Politics • European • Germany
Mother allegedly killed her five children, then tried to commit suicide

A 27-year-old mother allegedly killed her five children in the west German town so Solingen. The grandmother called the police and officer later found the bodies of the children in the woman's apartment. The woman jumped in front of a train after but survived severely injured. Her oldest son was unharmed.

Politics • American • US
Man killed in Portland shooting identified as Aaron J. Danielson

The man shot during a clash between right-wing supporters and protestors on Saturday was identified as Aaron J. Danielson by the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office, so Portland police officials. He died of a wound to the chest.

The right-wing group Patriot Prayer is mourning Danielson's death. A suspect has not been identified yet.

According to a spokesperson for Attorney General William Barr, the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are "actively offering support and resources" to Portland police.

Politics • American • Canada
Canada: Cannabis Record Suspension program with 257 granted pardons in first year
Canada: Cannabis Record Suspension program with 257 granted pardons in first year
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In 2019 Canada has revealed a program to grant Canadians an easy way to be granted a pardon if they have a criminal record for simple possession of cannabis.

Since the creation of the program, 458 people have applied for a pardon at the Parole Board of Canada (PBC). Out of these applications, 194 have been returned because of ineligibility or incomplete files. 257 have been granted and two have been discontinued. Five cases are still in the process.

In 2018 Canada has passed the Cannabis Act legalized and regulated the possession, distribution, consumption and cultivation of marijuana for recreational used.

Business • Economy
German retail: 5% increase in theft

In the German retail trade, the inventory differences have increased again. In the current study, the trade research institute EHI published a damage of €3.75 billion due to theft. If you add organizational errors such as incorrectly priced goods, the total damnages in 2019 have been around €4.4 billion. This makes for an increase of around 5% compared to 2018.

Politics • African
Five killed, 40 arrested in hostage situation at South Africa church
Five killed, 40 arrested  in hostage situation at South Africa church
Credit: South African Police Service (Public Domain)

Five people have been killed and six hospitalised after shooters took hostages at the International Pentecostal Holiness Church in Zuurbekom, South Africa on Saturday

South African Police Service said they had rescued men, women and children, and arrested at least 40 people. Officers also added they are investigating the possibility the attack may have been motivated by an internal feud between conflicting parties of the church.

Politics • African
Burkina Faso: 180 male bodies found in common graves in Djibo
Burkina Faso: 180 male bodies found in common graves in Djibo
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Multiple were discovered common graves in Djibo, Burkina Faso. The around 180 bodies were found in various location, including under bridges and in fields. Human Rights Watch believes government forces were behind the killings: "Available evidence suggests government forces were involved in mass extrajudicial executions."

The government said it would investigate these claims. Chérif Moumina Sy, the Minister of Defence, speculated that armed groups in stolen army uniforms and equipment could be behind the murders. He said: "It is difficult for the population to distinguish between armed terrorist groups and the defence and security forces."

Germany, Paderborn: Robbers seize €5,500 from attack on money transport
Germany, Paderborn: Robbers seize €5,500 from attack on money transport
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A former employee of a money transportation company has given inside information about trip plans and expected amounts of money to his three accomplices. They then took advantage of an unobserved moment in a parking garage on February 28 of this year and captured a sum of €5,500.

During the investigation, the suspects falsely accused one of the robbed drivers to be an accomplice.

Hamburg: Large-scale deployment of security services, police and fire brigade

After being warned of a burglary by a security service in Hamburg-Billbrook, the police searched for a fleeing perpetrator.

After an hour of search, the perpetrator was found hidden in a canal by the fire department and arrested by the police. The emergency serviced then treated the suspect for hypothermia. The police stated that they had an open warrant on the suspect in addition to the attempted burglary.

Germany, Bremen: Process over 157,000 stolen cigarillo sticks will end with deal

In 2014, a total of 10 to 15 people, including security guards who manipulated the alarm system, were said to have stolen 157,000 cigarillo sticks - worth almost € 3 million.

To speed up the proceedings, the accused, the public prosecutor and the court have agreed on a deal: Confessions will be rewarded with suspended sentences of between one and two months and two years. The verdict could be announced as soon as Thursday.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • TV & Movies
Actor Danny Masterson charged with three counts of rape in Los Angeles
Danny Masterson
Danny Masterson Credit: Oscar Rohena (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

"That '70s Show" actor Danny Masterson was charged with rape in three separate cases alleged to have from 2001 to 2003, the Los Angeles County district attorney announced Wednesday.

Masterson was arrested Wednesday night and released a few hours later on a $3.3 million bail.

Police identify new suspect in 2007 disappearance of Madeleine McCann
The tributes to Madeleine in the square in her hometown of Rothley on 17 May 2007.
The tributes to Madeleine in the square in her hometown of Rothley on 17 May 2007. Credit: Thesevenseas (Creative Commons CC0 Waiver)

A 43-year-old German prisoner who lived periodically in southern Portugal's Algarve region between 1995 and 2007 in a camper van is now the focus of Scotland Yard's investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann 13 years ago.

"It's more than 13 years since Madeleine went missing and none of us can imagine what it must be like for her family, not knowing what happened or where she is,"

"Following the tenth anniversary, the Met received information about a German man who was known to have been in and around Praia da Luz. We have been working with colleagues in Germany and Portugal and this man is a suspect in Madeleine's disappearance," Detective Chief Inspector Mark Cranwell said in a statement Wednesday.

Germany sees increase in politically motivated crime
Germany sees increase in politically motivated crime
Credit: Maximilian Scheffler

Politically motivated crime has increased dramatically in Germany by 14 percent. Slightly more than half of the 41,177 offenses are assigned to the right-wing scene.

Prison sentence for attempted bank robbery in Germany

In December 2019 an off duty security guard stopped a bank robbery at a post office in Görlitz (Saxony). The offender was sentenced to 40 months in prison, saying that he had no intention of harming any people in the bank and just wanted to intimidate them.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Music
Charity rejects $200,000 donation from rapper 6ix9ine

The rapper 6ix9ine had announced through an Instagram post, that he intends on donating $200,000 to the campaign No Kid Hungry which combats hunger and poverty issues in the United States. But the non-profit organization Share Our Strength, which runs the campaign, has publically declined the donation because of their policy to not accept "funding from donors whose activities do not align with our mission and values". He was previously convicted for multiple crimes, some of which involved minors.

Politics • European • Germany
Berlin police bust party with 32 attendees amid coronavirus lockdown
Berlin Police Car
Berlin Police Car Credit: Dick Elbers (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

During the early hours of Monday, Belin broke up a birthday party with 32 attendees in the German capital's central Mitte neighborhood

"If a girl together with 31 guests is celebrating her 16th birthday and her own mother has apparently rented a 2.5 room apartment in Mitte for this purpose, then, unfortunately, we aren't stopping by just to say congratulations," Berlin police tweeted.

Man in Taiwan fined $33,000 for breaking self-isolation

During a routine police check at a nightclub, the man was caught violating his mandatory 14-day self-isolation after he had returned from Southeast Asia. He got the maximum fine of 1 million Taiwanese Dollar which translates to around $33,000 US Dollar.