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Criminal had time for pit stop in 20-cop-car chase
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Criminal had time for pit stop in 20-cop-car chase

23 hours ago

With 21 police cars and a helicopter hot on his heels, it seemed unlikely that police in Düsseldorf would fail to catch one rogue motorist. But after a two-hour pursuit, that's exactly what happened in the early hours of Friday.

Football fan given 18 months for lighting flare
Football fans set of a flare. File Photo: DPA

Football fan given 18 months for lighting flare

1 day ago

Germany is continuing its zero tolerance approach to football supporters lighting flares in Bundesliga grounds after a Schalke supporter was jailed for 18 months on Thursday with no parole.

Whiff of foul play in Cologne mayoral election
An electoral poster next to Cologne Cathedral. Photo: DPA

Whiff of foul play in Cologne mayoral election

1 day ago

Did the Social Democratic Party (SPD) deliberately skew voting slips in Cologne's mayoral elections to hand their candidate an advantage?

Islamist vigilantes face trial for 'Sharia police'
Islamic fundamentalist preacher Sven Lau. Photo: DPA

Islamist vigilantes face trial for 'Sharia police'

2 days ago

State prosecutors in the Ruhr city of Wuppertal said on Tuesday that they have brought charges against notorious Islamic fundamentalist Sven Lau, who was behind a short-lived 'Sharia police' vigilante force in the city.

Orang-utan shot after shocking zoo breakout
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Orang-utan shot after shocking zoo breakout

September 01, 2015

Zoo workers in Duisburg shot an orang-utan late on Monday evening after two of the apes escaped from their cage in the westerly city.

Honest senior rewarded for handing in €12,000
An 87-year-old pensioner found the cash in the bin. Photo: DPA

Honest senior rewarded for handing in €12,000

August 28, 2015

After throwing away €12,000 this week, a landlord in North Rhine-Westfalia thought he'd made one of the most expensive blunders of his life. But the money made it home safely, police said on Friday – and all thanks to an honest pensioner.

Elite cops' hazing ritual: eat ice cream off thighs
A Cologne SEK unit on deployment in 2013. Photo: DPA

Elite cops' hazing ritual: eat ice cream off thighs

August 28, 2015

Officers from Cologne's elite Spezialeinsatzkommando (SEK) police unit should be punished for hazing practices they inflicted on new members, an official in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) said on Thursday.

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Bayern get lucky in Champs League draw
FC Barcelona' Sports Manager Andoni Zubizarreta draws FC Bayern Munich during the draw ceremony for the UEFA Champions League group stage on Thursday. Photo: DPA

Bayern get lucky in Champs League draw

August 28, 2015

Bundesliga titans Bayern Munich were celebrating on Thursday evening after a Champions League draw that made them clear favourites in their group. Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Mönchengladbach weren't so lucky.

Honest pensioner hands in €12,000 bin find
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Honest pensioner hands in €12,000 bin find

August 25, 2015

Gathering bottles and turning them in for cash in Germany can be quite a lucrative business, but one retiree collected perhaps a bit more than he bargained for on Monday.

Traffic jams are price of strong economy
For residents of Cologne this is becoming an ever-more familiar site. Photo: DPA

Traffic jams are price of strong economy

August 24, 2015

A report released on Monday claims that Germans are paying a price for their country's economic success – they're spending longer than ever sitting in traffic on their daily commute.

Düsseldorf moots cannabis legalization
Participants in the Berlin "Hemp Parade" on August 8th 2015. Photo: DPA

Düsseldorf moots cannabis legalization

August 21, 2015

City councillors in Düsseldorf, capital of Germany's most populous state, are following Berlin in planning a pilot project in which cannabis could be sold legally to adults.

Policeman forced to shoot own service dog
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Policeman forced to shoot own service dog

August 21, 2015

A police officer in western Germany was forced to shoot his own dog with his sidearm on Thursday after he couldn't stop the animal from biting him.

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Cologne's 10 must-see spots for culture vultures
There's a lot of culture, music and great times hidden away for those who burrow under the Cologne skyline. Photo: DPA

Cologne's 10 must-see spots for culture vultures

August 19, 2015

As Germany’s fourth-largest city, Cologne has always played an important role in German contemporary culture. Frederica Miller explains why it's still buzzing with cultural life despite the halo of glamour shifting to Berlin.

German cities struggle with housing shortage
A construction site in Dresden. Photo: DPA

German cities struggle with housing shortage

August 19, 2015

Too few new flats are being built in Germany's largest cities even as oversupply looms in rural areas, experts at the Institute for the German Economy (IW) in Cologne warned on Wednesday.

Thieves open 1,000 beers, don't drink any
Opened bottles at the drinks market with non-winning bottle caps collected by police. Photo: DPA

Thieves open 1,000 beers, don't drink any

August 18, 2015

Thieves broke into a drink shop last weekend aiming to find bottle caps that would entitle them to a high-value prize in a contest – and left more than 1,000 bottles of beer they opened untasted.

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