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Doctor Shot Dead by Patient in German Hospital

VOA News German authorities said that a patient shot dead a doctor and killed himself at a university hospital in a southwestern neighborhood of Berlin Tuesday. Police had initially said that the doctor had received life-threatening injuries and was in intensive care. The shots were fired Tuesday around 1 PM local time at Benjamin-Franklin Hospital in the Steglitz district, police said. Police said there was no indication of a “terrorist background” to Tuesday’s attack. A series of attacks has rocked southern Germany in the past week. In this grab taken from video, police arrest a man in Reutilingen, Germany, July…
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Germany charges 93-year-old as accessory to 300,000 Auschwitz murders

Berlin (CNN) -- German prosecutors have charged a 93-year-old man with being an accessory to murder in at least 300,000 cases while working for the Nazis at the Auschwitz concentration camp. The man, from the German state of Lower Saxony, is accused of having helped remove the luggage left by new arrivals to the camp at the Birkenau rail platform. The aim was to get rid of any clues to the mass killings going on at the camp for inmates arriving later, the state prosecutor's office in Hanover said in a statement. The man, who was not named in the…
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Merkel and Putin Discuss Solution to Diplomatic Crisis in Ukraine

The German spokesman for the Chancellor, Angela Merkel, said that the German leader and Russian President, Vladimir Putin, discussed by phone possible measures to stabilize the situation in Ukraine and Transnistria, a breakaway territory between Moldova and Ukraine. In a telephone conversation with Merkel, Russian President confirmed that he gave the order for withdrawal of troops at the border with Ukraine. A spokesman for the Russian Ministry of Defense explained that a motorized infantry battalion, composed of hundreds of troops, is being withdrawn from the border. The Kremlin said in a statement that President Putin said that Ukraine should carry…
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Pope Francis Accepts Resignation of ‘Bishop of Bling’

Pope Francis accepted the resignation of the Bishop of Limburg, Germany, Franz Peter Tebartz van Elst, known as the "Bishop of Bling". The Bishop said in a letter sent to the Pope, that he "was unable to lead his diocese". It was reported that the prelate will be relieved of their duties and will be reassigned to another position. Tebartz van Elst had been separated the year of his duties due to his extravagant lifestyle and the excessive spending that he had incurred to renovate the official home of the bishopric, which was at cross purposes with the call for austerity…
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This Day In History

Today In History: March 25 1957

Signing of the Treaty of Rome The European Economic Community (EEC) and the European Atomic Energy Community (EAEC) were constituted by the Treaty of Rome. On this day in 1957 the EEC was formed, based on the current European Union. After a year of negotiations, France, Italy, the Federal Republic of Germany, Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg signed the Treaty of Rome. It was a series of agreements that began the construction of a new Europe that through economic integration would be a political union. The treaties established several stages in the process of integration in such a way that the…
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The EU Meets To Discuss Response To Russia

European Union leaders met from 14:30 GMT in Brussels to discuss a new response to block the Russian intervention in the Ukrainian region of Crimea. The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, said that the EU leaders would agree to new sanctions against Moscow. Merkel said before the Parliament of her country that Russia's actions meant that the G-8 (composed of Germany, Canada, France, United States, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom and Russia) no longer existed. Meanwhile, the Swedish Foreign Minister, Carl Bildt, told the BBC that the EU should offer clear support to Ukraine because the objective of Russia was not Crimea…
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Culture

New Bach Painting Recovered

Until today the world only knew Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) via the oil painting Elias Gottlob Haussmann made of ​​the composer in 1746. Now, a painting long thought to be lost has reappeared in Berlin. This is a pastel painting dating from 1730 when Bach was 45 years old and has been purchased by the Bach Museum in Eisenach, for 50,000 euros or about $70,000. The pastel, which has a Bach 16 years younger than Haussmann's oil painting, has been carefully studied and according to the director of the Bach Museum, Jörg Hansen, it is an authentic portrait of Johan…
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