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Cry me a river: Low water levels causing chaos in Germany

Cry me a river: Low water levels causing chaos in Germany

Technology
A new island in Lake Constance. A river in Berlin flowing backward. Dead fish on the banks of lakes and ponds. Barges barely loaded so they don't run aground. A hot, dry summer has left German rivers and lakes at record low water levels, causing chaos for the inland shipping industry, environmental damage and billions of euros (dollars) in losses — a scenario that experts warn could portend the future as global temperatures rise. The drought-like conditions have hit nearly 90 percent of the country this year. In Magdeburg, the Elbe River has been so low that no ships carrying goods south to Leipzig or on to the Czech Republic have been able to pass through since the end of June, said Hartmut Rhein of the city's waterways and shipping department. The river's down to a depth of about...
Germany begins deportation of 9/11 plotter Mounir el Motassadeq

Germany begins deportation of 9/11 plotter Mounir el Motassadeq

World
Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Germany on Monday began plans to deport a member of the Hamburg cell that planned and carried out the Sept. 11 terror attacks after the completion of his 15-year prison sentence. Mounir el Motassadeq, 44, who acted as a bookkeeper for the cell and handled money transfers, will be sent to Marrakesh, Morocco. Hamburg Interior Ministry spokesman Frank Reschreiter would not reveal exactly when the transfer will take place out of safety fears, but armed police officers escorted Motassadeq to an airport Monday. "All the necessary procedural steps for this have been ticked off according to plan," Reschreiter said. A German court sentenced Motassadeq to 15 years in prison in January 2007 for his role in the terror attacks, which left nearly 3,000 people dead. He was convicted and...
550-pound World War II bomb defused, removed in Potsdam, Germany

550-pound World War II bomb defused, removed in Potsdam, Germany

World
Oct. 10 (UPI) -- A 550-pound unexploded World War II-era bomb was successfully defused on Wednesday in Potsdam, Germany, after over 3,000 residents were evacuated. Nearby residences and nursing homes were emptied shortly before noon on Wednesday, and government offices were closed. Roads leading to the bomb site were closed on Wednesday morning, and railroad schedules were disrupted. The restricted area included the State Chancellery of Brandenburg, several ministries, a federal police office, the printing building of a local newspaper and two day care facilities. The city's fire department announced that the bomb's detonator, manufactured in the United States, would be detonated before the bomb could be moved. It was, with a loud bang, to defuse the bomb. After about 70 minutes of work b...
Germany 2-1 Sweden: Last-gasp Toni Kroos stunner brings world champions back from the brink and breaks Swedish hearts

Germany 2-1 Sweden: Last-gasp Toni Kroos stunner brings world champions back from the brink and breaks Swedish hearts

Sports
match report The Real Madrid midfielder scored a wonderful free-kick in the dying moments as the Germans came from behind to take charge of their World Cup fate Toni Kroos scored an incredible free-kick in the fifth minute of stoppage-time as ten-man Germany returned from the brink of elimination to beat Sweden. One of the biggest shocks in recent footballing history was on the cards when Ola Toivonen’s wonderful chip sailed over Manuel Neuer, before Marco Reus kept the Germans alive with a second-half equaliser. Kroos celebrates his last-gasp strike And the world champions, who seemed destined to be denied by the heroic Swedes, put matters back in their own hands despite being reduced to ten through Jerome Boate...
Germany coalition deal reached after months of wrangling

Germany coalition deal reached after months of wrangling

World
Germany is set to emerge from months of political deadlock after Angela Merkel's conservatives (CDU/CSU) finally agreed a coalition deal with the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD).Negotiators have agreed on the division of key ministries - one of the last hurdles towards forming a government.It could end more than four months of wrangling since inconclusive elections in September.But the deal will still need to be approved by SPD members.Many in the party fear that re-entering a coalition with CDU/CSU could damage it in the long term.In a joint news conference on Wednesday, Chancellor Merkel said the agreement gave the basis for a "good and stable government".Germany's marriage of convenienceSPD membership spike sparks concernSPD leader Martin Schulz thanked the conservatives for making w...