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German upper house approves virus rescue package

Mar 27, 2020 - 7:25 PM

Representatives of Germany's federal states give the go signal for the economic package worth nearly 1.1 trillion euros ($1.2 trillion)

A nurse speaks on the phone at the registration desk of the central reception centre for corona cases at the University hospital in Essen, western Germany, on March 26, 2020. (Photo by Ina FASSBENDER / AFP)

German parliament passes 1.1-trillion-euro virus rescue package

Mar 25, 2020 - 11:55 PM

Berlin will create an 'economic stabilization fund' for companies and a fund for immediate support for the health system, among others

Members of the Bundestag, Germany's lower house of parliament are seated with social distancing space between them as they listen to German Finance Minister and Vice-Chancellor Olaf Scholz (R) address the chamber in Berlin on March 25, 2020. (Photo by Tobias SCHWARZ / AFP)

German shooter video stays online despite crackdown

Oct 10, 2019 - 5:41 PM

The full video of the shooter's attack is still available on multiple sites promoting violent and sexual content

REMEMBERING THE DEAD. Flowers and candles are seen on October 10, 2019 at a door of the synagogue in Berlin, one day after the attack in Halle, eastern Germany, where two people were shot dead. Photo by Anton Roland Laub/AFP

LOOK: 'That's Entertainment' stars reunite to celebrate late mentor Kuya Germs' birthday

Oct 06, 2019 - 4:01 PM

They also celebrate Manila Mayor Isko Moreno's electoral victory

German woman boxer's fight to wear headscarf in the ring

Oct 05, 2019 - 11:05 AM

'It was as if I had to prove twice as much because not only am I a woman who boxes, but I also wear the headscarf,' says 21-year-old Berlin boxer Zeina Nassar

German boxer Zeina Nassar poses during a training session on August 23, 2019 in Berlin. Berlin boxer Zeina Nassar's fighting spirit has won her plenty of titles, but her battle to wear the hijab in the ring has also made her an equal opportunity champion. Tobias SCHWARZ / AFP

Man's best friend: The dogs who sniff out explosives in Kabul

Jul 21, 2019 - 11:00 AM

It takes about two years to train an explosives dog, and the process is intense for both the handler and the canine

In this photo taken on April 7, 2019, an explosive detection dog is kept on leash during a practice session at the Mine Detection Centre (MDC) in Kabul. Naya, a three-year-old Belgian malinois, focuses intently as she leaps over hurdles and zooms through tunnels on an obstacle course at a training centre on a hill overlooking Kabul. WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP

Neymar heads to Paris after PSG spat – source

Jul 15, 2019 - 2:28 PM

Neymar wants to leave and would prefer to return to Barcelona, but is struggling to find suitors due to his expensive contract

STRAINED RELATIONSHIP. Neymar could part ways with Paris Saint-Germain. Photo by Franck Fife/AFP


German trafficker in Lapu-Lapu City arrested

Jul 11, 2019 - 8:23 PM

A police report says his two-year-old son was among the pornographic images found in the evidence gathered by police

TRAFFICKING. Police arrest German online trafficker in Lapu-Lapu City. Photo by IJM

German-PH commerce group wants German firms to join infra projects

Jul 09, 2019 - 3:45 PM

The German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry also wants more German small and medium enterprises to foray into the Philippine market

EXISTING OPPORTUNITIES. The German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry hopes more German companies would invest in the Philippines, especially in the ongoing Build Build Build program

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)

German stunt pilot dies in river crash at Polish air show

Jun 15, 2019 - 11:11 PM

Authorities say the plane of the stunt pilot plunged into the water by the riverbank

German killer nurse gets life for 85 hospital murders

Jun 06, 2019 - 11:54 AM

(UPDATED) Judge Sebastian Buehrmann calls Niels Hoegel's killing spree 'incomprehensible'

SERIAL KILLER. Former nurse Niels Hoegel, accused of killing more than 100 patients in his care, sits in the courtroom during a hearing in his trial, on November 22, 2018 in Oldenburg, northern Germany. Hoegel, 41, has already spent nearly a decade in prison for other patient deaths, and is accused of intentionally administering medical overdoses to victims so he could bring them back to life at the last moment. Mohssen Assanimoghaddam / POOL / AFP

Merkel's successor sparks freedom of speech uproar

May 28, 2019 - 11:27 PM

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer later tries to downplay her comments, saying it is 'ridiculous to insinuate that I want to regulate expressions of opinion'

SUCCESSOR. In this file photo, German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) walks past her successor, leader of the Germany's conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer during the CDU congress on December 8, 2018 at a fair hall in Hamburg, northern Germany. File photo by John Macdougall/AFP

Britain scrambles for Brexit consensus as EU leaders hold out hope for deal

Apr 05, 2019 - 10:44 AM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she still hopes a chaotic Brexit could be avoided next week

