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Rising exports, Turkish tanks fuel German arms sales debate

Rising exports, Turkish tanks fuel German arms sales debateBERLIN (AP) — The German government fired back Wednesday at critics of its arms export policies, insisting that it takes great care not to approve the sale of weapons to countries that abuse human rights.



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German doctors in stand against 'invasive' age testing of asylum-seekers

German doctors in stand against 'invasive' age testing of asylum-seekersDoctors in Germany on Tuesday spoke out against proposals for medical tests to check the age of asylum-seekers. Leading politicians have called for compulsory tests amid allegations that migrants are lying about their age and posing as minors in order to avoid deportation and claim extra benefits. But senior doctors warned that medical tests would not be reliable and risked harming asylum-seekers’ health. “The investigations are complex, expensive and laden with great uncertainty,” Prof Frank Ulrich Montgomery, the president of the German Medical Association said. “If you carried them out on every refugee, it could interfere with human wellbeing.” The demands for medical tests have intensified since the killing of a 15-year-old girl who was stabbed to death with a kitchen knife in the street in south-west Germany last week. An Afghan refugee is accused of killing her in a jealous rage after she broke off their relationship. He claims he is also 15 but her family believes he is much older. An Iranian asylum-seeker is already on trial for the rape and murder of a woman jogger in 2016. The accused initially claimed to be 16, but has since admitted he is in fact 33.  Asylum applications in Germany Under German law minors face lighter sentences if they are convicted of crimes. Joachim Herrmann, the Bavarian interior minister, at the weekend called for mandatory age-testing and said his Christian Social Union party (CSU) would demand it in coalition talks with Angela Merkel. “Too many asylum-seekers are still falsely posing as adolescents,” Mr Herrmann said. “I want everyone who comes to our country and claims to be a teenager to have their age be medically checked. Minors cost the state more money in special care and have a lower criminal liability. We cannot just leave it like that.” Thomas Strobl, a senior MP in Mrs Merkel’s Christian Democrat party (CDU), called for compulsory X-rays to measure asylum-seekers’ bone development. “In cases of doubt, we should turn to medical examinations such as the X-ray of the carpal bones,” he said. But Prof Montgomery of the German Medical Association, a radiologist, said X-rays to test their age would expose migrants to unnecessary radiation. “X-rays without a medical indication are an invasion of physical integrity,” he told Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper. In criminal cases such as the killing of the 15-year-old girl, the courts can already order medical tests to determine the suspect’s age. But medical experts say the tests are unreliable and that stress and trauma can cause the human body to age faster.



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German police union chief slams NYE 'safe zone' for women

German police union chief slams NYE 'safe zone' for womenBERLIN (AP) — A German police union boss has criticized organizers of Berlin's annual open-air New Year's Eve party for designating a special "safety area" for women, saying it suggests they aren't safe from assault elsewhere.



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2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R – when only a German muscle car will do

2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R - when only a German muscle car will doPras Subramanian reviews the 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R.



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German Christmas market 'unlikely' the target in bomb scare

German Christmas market 'unlikely' the target in bomb scareBERLIN (AP) — German police said Saturday it appeared doubtful that a suspicious package containing nails that led to a bomb scare in a city near Berlin was targeted at a Christmas market.



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German court rules 'bookkeeper of Auschwitz' fit to go to jail

German court rules 'bookkeeper of Auschwitz' fit to go to jailA German court ruled on Wednesday that a 96-year-old German known as the “bookkeeper of Auschwitz” was fit to go to prison, rejecting his plea for the sentence to be suspended. Oskar Groening, who is physically frail, was sentenced to four years in prison in 2015 for his role in the murder of 300,000 people at the Nazi death camp Auschwitz. Prosecutors said in August that a medical examination showed Groening was fit to start serving his prison sentence, though Groening’s lawyer disputed that.



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German court: Kuwait Airways can refuse Israeli passengers

German court: Kuwait Airways can refuse Israeli passengersBERLIN (AP) — A German court ruled Thursday that Kuwait's national airline didn't have to transport an Israeli citizen because the carrier would face legal repercussions at home if it did.



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German police arrest suspect after 8 hurt in Munich knife rampage

German police arrest suspect after 8 hurt in Munich knife rampageA knife-wielding man randomly attacked passersby in central Munich on Saturday, lightly injuring eight people, police said as they excluded terrorism as a motive after detaining the suspected perpetrator. The 33-year-old suspect already has a police record for theft and violence and appears to suffer from “psychiatric problems”, Munich police chief Hubertus Andrae told a news conference. The man attacked people with his knife at random, causing light injuries to eight people: a 12-year-old boy, six men and one woman, said Andrae.



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German prosecutors charge former Majdanek death camp guard

German prosecutors charge former Majdanek death camp guardBERLIN (AP) — A former guard at the Majdanek death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland has been charged in Germany with being an accessory to murder for allegedly serving there during a period when at least 17,000 Jews were killed, prosecutors said Friday.



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Man's fingertip torn off as wild boar rampage puts German town under siege

Man's fingertip torn off as wild boar rampage puts German town under siegeTwo aggressive wild boars attacked and injured several people in the small German town of Heide on Friday morning, tearing through the town centre in a rampage which lasted for hours. Four people were injured, and one man’s fingertip was torn off, according to police reports. Others suffered leg injuries, as they were hit by the fully-grown animals in the northernmost state of Schleswig-Holstein.  The boars tore through the streets and ran through the market square, before making their way into a local bank branch, according to police, who issued a warning at around 9am urging people to avoid the town centre and to stay in their houses or in shops. One eyewitness saw a woman lying on the ground, screaming, after her trousers had been torn, according to German radio station NDR 1 Welle Nord. Another said they were "completely bewildered" and that the boars had come "out of nowhere".  After a large-scale operation, during which police and hunters chased the boar with stun rifles, one was killed by huntsman Uwe Ingwersen at 11am – two hours after the animals were first spotted – with a targeted head shot. The second ran away from the centre and police say it is now outside the city area.  Terror in Ditmarschen���� pic.twitter.com/mheLOKa5RK— Daggi (@danishkeks) October 20, 2017 Customers in the bank, which was invaded by the boars, were evacuated through open windows using ladders, according to police reports. Several cars were also damaged. Wild boar still roam the forests of Germany and are seen as a menace by much of German society. Marcus Börner, press officer at the Country Hunting Association, told the Schleswig-Holstein newspaper that it is highly stressful for boars, which have spread extensively in the state in recent decades, to be caught between walls and among so many people, causing them to become aggressive.  Earlier this year, a herd of wild boars attacked several people, injuring three, near Berlin's Tegel airport. Local media reported that it took authorities 18 shots to down one 200-kilogram boar, while the rest of the herd escaped.



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