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Hillary Clinton, Helen Mirren among guests in Berlin for 70th film festival

Feb 20, 2020 - 10:41 PM

Some 340 films from all 4 corners of the globe will be showcased, with 18 competing for the prestigious 'Golden Bear' prize

Berlin to host international conference on Libya

Jan 14, 2020 - 11:07 PM

'The aim of this process is... to support the efforts of the United Nations for a sovereign Libya and for the reconciliation process within Libya,' Chancellor Angela Merkel's office says

ANGELA MERKEL. Berlin will host an international conference on Libya. Image from Shutterstock

Mother and daughters investigated over German zoo fire

Jan 03, 2020 - 9:28 AM

The tragedy sparks an outpouring of sympathy, with tearful visitors lighting candles and leaving flowers and soft toys at the entrance of the zoo

Flowers, candles, stuffed animals and placards are placed at a makeshift memorial for the animals that died in a fire at the zoo's monkey house on January 1, 2020 at the main entrance of the zoo in Krefeld, western Germany. Fire ripped through the monkey house at Krefeld zoo on New Year's Eve, killing dozens of animals, including orangutans, chimpanzees and marmosets, the management said. Christoph Reichwein / dpa / AFP

IN PHOTOS: The world welcomes 2020

Jan 01, 2020 - 4:28 PM

From Tokyo to Athens, here's how cities around the world welcomed a new decade

Fireworks explode behind the quadriga of Berlin's landmark Brandenburg Gate to usher in the New Year on January 1, 2020. (Photo by Tobias SCHWARZ / AFP)

Legendary Berlin dance hall faces uncertain future

Dec 26, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Claerchens Ballhaus, a 106-year history has even seen the Macarena and was used as a set for a Quentin Tarantino film

A picture taken on December 8, 2019 shows a view of the main dance floor at Berlin dance hall Claerchens Ballhaus. - The dance floor of Claerchens Ballhaus has seen it all: from its first tangos in 1913 to balls for war widows to the Cuban rumba banned by the Nazis. This legendary Berlin institution with a 106-year history has even seen the Macarena and, more recently, was used as a set for a Quentin Tarantino film. Now the venue is facing an uncertain future. (Photo by John MACDOUGALL / AFP)

Boy oh boy! Twin male pandas charm Berlin zoo

Dec 09, 2019 - 9:24 PM

The cubs will be kept away from visitors 'until they can walk properly' and are more familiar with their surroundings, expected to be sometime in early 2020

TWINS. Two giant panda cubs Meng Yuan (L) and Meng Xiang are presented to the media after they were given their names at the Zoologischer Garten zoo in Berlin on December 9, 2019. Photo by John MacDougall/AFP

Sparkling wine, giant party as Germany marks Wall fall

Nov 10, 2019 - 8:20 AM

Germans mark the 30th year since the fall of the Berlin Wall with party, wine, and murals to remember their once-divided country

THE WALL. The mural painting "My God, Help Me to Survive This Deadly Love" by Russian painter Dmitri Vrubel, depicting the kiss between then Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev and East German leader Erich Honecker is projected on a stretch of the Berlin wall. Photo by Jogn Macdougall/AFP

On Wall anniversary, Merkel urges Europe to defend freedom

Nov 09, 2019 - 8:46 PM

'That applies to us all in East and West: we stand stripped of any excuses and are required to do our part for freedom and democracy,' says German Chancellor Angela Merkel

BERLIN WALL. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and official guests place flowers at the Wall Memorial during the central commemoration ceremony for the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, on November 9, 2019 at the Berlin Wall Memorial at Bernauer Strasse in Berlin. Photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

[OPINION] Before the fall: Remembering the casualties of the Berlin Wall

Nov 09, 2019 - 5:00 PM

On the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, I am reminded of new barriers rising around the world

BERLIN WALL. Scenes and sights of the remaining parts of the Berlin Wall. Photos by Jodesz Gavilan/Rappler

Pompeo warns against China, Russia on eve of Berlin Wall anniversary

Nov 08, 2019 - 9:27 PM

'Western, free nations have a responsibility to deter threats to our people' from governments like China, Russia, and Iran, says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

WARNING. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addresses a joint press conference with his German counterpart in Leipzig, eastern Germany, on November 7, 2019. Photo by John MacDougall/AFP

November 9, 1989: A day that changed the world

Nov 04, 2019 - 4:09 PM

Thirty years after the fact, a debate rages on: Was the sudden demise of the Berlin Wall, a prelude to that of the entire communist bloc, an accident of history, a slip of the tongue?

