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Refugee photo shocks and shames Germany

The photograph of a security guard kicking an Algerian refugee in the head, watched by his colleague, has caused nationwide outrageA photograph appearing to show a refugee being abused at a home for asylum seekers has caused outrage in Germany. The image has been compared to those from Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib. Police are now investigating six cases of abuse at three different centres.

Authorities in North Rhine-Westphalia, where all six reported abuse cases took place, moved to tackle the scandal on Tuesday.

North Rhine-Westphalia’s state premier Hannelore Kraft said she was “dismayed” and “ashamed” about what had happened, while interior minister, Ralf Jäger, is set to unveil stricter checks on security guards at refugee reception centres.

Of the three centres where abuse took place, two were managed by the firm European Homecare who sub-contracted security to a Nürnberg firm called SKI. 

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Gambler's lucky escape

LuckyA down-on-his-luck gambler has been saved from prison by a slot machine when it paid out as he was about to be arrested.

Two officers were carrying out routine checks at an arcade in Bochum, North Rhine-Westphalia, late last week when they found the man who was wanted under an arrest warrant playing a slot machine.

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BFG fuel prices for October 2014

BFG fuel coupon selling prices for October are as follows:

Super 95(E5) – €7.45 (no change)

Super Plus – €8.15 (no change)

Diesel – €7.55 (no change)

Diesel Plus – €8.75 (no change)