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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

9 dead in 'xenophobic' Germany bar shootings

Feb 20, 2020 - 11:14 AM

(UPDATED) Federal counterterror prosecutors announce they are investigating the case, which shows 'signs of a xenophobic motive'

WRECK. Emergency services and police work at the scene of a shooting in Hanau, western Germany, on February 20, 2020. Photo by Yann Schreiber/AFP

Storm Ciara caused 675 million euros of damage in Germany – insurers

Feb 18, 2020 - 8:38 PM

Of the total, '600 million euros will be paid out for damaged buildings, belongings, and commercial and industrial businesses' in around 500,000 cases, the GDV insurance federation says

STORM CIARA. This picture taken on February 10, 2020 shows the cathedral in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany, damaged by a construction crane which collapsed during the passage of storm Ciara. Photo by Yann Schreiber/AFP

U.S., German spies plundered global secrets via Swiss encryption firm – report

Feb 12, 2020 - 10:25 AM

Crypto AG was secretly owned by the US Central Intelligence Agency together with Germany's BND Federal Intelligence Service, reports say

ENCRYPTION SCANDAL. This file photo taken on August 13, 2008 shows a man walking over the seal of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the lobby of CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Merkel party in crisis after 'heir' quits over far right row

Feb 10, 2020 - 11:55 PM

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, leader of the Christian Democratic Union, opts out after barely a year in the post

MERKEL'S WOES. German Chancellor Angela Merkel gives a press statement on the resignation of the leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer during a joint press conference with Hungary's Prime Minister in Berlin on February 10, 2020. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP)

Protests in Germany as cabinet passes coal exit law

Jan 30, 2020 - 9:35 AM

Demonstrators and environmentalists say the law does too little, too late

POISON. A coal power plant of German energy giant RWE in Neurath, western Germany, on January 29, 2020. Photo by Ina Fassbender/AFP

Past 'evils' are resurfacing, Germany and Israel warn at Holocaust event

Jan 29, 2020 - 8:12 PM

'More still, they are presenting their ethno-nationalist, authoritarian thinking as a vision, as a better answer to the questions of our time,' says German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier

HORRORS OF HOLOCAUST. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin embraces German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (L) after his speech during a parliamentary session in homage to Nazi victims at the Bundestag (lower house of parliament) on January 29, 2020 in Berlin. Photo by John MacDougall/AFP

Germany confirms 1st human transmission of China virus

Jan 28, 2020 - 6:12 PM

(UPDATED) The German case appears to be the first instance of a 'human-to-human transmission' outside Asia

CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION. Information in German, English and Chinese languages about the Novel Coronavirus 2019-nCoV are on display at the Tegel airport in Berlin on January 26, 2020. Photo by Andreas Gora/dpa/AFP

Germany warns of 'mass exit' of Jews if hatred persists

Jan 26, 2020 - 9:17 PM

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas says that Germany 'need to take urgent counter-measures to make sure that such thoughts do not turn into a bitter reality and lead to a massive departure of Jews'

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. - At least two people were shot dead in Halle on October 9, 2019, with witnesses saying a synagogue was among the gunmen's targets as Jews marked the holy day of Yom Kippur. One suspect was captured but with a manhunt ongoing for other perpetrators, security was tightened in synagogues in other eastern German cities while Halle itself was in lockdown. (Photo by Anton Roland LAUB / AFP)

Gunman kills 6 in Germany attack – police

Jan 24, 2020 - 11:10 PM

The shooter, believed to have a personal motive, launches an assault in the town of Rot am See

SHOOTING. A policeman secures the area close to a house where a shooter, believed to have a personal motive, launched an assault on January 24, 2020l, in the town of Rot am See in southwestern Germany. Photo by Marijan Murat/DPA/AFP

The global spread of the coronavirus: Where is it?

