German states mull tougher COVID rules as 4th wave hits hard
27 November 2021 | 6:34 am
As Germany reports another dismaying record in COVID statistics, its hardest-hit states are planning stricter curbs. Among other things, the country's beloved Christmas markets are being canceled one by one.
The Senckenberg Museum was temporarily closed after a suspected electrical fire left the building, famous for its dinosaur skeletons, contaminated with smoke. The damage from the fire was said to be minor.
The decision follows a similar move by Germany after a court in Tehran sentenced a German-Iranian citizen to death.
FBI Director Christopher Wray has accused China of obstructing US efforts to find the cause of the coronavirus pandemic. He said his agency believes COVID-19 spread due to a lab accident in the city of Wuhan.
Germany's government wants higher safety standards for smaller ships. Sea rescue organizations see this demand as a violation of the coalition agreement and as a hindrance to their mission.
A year ago, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz promised to upgrade the Bundeswehr with a massive one-off fund. Critics say not much has happened since.
The war in Ukraine is proving expensive, even in Germany, where the government has to save money and decide what is more important: International security or social welfare?
As he departs for Washington, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz feels he has a lot to show US President Joe Biden when it comes to supporting Ukraine. But for the latter, solidarity over China may top the agenda.
US officials are divided over the origins of the 2019 coronavirus but some still think it escaped from a Chinese lab. China denies the lab leak theory.
Protests outside abortion clinics and family planning centers are underway in Germany. Reproductive rights advocates point to the influence of US money and tactics on the anti-abortion movement in Germany and Europe.
Police say a search continues for German tourist Nick Frischke who went missing while hiking in South Africa. On Monday five suspects appeared in court in relation to the disappearance.
A potential ban could be on the table, media reports said. A German government spokesperson rejected the claim.
German authorities searched a vessel suspected of involvement in Nord Stream pipeline explosions, the German Prosecutors Office said. German ministers warned against hasty conclusions about responsibility for the blasts.
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