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Stern (German for "Star") is a German-language weekly current affairs magazine headquartered in Hamburg, Germany. Founded in 1948, it has grown to become one of Europe's largest magazines of its kind.
Fearing Mother-In-Law, Driver Caught Speeding Asks Police For Help
Bertrand Hauger

Fearing Mother-In-Law, Driver Caught Speeding Asks Police For Help

There are some things more terrifying than facing police arrest.

In Märkisches Kreis, Germany, a driver had a special kind of ask from the officer who had pulled him over for speeding, according to German weekly magazine Stern. As the local police department reported on its official Twitter account, here's how the conversation went:

— Police officer: "You were driving too fast."

— Driver: "Sorry, but I've got to pick up my mother-in-law. If I'm late, I'm going to have even less fun than here with you!"

The speeding son-in-law proceeded to ask if he could have a written "late note" he could show his mother-in-law. "For proof."

Protester in Beirut, Lebanon, on March 8

The Latest: Italy's Grim Milestone, Lula Free To Run, Biden's Dogs

Welcome to Tuesday, where Italy surpasses 100,000 coronavirus deaths, Lula is cleared of corruption charges, and the trial of the former police officer accused of murdering George Floyd starts. We also look at how the pandemic has impacted fertility rates in developed countries.

• COVID-19 latest: Italy passes 100,000 deaths mark, as it announces it will be the first EU country to start producing Russia's Sputnik V vaccine. Meanwhile, Latin America hits 700,000 fatalities, and the U.S. records less than 1,000 daily deaths for the first time in months, as the country's $1.9 trillion recovery bill is on the brink of becoming law.

• Myanmar coup: Three people were killed yesterday, as police used tear gas, sound grenades and rubber bullets to quell protests. Thousands defied curfew to demand the release of protesters held by security forces.

• Equatorial Guinea explosion update: The death toll from Sunday's explosions at a military compound has risen to 98, with another 615 injured. Spain has pledged to send humanitarian aid to the former Spanish colony.

• George Floyd murder trial: The trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minnesota police officer accused of killing George Floyd, is set to begin.

• Judge annuls Lula's convictions: A Supreme Court judge has annulled Brazilian ex-President Luiz Inácio "Lula" da Silva's conviction in a corruption scandal, opening the door to a possible run for president next year.

• Royal Wall of Silence: The tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey in which the Duke and Duchess of Sussex discuss racism within the royal family has been met with silence from Buckingham palace.

• "Major" incident: U.S. President Joe Biden's two dogs were sent back from Washington to the Biden family home in Delaware after Major, a 3-year-old German Shepherd, was involved in a "biting incident" with a member of White House security.

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