AVOID CHAOS. File photo of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

Germany's two top banks launch merger talks to create national 'champion'

Mar 17, 2019 - 10:45 PM

German bank Commerzbank says it 'agreed today to start discussions with an open outcome on a potential merger' with Deutsche Bank

MERGER? Germany's top lenders, Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank, plan to launch formal exploratory talks toward a possible merger, national media reported on March 17, 2019, following months of preliminary negotiations. AFP File photo

Vatican to open archives of WWII pope Pius XII in 2020

Mar 04, 2019 - 10:06 PM

Researchers have long sought to examine the archives over why Pius XII did not intervene more against the Holocaust perpetrated by the German Nazis

VATICAN. In this file photo taken on April 02, 2018 people gather in St Peter's square during Pope Francis' Regina Coeli prayer from the window of the apostolic palace in Vatican. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

POEA accepting applications for nurses in Germany

Jan 04, 2019 - 7:34 PM

The central and regional offices of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration will be accepting applications until February 28

German farmers sue government over missed climate targets

Dec 09, 2018 - 3:00 AM

German farmers launch a challenge against the German government for having 'given up' trying to achieve cuts in greenhouse gas emissions set out under its own climate target

HAY. Farmer Heiner Luetke Schwienhorst smells the hay in the feed storage facility on his farm Gut Ogrosen Hof in Vetschau, eastern Germany on November 27, 2018. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

Macron, Merkel aim to present united stance in Trump era

Nov 18, 2018 - 7:28 PM

The two leaders are both committed pro-Europeans who have resisted rising populist, eurosceptic, anti-immigration forces in Europe, and US President Trump's isolationist 'America First' stance

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel stand side-by-side during a French-German ceremony in the clearing of Rethondes (the Glade of the Armistice) in Compiegne, northern France, on November 10, 2018 as part of commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the 11 November 1918 armistice, ending World War I. (Photo by PHILIPPE WOJAZER / POOL / AFP)

Canada apologizes for turning away Jews fleeing Nazi Germany

Nov 08, 2018 - 4:13 PM

'Today, I rise in this House to issue a long overdue apology to the Jewish refugees Canada turned away,' says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

APOLOGY. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says sorry 'for the callousness of Canada's response' when Jewish asylum seekers fleeing Nazi Germany sought refuge in the country just months before the outbreak of World War II. File photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Favored Merkel successor vows to pursue chancellor's path

Nov 07, 2018 - 10:49 PM

The 56-year-old Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, usually dubbed 'AKK' or 'mini-Merkel,' is running in December to take over as head of the center-right Christian Democratic Union

Secretary General of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer delivers a press conference on her candidacy to lead the CDU party in Berlin, on November 7, 2018. German Chancellor Angela Merkel does not stand for a re-election as party leader at the CDU Party conference in Hamburg from 6 to 8 December 2018. Twelve men and women applied for her successor. Opportunities are currently granted only to the prominent candidate - in addition to Kramp-Karrenbauer are the German Health Minister Jens Spahn and ex-Union faction leader Friedrich Merz. John MACDOUGALL / AFP

German nurse serial killer on trial over 100 deaths

Oct 30, 2018 - 9:12 PM

Niels Hoegel is accused of intentionally administering medical overdoses to victims so he could bring them back to life at the last moment

GRUESOME. Police officers stand in front of the Weser-Ems-Hallen building where the trial of former nurse Niels Hoegel, who is accused of killing more than 100 patients in his care, starts on October 2018 in Oldenburg, northern Germany. Photo by  Patrik Stollarz/AFP

Weakened Merkel to step down as chancellor in 2021

Oct 29, 2018 - 8:58 PM

(UPDATED) Often described as the world's most powerful woman and Europe's de facto leader, Angela Merkel says she hopes her planned departure will end fighting within her coalition and allow it to focus on governing

STEPPING DOWN. File photo of German Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Angela Merkel. Photo by John Macdougall/AFP

Merkel calls for free trade as EU, Asia meet

Oct 19, 2018 - 10:35 PM

The German Chancellor rallies for free trade as EU and Asian leaders meet to unite in defiance of US President Donald Trump's 'America first' approach

German Chancellor and Christian Democratic Union's (CDU) main candidate Angela Merkel (C) delivers a speech during an election rally in Schwerin, northern Germany, on September 19, 2017. Germany goes to the polls for parliamentary elections on September 24, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Odd ANDERSEN

Touchdown! Japan space probe lands new robot on asteroid

Oct 03, 2018 - 3:29 PM

The French-German Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout, or MASCOT, lands safely on asteroid Ryugu and is in contact with its team

TOUCHDOWN. This photograph received from Hayabusa2 spacecraft and made available by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on October 3, 2018, shows the shadow of Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa2 (L) over the asteroid Ryugu. Photo from Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)'s Hayabusa2 Twitter account

