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Officials 'tried to erase rape' from Cologne NYE report
Cologne central station. Photo: DPA

A high-ranking police officer has alleged that his seniors tried to strike the word rape from an internal police report after the mass sexual assaults in Cologne over New Year.

Cologne mayor tells court of being stabbed in neck
Henriette Reker. Photo: DPA

Cologne Mayor Henriette Reker, described in court on Friday how she was attacked during campaigning last autumn and almost lost her life.

Parents blast principal who ordered kids to strip naked
File Photo: DPA

The principal at a school near Düsseldorf is being investigated for forcing two students from a neighbouring school to strip naked in his office.

Suspect in Cologne sex assaults caught in Switzerland
Cologne Cathedral on New Year. Photo: DPA

A key suspect in the New Year's Eve mass sexual assaults in Cologne was spotted shoplifting in southern Germany and arrested across the border in Switzerland, authorities said on Thursday.

Lufthansa slashes 895 flights over Wednesday strike
Photo: DPA

Six German airports will face strikes on Wednesday, with Europe's largest airline Lufthansa warning that almost 900 flights will be cancelled.

Young man ‘surfs’ on train after forgetting bag inside
A train at Hamm central station. Photo: DPA

When a 20-year-old in western Germany noticed he’d left his luggage on the train he took swift action - jumping onto the coupling at the back as the locomotive rolled out of the station.

Teen 'Salafists' arrested over bomb attack on Sikh temple
A police officer walks past the destroyed entrance to the Essen Sikh temple on Saturday April 16th. Photo: DPA

Police said on Thursday that two teenagers they have arrested in connection with a bomb attack on a Sikh temple in the western German city of Essen are linked to the Islamic fundamentalist scene there.

Inspectors smuggle bomb parts through Cologne airport
Photo: DPA

EU authorities have managed to smuggle dangerous weaponry through Cologne-Bonn airport, raising concerns about the effectiveness of security controls there.

Trial begins of man who stabbed Cologne mayor
The attacker hiding from photographers behind a file folder in court on Friday. Photo: DPA

Germany on Friday put on trial a man accused of stabbing Cologne's mayor in the neck in a suspected violent protest against her welcoming stance towards refugees.

TV comic cancels show amid diplomatic row with Turkey
TV comic Jan Böhmermann pictured in January. Photo: DPA

TV satirist Jan Böhmermann has cancelled his regular show for this week as he faces potential legal action from the German government and Turkish President over a "libellous poem".

New Year's Eve sexual assaults
Minister accused of cover-up in Cologne sexual assaults
NRW interior minister Ralf Jäger is accused of trying to 'hush up' sexual assaults in Cologne on New Year's Eve. Photo: DPA

Police say they received phone calls from the North Rhine-Westphalia interior ministry ordering them to delete the word 'rape' from police reports.

No trial for organizers of fatal 2010 Love Parade
An image of the tunnel where 21 people died and hundreds were injured at 2010's Love Parade in Duisburg. Photo: DPA

Families of those killed are incensed and likely to appeal the court ruling.

Police issue dispersal order to lairy squirrels
One of the problematic squirrels officers encountered. Photo: Rhein-Erft-Kreis Police.

Officers were a bit baffled to find out the identities of the culprits causing trouble for drivers in western Germany at the weekend.

Two killed as ship explodes in western Germany
Duisburg is home to the largest inland port in Europe. File photo: DPA

Two dockworkers were killed on Thursday morning when part of a ship exploded in the port of Duisburg, North Rhine-Westphalia.

John Lydon interview
'I love the way Germans eat, drink and enjoy themselves'
John Lydon pictured in 2012. Photo: Paul Heartfield

Punk legend John Lydon – Johnny Rotten in a former life – is touring Germany again with a new album. The Local asks what he's bringing here and why he keeps coming back.

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