Oh, Dresden. You never did have a great reputation for open-mindedness, but this story takes the biscuit. An Egyptian woman living in Dresden takes somebody to court for racial abuse. She wins, he appeals, then stabs her to death in the courtroom. Police in the court step in, and heroically shoot her husband, him being the only person trying to stop the murder in progress. It’s not much surprise that [Egyptians are pretty pissed off](http://mideasti.blogspot.com/2009/07/marwa-al-sherbini-case-and-outrage-of.html)
In somewhat more trivial news from the city, Dresden zoo has [come to its senses](http://www.thelocal.de/society/20090710-20513.html), and accepted that naming a baboon after Barack Obama might not be the best way of honouring the President’s recent visit to the city. Thank God for small mercies.

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