STUDYING THE WALL. In this file photo taken on April 21, 2009 schoolchildren visit a preserved segment of the 700m wall that cut the hamlet of Moedlareuth in two from 1966 to 1989. File photo by John Macdougall/AFP

Berlin, Paris want to create a European digital 'cloud'

Oct 30, 2019 - 1:44 PM

Dubbed 'Gaia-X', the project 'aims at setting up a secure and trustworthy data infrastructure for Europe,' says the German economy ministry


Voice-command ovens, robots for pets on show at Berlin's IFA tech fair

Sep 07, 2019 - 12:14 PM

Check out the trends and gadgets being introduced and making waves at Berlin's IFA technology fair

GALAXY FOLD. The Galaxy Fold 5G phone is presented at the booth of Samsung during the international electronics and innovation fair IFA in Berlin on September 6, 2019. Photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Meng Meng, Berlin Zoo's panda, is pregnant

Aug 27, 2019 - 9:30 PM

'Every birth of an endangered species like pandas is a great gift,' says Berlin Zoo director Andreas Knieriem

PREGNANT. In this file photo taken on July 10, 2017, giant panda Meng Meng enjoys some bamboo in her enclosure at the Zoologischer Garten zoo in Berlin. The zoo announced on August 27, 2019 that Meng Meng is pregnant and will give birth to at least one baby within the upcoming two weeks. File photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Race to remember Berlin Wall victims, 30 years on

Aug 17, 2019 - 8:40 PM

Around 500 runners start running Saturday, August 17, for the 8th edition of the Berlin Wall Race meant to commemorate those who died trying to cross the wall during the Cold War

BERLIN WALL RACE. Participants of the so-called Friendship-Run run past a remaining section of the Berlin Wall on the eve of the 8th edition of the Berlin Wall Race on August 16, 2019. Photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

U.S. urges Germany to 'help secure' Strait of Hormuz

Jul 31, 2019 - 8:30 AM

'Members of the German government have been clear that freedom of navigation should be protected... Our question is, protected by whom?' says the US Embassy in Berlin

Merkel says she's 'fine' after trembling spell

Jun 19, 2019 - 10:50 AM

The German Chancellor says she was just a bit dehydrated in the heat and dismissed concerns about her health

German Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Angela Merkel gives a speech during a party congress of Germany's conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party on December 7, 2018 at a fair hall in Hamburg, northern Germany. - German Chancellor Angela Merkel will hand off leadership of her party after nearly two decades at the helm, with the race wide open between a loyal deputy and a longtime rival. (Photo by Odd ANDERSEN / AFP)

Sleepless in Berlin: Nightingales flock to scruffy city parks

May 26, 2019 - 7:58 AM

A project by Berlin's Natural History Museum asks city dwellers to go out and record nightingales' song with their smartphone and upload it onto an app

Philippines makes bold tourism moves at ITB Berlin

Mar 16, 2019 - 8:50 PM

Tourism secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat promotes 'It's More Fun in the Philippines' in Europe

Photo by Carol Ramoran Malasig/Rappler

Inside a Berlin 'gaming house,' where the esports elite hone their skills

Mar 02, 2019 - 8:30 AM

The idea of a gaming house allows teammates to live and play together under one roof, with hours dedicated to improving performances

UNDER ONE ROOF. A gamer, member of the eSports outfit Team Vitality, plays video games in the training room on January 16, 2019 at a Gaming House in Berlin's western suburb Halensee. Photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

LOOK: Philippines marks 65th year of German ties with new model embassy

Feb 23, 2019 - 9:34 AM

The 7-story structure stands among Germany’s government buildings in Mitte, the central district of Berlin

FOREIGN Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr delivers a speech at the inauguration of the Philippine embassy in Berlin on February 18, 2019. Photo by Carol Ramoran /Rappler

Wars hit Berlin filmfest as Netflix lesbian drama premieres

Feb 14, 2019 - 5:50 PM

'Elisa and Marcela' tells the true story of a gay marriage in Spain a century ago

Migrant girls targeted in 2 Berlin assaults

Feb 10, 2019 - 11:32 PM

Authorities say the latest assault involved an unknown man repeatedly punching two Syrian girls, aged 15 and 16, in the face before running away

Filipino musical 'Marco Polo' ends successful preview run in Berlin

Nov 13, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Written by Filipino-Belgian director Rogelio Saldo Chua, the musical was born from his personal love for the world-famous explorer's tales

Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge sets new marathon world record

Sep 16, 2018 - 5:56 PM

The Olympic champion shaves over a minute off the previous world mark set by Dennis Kimetto

WORLD’S BEST. Eliud Kipchoge proves yet agains that he’s among the all-time best athletes. Photo by John Macdougall/AFP

Imams, rabbis ride tandems in Berlin rally for mutual respect

Jul 01, 2018 - 11:00 AM

'We imams and rabbis want to lead by good example,' says Muslim theologian Ender Cetin, who rode one of the 25 tandems as part of a 200-strong group of religious leaders and supporters

