January 5, 1990 |
Former East German leader Erich Honecker, toppled by a peaceful protest movement late last year, has kidney cancer, the official ADN news agency said today. It said the 77-year-old Honecker, removed from office in October and being investigated on suspicion of abuse of office, has been examined at an East Berlin clinic. "A report supplied to the state prosecutor says that Honecker is suffering from a malignant tumor of the kidney, which doctors believe needs treatment," ADN said.
April 17, 1990 |
About 2,000 people marched to a Soviet air force base to protest the accidental explosion of two missiles, the East German news service ADN reported. Demonstrators gathered at the Tutow base near Neubrandenburg to demand a halt to the use of live ammunition by planes on training flights and to call for the closing of the base, ADN said. It said the demonstration was prompted by an accident last week in which two missiles from a Soviet fighter plane exploded, damaging five farm silos.
December 14, 1987 |
Communist East Germany released 24,621 prisoners under a two-month general amnesty that ended over the weekend, the official news agency ADN said Sunday. Western sources said the amnesty included about 2,000 political prisoners. The amnesty, which ended Saturday, marked the 38th anniversary of the founding of East Germany. It did not include people convicted of war crimes, espionage, murder or crimes against humanity. ADN said 2,714 more prisoners will not have to serve their sentences.
January 18, 1990 |
East German hang-gliding enthusiasts, whose sport was formerly banned in case they tried to fly over the country's heavily guarded borders, have formed a club in East Berlin. The official news agency ADN said Wednesday that the club will begin giving hang-gliding lessons in March.
January 30, 1990 |
East German Communist Party leader Gregor Gysi has canceled a visit to the United States because of his country's political problems, the official news agency ADN said Monday. He was due to visit Washington and New York today through Thursday.
April 27, 1988 |
One person was killed and several were injured when two East German passenger trains collided Tuesday after one driver failed to see a stop signal, the official ADN news agency reported. It said both locomotives and four carriages were derailed in the crash, which occurred near Rostock in the north of East Germany.
April 1, 1988 |
East German leader Erich Honecker held talks Thursday with the Warsaw Pact commander in chief, Marshal Viktor G. Kulikov, of the Soviet Union, ADN news agency reported. It said that Honecker, the Communist Party general secretary and head of state, and Kulikov discussed "topical questions on the military-political situation." It did not elaborate.
July 24, 1988 |
A second group of U.S. missile base inspectors arrived in East Germany Friday to check Soviet compliance with the intermediate-range nuclear forces (INF) treaty, the official ADN news agency said.