Jan 24, 2020 - 8:34 AM

(9th UPDATE) Here are the countries that have confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus

PROTECTION. A woman holds a child wearing a facemask as they queue at the West Kowloon rail station in Hong Kong on January 23, 2020. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Environmentalists file suit against Merkel's 'weak' climate laws

Jan 15, 2020 - 9:10 PM

Climate activists argue Germany's current plan to slash greenhouse gas emissions is too weak to halt the planet from hurtling towards irreversible and devastating warming

ANGELA MERKEL. German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for the weekly cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin on January 15, 2020. Photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

EU states launch process disputing Iran's nuclear compliance

Jan 15, 2020 - 12:18 AM

The foreign ministers of Britain, France, and Germany say Iran has been progressively scaling back its commitments under the deal since May last year

IRAN'S AND NUCLEAR POWER. In this file photo taken on November 10, 2019 an Iranian flag flutters in Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant. File photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

The last Holocaust survivors: Growing old with memories of Auschwitz

Jan 14, 2020 - 10:14 AM

The numbers tattooed on their left arms have faded, much in the same way that the collective memory of the Holocaust is blurring

Holocaust survivor Szmul Icek shows a picture of his parents killed by the Nazis, during a photo session at his home in Jerusalem on December 8, 2019. (Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP)

Iran nuclear deal hangs by thin thread

Jan 06, 2020 - 10:39 PM

Iran has not said it wants to quit the agreement, leaving some room for the deal's remaining parties to try to save it, according to analysts

IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL. This file photo taken on July 14, 2015, shows Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arriving to the final plenary meeting of a nuclear deal at UN's IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Austria. File photo by Joe Klamar/Pool/AFP

6 Germans killed as car plows into pedestrians in Italy

Jan 05, 2020 - 6:48 PM

Eleven other people are injured, including two from the South Tyrol region where the incident happened

ROAD INCIDENT. This handout photo taken and released on January 5, 2020 by the Italian Department of firefighters, the Vigili del Fuoco, shows rescuers intervening after a road accident at the ski resort of Lutago. Photo handout by Vigili del Fuoco/AFP

Dozens of monkeys die in German zoo fire

Jan 01, 2020 - 6:28 PM

The blaze destroys the monkey enclosure, which opened in 1975, shortly before midnight

RAZED. Firemen work at the burning monkey house of the zoo in Krefeld, western Germany, on early January 1, 2020. Photo by AFP

Von der Leyen skeptical on Huawei in Europe – report

Dec 27, 2019 - 11:45 PM

Critics say Huawei is too close to Beijing and could by law be forced to hand over data to Chinese intelligence services

Visitors walk past the booth of Huawei promoting its P30 Pro smartphone at the international electronics and innovation fair IFA in Berlin on September 6, 2019. - Exhibitors from more than 100 countries will be presenting their latest products during the fair running from September 6 to 11, 2019. (Photo by Tobias SCHWARZ / AFP)

German fireworks sales fizzle on climate anxiety

Dec 27, 2019 - 8:25 PM

Germany's fireworks festivities release some 5,000 tons of fine particulate matter into the air on a single night – equivalent to about two months of road traffic, according to a federal environment agency

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)

Germany approves major climate reform package

Dec 20, 2019 - 8:41 PM

The so-called climate package, which includes plans to reduce train ticket prices and increase taxes on plane travel, will take effect on January 1

CENTER OF POWER. Germany moves closer to more regulations in response to the climate crisis. David Gannon/Pool/AFP

Huawei wins contract to develop German 5G network

Dec 12, 2019 - 11:24 AM

Germany has so far defied pressure to exclude Huawei from taking part in the bidding process, insisting that it would set stringent security conditions

HUAWEI. Photo by Patricia de Melo Moreira/AFP

Germany on alert as African swine fever nears border

Dec 11, 2019 - 2:50 PM

It is feared that even a single case of African swine fever could wreak havoc in Germany, which is Europe's biggest exporter of pork

Workers of the veterinary department recover a dead boar during an animal desease's drill aimed at preparing Saxony's officials to a possible outbreak of the African swine fever, in Grimma, eastern Germany, on December 3, 2019. (Photo by Sebastian Willnow / dpa / AFP) / Germany OUT

Filipino language and culture making waves in German universities

Dec 10, 2019 - 9:00 AM

The Filipino language is currently being offered at Humboldt University

Filipino Language Instructor Anton Galang Jr. with his first batch of students at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. Photo provided by Anton Galang Jr.

