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Sartorial slip-up leads police to pipe bomb
A sign reading FCK CPS. Photo: Jürgen Telkmann / Flickr Creative Commons.

Police stopped a man because he was wearing a FCK CPS shirt, only to discover he had been making a pipe bomb.

Russian hooligans arrested for beating tourists in Cologne
Police outside Cologne Cathedral. Photo: DPA.

Six Russian hooligans returning from the European Championship in France have been arrested in Germany after beating and kicking Spanish tourists.

Germany must protect Bin Laden bodyguard, court rules
Osama bin Laden. Photo: DPA

A man believed to have once been Osama bin Laden's bodyguard cannot be sent back to Tunisia because the risk of torture would be too high, a German court ruled on Wednesday.

Ex-police chief asks Cologne attack victims for forgiveness
Wolfgang Albers. Photo: DPA

The Cologne police chief who had to stand down in the wake of sexual assaults over New Year's Eve has spoken of his regret at the events.

'Ramadan row' behind fire at Düsseldorf refugee shelter
Debris is cleared from the sight of the fire. Photo: DPA

A quarrel over meal times during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan likely sparked an arson attack that destroyed a refugee shelter in western Germany.

6 refugees arrested after blaze at Düsseldorf asylum home
Aftermath of the fire. Photo: DPA.

Police reported that six men have been taken into custody, who were all residents of a large refugee home that went up in flames in Düsseldorf on Tuesday.

130 refugees rescued as home goes up in flames
Firefighters work to put out the fire in Düsseldorf. Photo: DPA.

An entire 5,000 square-metre refugee home in Düsseldorf went up in flames while 130 people were inside on Tuesday.

Teacher takes pupil to court for calling him 'retarded'
Photo: DPA

A teacher in Düsseldorf has taken a student at a special needs school to court over a Facebook post which he said made him look ridiculous.

Düsseldorf terror plot ‘bigger than previously realized’
Police patrol the streets in Düsseldorf. Photo: DPA

The Isis plot to attacks the capital of North Rhine-Westphalia was bigger than previously assumed, with ten terrorists supposed to murder people with bombs and guns, local media report.

How Life of Brian is starting a revolution against the Church
Photo: DPA

The Church in Germany still has a relationship to the state much closer than in many other western democracies. But the public showing of a British comedy classic could change that.

'Stalker' cop fired for stealing police cadet's bras repeatedly
Photo: DPA

When his bosses found out he had been sneaking into his ex-girlfriend’s flat and pinching her underwear, they sacked the young police officer. So he took the decision to court.

Four arrested over Isis plot to attack Düsseldorf
The Burgplatz in Düsseldorf's historic centre, which was reportedly the target of the attack. Photo: Andrew Bone on Flickr

Three men were arrested in Germany on Thursday on suspicion of planning a terrorist attack on the city of Düsseldorf under orders from Isis.

'Salafist' Sikh temple bombers were known to police
Two of the suspects in the bombing of a Sikh temple in Essen. Photo: DPA

There was no way of predicting a bomb attack on a Sikh temple despite two suspects being known to police, North Rhine-Westphalia authorities said on Wednesday.

Confused Spaniard to blame for alarm at Cologne airport
Police search Terminal 1 at Cologne airport with the help of a dog on Monday. Photo: DPA

A man has been arrested at Cologne-Bonn airport after a security alert forced police to evacuate all passengers.

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.

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