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More than 300,000 seek asylum in Germany this year so far: Report

Berlin - Germany has hosted more than 300,000 asylum seekers since the start of the year, said the daily Die Welt on Saturday, as Berlin prepares for a record influx of refugees in 2015.

Op-Ed: Kudos to RFE/RL

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty is showing courage and practices good journalism in response to threats from Putin propaganda and disinformation.

Germany suspends treason probe against blog after protest storm

Berlin - Germany's chief prosecutor on Friday suspended a treason probe against Internet security bloggers that had sparked a storm of protest from journalist and politicians.

Germany orders Facebook to allow fake user names

Hamburg - A privacy watchdog in Germany ordered Facebook to allow users to join the site using pseudonyms. The order challenges Facebook's authentic name policy.

Artist Ai Weiwei arrives in Germany as Britain slammed over visa

Munich - Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei arrived in Germany Thursday on his first overseas trip since he was arrested nearly four years ago, after Britain denied him a six-month visa because he did not declare a supposed "criminal conviction" on his applicat...

Refugees live in fear of German anti-foreigner protests

Deutschland - It's an astonishing statement for a refugee from war-torn Syria, but Taher has had enough of the xenophobia he has experienced in Germany.

Munich opts for controversial Holocaust memorial compromise

Berlin - Munich Wednesday gave its approval for plaques for individual Holocaust victims to be installed throughout the German city but upheld a ban on Europe's biggest memorial project after months of anguished debate.

Maritime court to hear Italy-India shooting dispute

Berlin - A Germany-based international tribunal said Monday it would open hearings next month on a deadly 2012 maritime incident that sparked a diplomatic dispute between Italy and India.

Merkel urges Turkish PM to stick with Kurdish peace process

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday urged Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to stick with the Kurdish peace process despite escalating violence, her office said.

Jewish Games to be held at Nazi-era German venue

Berlin - Seventy years after the end of World War II, Berlin from Monday hosts the European Maccabi Games, dubbed the Jewish Olympics, at the site of the 1936 "Nazi Games".

Premiere of 'Tristan and Isolde' scores hit at Bayreuth Festival

Bayreuth - A brand-new production of Richard Wagner's opera "Tristan and Isolde" by the composer's great-granddaughter was warmly received at its premiere on Saturday, marking the start of this year's legendary Bayreuth Festival.

Love Train brings techno beats back onto Berlin's streets

Berlin - Thousands of people danced their hearts out at Berlin's techno Love Train festival on Saturday, the first such street event since 21 revellers died in an accident at the legendary Love Parade five years ago.

Russian physicist suspected of spying in Germany: Report

Berlin - A Russian physicist who worked for a top German research institute is suspected of spying for Moscow between 2009 and 2011, according to a report in German weekly Der Spiegel to be published Saturday.

Three injured as anti-, pro-refugee protesters clash in Dresden

Berlin - Three people were injured Friday when clashes erupted between far-right demonstrators and pro-refugee protesters in the eastern German city of Dresden, where hundreds of asylum seekers are due to be given shelter.

After 'Goodbye Lenin', a Berlin resurrection

Berlin - Buried and long forgotten, the head of a giant Lenin statue is set to make a comeback in the German capital a quarter-century after the fall of the Berlin Wall.The Soviet leader will gaze again on the people when the 3.

Berlin urges answers over reports NSA spied on foreign minister

Berlin - Germany said Wednesday it was "demanding answers" from the United States over fresh allegations of official US espionage, this time against the German foreign minister.

Lufthansa defends treatment of Germanwings crash bereaved

Berlin - Lufthansa Tuesday defended its treatment of families of victims of the Germanwings crash in the French Alps, saying its compensation offer had gone "well beyond" what was required by law.

'Bookkeeper of Auschwitz' appeals German verdict

Berlin - A former Nazi SS officer known as the "Bookkeeper of Auschwitz" has appealed a four-year jail sentence handed down to him last week, his legal team said Monday.

German neo-Nazi trial continues after defence bid to quit rejected

Munich - A German court hearing a landmark murder and terrorism trial Monday rejected a request by three defence lawyers to quit representing the surviving member of a neo-Nazi cell.

Germany will be flexible on restructuring Greek debt

Berlin - The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel said today that Germany would be flexible in negotiations on restructuring Greece's massive debt. However, she ruled out any write off as part of the restructuring.
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