Iran nuclear deal parties meet as accord nears collapse

Dec 06, 2019 - 11:49 PM

Envoys from Britain, France, Germany, China, Russia and Iran are taking part in the meeting, which is the first time the 6 parties gather in this format since July

Airbus fires 16 over suspected German army spying – report

Dec 01, 2019 - 10:12 PM

The firing comes after reports that Airbus employees had obtained secret files of the German army involving the acquisition of a communication system

NEXT-GEN PLANES. Cebu Pacific buys Airbus A330 new engine option planes from Airbus. Photo from Airbus

Rocky road ahead for Merkel after ally loses shock vote

Dec 01, 2019 - 7:52 PM

The departure of German Chancellor Angela Merkel may well be accelerated following the defeat of her close ally

German Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, Angela Merkel speaks to journalists as she arrives at the CDU's headquarters for further exploratory talks with members of potential coalition parties to form a new government on November 17, 2017 in Berlin. / AFP PHOTO / John MACDOUGALL

6 European countries join barter system for Iran trade

Dec 01, 2019 - 1:47 PM

The entry of the new members 'further strengthens INSTEX and demonstrates European efforts to facilitate legitimate trade between Europe and Iran,' say founding shareholders France, Germany and UK

LIFE IN IRAN. An Iranian cleric walks past a mural painting of the national flag in the capital Tehran. File photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

More pain for German car industry as Daimler axes 10,000 jobs

Nov 29, 2019 - 8:46 PM

Daimler, which employs 304,000 people globally, says the job cuts would be achieved through natural turnover, early retirement schemes and severance packages

DAIMLER JOB CUTS. The company logo of German carmaker Daimler and Mercedes-Benz is pictured before the annual shareholders meeting in Berlin on March 29, 2017. File photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

China defends Xinjiang crackdown after criticism from European leaders

Nov 28, 2019 - 6:19 PM

China's foreign ministry repeats assertions that 'Xinjiang affairs are purely China's internal affairs'

XINJIANG. This photo taken on June 4, 2019 shows the Chinese flag behind razor wire at a housing compound in Yangisar, south of Kashgar, in China's western Xinjiang region. File photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Audi to slash 9,500 jobs in Germany by 2025

Nov 27, 2019 - 6:45 PM

Audi says its reorganization would help boost earnings by 6 billion euros ($6.6 billion) by 2029, as it pivots to electric vehicles

Merkel heiress wins 'loyalty' after challenging critics

Nov 22, 2019 - 11:42 PM

'If you are of the opinion that the Germany I want is not the one you want... then we should end it. Here, now and today,' Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer of the CDU tells the party gathering in Leipzig

CHALLENGING CRITICS. The leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer waves after delivering her a speech during the congress of Germany's conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party on November 22, 2019, in Leipzig, eastern Germany.  Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

Son of former German president stabbed to death

Nov 20, 2019 - 4:36 PM

The motive for the attack on Fritz von Weizsaecker, 59, on Tuesday evening is unclear

STABBING AT THE SCHLOSSPARK. The Schlosspark hospital in Berlin. Image from

German woman suspected of ISIS ties arrested after deportation

Nov 16, 2019 - 10:57 PM

The Federal Prosecutor accuses Nasim A. of having gone to Syria in late 2014 to live on ISIS territory. She later married an ISIS fighter in early 2015

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

German cabin crew kick off 'massive' Lufthansa strike

Nov 07, 2019 - 7:20 PM

Lufthansa warns that around 180,000 passengers will be affected by the 48-hour strike of cabin crew

Deserted check-in desks of German airline Lufthansa are seen at the airport in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany, on November 7, 2019, as cabin crews kicked off a strike. - Tens of thousands of Lufthansa passengers faced disruptions as cabin crew in Germany started to stage a "massive" 48-hour walkout in the biggest escalation yet of a bitter row over pay and conditions. (Photo by Silas Stein / dpa / AFP) / Germany OUT

