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Germany: Suspicious package part of extort plot aimed at DHL

BERLIN — A suspicious package containing nails that led to a bomb scare at a Christmas market in Germany was part of a blackmailing plot against a delivery company, German authorities said Sunday. Brandenburg state Interior Minister Karl-Heinz Schroeter told reporters the package was part of a scheme to extort millions of euros (dollars) from …

Study: Europe’s Muslim population to grow, migration or not

BERLIN — Europe’s Muslim population will continue to grow over the next several decades even if all immigration to the continent should stop, according to a study published Thursday. The Pew Research Center report modeled three scenarios for estimating the number of Muslims who would be living in Europe by 2050. All three used a mid-2016 estimate …

Authorities: Knife attack on German mayor likely political

BERLIN— A knife attack on a German politician known for his welcoming stance toward refugees was likely politically motivated, authorities said, prompting widespread shock and condemnation from officials including Chancellor Angela Merkel. Andreas Hollstein, the mayor of Altena and a member of Merkel’s conservative party, was stabbed at a kebab restaurant in the western town …

A list of heartbreak: Newspaper tallies 33,293 dead migrants

BERLIN — A German newspaper has published a list of 33,293 people it says died while trying to immigrate to Europe between 1993 and May of this year. The list, published by daily Der Tagesspiegel Thursday, covered 46 pages and included names, ages and countries of origin, when available, as well as how the victims …

German museum shows art from vast trove hidden for decades

BONN, Germany — Some 250 art works that a reclusive collector hid from the world for decades, including pieces likely looted from Jewish owners under Nazi rule, are going on show at a German museum. The paintings being shown starting Thursday at Bonn’s Bundeskunsthalle — including works by Albrecht Duerer, Claude Monet and Camille Pissarro — …

High winds sweep Central Europe, leave 5 dead, others hurt

BERLIN — High winds knocked down trees and caused widespread travel chaos across much of Central Europe on Sunday, leaving five people dead and several injured. Storm Herwart, whose gusts reached 180 kph (112 mph), also caused electricity blackouts in hundreds of thousands of homes in the Czech Republic, Austria and other countries. A Lufthansa …

German conservative parties say they agree on migrant limit

BERLIN — Germany’s conservative parties said Monday they have agreed on a law limiting the number of migrants allowed to enter the country every year — though parliament has the power to change the figure in the future. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party and its sister party in Bavaria, the Christian Social Union, say they want …

Photomontages from Holocaust memorial selfies go viral

BERLIN— A series of photomontages showing people striking poses, taking selfies and even juggling at the Holocaust memorial in Berlin before the background changes to show them posing amid piles of murdered victims of the Holocaust went viral on the internet Thursday. The creator, Shahak Shapira, told The Associated Press he produced the “Yolocaust” website …

Police: Truck attack that killed 12 in Berlin ‘Intentional’

  BERLIN—Police said Tuesday that the driver who rammed a truck into a crowded Christmas market in the heart of the German capital, killing at least 12 people and injuring nearly 50, did so intentionally and that they are investigating a suspected “terror attack.” The truck struck the popular Christmas market outside the Kaiser Wilhelm …

Space Agency: Now-silent lander does main tasks

BERLIN — The pioneering lander Philae completed its primary mission of exploring the comet’s surface and returned plenty of data before depleted batteries forced it to go silent, the European Space Agency said Saturday. “All of our instruments could be operated and now it’s time to see what we got,” ESA’s blog quoted lander manager …

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