German Catholic Church apologizes for mass child sex abuse

Sep 26, 2018 - 11:18 AM

Cardinal Reinhard Marx says he is ashamed over the decades of abuse that have shattered trust, as well as how so many looked away for so long

Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Archbishop of Munich and Chairman of the German Bishops' Conference arrives for the beginning of the Autumn Plenary Assembly of the German Bishops' Conference on September 24, 2018 in Fulda, on the eve of a presentation of a report on the extent of sexual abuse perpetrated by Catholic clerics against children in 1946 and 2014. Photo by Arne Dedert/AFP

Catholic priests abused thousands in Germany – study

Sep 12, 2018 - 8:13 PM

According to the study, 1,670 clergymen in Germany committed some form of sexual attack against 3,677 minors between 1946 and 2014, Spiegel Online reports. Most of the victims were boys.

World War II bomb defused in Germany after 18,500 evacuated

Aug 26, 2018 - 9:38 PM

The 5 aerial bomb was discovered during construction work earlier in the week

Mesut Ozil quits German national team over racism

Jul 23, 2018 - 12:49 PM

The midfielder has been under fire since posing for a controversial photograph with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan before the World Cup

SCAPEGOAT. Mesut Ozil says he's also tired of being the scapegoat of Germany's World Cup elimination in the group stage. Photo by Benjamin Cremel/AFP

The week in photos: June 9-15, 2018

Jun 16, 2018 - 3:30 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A football fan sports a hair tattoo showing the portrait of Argentinian football player Lionel Messi at a hair salon in Novi Sad, Serbia, on June 10, 2018.A Serbian hairdresser proposes to his clients to draw with scissors on the back of their heads portraits of football superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the forthcoming World Cup in Russia. Mario Hvala gives his creativity free rain ever since, 18 years ago, he made with scissors a tarantula on a client's head after suggesting him: "Let's do something different." For the World Cup, which opens on June 14, 2018, he proposes to football afficionados to do the same thing with Messi and Ronaldo. / AFP PHOTO / VLADIMIR ZIVOJINOVIC

After Dengvaxia scare, measles cases soar to 598

Apr 03, 2018 - 12:53 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III appeals to parents to allow their children to get the 'very safe' and 'protective' vaccine against measles offered by the government

RISING CASES. More and more Filipinos are getting rashes like this due to measles.

Arrest of Catalan leader in Germany ignites wave of protests

Mar 26, 2018 - 10:08 PM

Former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont spent the night in a German jail cell following his arrest after he crossed the border from Denmark, under a European warrant issued by Spain

PRISON. Police officers walk out of the prison of Neumuenster, where former Catalan regional president Carles Puigdemont is detained, in Neumuenster, northern Germany, on March 26, 2018. Photo by Patrik Stollarz/AFP

German parliament confirms Chancellor Merkel for fourth term

Mar 14, 2018 - 5:05 PM

(UPDATED) Bundestag lawmakers vote 364-315 for Angela Merkel, with 9 abstentions. Merkel will be formally appointed by President Frank-Walter Steinmeier before taking the oath of office at 1100 GMT (7:00 pm, Manila time).

ANGELA MERKEL WINS. German Chancellor Angela Merkel poses for a photograph after the recording of her annual New Year's speech at the Chancellery in Berlin on December 30, 2017. File photo by Hannibal Hanschke/AFP

Mexican Olympian gets hero's welcome – after finishing last

Feb 16, 2018 - 6:17 PM

After crossing the finish after 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) of gruelling freestyle cross-country racing on Friday, February 16, German Madrazo is lifted high into the air and onto the shoulders of two other athletes

AN ACHEIVEMENT. Tonga's Pita Taufatofua (L) and Morocco's Samir Azzimani (R) lift Mexico's German Madrazo onto their shoulders as they celebrate at the finish line in the men's 15km cross country freestyle at the Alpensia cross country ski centre during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 16, 2018 in Pyeongchang. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

Ronaldo to go head-to-head with 'successor' Neymar

Feb 13, 2018 - 12:50 PM

If Neymar inspires PSG to victory in this tie, and then on to glory in the final in May, he will stand a good chance of ending their domination

FOOTBALL GREATS. Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar will be leading the front lines of their respective teams. Photo by Philippe Marcou/AFP (Ronaldo) and Alain Jocard/AFP (Neymar)

German court finds Facebook oversharing user data

Feb 12, 2018 - 11:49 PM

'Facebook hides default settings that are not privacy-friendly in its privacy center and does not provide sufficient information about this when users register,' Federation of German Consumer Organisations (VZBV) legal expert Heiko Duenkel says

FACEBOOK'S GERMANY LOSS. A big logo created from pictures of Facebook users worldwide is pictured in the company's Data Center, its first outside the US on November 7, 2013 in Lulea, in Swedish Lapland. File photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

Social media firm Devumi under fire for selling fake followers to stars

Jan 29, 2018 - 12:30 AM

Devumi is also suing a former Philippine contractor who allegedly tried to steal Devumi's customers by creating a copycat site

10 months since arrest, DOJ still amending case vs De Lima

Dec 19, 2017 - 12:01 PM

The amendments heed the advice of the Supreme Court ruling which also says there is no need to set her free meanwhile

Senator Leila De Lima wave to supporters as she arrives for her hearing on the case filed against her on the illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison at the Muntinlupa RTC on October 13, 2017.

