Attacks in Cologne Focus Attention on Migrants
German officials say nearly all the suspects for a rash of attacks on women in Cologne on New Year's Eve were "of foreign origin."
Ralf Jaeger, the interior minister from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, said Monday, based on police reports and eyewitness accounts, that "all signs point" to the suspects "being North Africans and people from the Arab world." He said that 19 suspects are currently being investigated, including 14 men from Morocco and Algeria. Ten of the suspects are asylum seekers, nine of whom arrived in Germany after September 2015.
Tensions are running high in Cologne with more than 500 reports from women about the assaults. Around 1,000 men are said to have surrounded, harassed and sexually assaulted women, many of whom were also robbed of their belongings, in front of Cologne's main train station on New Year's Eve.
Two Pakistanis and a Syrian were injured in separate attacks Sunday by mobs in Cologne. Police say a group of about 20 people late Sunday attacked six Pakistanis, two of whom had to be hospitalized. A short time later, a group attacked and injured a Syrian man.
Reports: Russia to Spend Less on International Space Station
Russian media say the government plans to cut the amount of money it spends on the International Space Station during the next decade.
The Izvestiya daily reports the latest budget drafts for 2016-25 include about $3.3 billion in spending on the station, or about $330 million a year. That is a 10 percent reduction from a previous draft in April.
Russia's space agency is one of five that works together to operate the station with a rotating crew of astronauts that conduct experiments. Russia plays a key role in transporting the crew to and from the station, since the United States retired its fleet of vehicles to send astronauts into space.
The United States has funded the largest portion of the station's budget since it launched in 1998 and currently spends about $3 billion a year on the project.