Trump and the nuclear codes: Carnival again takes aim at politicians

US President Donald Trump, Brexit, Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Germany's right-wing AfD party: Floats unveiled Tuesday for this year's Carnival parades in Cologne and Mainz once again turn to political satire to entertain revellers.

Cologne police: Only few New Year's suspects were so-called 'Nafris'

Cologne police have corrected their statement on the nationalities of men checked by police during New Year's Eve festivities, almost two weeks after falsely reporting that they were mainly North African.

Far-right nationalists march in Cologne as counter-protesters rally

Around 100 far-right nationalists marched in the western German city of Cologne on Saturday, with protesters outnumbered tenfold by police, according to authorities.

Germany on alert for eve of 2017 after year overshadowed by violence

With a recent terrorist attack in Berlin fresh in the minds of people throughout Germany, New Year's Eve celebrations across the country are taking place under intensified security measures.

Security heightened at Cologne Cathedral for midnight mass

Bag searches were conducted for the first time ever at the Cologne Cathedral in Germany ahead of traditional Christmas Eve midnight mass.

Cologne lays out fresh New Year's security plan after mass assaults

Some 1,500 police officers will be deployed in Cologne on New Year's Eve and its central square will be fully fitted with surveillance cameras to avoid a repeat of last year's mass assaults against women, police chief Juergen Mathies said Monday.

25,000 Alevis and Kurds demonstrate against Erdogan in Cologne

Some 25,000 followers of the Alevi branch of Islam and ethnic Kurds took to the streets of the western German city of Cologne on Saturday to protest the policies of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Kurds protesting in Germany call for resistance to Erdogan

Kurdish demonstrators gathered in Cologne Saturday to protest the policies of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, just one day after a group of pro-Kurdish politicians were arrested in Turkey.

More than 2000 police deployed for hooligan rally in Germany

Around 2,000 police are being deployed to handle a demonstration by an estimated 500 suspected "hooligans" and neo-Nazis in the western German city of Dortmund, police reported Saturday.

German terrorist suspect planned to leave bomb in Cologne waste bin

A teenaged terrorism suspect detained in the German city of Cologne was recruited by the Islamic State militia via online chat groups and encouraged to plant a nail-filled bomb, local media reported Friday.

Syrian teen detained in Cologne over alleged bomb plot

A Syrian teenager detained in the German city of Cologne had ties to Islamic State militants and had been planning a bomb attack, police said Wednesday.

Syrian accused of throwing children out of window faces German court

A Syrian asylum seeker accused of trying to murder his three children by throwing them out of a window

30,000 Kurds march against Erdogan in Cologne

Some 30,000 Kurds protested the politics of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and demanded the release of jailed Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan at a demonstration in the German city of Cologne on Saturday

Austrian police detain nine men for rape of German woman at New Year

Police in Vienna have detained nine Iraqi men suspected of drugging and raping a 28-year-old German woman on New Year's Eve.

Police: Terrorism not a motive in Cologne gun-and-knife attack

A German homicide division is investigating a shooting and stabbing that took place early Monday in Cologne and left one man seriously injured, but police have ruled out terrorism as a motive.

Police: Suspects on the run after Cologne shooting that injured one

One person was seriously injured in a shooting in the western German city of Cologne early Monday and the suspects are on the run, police said.

Cologne rally draws up to 40,000 Erdogan-supporters after failed coup

As many as 40,000 supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gathered at a rally in the western German city of Cologne on Sunday, police said, many praising his government crackdowns in the wake of a failed coup in the country.

German police brace for 30,000 Erdogan supporters at Cologne rally

Thousands of police officers were bracing for a demonstration by an estimated 30,000 supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the western German city of Cologne on Sunday.

Demonstrators allowed to march against pro-Erdogan rally in Germany

Right-wing demonstrators will be allowed to march in protest against a rally planned this weekend in the western German city of Cologne in support of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a court official confirmed Saturday.

German police leery as pro-Erdogan protest planned in Cologne

German authorities are eyeing a planned Turkish demonstration in the western city of Cologne set for Sunday, with police saying it might have to be cancelled if violence seems likely.

Man ordered to pay fine after insulting German politician via email

The Cologne district court on Wednesday ordered a man to pay 2,250 euros (2,470 dollars) for insulting a German politician in their email correspondence.

Court sentences two men for New Year's Eve sex assaults in Cologne

A 21-year old Iraqi man was sentenced to one year probation on Thursday, becoming the first culprit found guilty of sexual assault during mass attacks at New Year's Eve celebrations in the western German city of Cologne.

Police halt flights from Cologne after man skips security checks

Flights at Cologne airport were grounded on Monday after a man slipped through security unchecked, a police spokeswoman said.

Cologne court rejects Erdogan's injunction against German publisher

A court in western Germany has rejected Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's motion for an injunction against the chief executive of media giant Axel Springer, a court spokeswoman told dpa on Tuesday.

Police: "Key suspect" in Cologne crimes arrested in Switzerland

A 19-year-old wanted on a European arrest warrant has been taken into custody in Switzerland and will be extradited to Germany for his role in crimes carried out in Cologne on New Year's Eve, police said Thursday.

