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Residents Say Flood-Hit German Towns Got Little Warning

AHRWEILER, Germany (AP) — Like other residents of his town in Germany, Wolfgang Huste knew a flood was coming. What nobody told him, he says, was how bad it would be. The 66-year-old antiquarian bookseller from Ahrweiler said the first …

Germany Defends Preparation for Floods, Considers Lessons

BERLIN (AP) — German officials are defending their preparations for flooding in the face of the raging torrents that caught many people by surprise and left over 190 people dead in Western Europe, but they concede that they will need …

Europe Flooding Toll Over 180 as Rescuers Dig Deeper

BERLIN (AP) –The death toll from flooding in Western Europe climbed above 180 on Sunday after rescue workers dug deeper into debris left by receding waters. Heavy rain fueled new floods in southeastern Germany and Austria, though not on the …

Report: German Collector Hid Art Out of ‘Love’

The recluse German collector who kept a priceless trove of art, possibly including works stolen by the Nazis, hidden for half a century says he did so because he “loved” them and that he wants them back. Cornelius Gurlitt told …

German Police Find No Evidence of Arson in Fatal Fire

German investigators say there is no evidence to indicate arson in a weekend fire that killed a woman of Turkish background and seven of her children in a building that also housed a German-Turkish cultural association. Ralf Michelfelder told reporters …

Germany: Fire at Apartment Building Kills 8

An early-morning fire Sunday at an apartment building in southwestern Germany left eight people dead, seven of them children, police said. Three other people were injured in the fire in Backnang, a town near Stuttgart, and taken to hospitals. Police …

Germany: Tighter Controls Needed on Meat Products

German officials on Monday vowed tighter controls on meat products and stronger penalties for companies that violate food-labeling rules as more items marketed as “all beef” were pulled from supermarket shelves after testing positive for horse meat. Consumer Protection Minister …

Germany: Robbers Dig 100-Foot Tunnel to Raid Bank

German police say robbers dug a 30-meter (100-foot) tunnel into the safe deposit room of a Berlin bank and escaped with their haul, setting a fire as they left to cover their tracks. Berlin police spokesman Thomas Neuendorf says the …

Fire at German Workshop for Disabled Kills 14

Fourteen people were killed and eight injured Monday when a fire broke out at a workshop for disabled people in Germany’s Black Forest region, authorities said. Scores had to be rescued from the building as it quickly filled with smoke. …

AIR Worldwide Launches Inland Flood Model for Germany

AIR Worldwide (AIR), a catastrophe risk modeling firm, released an inland flood model for Germany that determines the likelihood of flood losses from all types of storms. The model provides insurers and reinsurers with a tool for managing inland flood …