Cologne is one of the most populous cities in Germany, located in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Cologne attracts many tourists, especially at the start of Lent, and is a hub for Germany’s cultural events and exhibitions.
Thousands of Kurds marched through the streets of Germany’s Cologne to protest Turkey’s military campaign against Kurdish militias in Syria’s Afrin. Clashes erupted when police stepped in to break up the protest.
Police have arrested several people in Berlin and Cologne over suspected sexual assault against women during New Year’s Eve celebrations, police and media say. Most of the suspects were young men from Syria and Afghanistan.