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Relatives of German bus crash victims arrive in Madeira

Relatives of German bus crash victims arrive in MadeiraFUNCHAL, Portugal (AP) — Relatives of some of the 29 German tourists who died in a bus crash in Madeira arrived on the Portuguese island on Friday as investigators pushed on with the task of finding out why the bus veered off the road and plunged down a slope.



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Holiday island mourns after bus crash kills 29 German tourists

Holiday island mourns after bus crash kills 29 German touristsCaniço (Portugal) (AFP) – Portugal and Germany mourned on Thursday after 29 German tourists died when their bus tumbled down a slope and crashed into a house on the tourist island of Madeira. Trendtour said the bus had been hired by a local operator and crashed off the road “for a reason still unknown”.



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Portugal says all 29 dead in bus crash were German

Portugal says all 29 dead in bus crash were GermanLISBON, Portugal (AP) — All the 29 people killed in a tour bus crash on Portugal's Madeira Island were German, Portugal's foreign ministry confirmed Thursday.



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German family, stakeholders in Krispy Kreme, Panera Bread, to donate $11M over Nazi past

German family, stakeholders in Krispy Kreme, Panera Bread, to donate $  11M over Nazi pastThe Reimann family, whose JAB Holding Co. controls Krispy Kreme and Panera Bread, will donate $ 11 million after learning of its ancestors' Nazi past.



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German Catholics accused of 'stonewalling' by child abuse victims

German Catholics accused of 'stonewalling' by child abuse victimsGermany’s under-fire Catholic Church admitted Thursday it must urgently confront its child sex abuse scandal, but victims accused it of continued “stonewalling”, especially on compensation. As in Australia, Chile, France, Ireland and the United States, Germany’s Catholic Church has had to admit to abuses by predator priests and clergy and their systematic cover-up over decades. “We carry responsibility toward those affected around the world — no-one among us can still negate the problem or treat it as a taboo,” said Cardinal Reinhard Marx, head of the German Bishops’ Conference.



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Venezuela's Guaido urges more sanctions after German envoy's expulsion

Venezuela's Guaido urges more sanctions after German envoy's expulsionVenezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido urged Europe to tighten financial sanctions against the government of Nicolas Maduro after it expelled Germany’s ambassador. Russia and China, meanwhile, continue to support Socialist Maduro and urge no outside interference. Caracas declaring ambassador Daniel Kriener persona non grata “represents a threat against Germany,” Guaido was quoted on Thursday as telling Der Spiegel.



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Venezuela orders German ambassador to leave the country

Venezuela orders German ambassador to leave the countryCARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Venezuelan government on Wednesday ordered the German ambassador to leave the country after he expressed support for Juan Guaido, escalating a diplomatic standoff with a group of about 50 nations that recognize the opposition leader as the country's interim president.



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British Jews apply for German nationality as Brexit looms

British Jews apply for German nationality as Brexit loomsBERLIN (AP) — Simon Wallfisch grew up in London as the grandson of an Auschwitz survivor who had sworn to never return to the country that murdered her parents and 6 million other Jews.



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Europe snow: Two die in French Alps trying to control avalanche as three German cross-country skiers killed

Europe snow: Two die in French Alps trying to control avalanche as three German cross-country skiers killedTwo ski resort workers have been killed in Morillon, a French Alps destination popular with Britons, by explosives they were using to spark an avalanche to keep the slopes safe for skiers. Their deaths came as three German cross-country skiers died and a fourth was reported missing following an avalanche in western Austria. The incident in Morillon occurred at around 8:30 am local time on Sunday as the workers were preparing the explosives at a height of 1,800 meters in the family resort in the Haut-Giffre valley. Police said it had been confirmed that they were killed by the explosion and did not die after being caught up in the avalanche the blast set off. They had been sent out to do their job in the Lanches sector of the resortbefore the ski slopes were opened to the public, after a night of heavy snowfall. Skiers had been warned that the risk of avalanche was at four on a scale of one to five. Setting off explosives, often dynamite, is a common technique used in ski resorts to spark avalanches that might otherwise happen when slopes are packed with skiers. Various methods are used, with some involving ski workers skiing to a spot above where experts believe the avalanche may take place, placing explosives there and later detonating them remotely. “The specialist pisteurs who are involved in securing the trails and roads from avalanches with explosive devices go through extensive training,” said Henry Schniewind from Henry’s Avalanche Talk, a website which offers advice and training for off-piste skiers. “Their job involves hazards from avalanche danger that most of us are aware of; the danger from explosives seems less apparent. Today’s tragedy is a reminder to us all about how brave these men and women are,” he told The Daily Telegraph. It was not immediately clear which avalanche control method was being used by the workers in Morillon, where a 21-year-old skier was killed by a falling tree earlier this month. The mountain gendarme unit from the town of Chamonix has been tasked with the investigation into their deaths and has sent officers to the scene, where they will work with rescue workers from the resorts of Flaine and Araches. The deaths reported in Austria were those of two men aged 32 and 36 and a third aged 56, all German cross-country skiers, who were found on Saturday evening, while a 28-year-old man still missing. The avalanche that killed them came after several days of heavy snowfall which saw the army called in to secure roads and buildings and help with a number of evacuations.



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German man drives into crowds, injures 5

German man drives into crowds, injures 5BERLIN (AP) — A German man has been arrested after repeatedly driving into crowds of people, injuring at least five, in what authorities said Tuesday appeared to have been intentional attacks against foreigners.



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