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Germany to let NATO use its cyber skills

Feb 14, 2019 - 7:55 PM

German officials used a meeting of defense ministers in Brussels on February 14 to tell allies Berlin would make its cyber capabilities available, including offensive elements, sources say

German competition watchdog demands more control for Facebook users

Feb 08, 2019 - 3:35 PM

Germany's FCO rules that Facebook must change their system of shutting people out of the network who don't consent to their data collection activities

German competition watchdog to rule on Facebook

Feb 07, 2019 - 3:50 PM

Germany's Federal Cartel Office has accused Facebook of collecting data from users on third-party websites where the Facebook 'Like' button is embedded

Artworks signed 'A. Hitler' to be auctioned in Germany

Feb 06, 2019 - 2:09 PM

More than 30 paintings attributed to the Nazi dictator will be up for grabs at the Weidler auction house

Merkel urges 'creativity', 'goodwill' in Brexit talks

Feb 04, 2019 - 10:16 PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says 'we want to do everything to avoid a no-deal [Brexit] because that would increase the uncertainty'

ON BREXIT. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) attend a joint press conference following their meeting at Abe's official residence in Tokyo on February 4, 2019. Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/Pool/AFP

Germany says missile treaty dead as Europe frets about arms race

Feb 01, 2019 - 7:03 PM

Western capitals say a new Russian medium-range missile system breaches the terms of the 1987 treaty and puts European cities at risk

Germany earmarks funds for Russian siege survivors

Jan 27, 2019 - 9:22 PM

While the initiative is 'important,' Russia says Germany should compensate all living survivors of the 1941-44 siege of Leningrad

U.S. calls to 'stand with freedom' in Venezuela as EU gives ultimatum

Jan 27, 2019 - 12:30 AM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also denounces Russia and China, which have stood by Maduro. Meanwhile, Russia denounces the United States for interference.

UN VOTE. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo votes before addressing the United Nations Security Council in a meeting which was requested by the United States to offer a statement on the current situation in for Venezuela on January 26, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Germany should phase out coal use by 2038, says commission

Jan 26, 2019 - 9:51 PM

The commission's findings will now be passed on to the government, which is expected – barring a surprise – to follow the recommendations of the panel it set up

COAL MINE. Giant coal excavation machinery is seen at work in the Welzow-Sued Tagebau open-pit brown coal mine near Welzow on January 23, 2019. Photo by John MacDougall/AFP

Spain, France, Germany give Venezuela's Maduro ultimatum

Jan 26, 2019 - 9:16 PM

However, countries like Austria, Greece and Portugal are much more reluctant

EMBATTLED. Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro delivers a speech during the ceremony of recognition by the Bolivarian National Armed Forces after being sworn in for a second term, at the Fuerte Tiuna Military Complex, in Caracas on January 10, 2019. Photo by Federico Parra/AFP

'I select on penis length,' says German female coach

Jan 18, 2019 - 11:46 AM

As the first woman to coach a men's team in one of Germany's top leagues, Imke Wuebbenhorst tackles sexism by responding sarcastically

TOUGH JOB. Pioneering female football coach Imke Wuebbenhorst says she should be judged on her performance. Photo from

20-year-old German confesses to massive data hack spurred by 'annoyance'

Jan 08, 2019 - 11:31 PM

'The accused said he published the data because he had been annoyed by certain statements made by those affected,' a spokesman for the Frankfurt prosecution service's internet crime office ZIT, tells a press conference

DATA HACK. Picture taken on January 4, 2019 shows the website of the German Bundestag with a picture of German Chancellor Angela Merkel displayed on the screen of a laptop. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

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Massive data leak targets German officials including Merkel

Jan 06, 2019 - 7:48 PM

The information, which comprised home addresses, mobile phone numbers, letters, invoices and copies of identity documents from German politicians, is first released via Twitter in December but its spread gathered pace this week

Federer wins record 3rd Hopman in dramatic fashion

Jan 05, 2019 - 9:43 PM

Switzerland rules the Hopman Cup for the second straight year as Roger Federer becomes the most successful player in tournament history

DOMINANT. Roger Federer sweeps Alexander Zverev in the the men's singles before teaming with Belinda Bencic in their winning mixed doubles pairing. Photo from Hopman Cup Twitter

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

IN PHOTOS: World welcomes 2019 with fireworks and festivities

Jan 01, 2019 - 10:29 AM

Here's how the world celebrates the new year

UNITED KINGDOM. Fireworks explode around the London Eye during New Year's celebrations in central London just after midnight on January 1, 2019. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

