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Fire Hazard: Surge in Obesity Sparks Crematorium Blazes

Fire Hazard: Surge in Obesity Sparks Crematorium Blazes

April 13, 2012, 05:33 PM

As the number of obese Germans rises, the funeral industry is scrambling to make adjustments in how larger bodies with more fat can be safely incinerated. A number of crematoriums have suffered severe damage when burning fat overwhelmed their emergency measures. By Ulf Hanke more...


The World from Berlin: 'Siblings Tied by Incest Don't Belong in the Courts'

The World from Berlin: 'Siblings Tied by Incest Don't Belong in the Courts'

April 13, 2012, 03:42 PM

Should incest be banned? While Europe's highest authority on human rights on Thursday rejected a case claiming that Germany's law against incest violates the right to privacy, some media commentators in Germany believe sexual relations between siblings should be decriminalized. more...


The 1858 Disaster: Scientists Say North Sea Is Vulnerable to Tsunamis

The 1858 Disaster: Scientists Say North Sea Is Vulnerable to Tsunamis

April 13, 2012, 08:14 AM

It was long thought that the North Sea was not tsunami territory. But researchers in Germany have recently come across documentation of a giant wave that crashed onto northern European shores in 1858. The phenomenon could reoccur at any time. By Olaf Stampf more...

Germany's Cold-Storage Chaos: Hospitals Overwhelmed with Body-Donation Requests

Germany's Cold-Storage Chaos: Hospitals Overwhelmed with Body-Donation Requests

April 12, 2012, 05:18 PM

Too many dead bodies. It is a problem many research hospitals would love to have. But, in Germany, pathology professors have more donation requests than they can handle, and are trying to come up with ways to stem the tide. By Miriam Olbrisch more...

Salafists in the City: Free Koran Distributions Have Germany Concerned

Salafists in the City: Free Koran Distributions Have Germany Concerned

April 12, 2012, 03:54 PM

Salafist Muslims have been handing out free Korans across Germany in recent weeks. But the group's radicalism has many politicians concerned -- as does a recent video posted on YouTube that allegedly threatened journalists who wrote critical reports on the religious offensive. more...

Poem Dispute: Israeli Minister Offers to Meet Grass on 'Neutral' Territory

Poem Dispute: Israeli Minister Offers to Meet Grass on 'Neutral' Territory

April 12, 2012, 01:05 PM

Günter Grass has compared Israel's travel ban on him to the methods of East Germany's Stasi secret police. But Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai isn't budging, saying the decision to declare the German author persona non grata was "better late than never." He also offered to meet Grass in a "neutral" state. more...

Human Rights Ruling: German Incest Ban Upheld by European Court

Human Rights Ruling: German Incest Ban Upheld by European Court

April 12, 2012, 12:08 PM

The German ban on incest is consistent with European human rights laws, the European Court of Human Rights decided on Thursday. The case involved a German man who had been convicted several times for having intimate relations with his sister, with whom he has four children. more...

Fear of Honor Killings: Immigrants Flee Families to Find Themselves

Fear of Honor Killings: Immigrants Flee Families to Find Themselves

April 11, 2012, 05:32 PM

Hundreds of young female immigrants are hiding from their families in Germany after fleeing oppression, physical violence and even death threats. Charities and social workers help the women get new identities and build independent lives for themselves, but the risk of revenge from honor-obsessed relatives remains. By Antje Windmann more... Comment ]

'The Holocaust Is German Family History': Book Urges Germans to Quiz Dying Nazi Generation

'The Holocaust Is German Family History': Book Urges Germans to Quiz Dying Nazi Generation

April 11, 2012, 09:12 AM

German historian Moritz Pfeiffer asked his granddad what he did in World War II, and then fact-checked the testimony. His findings in a new book shed light on a dying generation that remains outwardly unrepentant, but is increasingly willing to break decades of silence on how, and why, it followed Hitler. By David Crossland more...

The World From Berlin: 'Israel's Government Has Reacted Absurdly'

The World From Berlin: 'Israel's Government Has Reacted Absurdly'

April 10, 2012, 03:17 PM

German politicians across the spectrum are criticizing Israel's travel ban on author Günter Grass after the publication of his controversial poem. Editorialists condemn the decision, and some are alarmed over what the development could mean for traditionally close ties between the two nations. more...

Political Revolution in Germany: Pirates Country's Third Strongest Party in New Poll

Political Revolution in Germany: Pirates Country's Third Strongest Party in New Poll

April 10, 2012, 12:23 PM

Germany's Pirate Party may still be hammering out their platform, but that doesn't seem to bother voters. Riding a wave of new popularity following a recent state election success, the Internet freedom advocates have gained record support in a national poll. more...