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Cologne Karneval scraps Charlie Hebdo float
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Cologne Karneval scraps Charlie Hebdo float

Cologne's planned Charlie Hebdo float in its Rosenmontag parade was a false start, after the organising committee scrapped its construction over security concerns. READ  

Overnight raids bust up smugglers ring
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Overnight raids bust up smugglers ring

Federal police arrested 12 people on Wednesday night after a national raid by police broke apart a smuggling ring. READ  

No room for scooters on the bus: Court
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No room for scooters on the bus: Court

A court in North-Rhine Westphalia found on Wednesday that there is no obligation for buses or trains to make room for mobility scooters - and that it's actually dangerous to bring them aboard. READ  

Deceased farmer's family sue animal rights group
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Deceased farmer's family sue animal rights group

The widow of a farmer killed by one of his bulls earlier this month is suing an animal rights group that used an image of her deceased husband for slandering the memory of the dead, it was reported on Wednesday. READ  

Sharp-eared grandma spots phone con
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Sharp-eared grandma spots phone con

The fight against confidence tricksters got a boost thanks to a sharp-minded senior and a dim-witted caller asking for €10,000, Dortmund police reported on Tuesday. READ  

'Fight harder' against corruption: activists
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'Fight harder' against corruption: activists

Campaigners say the states can do more to fight corruption after a report showed that Brandenburg, Saarland, North Rhine-Westphalia and Hamburg had the highest numbers of cases. READ  

'Francogeddon' sends city debts soaring
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'Francogeddon' sends city debts soaring

Following the shock move last week do unpeg the Swiss Franc (CHF) from the Euro, estimates suggest that debt in German municipalities has gone up by €2 billion, it was reported on Monday. READ  

Police union doesn't have time for petty crime
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Police union doesn't have time for petty crime

The German Police Union (DpolG) said on Monday that officers overworked with serious cases and terrorism should no longer be asked to investigate minor crimes. READ  

Firefighters build record truck with beer crates
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Firefighters build record truck with beer crates

Volunteer firefighters in a small town set their sights high when they hoped to break the Guinness World Record for the largest fire engine built out of beer crates. READ  

Hooligans stopped at NSU bomb vigil
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Hooligans stopped at NSU bomb vigil

Police in Cologne on Sunday had to stop around 30 armed hooligans from joining a memorial that was marking the 14th anniversary of the first bombing there by a neo-nazi terror group. READ  

Hooligans join Cologne Pegida demo
Kögida marchers in central Cologne on Wednesday. Photo: DPA

Hooligans join Cologne Pegida demo

Around 150 people marched through Cologne on Wednesday in the name of anti-Islam movement Pegida, including hooligans and members of far-right party Pro NRW, significantly fewer than last week's 500. READ  

Palestinians admit attack on Wuppertal synagogue
The three accused and their interpreter during the court hearing. Photo: DPA

Palestinians admit attack on Wuppertal synagogue

Three Palestianian men admitted on Wednesday that they carried out an arson attack on a synagogue in North Rhine-Westphalia in June 2014. READ  

Police shoot dead suicidal armed man
Police officers leaving the scene of the shooting. Photo: DPA

Police shoot dead suicidal armed man

Armed response officers in North Rhine-Westphalia shot a 45-year-old man dead on Tuesday after being called out to a potential suicide. READ  

Twin earthquakes wake up Düsseldorf
The seismological record of the Düsseldorf earthquake. Photo: DPA

Twin earthquakes wake up Düsseldorf

People in Düsseldorf were rudely awakened as two minor earthquakes rocked the area early Wednesday morning, the local geological authority confirmed. READ  

Passer-by wounded in biker shootout
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Passer-by wounded in biker shootout

A street battle between the Hells Angels and Bandidos biker gangs in Düsseldorf on New Year's Eve left a passer-by gravely wounded by a bullet in the chest. READ  

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