Kirsten Grieshaber

  • Donald Trump Oct 22, 2019

    Russia, Turkey Seal Power in Northeast Syria With Accord

    Russia and Turkey reached an agreement Tuesday that would cement their power in Syria, deploying their forces across nearly its entire northeastern border to fill the void left by President Donald Trump’s abrupt withdrawal of U.S. forces. The accord caps a dramatic and swift transformation of the Syrian map unleashed by Trump’s decision two weeks ago to remove the American...

  • Donald Trump Oct 22, 2019

    Iraq Says American Troops Leaving Syria Cannot Stay in Iraq

    U.S. troops leaving Syria and heading to neighboring Iraq do not have permission to stay in the country, Iraq’s military said Tuesday as American forces continued to pull out of northern Syria after Turkey’s invasion of the border region. The statement appears to contradict U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who has said that under the current plan, all U.S. troops...

  • Mayor Sep 23, 2019

    Beer Flows as Overcrowded Oktoberfest Opens in Munich

    The first keg was tapped, and the beer started flowing as the 186th Oktoberfest got underway Saturday in the southern German city of Munich. Mayor Dieter Reiter inserted the tap in the first keg with two blows of a hammer and the cry of “O’zapt is” — “it’s tapped.” As tradition demands, he handed the first mug to Bavarian governor...

  • Europe Jul 25, 2019

    Europe Melts Under Sahara Heat Wave, Smashes Heat Records

    Even ice cream, Italian gelato or Popsicles couldn’t help this time. Temperature records that had stood for decades or even just hours fell minute by minute Thursday afternoon and Europeans and tourists alike jumped into fountains, lakes, rivers or the sea to escape a suffocating heat wave rising up from the Sahara. On a day that no one on the...

  • Iraq Sep 2, 2018

    German Police End March Envisioned as Far-Right Springboard

    Police in eastern Germany brought an early close Saturday to an anti-migrant march that far-right activists hoped would launch a nationwide movement to challenge the political establishment, with the fatal stabbing of a German citizen as the catalyst. A trio of nationalist groups held separate rallies in the city of Chemnitz over the Aug. 26 slaying for which a Syrian...

  • United States Jul 6, 2018

    Anne Frank's Family Tried to Escape to US, Hit Roadblocks

    Research suggests the family of Anne Frank, the world famous Jewish diarist who died in the Holocaust, attempted to immigrate to the United States and later also to Cuba, but their efforts were thwarted by America’s restrictive immigration policy and the outbreak of World War II. The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum said Friday...

  • Governor Apr 8, 2018

    German Van Driver Had Run-Ins With Police, Suicidal Thoughts

    The 48-year-old German man who drove a van into a crowd in Muenster was well-known to police, had a history of run-ins with the law and had expressed suicidal thoughts to a neighbor last month, German prosecutors said Sunday. The man, whose name was not released, killed two people and injured 20 others Saturday afternoon by crashing into those drinking...

  • New York Nov 21, 2017

    German Police Retrieve 100 Stolen John Lennon Items

    German police recovered around 100 items that belonged to late Beatles star John Lennon that were stolen from his widow in New York, including three diaries, two pairs of his signature metal-rimmed glasses, a cigarette case and a handwritten music score. The retrieved possessions were displayed Tuesday at Berlin police headquarters. “This was a spectacular, unusual criminal case,” police spokesman...

  • Donald Trump Nov 11, 2017

    US Cities, States Defy Trump, Still Back Paris Climate Deal

    A group of U.S. states, cities, businesses and universities said Saturday they are still committed to curbing global warming even as U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration is walking away from the Paris climate accord. But the alliance, which has an economy larger than Japan and Germany combined, says it won’t be able to achieve the necessary cut in greenhouse gas...

  • head Aug 27, 2017

    8 Mountain Climbers Die in 3 Accidents in European Alps

    Eight mountain climbers have died in three different accidents this weekend in the Austrian and Italian Alps. The Austrian Red Cross said five mountain climbers died Sunday in the Austrian Alps in Wildgerlostal on Mount Gabler, east of Innsbruck, and a sixth climber was severely injured, the Austrian news agency APA reported. The group of six men from Altoetting in...

  • The Associated Press Jul 12, 2017

    German Police Arrest 4 in Brazen Gold Coin Heist in Berlin

    Hundreds of German special police raided several buildings in Berlin early Wednesday, arresting four suspects in connection with the brazen heist of a 100-kilogram (221-pound) Canadian gold coin stolen from one of the city’s museums earlier this year. Heavily-armed masked police arrested the suspects, one wearing a hood over his head, in Berlin’s Neukoelln neighborhood. Another nine people are being...

  • China Jun 24, 2017

    Berlin Gives Celebrity Welcome to 2 Giant Pandas From China

    Two giant pandas — Meng Meng and Jiao Qing — received a celebrity welcome Saturday in Berlin from the German capital’s mayor and the Chinese ambassador after they safely weathered a long flight from China. Meng Meng and Jiao Qing flew the animal equivalent of first class, getting royal treatment on their 12-hour-flight from Chengdu in southwestern China. Their entourage...

  • United States May 30, 2017

    Reliving Communist Past Helps Ease Specter of Dementia in East German Patients

    Every weekday morning, white-haired women patiently line up before a door at a Dresden retirement home, step in, and quickly step back nearly six decades into their past in Communist East Germany. Most of the women — in their late 70s at the youngest — are suffering from severe dementia, but the reminders from bygone days trigger memories and skills...

  • head Feb 22, 2017

    Stolen Nazi ‘Arbeit Macht Frei' Gate Returned to Dachau

    The wrought iron gate to the Nazis’ Dachau concentration camp, which prompted an international outcry when it was stolen more than two years ago, has been returned to the German memorial site. The gate, bearing the slogan “Arbeit macht frei,” (“Work sets you free”), was located in Norway’s western Bergen area after authorities received an anonymous tip late last year....

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