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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

Tributes pour in for former UN chief, Nobel laureate Kofi Annan

Aug 18, 2018 - 7:48 PM

(4th UPDATE) World leaders and organizations pay tribute to the former UN Secretary General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate

UN CHIEF. In this file photo taken on April 28, 2004, United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan takes a question during a press conference at the UN Headquarters in New York. Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

Former Tour champ Ullrich admitted to psychiatric hospital

Aug 11, 2018 - 7:06 PM

The German cycling star, who has been suffering from drug and alcohol problems, is under investigation for attempted manslaughter

FALL FROM GRACE. Jan Ullrich (in pink) used to be a sporting hero as the only German to have won the Tour de France in 1997. File photo by Joel Saget/AFP

Ex-acting DFA boss Manalo named ambassador to Germany

Aug 10, 2018 - 3:21 PM

Manalo, who served under 3 presidents as foreign undersecretary for policy, is now taking up another overseas post

Germany lifts ban on Nazi symbols in computer, video games

Aug 09, 2018 - 9:21 PM

The Wolfenstein series of games is deemed to have fallen foul of the German criminal code, which bars any depiction of so-called 'anti-constitutional' symbols, including Nazi swastikas

HITLER REPRESENTATIONS. The uncensored and German censored versions of Hitler and the Nazi flag. Screen shots taken from Censored Gaming YouTube video.

Germany jails couple for pimping young son online

Aug 07, 2018 - 5:22 PM

The sentences of Berrin Taha and Christian Lais fall short of what prosectors had demanded. Taha receives 12 years and 6 months in prison, while Lais gets 12 years, followed by preventive detention.

SEXUAL ABUSE CASE. The defendant Berrin T (L) is led to the courtroom of the district court in Freiburg, southern Germany, on August 7, 2018. Photo by Thomas Kienzle/AFP

U.S. reimposes tough, unilateral sanctions against Iran

Aug 07, 2018 - 12:25 PM

The first of two rounds of US sanctions kicked in at 12:01 am Tuesday, August 7, targeting Iran's access to US banknotes and key industries, including cars and carpets

Trump file photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Tesla held talks with Germany, Netherlands over new factory – report

Jul 31, 2018 - 6:44 PM

Tesla continues to map out potential factories outside the U.S. following its deal with the Shanghai government in early July

MODEL S. A Tesla model S sits parked outside of a new Tesla showroom and service center in Red Hook, Brooklyn on July 5, 2016 in New York City. Photo by Spencer Platt/AFP


Outrage as German man acquitted over 'racist' bombing 18 years on

Jul 31, 2018 - 6:09 PM

Ralf Spies is cleared of 12 counts of attempted murder with a 'racist' motive and a charge of causing an explosion in the attack at a commuter rail station in the western city of Duesseldorf on July 27, 2000

WEHRHAHN STATION BOMBING TRIAL. Defendant Ralf S hides his face behind a folder at the district court of Duesseldorf, western Germany, on July 31, 2018, in the case of a bombing 18 years ago targeting Jewish immigrants at the "Wehrhahn" commuter rail station. Photo by dpa/Marcel Kusch/AFP

Ozil has 'respect of every player,' says Arsenal boss

Jul 25, 2018 - 4:23 PM

Arsenal assures embattled German player Mesut Ozil that he'll feel 'at home' with the football club

MOVING ON. Mesut Ozil looks to focus on Arsenal’s pre-season training following his surprise decision to quit the German national team. Photo by Juan Mabromata/AFP

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

Israel evacuates 800 White Helmets to Jordan in face of Syria advance

Jul 22, 2018 - 3:33 PM

The Jordanian government accepts the Syrian White Helmets rescuers and their families from Israel and plans to transfer them to Britain, Germany, and Canada

RESCUE. Syrian rescuers, known as White Helmets, recover bodies in Zardana, in the mostly rebel-held northern Syrian Idlib province, following air strikes in the area late on June 7, 2018. Photo by Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

Stich, Sukova join Tennis Hall of Fame

Jul 22, 2018 - 1:18 PM

Former world number two Michaael Stich and 14-time Grand Slam doubles champion Helena Sukova are the only 2018 inductees

Germany drops sanctions on Turkey, relaxes travel advice

Jul 21, 2018 - 8:40 PM

Germany's foreign ministry also remove a warning on its website about its nationals facing a high risk of arrest when visiting Turkey

RELATIONS. In this file photo, German Chancellor Angela Merkel greets Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan prior to the start of the first working session of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, northern Germany, on July 7, 2017. Photo by Bernd Von Jutrczenka/Pool/AFP

Knife attacker on Germany bus arrested, 9 injured

Jul 20, 2018 - 11:20 PM

(UPDATED) The suspect is due to appear before a judge on Saturday, July 21

KNIFE ATTACK. Passengers of a public service bus receive medical treatment in Kuecknitz near Luebeck northern Germany, after several people were injured in the bus in an assault by a man wielding a knife on July 20, 2018. Photo by dpa/AFP

