and cultural and recreational venues in Germany, and parliament will consider imposing a general vaccine mandate. Speaking on Thursday after a meeting with federal and state leaders, Merkel said the measures were necessary in light of concerns that hospitals in Germany could […]