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

Putin was 'conscientious and disciplined' spy – KGB documents

Nov 01, 2019 - 8:41 AM

The KGB profile is part of an exhibition at the Central Archive of Historical and Political Documents in Russia's second city of Saint Petersburg

Vladimir Putin. AFP Photo

Ukraine, separatists begin troop pullback

Oct 29, 2019 - 11:53 PM

The long-awaited pullback is a precondition for the first face-to-face talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine's Volodymyr Zelensky, to be mediated by the leaders of France and Germany

PULLBACK. This picture taken and released by Ukrainian presidential press-service on October 14, 2019, shows President Volodymyr Zelensky (C) talking with officers at the map during his visit to Donetsk region. File photo by STR/AFP

Merkel urges Erdogan to immediately end Syria offensive

Oct 13, 2019 - 9:27 PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the operation threatens to drive large parts of the population from their homes, noting that it would also risk 'destabilization of the region and lead to a resurgence of the ISIS'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers a keynote speech during a debate on the federal budget at the Bundestag, the lower house of Parliament, on September 11, 2019 in Berlin. (Photo by John MACDOUGALL / AFP)

Germany bans weapons sales to Turkey over Syria offensive

Oct 12, 2019 - 10:49 PM

Germany is one of the world's biggest arms exporters along with the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France

German leaders pay respects at scene of deadly anti-Semitic attack

Oct 10, 2019 - 7:23 PM

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, joined by Israeli ambassador Jeremy Issacharoff and local officials, lay flowers outside the synagogue before meeting with Jewish community leaders inside

PAYING RESPECTS. German leaders arrive at the synagogue in Halle, eastern Germany, on October 10, 2019, one day after the attack where two people were shot dead. Photo by Axel Schmidt/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

German gunman published 'manifesto' before anti-Semitic attack – SITE

Oct 10, 2019 - 2:09 PM

The gunman also films the attack and posts a video online in which he launches a diatribe against Jews

VIGIL. People leave candles and flowers at a vigil at the Marktplatz in Halle an der Saale, eastern Germany, on October 9, 2019, after a heavily-armed man shot two people dead. Photo by Swen Pfortner/dpa/AFP

2 dead as German synagogue targeted in Yom Kippur attack

Oct 09, 2019 - 8:02 PM

(UPDATED) One suspect was captured but with a manhunt ongoing for other perpetrators, security has been tightened in synagogues in other eastern German cities while Halle itself is in lockdown

DEADLY SHOOTING. Picture taken on May 5, 2013 shows a Star of David on the synagogue of the Jewish community in Halle an der Saale, eastern Germany. At least two people were killed on October 9, 2019 in a shooting on a street in the German city of Halle, police say, adding that the perpetrators are on the run. File photo by Jan Woitas/DPA/AFP

Stolen truck slams into cars in Germany, several injured

Oct 08, 2019 - 3:12 PM

Police say it is too soon to speculate about a motive for the incident, which began when a man seized a truck on Monday afternoon

STOLEN AND CRASHED. A police cordon stops people from getting close to where a stolen truck crashed in to cars stopped at a red light in Limburg, western Germany, on October 7, 2019. Photo by Sascha Ditscher/dpa/AFP

EU hopes more will join 4-country migration pact

Sep 24, 2019 - 11:14 PM

The pact is meant to determine which countries would take in migrants arriving in Europe – usually Italy or Malta – via the Mediterranean

MIGRATION PACT. Italy's Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese, European Commissioner for Migration, Dimitris Avramopoulos, Malta's Interior Minister Michael Farrugia, Finland’s Interior Minister, Maria Ohisalo and Germany's Interior Minister Horst Seehofer address a press conference following a meeting of Interior ministers from 4 EU countries, France, Germany, Italy and Malta on September 23, 2019 at Fort St. Angelo in Birgu, Malta. Photo by Matthew Mirabelli/AFP