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Fireman turned arsonist jailed for 3 years
Fire services extinguish an unrelated fire in Hamburg in 2011. Photo: DPA

Fireman turned arsonist jailed for 3 years

After a series of arson attacks over several months, an ex-fireman has been sentenced to three years in jail without chance of bail. READ  

Mother slams IKEA for rejecting autistic son
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Mother slams IKEA for rejecting autistic son

A mother from North Rhine-Westphalia has accused furniture chain IKEA of debasement, discrimination and marginalization – after employees in their Dortmund store refused to let her autistic son into the children's play area. READ  

Doctor on trial after woman wakes in morgue
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Doctor on trial after woman wakes in morgue

A doctor from North Rhine-Westphalia will face charges for negligence and bodily harm, authorities said on Tuesday – after accidentally sending a living woman to the morgue. READ  

Police storm ex-officer's house as 'retribution'
A special police unit in Rhineland-Palatinate. Photo: DPA

Police storm ex-officer's house as 'retribution'

On Wednesday morning residents of a sleepy German suburb awoke to the sound of explosions as elite police assaulted one of their neighbours' homes. The attack turned out to be a case of mistaken identity... or was it? READ  

'Russian Roulette' on the streets of Germany
Flowers laid on Thursday where a cyclist died after being struck during an illegal street race. Photo: DPA

'Russian Roulette' on the streets of Germany

Illegal motor racing has killed three innocent bystanders in Cologne so far this year – and is fast becoming a problem across Germany, reports Die Welt. READ  

Hen adopts flock of abandoned rhea chicks
Gertrud comes face-to-face with one of her unusual adopted chicks. Photo: DPA

Hen adopts flock of abandoned rhea chicks

A chicken living in a zoo near Frankfurt has taken on a double handful of trouble after 'adopting' ten rhea chicks whose own father abandoned them. READ  

Police put aggressive squirrel behind bars
Photo: Polizei Recklinghausen

Police put aggressive squirrel behind bars

Police in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) published a video on their Facebook page on Wednesday, showing an officer at the station feeding honey to a cute little squirrel. READ  

Teen girl's movie evening turns into police brawl
Seven police cars were present at the scene. Photo: DPA

Teen girl's movie evening turns into police brawl

When a 16-year-old girl invited a couple of friends round for a quiet movie, the last thing she expected was for it to escalate into a brawl involving pepper spray and guard dogs. But exactly that happened on Saturday night in North Rhine-Westphalia. READ  

Man found dead in hospital lift after 8 days
The Evangelical Hospital in Gelsenkirchen. Photo: DPA

Man found dead in hospital lift after 8 days

A psychiatric patient lay dead for eight days in a broken-down lift in a hospital in Gelsenkirchen before being found, even though hospital authorities noticed he was missing on July 3rd. READ  

Man drugs girlfriend to keep playing videogames
An Xbox 360 controller. Photo: DPA

Man drugs girlfriend to keep playing videogames

A court fined a 23-year-old man in North Rhine-Westphalia after he admitted to giving his girlfriend a sedative so that he could keep playing video games with a friend. READ  

Students fight for life after chimney plunge
The Düsseldorf Kunstakademie (Academy of Arts). Photo: DPA

Students fight for life after chimney plunge

Two students had to be rescued by fire services after falling 30 metres down a chimney at the the Dusseldorf Academy of Arts on Sunday night. READ  

Lion cub raised in living room leaves home
Zookeeper Isabelle Wallpott with Malor. Photo: DPA

Lion cub raised in living room leaves home

Malor has lived at home with a zookeeper in the Eifel mountains for the last five months. Now the little lion cub is about to be reintroduced to his mother. READ  

Drug-driving trucker kills two police officers
The accident happened on the Autobahn near Dortmund. Photo: DPA

Drug-driving trucker kills two police officers

A truck driver crashed his vehicle into a stationary police car on the Autobahn in North Rhine-Westphalia on Thursday, killing the two officers inside. READ  

Weathermen issue snow alert in heatwave
Could this be July in North Rhine-Westphalia? Photo: DPA

Weathermen issue snow alert in heatwave

The German Weather Service (DWD) issued a weather warning for North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) on Wednesday predicting 5 to 10 cm of snow and winds of up to 60 km/h. READ  

Women trade punches over neglected dog poo
'This is not a dog toilet.' Photo: DPA

Women trade punches over neglected dog poo

Bergisch Gladbach in North Rhine-Westphalia, hometown of supermodel Heide Klum, was once linked in Germans' minds with the catwalk. But now it is just as infamous for a dog walk, after two women came to blows over a mound of pooch poo. READ  

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