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Thieves tunnel into jewellery display case
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Thieves tunnel into jewellery display case

A jewellery shop owner opened up on Monday to find that thieves had tunnelled into his store from the basement of the shopping complex and made off with his diamond display. READ  

The end of 'soli'? Not so fast, hope states
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The end of 'soli'? Not so fast, hope states

The Green-Red coalition government in North Rhein-Westphalia is urging the federal government not to do away with the solidarity surcharge on income taxes in 2020, and instead funnel more of the money into the books of the western states, it was reported on Monday. READ  

False teeth trigger school ‘poisoning’ scare
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False teeth trigger school ‘poisoning’ scare

Emergency services showed up in force at a Ruhr school on Friday after a schoolgirl mistakenly treated her friends to grandpa’s denture cleansing tablets rather than vitamins. READ  

Builders make miracle find of WWI time capsule
The open end of the tin discovered by builders. PHOTO: MST GmbH

Builders make miracle find of WWI time capsule

A century after the 1914 outbreak of World War One, builders restoring a castle hit upon an infantry unit’s hidden tribute to their fallen comrades. READ  

Court overturns firing for sleepy train chef
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Court overturns firing for sleepy train chef

A Cologne court has told rail operator Deutsche Bahn (DB) that it was wrong to fire a restaurant car worker who slept through an entire long-distance journey. READ  

Bewigged robbers hit Aachen bank
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Bewigged robbers hit Aachen bank

Police said on Wednesday they were searching for six men who robbed a bank in Aachen, North Rhine-Westphalia. READ  

Police arrest landlord for naked showings
We doubt the naked landlord was quite this much to write home about. Photo: DPA

Police arrest landlord for naked showings

A man in Oberhausen has been arrested after inviting people over to his house as prospective tenants and welcoming them in his birthday suit. READ  

Father blows himself up in car after family row
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Father blows himself up in car after family row

A father blew himself up in a car following a domestic dispute, police in Homberg, Hesse, said on Sunday. READ  

Arrest ends Leverkusen explosion threats
Armed response officers at the scene of the evacuation. Photo: DPA

Arrest ends Leverkusen explosion threats

A school in Leverkusen was evacuated when a man threatened to blow up a neighbouring building after a domestic dispute triggered an hours-long standoff on Friday. READ  

Four sentenced over al-Qaeda bomb plot
"Düsseldorf cell" ringleader Abdeladim el-Kebir at the sentencing hearing. Photo: DPA

Four sentenced over al-Qaeda bomb plot

A court sentenced four men on Thursday to spend as many as nine years in prison for plotting to detonate home-made bombs in a crowd on the orders of jihadist militant network al-Qaeda. READ  

Overnight raids net eight jihad supporters
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Overnight raids net eight jihad supporters

Eight men have been arrested after investigations against them turned up evidence that they supported terrorist organisations, including Islamic State (Isis), Cologne state prosecutors announced on Wednesday. READ  

Two men charged after sex shop tantrum
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Two men charged after sex shop tantrum

Two men in Hagen have been charged with destruction of property after their rampage in a sex shop left the store owner with broken, unsellable vibrators. READ  

NRW police capture rogue kangaroo
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NRW police capture rogue kangaroo

Police in North Rhine-Westphalia are used to corralling the odd loose sheep, cow or horse, but this weekend's kangaroo was "definitely a first", a spokesperson told The Local on Monday. READ  

Train drivers say strike to end Saturday evening
Train drivers' union (GDL) leader Claus Weselsky. Photo: DPA

Train drivers say strike to end Saturday evening

UPDATE: Train drivers' union (GDL) leader Claus Weselsky said on Friday that his members would return to work at 6 pm on Saturday, ending their strike 34 hours earlier than planned. READ  

Police stop hooligan demo over violence fears
Hooligans face off with police in Cologne. Photo: DPA

Police stop hooligan demo over violence fears

Hanover police said on Friday they would ban a demonstration against fundamentalist Islam which had been registered for November 15th by a hooligan group. READ  

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