Picture of the day
"Deportation is murder"
Hundreds protested the deportation of dozens of people to Afghanistan at Frankfurt Airport on Wednesday, saying no one is safe in the Central Asian republic. Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere defended the deportations as a line Germany must hold. Source:
Quote of the day
A federal judge sentenced Oliver Schmidt, the former general manager of Volkswagen's US Environment and Engineering Office, to seven years in prison and a $400,000 fine for his role in the Dieselgate cover-up.
Graph of the day
A dying breed
The Ruhr area's last coal mine will be closed in 2018. In coal's heyday, one in 10 Germans worked in mines; the phaseout has left the industrial part of North Rhine-Westphalia with the highest unemployment rates in the country.
Band of the day
Promoting their new album, Irish rock band U2 rode Berlin's U2 subway line and performed at the Deutsche Oper stop. Municipal transit agency BVG tweeted: "People complained our ticket inspectors don't speak enough English, so we sent in some native speakers." Source: