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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

Fall of Berlin Wall spurs creative industries

Nov 17, 2014 - 7:45 AM

Berlin developed itself to a melting pot for the creative industries for people around the world a Chamber of Industry and Commerce coordinator says

25 YEARS AGO. A file photo dated November 10, 1989, shows people celebrating the opening of the border between East and West Germany on the Berlin Wall in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany. File photo by stringer/file/EPA

Thousands of balloons rise to sky to fete Berlin Wall fall

Nov 10, 2014 - 12:43 AM

Chancellor Merkel: We can change things for the better – that is the message of the fall of the Berlin Wall

CELEBRATION. People attend a street party organized by the German government to mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, in front of the Brandenburg Gate on November 9, 2014 in Berlin. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

Germans, foreigners fete Berlin Wall's fall 25 years on

Nov 08, 2014 - 9:55 PM

People stream between key points of the Wall s former path where information boards recount the monumental events of November 9 1989

FALL OF THE WALL. A Belgian tourist takes photographs of the balloons that trace the course of the former Berlin Wall at the famous former 'Checkpoint Charlie' crossing in Berlin, Germany, 08 November 2014. Paul Zinken/EPA

Celebrations mark 25 years since Berlin Wall's fall

Nov 08, 2014 - 2:36 PM

Germany has kicked off celebrations marking 25 years since the epochal fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9 1989

LIGHT INSTALLATION. A general view of the light installation Lichtgrenze (Light border) on the course of the former Berlin wall near the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on November 7, 2014. Odd Andersen/AFP

Gorbachev allies feel betrayed by West, 25 years on

Nov 07, 2014 - 6:33 AM

Former top Soviet officials now say 25 years on they feel stabbed in the back by the West

EUPHORIA. A file photo dated 10 November 1989 shows people celebrating the opening of the border between East and West Germany on the Berlin Wall in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany. Stringer/EPA

Gorbachev to use Berlin Wall festivities to 'defend Putin'

Nov 06, 2014 - 8:51 PM

The former Soviet leader says Washington did Moscow wrong and Putin was the best man for the job of protecting the country s interests

GORBACHEV. A man helps former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev (front R) to put on a coat prior to a military parade marking the 69th anniversary of the victory over the Nazi Germany in the WWII in the Red Square in Moscow, Russia 09 May 2014. Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

25 years on, Germany's east-west divide still palpable

Nov 06, 2014 - 5:45 PM

A town in the outskirts of Berlin encapsulates the ongoing albeit narrowing east west divide in reunited Germany 25 since the fall of the Berlin Wall

A restaurant called 'La Dolce Vita' (the sweet life) stands across of block of "plattenbau" concrete flats in Prenzlau, eastern Germany, on February 28, 2008. John Macdougall/AFP

The man who opened the Berlin Wall

Nov 06, 2014 - 12:42 PM

Former East German border guard Harald Jaeger – at the time loyal follower of the embattled communist regime – has gone down in history as the man who literally opened the Wall

PART OF HISTORY. Harald Jaeger, a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the former east German secret police Stasi, poses in his home in Werneuchen, north of Berlin on November 4, 2014. John Macdougall/AFP

Berlin hails US ties 50 years after JFK's iconic speech

Jun 26, 2013 - 6:52 PM

Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said the historic speech remained unforgettable for us Germans

'ICH BIN EIN BERLINER' Picture taken on June 26, 1963 shows then US President John F Kennedy (L) giving a speech at the Schoeneberg city hall in Berlin, where he said his famous German sentence "Ich bin ein Berliner" (I am a Berliner) to underline the support of the United States for West Germany and his empathy for people living in the divided city of Berlin. AFP

Did JFK tell Berlin he was a jam doughnut?

Jun 26, 2013 - 5:49 PM

The historical lore was that JFK was wrong to use the indefinite article ein and should have said Ich bin Berliner to declare his solidarity with the embattled Cold War city

'ICH BIN EIN BERLINER.' US President John F. Kennedy addresses the gathered crowd at the Rudolph Wilde Platz in Berlin, Germany, June 26, 1963. Photo by the US Army Signal Corps photo by PFC Wolf, 69th Signal Co, courtesy of the John F. Kennedy Library, Boston

Germany's western rust belt resents blossoming east

Mar 25, 2012 - 1:39 PM

A mining town in west Germany looks and feels little like the world s image of Germany as a global powerhouse