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Germany News in Brief - April 23, 2015

Merkel: Stop migrant traffickers

BERLIN – Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday that everything would be done to prevent more migrants dying in the Mediterranean in their quest for a better life in Europe.

“We will do everything to prevent further victims perishing in the most agonising way on our doorstep in the Mediterranean which isn’t compatible with our values,” Merkel told a meeting with non-governmental organisations in Berlin. “We must and will do everything to stop traffickers,” she added.

Earlier her spokesman said Merkel, like millions of Germans, was appalled by Sunday’s capsizing of a fishing boat off the coast of Libya in which more than 700 people drowned, a few days after hundreds died in another incident.

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Ceremonies mark liberation of 2 Nazi camps 70 years ago

Officials in Germany have commemorated the liberation of two Nazi concentration camps 70 years ago in the closing days of the Second World War.

Petr Mischtschuk, a survivor of the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, reflects on the anniversary of the liberation of the camp by Polish troopsPoland’s first lady, Anna Komorowska, joined in remembrance activities on Sunday at the site of the Ravensbrück women’s camp in northern Germany. Many of the prisoners came from Poland.

Komorowska, wife of Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski, planted a memorial rose along with Daniela Schadt, partner of German President Joachim Gauck, and camp survivor Annette Chalut.

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Simba's ordeal

A cat has been freed after surviving for four weeks while walled in under a bathtub.

Simba is slowly recovering after his weeks-long ordealSimba, from Meckenheim in North Rhine-Westphalia, was freed by firefighters after a neighbour heard a scratching sound in her newly-renovated bathroom.

“It’s a miracle,” said owner Helga Henkel, who lost track of Simba at the beginning of March. “We looked everywhere for Simba, hung up notices, watched out for cats’ eyes with a torch at night,” she said.

Professor Reto Neiger of the Small Animals Clinic in Gießen said that cats could survive for a long time on very little water, as they were formerly desert-dwelling animals.

Although four weeks is a long time to survive in such a case, it’s not completely out of the ordinary, he added.

Henkel said that while Simba isn’t quite back to his old self yet, he has already regained a lot of his lost weight.