Applications open for nursing jobs in Germany

Jul 19, 2018 - 11:44 AM

PRESS RELEASE: The employer will pay the visa and airfare from the Philippines to Germany and will assist the employee to find a suitable accommodation

EBOLA VACCINE. Nurses working with the WHO (World Health Organization) administer the Ebola vaccine to a local doctor at the town all of Mbandaka on May 21, 2018 during the launch of the Ebola vaccination campaign. Photo by Junior Kannah/AFP

'Bin Laden bodyguard' held in Tunisia over terror probe

Jul 14, 2018 - 11:22 PM

A legal dispute is set to continue as a German court on Friday ordered the suspect be returned to Germany

Fighting 'fake news' with the law

Jul 13, 2018 - 4:38 PM

Some countries are using legislation to fight the spread of 'fake news,' as critics warn of dangers to free speech and the media. Here's a look at the situation in a number of countries.

Parents can inherit dead daughter's Facebook account – German court

Jul 12, 2018 - 6:24 PM

(UPDATED) 'The contract covering a user account with a social network is transferred to the heirs of the original owner of the account,' judges at the Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe, Germany say

Trump piles pressure on NATO over defense spending

Jul 12, 2018 - 5:06 PM

Trump set the scene for more tension at the meeting in Brussels, renewing his criticism of European allies – and of Germany in particular

NATO. US President Donald Trump poses with Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel (L), NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (3R), Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (R) in a group photograph at The Parc du Cinquantenaire - Jubelpark Park in Brussels on July 11, 2018, during the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Trump and Merkel clash at fraught NATO summit

Jul 11, 2018 - 10:10 PM

(UPDATED) The meet in Brussels is shaping up as the alliance's most difficult in years, with Europe and the US engaged in a bitter trade spat and Trump demanding that NATO allies 'reimburse' Washington for the cost of defending the continent

MERKEL AND TRUMP. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and US President Donald Trump (R) make a statement to the press after a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) summit at the NATO headquarters, in Brussels, on July 11, 2018. Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Trump, at NATO summit, says Germany is 'captive' of Russia

Jul 11, 2018 - 4:34 PM

'Germany is captive of Russia because it is getting so much of its energy from Russia,' Trump says, referring to Berlin's deal for the Nord Stream II gas pipeline

BREAKFAST MEETING.  White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, US Ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison, US President Donald Trump, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US Secretary of Defence James Mattis attend a breakfast meeting with the NATO Secretary General and staff at the US chief of mission's residence in Brussels on July 11, 2018.  Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Widow of Chinese Nobel dissident Liu Xiaobo arrives in Berlin

Jul 11, 2018 - 3:11 PM

In an emotional phone call with Liao Yiwu recently, Liu Xia says, 'They should add a line to the constitution: 'Loving Liu Xiaobo is a serious crime – it's a life sentence'.'

IN GERMANY. Liu Xia, the widow of Chinese Nobel dissident Liu Xiaobo, smiles as she arrives at the Helsinki International Airport in Vantaa, Finland, on July 10, 2018. Photo by Jussi Nukari/Lehtikuva/AFP

German police arrest 10 in alleged anti-Semitic attack

Jul 08, 2018 - 8:00 PM

The attack is the latest to raise alarm bells about renewed anti-Semitism in Germany from both the far-right and a large influx of predominantly Muslim asylum seekers since 2015

Merkel dodges political bullet with controversial migrant deal

Jul 03, 2018 - 1:19 PM

In high-stakes crisis talks overnight, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has put to rest for now a dangerous row with her hardline Interior Minister Horst Seehofer that has threatened the survival of her fragile coalition government

DEAL. In this file photo, German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks to journalists as she arrives at the CDU headquarters on November 17, 2017 in Berlin. File photo by John Macdougall/AFP

Merkel coalition's fate hangs in balance over elusive migrant deal

Jul 02, 2018 - 8:14 PM

After a night of high drama, Horst Seehofer says he will hold last-ditch talks with Angela Merkel's CDU 'in hopes of reaching an understanding.' The meeting is set to begin at 1500 GMT (11 pm, Manila time).