Red-card Neymar deserves protection, says PSG coach

Oct 23, 2017 - 11:42 AM

Neymar picks up several fouls before they book him a red card

PROTECTION. Unai Emery calls for protection of players such as Neymar as the foul-ridden game did not end up in PSG's favor. Photo by Boris Horvat/AFP.

De Lima wants SC Justice Velasco to inhibit from her case due to conflict of interest

Oct 05, 2017 - 3:50 PM

(UPDATED) Detained Senator Leila de Lima links Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco Jr to inmate German Agojo who testified against her, but Velasco denies knowing Agojo

MOTION FOR INHIBITION. Detained Senator Leila de Lima asks SC Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco Jr to inhibit from her petitions citing conflict of interest.

ICYMI: German Film Week is happening now!

Oct 02, 2017 - 6:04 PM

German director Markus Goller is in Manila to promote his heart-tugging road trip flick, 'My Brother Simple'

MY BROTHER SIMPLE. Markus Goller directs a film about a man who runs away with his mentally handicapped brother. Screengrab from goethe.de

PSG vs Bayern: Pertemuan ‘nouveau riche’ dan ‘old money’

Sep 27, 2017 - 10:21 PM

Carlo Ancelotti akan menghadapi klub lamanya yang memiliki filosofi sangat kontras dengan klub yang saat ini ia latih

Weakened Merkel wins 4th term, hit by nationalist 'earthquake'

Sep 25, 2017 - 1:20 AM

(UPDATED) In a bombshell for the German establishment, the anti-Islam, anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) captures around 13% of the vote, catapulting it to become the country's third biggest political force

FOURTH TERM. German Chancellor and CDU party leader Angela Merkel (C) addresses supporters after exit poll results were broadcasted on public television at an election night event at the party's headquarters in Berlin during the general election on September 24, 2017. Odd Andersen/AFP

Merkel warns of consequences for EU asylum laggards

Sep 10, 2017 - 4:54 PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel s warning comes after eastern governments reacted angrily to a court decision requiring them to accept a share of asylum seekers from overstretched Greece and Italy

German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses a press conference following a meeting with leaders of regional states to discuss ways to expedite the expulsion of failed asylum seekers on February 9, 2017 in Berlin. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Maurizio Gambarini / Germany OUT

The week in photos: September 2-8, 2017

Sep 09, 2017 - 12:36 PM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

BORDER ART. An artwork by French artist JR on the US-Mexico border in Tecate, California, United States on September 6, 2017. Photo by Guillermo Arias/AFP

German killer nurse murdered 'at least 90 patients' – police

Aug 28, 2017 - 6:47 PM

Niels Hoegel 40 was jailed in February 2015 for two murders and several attempted murders of intensive care patients

Erdogan wades into German election, Berlin hits back

Aug 19, 2017 - 11:01 AM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan calls on ethnic Turks to ignore Chancellor Angela Merkel s Christian Democratic Union and their partners in the grand ruling coalition the Social Democratic Party

GERMAN ELECTION. In this file photo, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during the Living Human Treasures award ceremony at the Bestepe National Congress and Culture Center in Ankara on November 3, 2016. File photo by Adem Altan/AFP

Inside Bilibid: Resurgence, resignation, 'recanting'

Jul 29, 2017 - 5:41 PM

Detained Senator Leila de Lima says these developments only prove the transactional nature of the drug charges against her

Inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on October 28, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

German bishops lobby to end Philippine killings

May 13, 2017 - 5:45 PM

German bishops back the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines CBCP in fighting extrajudicial killings and opposing the death penalty

BACKING CBCP. Representing the German Bishops' Conference, Archbishop Ludwig Schick asks German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel to help end extrajudicial killings in the Philippines. Photo courtesy of the Archdiocese of Bamberg's Press Office

MMDA trains pet dogs to be lifesavers

Apr 24, 2017 - 8:24 PM

The MMDA K 9 team is training everyday pet owners and their dogs to be life saving heroes in times of disasters

WOMAN'S BEST FRIEND. The MMDA says any dog can be trained to be a search dog. Photo credit: Rappler