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German official's limousine stolen

July 26, 2009|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

Thieves stole German Health Minister Ulla Schmidt's official limousine from near the Spanish town of Alicante while she was on holiday.

Schmidt, a Social Democrat in conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition government, had been using the black Mercedes for official appointments, including meetings at retirement homes, hospitals and schools, a spokeswoman said.

She said the thieves broke into the driver's room and took the keys.

Alicante, on the Costa Blanca in southeastern Spain, is a popular retirement and holiday spot for Germans.

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