German magazine to file criminal complaint against cheating reporter

Dec 23, 2018 - 7:11 PM

Concerned readers report that disgraced reporter Claas Relotius allegedly called for donations purportedly for orphaned Syrian children living on the streets of Turkey

EU drifts toward rocks on populist tide

Dec 18, 2018 - 6:00 PM

'2019 will be a pivotal year with major challenges,' says Jonathan Faull, a former senior administrator at the European Commission

German law allows third gender in birth certificates

Dec 14, 2018 - 11:12 PM

The German parliament approves a law permitting children born intersex to be registered as 'miscellaneous'

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

Merkel gets boost with ally's party win

Dec 08, 2018 - 10:17 PM

The career politician dubbed "mini Merkel" by the media is now in pole position to lead Germany's biggest party into the next general election, set for 2021

WIN. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) walks past her successor, newly-elected 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. Photo by John Macdougall/AFP

'The King' of the road: German town puts Elvis on traffic lights

Dec 08, 2018 - 3:01 PM

This is to commemorate the singer's link to the town of Friedberg, which calls itself 'the army home of Elvis'

'GREEN' ELVIS. A pedestrian traffic light customized with a dancing Elvis Presley is pictured in Friedberg, western Germany, on December 7, 2018. Photo by Yann Schreiber/AFP

Merkel defends legacy as divided party picks new leader

Dec 07, 2018 - 9:02 PM

Pointing to the rise of populism worldwide and what she called a breakdown of shared Western values, Merkel says the order she had championed is at risk

ANGELA MERKEL. 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 in Hamburg, Germany. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

Germany looks beyond Merkel as party elects successor

Dec 05, 2018 - 1:25 PM

Widely seen as Angela Merkel's anointed crown princess is Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the Christian Democrats' centrist general secretary and former premier of tiny Saarland state

MERKEL. German Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, Angela Merkel speaks to journalists on November 17, 2017 in Berlin. File photo by John Macdougall/AFP

Philippines joins Electronica, looks beyond manufacturing

Nov 26, 2018 - 12:00 PM

The country showcases its electronics industry to potential investors and buyers, and eyes going beyond semiconductor manufacturing

The Philippine Pavilion at the 2018 Edition of Electronica. This is the first time the country is joining the fair after 20 years. Photo by Carol Ramoran.

PH gymnast Carlos Yulo clinches bronze in Germany tilt

Nov 25, 2018 - 12:03 PM

It's another podium finish for the 18-year-old, this time in the 43rd Turnier Der Meister FIG Individual Apparatus World Cup

MORE TO COME. Carlos Yulo takes home another medal from a World Cup. Photo from Munehiro Kugimiya' Facebook page

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)

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

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

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

Germany tries 'serial killer' nurse over worst post-war spree

Oct 28, 2018 - 7:29 PM

Prosecutors say German nurse Niels Hoegel is responsible for the murders of around 100 more people – an unprecedented number in the post-war period

Poland again demands war reparations from Germany

Oct 28, 2018 - 7:15 PM

Polish President Andrzej Duda says 'the damage caused during the war was never compensated for'

Polish President Andrzej Duda makes a statement to announce that he will veto controversial judicial reforms in Warsaw on July 24, 2017. The planned reforms, that would have increased political control over the judiciary, had prompted huge street protests and threats of unprecedented EU sanctions. / AFP PHOTO / JANEK SKARZYNSKI

Germany urges global minimum tax for digital giants

Oct 21, 2018 - 9:02 AM

Europe is trying to devise a strategy to tax profits from the likes of Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple and digital platforms such as YouTube and Airbnb

British relatives of Nazi victims seek German passport as Brexit looms

Oct 19, 2018 - 8:51 PM

British descendants of refugees who fled Nazi Germany are rushing to gain German nationality before Brexit

Griezmann double plunges Germany's Loew into deeper trouble

Oct 17, 2018 - 9:26 AM

France comes from behind to beat Germany in a UEFA Nations League result that casts further doubt on Joachim Loew's future

POWERHOUSE. Antoine Griezmann (left) celebrates with his teammates after scoring France's second goal during their UEFA Nations League football match against Germany. Photo by Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP

Netherlands hammer Germany to increase pressure on Loew

Oct 14, 2018 - 10:38 AM

Still reeling from a woeful World Cup showing, Germany absorbs a shutout shocker that puts coach Joachim Loew under increasing pressure to resign

STUNNER. Netherlands midfielder Marten de Roon (left) and Germany forward Julian Brandt contest the ball in the Nations League upset that saw the Dutch beat the Germans for the first time in 16 years. Photo by John Thys/AFP

