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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...
Record-breaking cable car opens in Germany

Record-breaking cable car opens in Germany

World
Dec. 21 (UPI) -- After more than two years of work on Germany's highest construction site, a world record-breaking cableway in the Bavarian Alps is set to open Friday.The cable car on the country's tallest mountain, Zugspitze, is located near the Armed Forces Recreation Center Edelweiss Lodge and Resort. The gondola breaks three records for any hanging cable car system -- the tallest steel tower, the longest cableway span and the highest elevation difference.The $ 59 million cableway was difficult to build with the main challenges being high altitude and removing ice and snow from equipment.Out of the thousands of service members and families who go skiing on the German Alps each year, roughly one-third head to the Zugspitze, which claims to have the best views in Germany.Aside from the vi...
Amazon workers in Germany, Italy stage Black Friday strike

Amazon workers in Germany, Italy stage Black Friday strike

Technology
Workers at a half dozen Amazon distribution centers in Germany and one in Italy walked off the job Friday, in a protest timed to coincide with "Black Friday" to demand better wages from the American online giant. In Germany, Ver.di union spokesman Thomas Voss said some 2,500 workers were on strike at Amazon facilities in Bad Hersfeld, Leipzig, Rheinberg, Werne, Graben and Koblenz. In a warehouse near Piacenza, in northern Italy, some workers walked off the job to demand "dignified salaries." The German union has been leading a push since 2013 for higher pay for some 12,000 workers in Germany, arguing Amazon employees receive lower wages than others in retail and mail-order jobs. Amazon says its distribution warehouses in Germany are logistics centers and employees earn relatively high wag...