ROME (AP) – A drunken driver plowed into a group of young German tourists in northern Italy early Sunday, killing six people and injuring 11 others, Italian authorities said.
The deadly crash occurred in a village near Valle Aurina, near Bolzano in the Alto Adige region, shortly after 1 a.m. as the Germans – who were between the ages of 20-25 – gathered to board their bus.
The largely German-speaking autonomous region of northern Italy, with its ski resorts in the Dolomites and quaint villages around Bolzano, is popular with German tourists.
“The new year begins with a terrible tragedy,” said the regional president of Alto Adige, Arno Kompatscher. “We are left stunned.”
The driver of the car had a high blood alcohol content and was driving particularly fast, a Carabineri police official in Brunico told The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to give his name. He said police had concluded that the car crash into pedestrians was not an act of terrorism.
BERLIN — Three women are under investigation in Germany for launching paper sky lanterns for the new year which apparently ignited a devastating fire that killed more than 30 animals at a zoo, officials said Thursday.
The three local women — a mother and her two daughters, ages 30 to 60 — went to police in the western city of Krefeld on New Year’s Day after authorities held a news conference about the blaze, criminal police chief Gerd Hoppmann said.
The fire started in a corner of the ape house’s roof in the first minutes of the new year and spread rapidly. The zoo near the Dutch border says the ape house burned down and more than 30 animals — including five orangutans, two gorillas, a chimpanzee and several monkeys — were killed, as well as fruit bats and birds. The animals either burned to death or died from smoke inhalation, authorities said.
Hoppmann said the women had ordered five sky lanterns on the internet and told authorities that they had believed they were legal in Germany. He added that there was nothing in the product description showing that they were banned.
Krefeld Zoo initially said all the animals had been killed, but later reported two chimpanzees had survived.
The 2,000 sq m (6,500 sq ft) enclosure housed rare Bornean orangutans, chimpanzees and marmosets.
Police say the fire may have been caused by Chinese or “sky” lanterns used to celebrate New Year.
Source: Monkeys die in German zoo fire
Noch schöner wäre es gewesen, wenn Du zusätzlich auch berichtet hättest, wie freundlich und kompetent Du von unserem Team an Deinem Sitzplatz in der Ersten Klasse betreut worden bist. #Greta 2/2— Deutsche Bahn AG (@DB_Presse) December 15, 2019
A German train company claimed Greta Thunberg travelled in first class after the climate activist posted a picture of herself sat on the carriage floor with bags and suitcases.
Deutsche Bahn wrote in a tweet that the 16-year-old climate activist sat in first class on the German train while travelling back home to spend Christmas with her family
The company tweeted: “Dear Greta, thanks for supporting us railroad workers in the fight against climate change.
“We were pleased that you were on the ICE 74 with us on Saturday.
“And with 100 per cent green electricity.
“It would have been nicer if you had also reported how friendly and competently you were looked after by our team at your seat in first class.”
The train company later confirmed the climate activist had travelled first class between the cities of Kassel and Hamburg.
A woman traveling without a ticket on a local tram line is being investigated for assault for spraying a ticket controller with breast milk, German police said Monday.
The 31-year-old woman was traveling with a male companion in the western city of Gelsenkirchen on Saturday when a ticket inspector requested their identification and told them to get off at the next stop.
“During the identification process, the woman exposed her breast and sprayed the ticket controller with breast milk,” police said in a statement.
The German defence ministry was forced to apologise on Wednesday after the military posted an image of Nazi-era uniform on social media as an example of “retro fashion”.
The uniform, complete with three swastikas, was posted on the armed forces’ Instagram account with a flashing colourful banner that read: “Retro”.
A second more detailed caption read: “Also #fashion is an aspect. To this day there are military-style elements in haute couture.”
The post was greeted with shock and anger in Germany. Gen Hans-Lothar Domröse, a former Nato commander, described it as “just plain tasteless”, while Florian Hahn, an MP from the Bavarian sister party to Angela Merkel’s CDU called it a “sorry post that should never have happened”.