Tens of thousands stage anti-racism march in Berlin

Oct 14, 2018 - 3:30 AM

The march is partly in response to the rise of the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany party

PROTEST. Demonstrators walk during a major demonstration for an open and caring society organised by the action group "Unteilbar" (indivisible) on October 13, 2018 in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. Photo by John Macdougall/AFP

Suspect arrested in Germany over killing of Bulgaria journalist

Oct 10, 2018 - 4:01 PM

Chief prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov says 'at this stage, we do not believe that the murder is linked' to Viktoria Marinova's work

IN MEMORY. A man (C) holds a picture of murdered Bulgarian TV journalist Viktoria Marinova during a vigil in in Sofia on October 8, 2018.Photo by Nikolay Doychinov/AFP

Thousands join German forest demo after court reprieve

Oct 07, 2018 - 2:00 AM

A higher administrative court suspends energy company RWE's planned razing of Hambach forest for a growing open-case mine

OPEN PIT. German justice on October 5, 2018 halted temporarily the controversial expansion of a huge coal mine, banning RWE energy company deforesting the forest of Hambach. File photo by Federico Gambarini/dpa/AFP

Rival rallies as Erdogan opens mega mosque in Germany

Sep 29, 2018 - 11:00 PM

While the leaders of Turkey and Germany signal their interest in a cautious rapprochement, German Chancellor Angela Merkel stresses that 'deep differences' remained on civil rights and other issues in Turkey

PRO-ERDOGAN RALLY. Wellwishers hold Turkish flags and a portrait of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as police officers block the access to Cologne's Central Mosque, one of Europe's largest, prior to the visit of the Turkish President to Cologne, where he is to inaugurate the mosque on September 29, 2018. Photo by Sascha Schuermann/AFP

Germany, Saudi Arabia to restore envoys after Lebanon row

Sep 26, 2018 - 3:43 PM

Saudi Arabia in November recalled its ambassador from Berlin following the eyebrow-raising resignation of Saad Hariri as Lebanon's prime minister while visiting Riyadh

Pussy Riot activist out of danger after suspected poisoning – German doctor

Sep 18, 2018 - 5:20 PM

Karl Max Einhaeupl, Charite hospital's chairman, adds that Pyotr Verzilov's 'health condition was improving from day to day and he is no longer in life-threatening danger'

RECOVERY. The CEO of Berlin's Charite Hospital Karl Max Einhaeupl (L) and leading doctor Kai-Uwe Eckardt address a press conference on September 18, 2018 in Berlin, on the health of Pyotr Verzilov, a member of Russian punk band Pussy Riot, who was flown to Germany on September 16, 2018 after suspected poisoning. Photo by Odd Andersen/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.

Fil-French Areola saves France blushes in Germany stalemate

Sep 07, 2018 - 3:37 PM

France’s third-choice goalkeeper proves his worth in the UEFA Nations League opener against Germany

France's goalkeeper Alphonse Areola catches the ball during the UEFA Nations League football match between Germany and France. Photo by Franck Fife/AFP

Migration truce shatters in Germany after mob violence

Sep 06, 2018 - 8:21 PM

Angela Merkel's hardline interior minister Horst Seehofer defends protests marred by neo-Nazi violence and blasted immigration as 'the mother of all political problems'

MERKEL AND SEEHOFER. German Chancellor Angela Merkel chats with German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer talk prior to the weekly cabinet meeting in Berlin on August 29, 2018. Photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

10 hurt in blast, blaze at German refinery

Sep 01, 2018 - 3:47 PM

(UPDATED) All of the injured are employees at the refinery. Four were hospitalized, with one in a serious condition.

German police brace for new anti-Merkel protests after racist mob attacks

Aug 30, 2018 - 10:06 PM

The flashpoint city of Chemnitz sees a violent outbreak of long-simmering anger against what protesters label 'criminal immigrants' since a knife killing on Sunday

BRACING FOR PROTESTS. Juergen Georgie, Head of Saxony state police, speaks during a press conference following the events of Chemnitz, on August 28, 2018 in Dresden, eastern Germany. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

The German massacre of Namibia's indigenous tribes

Aug 29, 2018 - 10:02 AM

Some historians consider as genocide the massacre from 1904 to 1908 of modern-day Namibia's indigenous Herero and Nama groups by German imperial troops

MASSACRE. In this file photo taken on September 30, 2011 in Berlin, a skull is on display at the Charite Hospital, prior to a hand-over ceremony of 20 skulls taken from Namibia at the beginning of the 20th Century. Photo by John MacDougall/AFP

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