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Hero bin man saves child from 2nd storey plunge
Bogdan W. (r) with four-year-old Eden. Photo: DPA

A young boy had a miraculous rescue in western Germany on Wednesday when a bin man happened to see him hanging from the window ledge and managed to catch him just in time.

Thugs' ‘dream cop’ in court for not investigating 100 cases
Fans at a VfL Bochum match set off flares. Photo: DPA

For three years a police officer in western Germany simply ignored many of the cases he was supposed to investigate. His trial started on Tuesday in Bochum.

Ruhr nuclear plant ‘pumped radioactive waste into air’
A demonstration outside the THTR reactor in 1986. Photo: DPA

A former engineer at one of Germany’s nuclear reactors has made an astonishing claim: that the plant intentionally pumped radioactive waste into the atmosphere in 1986.

Keep shredding millions of male chicks, court tells farms
File photo: DPA

A German court said on Friday that there was no legal obstacle to the practice of shredding male chicks shortly after they are hatched, in a big setback for animal rights activists.

Cyclists' 'Ride of Silence' launches bid for safer streets
Berlin cyclists wear white in a silent protest against traffic deaths on the capital's streets. Photo: DPA

A huge crowd of cyclists gathered at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate on Wednesday evening for a 'Ride of Silence' in memory of those killed on the capital's streets.

Smoke in cockpit forces pilots into emergency landing
A Germanwings plane. File photo: DPA

A Germanwings flight from Dresden to Düsseldorf was forced into an emergency landing on Monday evening after smoke appeared in the cockpit.

Will amphibious buses solve jams on Cologne's bridges?
Tourists love the Hamburg amphibious buses - but will they be a hit in Cologne? Photo: DPA

Cologne commuters may soon have an unusual view on their morning bus ride if a plan to introduce amphibious vehicles on the river Rhine becomes reality.

Dozens saved as huge refugee home burns to ground
Firefighters stand in the burned-out shell of the inflatable tent. Photo: DPA

A large temporary refugee home in western Germany was completely burned down on Monday night, but a prompt evacuation allowed all the inhabitants to escape unharmed.

New Year's Eve assaults
Video emerges of Cologne New Year's Eve violence
File photo: DPA

Cologne police on Monday released previously unseen video footage of the chaos at the city's main train station on New Year's Eve, when hundreds of women reported sexual assaults and thefts by large groups of foreign men.

Algerian man cleared of New Year's sex assault in Cologne
The trial in Cologne on Friday. Photo: DPA.

A German court on Friday threw out sexual assault charges against an Algerian man stemming from New Year's Eve violence in Cologne after the victim said she could not identify the defendant.

Germany's six most beloved shopping streets
The Krügerpassage on Westenhellweg, Dortmund. Photo: Wikipedia

Where do Germans most love to spend their cash? The results of a new survey show the hottest shopping miles in the Bundesrepublik - and Berlin barely features.

'Sharia police' members to face trial in Düsseldorf
Sven Lau. Photo: DPA

The 'Sharia police', a group that patrolled a western German town chastising people for not adhering to Islamic law, are to go on trial.

Police catch 3-year-old joyriding in mother’s car
"You looking at me?" Photo: PublicDomainPictures

When police in western Germany stopped a car which was swerving across the road on Monday, they couldn't believe their eyes at the sight of the driver.

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.

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