MERKEL. German Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Angela Merkel looks on prior to a party leadership meeting at the CDU headquarters in Berlin, on July 2, 2018. Photo by John Macdougall/AFP

Embattled Merkel draws up new measures to tackle migration

Jun 30, 2018 - 11:15 PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel secures deals with other European Union member-states to take back from Germany asylum-seekers registered in those countries

POLICIES. German Chancellor Angela Merkel gives a statement as she arives at the Social Democrats Party (SPD) headquarters on February 4, 2018 in Berlin, as German Conservatives (CDU/CSU) and Social Democrats hope to complete negotiations to form a government. File photo by Tobias SCHWARZ/AFP

World Cup wide open after dramatic group stage

Jun 29, 2018 - 10:11 AM

Croatia stays impressive, Brazil finds its footing, while France and Argentina labor through

CONSISTENCY. Croatian star Luka Modric (right) looks to lead the way again in the last 16 after Croatia’s impressive run in the group stage. Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

South Korea posts biggest World Cup shocker, but coach feels ‘empty’

Jun 28, 2018 - 12:17 PM

The unfancied South Koreans pull off an upset over Germany, but it isn't enough to secure them a last 16 spot

BITTERSWEET. South Korea can’t quite relish its monumental win. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

EU split on migration at 'mother of all summits'

Jun 28, 2018 - 12:11 PM

EU President Donald Tusk warns on the eve of the summit that time is running out for leaders to reassure their citizens that they can control migration before authoritarian politicians win the 'high-stakes' debate

EUROPEAN UNION. European flags are reflected at the entrance of the Berlaymont building EU Commission in Brussels on May 21,2014. File photo by Georges Gobet/AFP

Germany: The latest victim of the champion's curse

Jun 28, 2018 - 11:24 AM

Coach Joachim Loew says the Germans deserve to crash out of the World Cup

SHOCK EXIT. Germany's midfielder Toni Kroos (right) and the defending champions get booted out by the unfancied South Koreans. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

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TAHO VENDOR. Mario Cañete is with his daughter at the basketball-gym-turned-patients-ward of National Kidney and Transplant Institute in Quezon City on Wednesday, June 27, a day after he was diagnosed with leptospirosis. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Germany crashes out of World Cup as South Korea stuns defending champ

Jun 28, 2018 - 12:46 AM

Germany is the 4th World Cup title holder of the century to be eliminated in the group stage

UPSET. Germany's defender Niklas Suele (L) reacts next to South Korea's team players who eliminated the 2014 champion for the first time since 1938. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Sweden must bounce back fast with World Cup group on knife-edge

Jun 26, 2018 - 4:14 PM

Sweden needs a win over Mexico and will progress if it registers a better result than Germany

HARSH CRITICISM. Sweden's Jimmy Durmaz will be one of the players to prove his worth after he received racial abuse on social media. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

Reus on a mission as Germany seeks to complete escape act

Jun 26, 2018 - 3:04 PM

Germany will only go through to the last 16 if it wins by two or more clear goals against South Korea

GRAND RETURN. Marco Reus finally plays the game he dreamed of against Sweden after he was hit with numerous injuries.

Kroos stunner rescues Germany's World Cup hopes

Jun 24, 2018 - 10:00 AM

The Germans hold nerve as Toni Kroos brings the defending champions back from the brink

RELIEF. Germany's midfielder Toni Kroos celebrates after scoring a goal during their must-win match against Sweden. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

Fact-check: Did Mexicans celebrating World Cup win cause an earthquake? Unfounded

Jun 20, 2018 - 10:02 PM

According to experts, no such earthquake occurred.

JUBILATION. Mexican fans celebrate their 1-0 victory at the end of the Russia 2018 World Cup Group F football match between Germany and Mexico at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on June 17, 2018.  Yuri Cortez/AFP

Germany foiled bio attack with Tunisian arrest – police

Jun 20, 2018 - 6:23 PM

German police commandos on June 12 storm the Cologne apartment of the 29-year-old Tunisian migrant identified only as Sief Allah H. They discover 'toxic substances' that turn out to be ricin.

ON ALERT. Picture taken on June 15, 2018 shows an employee of the public health Robert Koch institute in front of an apartment building in Cologne's Chorweiler district, where a Tunisian suspected of trying to build a biological weapon was arrested 3 days before. Photo by Michael Gottschalk/AFP

Kane grabs late winner for England, Belgium beats Panama

Jun 19, 2018 - 8:20 AM

Sweden defeats South Korea with a VAR-given penalty

England's forward Harry Kane celebrates after  his header found the back of net to give England its first World Cup opening win since 2006. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

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Germany 'very bad' in shock Mexico loss

Jun 18, 2018 - 7:39 AM

The defending World Cup champions bow to the Mexicans only for the second time in history

MATCH HERO. Mexican forward Hirving Lozano celebrates after scoring against defending champion Germany. Photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP

5 potential breakout World Cup stars

Jun 15, 2018 - 3:15 AM

The new generation of football talents look to impress in the sport's biggest stage

YOUNG SENSATIONS. Expect spectacular outings from rising stars (from left) Mexico’s Hirving Lozano, Portugal’s Goncalo Guedes, Germany’s Timo Werner, Iran’s Sardar Azmoun, and Morocco’s Hakim Ziyech. Photos by AFP (Lozano, Werner) and Shutterstock (Gueddes, Azmoun, Ziyech)

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