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Germany v Netherlands cancelled after 'bomb threat'

Police block the road after a suspect item is found. Credit: Reuters

The HDI Arena in Hannover, which was due to host Germany's international football friendly with the Netherlands, has been evacuated and the game cancelled.

Police have also blocked the road outside the ground after a suspicious suitcase was discovered nearby.

Despite earlier reports of a bomb threat, the German Interior Minister said in a press conference that no explosives had been found and no arrests made.

The stadium announcement was made after some fans had already entered the ground.

One supporter described "lots of commotion" outside the stadium following the evacuation.


Merkel arrives in Turkey to discuss refugees crisis

German Chancellor Angela Merkel with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu Credit: APTN

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is holding talks with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu about how to tackle the flow of migrants from the Middle East to Europe.

Mrs Merkel has welcomed the refugees to Germany and has been resisting pressure to tighten border after the arrival of more than 10,000 every day.

More than a million refugees are expected to have arrived in the country by the end of the year.


Woman, 91, charged over 260,000 Nazi murder allegations

Prosecutors say the woman was a member of the Nazi SS. Credit: PA

A 91-year-old woman has been charged with 260,000 counts of accessory to murder over claims she worked at the Auschwitz death camp.

German prosecutors say the woman, who has not been named, was a member of the Nazi SS and worked as a radio operator at the complex in 1944.

Officials say she can be held accountable for the deaths because of her role.

The charges follow the conviction of 94-year-old Oskar Groening, the so-called 'Bookkeeper of Auschwitz', who was found guilty of being an accessory to the murder of 300,000 people. He was sentenced to four years in prison.

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