IN PHOTOS: Chaos and color in Labor Day rallies across the globe

May 02, 2018 - 8:25 AM

Here is a round-up of some of the biggest events on the annual workers' holiday

EFFIGY BURNING. Dutertemonyo effigy burning as part of International Labor Day commemoration led by Kilusang Mayo Uno in Mendiola. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

World War II bomb forces mass evacuation in central Berlin

Apr 20, 2018 - 8:26 PM

Trains, trams and buses were halted or rerouted as the operation to dispose of the British 500-kilogram bomb found more than 70 years after the war got underway

LEAVING. A policeman looks on as a woman pulls a suitcase through a street that is to be evacuated due to the disposal of a World War II bomb close to the Hauptbahnhof main railway station in Berlin's Mitte district on April 20, 2018. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

Trump-Merkel meeting set for April 27 – White House

Apr 18, 2018 - 8:33 PM

After enjoying a close relationship with president Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has seen ties with Washington worsen under Donald Trump

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and US President Donald Trump attend a working lunch during the Summit of the Heads of State and of Government of the G7, the group of most industrialized economies, plus the European Union, on May 26, 2017 in Taormina, Sicily. The leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, the US and Italy will be joined by representatives of the European Union and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as well as teams from Ethiopia, Kenya, Niger, Nigeria and Tunisia during the summit from May 26 to 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Justin TALLIS

German prosecutor requests Puigdemont extradition to Spain

Apr 03, 2018 - 5:48 PM

The request comes after protests by independence supporters at the weekend in Berlin and Catalonia calling for Carles Puigdemont's immediate release

EXTRADITION? Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont speaks during a debate at the University of Copenhagen on January 22, 2018. File photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

Wesley So finishes 7th in debut Fide Candidates Tournament

Mar 28, 2018 - 4:27 PM

Fabiano Caruana, who like Wesley So plays for the US national team, wins the tournament and earns the right to challenge world chess champion Magnus Carlsen

FINAL ROUND. Wesley So and Levon Aronian in the post-game media briefing after the 14th and last round of the Fide Candidates Tournament Tuesday held in Kuhlhaus Berlin. Photo by Nick Dunaevsky of Fide World Chess

Wesley So draw with Karjakin pushes Caruana into the solo lead

Mar 27, 2018 - 6:44 PM

So remains at 7th place with one win, 3 losses and 7 draws

DRAW. Wesley So says that he couldn't really consult anybody with regards to his matchup with Sergey Karjakin. Photo from FIDE World Candidates Tournament Facebook

Wesley So has vital role in world chess championship qualifier

Mar 25, 2018 - 8:15 PM

Wesley So faces new co-leader Sergey Karjakin in the penultimate round

Wesley So vs former world chess champion Vladimir Kramnik in Round 12 of FIDE Candidates Tournament at Kühlhaus in Berlin. Photo by Anastasya Karlovich, FIDE Press Officer

Wesley So collects sixth draw in Candidates Tournament

Mar 23, 2018 - 5:07 PM

Wesley So now affords a smile in the post-game press conference after pulling off an impressive draw in Round 10

ASIANS. Wesley So tangles with Dang Liren of China in a earlier round of the Fide Candidates Tournament in Beijing. Photo by Anastasya Karlovich, FIDE Press Officer

Another draw for Wesley So with 5 rounds to go

Mar 21, 2018 - 7:23 PM

Wesley So has interesting company in the cellar of the Fide candidates tournament

ALL AMERICAN. File photo of Wesley So and Fabiano Caruana playing in Round 8 of Fide chess candidates tournament in Berlin. Photo by Anastasya Karlovich, FIDE Press Officer

Round 7 loss all but eliminates Wesley So in Candidates Tournament

Mar 19, 2018 - 5:16 PM

Going into the second half of this top caliber tournament, Wesley So is at joint 7th and 8th with Levon Aronian

TIGHT SPOT. Wesley So erred in the endgame against Sergey Karjakin in Round 7 of FIDE World Candidates Tournament 2018. Photo by Anastasya Karlovich, FIDE Press Officer

Wesley So fends off Kramnik attack to draw in Rd 5 of Candidates Tournament

Mar 16, 2018 - 4:59 PM

In a battle between the youngest and the oldest of the 8 grandmasters in this elite cast, Wesley So claims a draw from former world champion Vladimir Kramnik

WORRIED. File photo of Wesley So, who remains tied for last in thecandidates tournament. From the Facebook account of Wesley So

Wesley So seeks to rekindle flickering hopes vs Kramnik

Mar 15, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Another draw for Wesley So in Round 4 of the Fide candidates tournament in Berlin

STILL WINLESS. Wesley So has two draws and two losses to show after 4 rounds of the Fide candidates tournament in Berlin, Germany. From Wesley So's Facebook account

Modern Filipiniana: Renee Salud’s take on neo-ethnic fashion wows Berlin

Mar 14, 2018 - 8:00 PM

The designer wows with designs showcasing Filipino indigenous weaves

Wesley So drops Round 1 of Candidates vs Fabiano Caruana

Mar 11, 2018 - 3:18 PM

In a battle of chess grandmasters under the American flag, Fabiano Caruana defeats Wesley So in 33 moves of a Queen's Pawn opening

FAVORED. Though he dropped his opening round game, Wesley So is still in the running in the Fide World Candidates Tournament. From Wesley So's Facebook.

