A 93-year-old man has been charged with 300,000 counts of accessory to murder for serving as an SS guard at the Nazis' Auschwitz death camp, according to prosecutors.
Speaking to the Associated Press, prosecutors said Oskar Groening was accused of helping operate the death camp in occupied Poland between May and June 1944, when some 425,000 Jews from Hungary were brought there and at least 300,000 almost immediately gassed to death.
In his job dealing with the belongings stolen from camp victims, prosecutors said among other things he was charged with helping collect and tally money that was found.
"He helped the Nazi regime benefit economically, and supported the systematic killings," state prosecutors in the city of Hannover said in a statement. Groening's attorney, Hans Holtermann, declined to comment on the charges.
Germany will not take part in air strikes on Islamic State. A German government spokesman said Chancellor Angela Merkel has ruled out joining the US in strikes.
Several people have been injured after an explosion rocked a chemical plant near Bremen, northwestern Germany.
One person was severely burned in the blast and that the explosion damaged a nearby residential area in the town of Ritterhude, police said.
Around 30 to 40 houses were damaged in the blast as it shattered windows, ripped doors from their frames and tore off roofs.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that Nato stands by the Founding Act even though Russia has broken it through its actions in Ukraine.
She said that new EU sanctions against Russia, due to be adopted today, could be suspended if a promised ceasefire materialises.
The Founding Act is a 1997 agreement between Nato and Russia agreeing how they are to pursue relations. Among other things, it covers the "permanent stationing of substantial combat forces".
Cab service Uber has been banned in Germany in the latest shot in a fight with the country's taxi drivers.
The ruling comes after Berlin authorities barred Uber from operating in the capital last month because of safety concerns.
The injunction applies pending a full hearing of a suit brought against Uber by a German group that offers a taxi-ordering app.
Their arguments were in line with those of established cab companies which claim Uber's app-based services, which offer limousines and pickups by private drivers, dodge rules that ordinary taxi firms have to abide by.
Black cab drivers in London have protested about California-based Uber, claiming its app contravenes rules that restrict the use of taxi meters. Protests have also taken place in Paris and Madrid.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has reportedly told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that he decided to send a humanitarian aid convoy into Ukraine because he could no longer wait.
According to the Kremlin account of the phone call, President Putin expressed "serious concern" about the military escalation in eastern Ukraine.
Germany's foreign minister has said his government is willing to send arms to Iraq and that it will provide military equipment in the coming days.
Germany's foreign intelligence agency recorded at least one phone conversation held by US Secretary of State John Kerry, a German magazine reported.
Der Spiegel cited unnamed sources as saying Germany security agents had intercepted Kerry's words when he was in the Middle East negotiating between Israelis, Palestinians and Arab states last year.
But the intelligence agency spokeswoman told Reuters Germany was not tapping the phones of allied countries and said the United States was not a target.
Germany's foreign minister has said he would go to the limits of what is "legally and politically possible" in terms of arming Iraqi Kurdish fighters.
He said he would ask what the Iraqi government expects of Europe on an upcoming trip to the country, and then decide how to proceed.