German lottery winner to get over 76 million euros in record jackpot

A man from the Rhineland is set to receive a record 76.8-million-euro (85.8-million-dollar) lottery jackpot, the largest win in German lottery history.

First man charged for sex attack on New Year's Eve in Cologne

German prosecutors on Thursday laid the first formal sex-related charge against a man linked to the mass assault of women during New Year's Eve celebrations in central Cologne.

Police: Cologne carnival relatively peaceful, 35 sex assault charges

Cologne's annual street carnival has so far been relatively peaceful, police in the western German city said, despite having logged over 400 complaints by Sunday.

Sexual assault complaints surge at Cologne's annual carnival

The number of reported sexual assaults surged on the first night of Cologne's traditional carnival celebrations, police in the western German city said on Friday.

Cologne police receive 224 complaints during first night of carnival

Police said on Friday they have so far received a total of 224 complaints from people attending Germany's annual carnival in the western city of Cologne, which was the focus of mass sexual attacks and robberies against women on New Year's Eve.

2,500 officers deployed to police Cologne street carnival

Thousands of people took to the streets of Cologne on Thursday for the beginning of Germany's traditional carnival celebrations that are taking place under unprecedented security measures following a wave of crimes against women on New Year's Eve.

Cologne police double numbers for carnival after New Year attacks

Following a string of New Year's Eve sex attacks that shocked Europe, Cologne police on Monday pledged an intensified street presence and additional security measures for the city's next big party, carnival.

Rapist who escaped through beer hall toilet recaptured in Germany

A convicted rapist who made headlines in Germany after escaping from a beer hall toilet in the city of Cologne has been recaptured, the Justice Ministry in the western state of North-Rhine Westphalia said Saturday.

German prison guards to be investigated after rapist escapes

Two German prison guards will face a criminal investigation for letting a convicted rapist escape from a beer hall toilet, the prison in Aachen said Friday.

Cologne carnival steps up radio communication after attacks

The organizers of the Cologne carnival are stepping up their radio communication network for next month's parade following fears of violence after numerous attacks on women in the city on New Year's Eve, they announced on Friday.

Rapist on the loose in Germany after escape through beer hall toilet

A convicted rapist is on the loose in Cologne after escaping through a beer hall toilet while his guard was relieving himself, a police spokesman said on Thursday.

Police: First arrest on sexual assault charges in Cologne attacks

A 26-year-old Algerian asylum seeker is the first person to be arrested on sexual assault charges linked to a series of New Year's Eve attacks in Cologne that has forced Germany to question the wisdom of its open-arms policy towards migrants.

Cologne cops investigated for not stopping New Year's Eve assault

A group of Cologne police officers faces investigation for allegedly failing to perform their duty and protecting women who were assaulted by a large group of men in central Cologne on New Year's E

Number of Cologne New Year's Eve assault charges rises to 561

Eight new complaints were filed Tuesday related to a series of incidents in which women have reported being molested, groped and assaulted by groups of migrant men in Cologne, Germany, on New Year's Eve.

Three injured by mob amid growing tensions over Cologne attacks

Two Pakistanis and one Syrian man were attacked by groups of men in central Cologne, police said Monday, in an escalation of tensions prompted by a mass sexual assault that took place in the western German city on New Year's Eve.

Number of complaints filed in Cologne sex assaults now over 500

The number of cases reported to Cologne police following a night of mass sex assaults and thefts continued to rise sharply, with the latest official figures rising to 516 complaints from a previous 379.

Authorities investigating Paris knife attacker's link to German city

A man who attempted an attack on a Paris police station last week is thought to have spent time in an asylum shelter in Germany, prompting authorities in that country to investigate the link further.

Number of complaints filed in Cologne assaults rises to 379

The number of women coming forward with assault allegations after a night of sex attacks and thefts in Cologne has risen to 379, a police statement says.

Far-right march called off in Cologne after protesters turn violent

Police in Cologne began dispersing a far-right protest march on Saturday, after bottles and firecrackers are hurled at officials, a spokeswoman said.

Rightist protests over assaults pose new challenge for Cologne police

Cologne police were gearing up for a day of highly charged demonstrations on Saturday, with 1,000 far-right protesters expected to hit the streets in response to a night of mass sex assaults and thefts targeting women on New Year's Eve.

Police: Mob able to commit sex abuse due to "lack of personnel"

A lack of police officers and equipment created a "survival of the fittest" dynamic in which a mob of mostly foreign men physically prevented officers from helping female victims, a police report leaked to Spiegel magazine revealed Thursday.

Germany warns against scapegoating refugees after mass sexual assault

The German government condemned a series of sexual assaults on New Year's Eve in the western city of Cologne that has shocked the country, but warned against scapegoating refugees.

Lottery ticket sold in Germany set to yield nearly 50 million euros

One lucky person in Germany guessed the winning numbers to this week's Eurojackpot, winning nearly 50 million euros (54.3 million dollars), according to lottery officials Saturday.