In year of #MeToo, women win big at Berlin filmfest

Feb 25, 2018 - 11:21 AM

The Romanian docudrama 'Touch Me Not' win the Golden Bear award

Romanian director Adina Pintilie holds her Golden Bear for Best Film she was awarded for the movie "Touch Me Not" during the awards ceremony of the 68th edition of the Berlinale film festival on February 24, 2018 in Berlin. / AFP PHOTO / Tobias SCHWARZ

WATCH: ‘Ang Panahon ng Halimaw’ makes world premiere at the Berlinale

Feb 23, 2018 - 10:13 AM

Will Lav Diaz bring home the Golden Bear award this time at the Berlin International Film Festival?

Lav Diaz's 'Ang Panahon ng Halimaw' to be shown in Berlin Film Festival

Jan 23, 2018 - 9:00 PM

The movie stars Piolo Pascual and Shaina Magdayao

Berlin Forecast Festival features Renan Laru-an and Buen Calubayan

Oct 20, 2017 - 4:09 PM

Rappler talks to the two Filipino artists who are participating in the festival this October

PICC. The building is the subject of artist Buen Calubayan's work at the Berlin Forecast Festival. Photo courtesy of Berlin Forecast Festival

Lakbay: Filipina artists hold exhibit on migration in Berlin

Sep 27, 2017 - 11:48 AM

The exhibit includes paintings, photos, film, and music that highlight the challenges and adventures that come with migration

FILIPINA ARTISTS. From L-R: Lola Abrera (film), Jenny Peñas-Macaraig (photography), Trinka Lat (film), Citadel Cruz (photography), Lea Millares-Sylvester (moderator), Jenny Fadrigo-Hankammer (painting), Philippine Ambassador to Germany Millie Sta. Maria-Thomeczek, Rowena Borsich (painting), Isa Tabasuares (music), KC Caguioa-Mönnich (painting), Kay Abaño (photography). All photos by Carol Ramoran

Lufthansa chief eyes up to 78 Air Berlin planes

Sep 21, 2017 - 3:49 PM

Top priority is 'stabilizing' the status of some 38 aircraft Lufthansa already 'wet-leases' – including their crews – from the smaller firm

The logos of German airlines Air Berlin (R) and Lufthansa (L) are pictured on aircrafts on the tarmac at the Tegel airport in Berlin on August 15, 2017. Odd Andersen/AFP

Berlin in political dog fight over airport chaos

Sep 13, 2017 - 11:31 AM

As the 6 billion euro 7 2 billion BER airport sits empty marred by cascading technical problems momentum is building to keep open the smaller Tegel airport it is meant to replace

STILL NOT OPEN. An aerial view shows the unfinished BER Willy Brandt Berlin Brandenburg International Airport in Schoenefeld, eastern Germany, on May 19, 2017. dpa / Ralf Hirschberger / AFP

Insolvent Air Berlin scraps flights over 'ill' pilots

Sep 12, 2017 - 5:19 PM

Air Berlin filed for insolvency in mid August after its main shareholder Gulf carrier Etihad pulled the plug on its cash lifeline

BARELY SURVIVING. An Air Berlin plane is pictured on the tarmac at the Tegel airport in Berlin on August 15, 2017. Odd Andersen/AFP

'Gifted' high-tech takes spotlight at Berlin's IFA fair

Aug 30, 2017 - 10:43 PM

This year s IFA consumer electronics fair in Berlin is all about AI to make our daily life easier

IFA ELECTRONICS FAIR. A man sits on a coach inside a show room of a so-called smart home at the ZVEH booth during the consumer electronics fair IFA in Berlin on August 30, 2017. Photo by Tobias Schwarz/ AFP

Berlin police say 'we're only human' after raucous party

Jun 29, 2017 - 7:40 AM

Around 220 officers from Berlin are unceremoniously released from duty by the Hamburg authorities hosting the July 7 8 G20 summit after they threw a wild party that involved public sex brawling urinating

BERLIN POLICE. In this file photo, police cars stand on the Pariser Platz square near the US embassy and the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on June 13, 2013. Hannibal Hanschke/DPA/AFP