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Authorities in western Germany are investigating 30,000 people suspected of taking part in a child abuse network.

Peter Biesenbach, Justice Minister for the North Rhine-Westphalia state, told reporters on Monday that the investigation's findings so far were "extremely disturbing".

"We need to recognise that child abuse is more widespread online than we previously thought", he added.

The probe was launched in October after police arrested a man in Bergisch Gladbach, near...

The 'Kentler Project' in West Berlin routinely placed homeless children with pedophile men, assuming they'd make ideal foster parents. A study has found the practice went on for decades.

Starting in the 1970s psychology professor Helmut Kentler conducted his "experiment." Homeless children in West Berlin were intentionally placed with pedophile men. These men would make especially loving foster parents, Kentler argued.

A study conducted by the university of Hildesheim has found...

As Black Lives Matter protests persist worldwide, a German study reveals that discrimination against people based on their ethnic origin has increased. The report warns of serious consequences for society.

Ever since the violent death of an African-American man, George Floyd, at the hands of police two weeks ago, a wave of protests has been rolling across the US.

Many people in Germany were also shocked by footage in which he is seen in mortal agony while being subjected to...

In Germany, a letter was sent to three mosques in the cities of Munich and Duisburg under the Religious Affairs Turkish-Islamic Union (DITIB), with piggy pictures and insulting statements.

Letters were sent to the DITIB Central Mosque in Munich on the first day of the Ramadan Feast, on the second day, on the Duisburg Mosque, on the second day, and to the Duisburg Central Mosque on the third day, with letters containing heavy insults on the religion and values of Islam.

It is...

espite COVID-19 measures, members of Germany's anti-Muslim and xenophobic Pegida movement held a demonstration approved by the Dresden authorities on Monday evening.

However, only 15 members were allowed to take part in the demonstration in the eastern city in the state of Saxony. Under police supervision, they gathered behind a barrier, while an estimated several dozen supporters stood far apart from them.

An estimated 30 counter-demonstrators also gathered at a distance from...

Germany may run into a shortage of critical medical equipment and hospital capacity even though the country has done relatively well in combating the coronavirus so far, scientists and politicians warned Sunday.

“We can’t rule out we’ll have more patients in need of ventilators than equipment,” Lothar Wieler, president of the public health group, Robert Koch Institute, told German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. The country “clearly has to acknowledge that capacities...

A bullet letter and a gun bullet were sent to a mosque in the town of Röthenbach near Nuremberg, Germany.

“You will never be safe” statement was stated in the letter of threats sent to the Röthenbach Mosque, which is affiliated with DITIB.

DITIB Röthenbach Mosque Association President Recep Çalık said in the statement that they opened the letter, when the letter sent by mail in the morning was left to the administration room by the official.

Çalık said, “When our friends...

Shots were fired at a building complex housing a hookah (or shisha) bar in the German city of Stuttgart on Saturday, police have said.

An unknown perpetrator shot at a window at the entrance to the building and at the window of the hookah bar, which was closed at the time.

Police said that one bullet pierced the window of the bar, while the other withstood the attack.

It is not known when the shooting took place. The damaged windows were discovered on Saturday afternoon...

German teens continue to share highly violent, extremist and illegal content on online chat group platforms like WhatsApp, according to a report published Wednesday by newspapers of the Funke Mediengruppe. The German Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) pointed out the danger of teen chat groups, calling them "radical and brutal."

"Most of the time, the videos included music and commentary that they thought was funny," Markus Koths, head of the BKA's cybercrime unit told Funke...

Eleven people were killed in shooting incidents on Wednesday night in the German town of Hanau near Frankfurt in what Bild newspaper said may have been a right-wing extremist attack.

The news prompted immediate soul searching in a nation gripped by concerns about the rise of the far right, which is upending the traditional political order in Europe’s biggest economy and disrupting the final stages of Angela Merkel’s four-term chancellorship.

Nine were killed in two separate...

Investigators are probing an event held by regional parliamentarians from the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, at which xenophobic coloring books were allegedly handed out, German media reported on Tuesday.

The AfD event took place in Krefeld, 20 kilometers (12 miles) northwest of Dusseldorf, in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

In response to a tweet, local police said: "We are aware of these children's coloring books. We already have a complaint against the AfD...

Muslim communities in Germany have called for more police protection after the arrest of members of a rightwing extremist group that is believed to have been plotting large-scale attacks on mosques around the country.

Twelve men who were arrested following police raids on Friday had been planning attacks using semi-automatic weapons on worshippers during prayers in 10 German states, said to have been inspired by those carried out in New Zealand last year, according to a government...

The German police have busted a far-right terrorist group that planned simultaneous attacks on several mosques in 10 different states, German media outlets said Monday.

Twelve suspects, all German citizens, were detained during a raid on the group.

According to the German-language daily Spiegel, the police found several guns and one so-called slam gun, which the terrorists built themselves. Other media outlets reported that the police also recovered grenades and Nazi insignia...

Unknown assailants broke the windows of an Arabic mosque and a Muslim prayer room in the Germany city of Ulm late January, German Islamic magazine IslamiQ says. The places were targeted three times and the attacks caused damage worth about 4,000 euros, the police told the press.

According to police spokesman Wolfgang Jurgens, the attacks were carried out on the nights of Jan. 27, 28 and 31. However, in the official police reports, the attacks on the Islamic places of worship were not...

Every other day in 2019 a mosque, a Muslim institution or a religious representative in Germany was attacked against Islam.

"This is right-wing terror, which must be resolutely countered," explains Christine Buchholz, a member of the Left Bundestag. "The threat to people, mosques and other Muslim institutions is unacceptable."

Since January 2019, this has identified a certain sub-group of Islamophobic attacks, namely those on meeting places, cultural associations, cemeteries,...