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Germany in Brief

Turkey makes the case for getting Patriot missiles, depression cases increase sharply in Germany, a Bavarian priest admits to molesting children and more.


Turkey wants German Patriot missiles to defend itself against a possible attack from Iraq.

Turkey Makes Case For Patriot Missiles

Turkey's government has stepped up its pressure on Germany and other NATO members to provide their ally with Patriot air-defense missiles for use in any conflict with Iraq, Turkish media reported on Wednesday. The German ambassador, Rudolf Schmidt, and his colleagues from France and Belgium were called to the Turkish Foreign Ministry to discuss the issue.

91 Percent Jump In Depression Cases Reported

The number of mental-illness cases is climbing in Germany, according to a study conducted by a health insurance company. The number of days that people missed work because of depression jumped 91 percent between 1997 and 2001, according to the Deutsche Angestellten Krankenkasse. Women missed work because of mental complaints 70 percent to 90 percent more frequently than men, the study found.

Priest Admits Abusing Children

A Catholic priest in Bavara confessed in court on Wednesday to sexually abusing 12 children. "I am ashamed of myself," the priest said. He is charged in 45 cases of sexual abuse. The children ranged in age between 9 and 14.

-- Compiled from wire reports.