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Wes Anderson, Norway teen massacre films lead Berlin fest race

Berlin - Wes Anderson's "Isle of Dogs", an animated movie with political bite, and a controversial dramatisation of Norway's 2011 massacre of teenagers by a neo-Nazi gunman led the award favourites Saturday at the Berlin film festival.

Chinese billionaire Li Shufu buys biggest single stake in Daimler

Frankfurt Am Main - Chinese billionaire Li Shufu has bought a near 10-percent stake in Mercedes-Benz maker Daimler, making him the German group's largest single shareholder, a stock market filing showed Friday.

Row at German art fair over 'Erdogan with banana' painting

Berlin - A German artist complained Friday after his gallery took down a painting that depicts Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with a banana in his buttocks.

Volkswagen profit roars back two years after 'dieselgate'

Frankfurt Am Main - The world's largest carmaker Volkswagen appeared back in racing form Friday, as its 2017 results revved back to levels not seen since before its devastating "dieselgate" emission cheating scandal.VW said in a statement it had booked an 11.

Volkswagen net profit more than doubles in 2017

Frankfurt Am Main - The world's largest carmaker Volkswagen said Friday it more than doubled net profits in 2017, with record sales helping it overcome headwinds including its long-running diesel scandal.VW said in a statement it had booked an 11.

ECB chief hits elusive inflation target in own pay packet

Frankfurt Am Main - As European Central Bank President Mario Draghi battles to bring inflation towards 2.0 percent, the institution's annual report showed Thursday his target was met in at least one place last year -- his pay packet.

German free-meals charity bars new migrant clients

Berlin - A German food bank said Thursday it would temporarily stop accepting new non-German clients, citing a huge influx of migrants that was displacing locals in need.

Germany nabs Russian hooligan over Euro 2016 attack on England fan

Berlin - A Russian football hooligan wanted for savagely attacking an England fan during Euro 2016 in France has been arrested, German police said Thursday.

Merkel calls for end to 'massacre' in Syria

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday called for an end to the "massacre" in Syria after fresh air strikes on a rebel-held enclave in the war-torn country killed another 13 people.

Judges to rule on diesel bans in choking German cities

Leipzig - Judges are to rule Thursday on whether German cities can ban old diesel cars to reduce air pollution, with potentially dramatic consequences for a key industry and transport policy in Europe's largest economy.

Biopic explores secret scandal behind 'Pippi Longstocking'

Berlin - A dark secret long held by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren led her to create one of the most beloved heroines of children's literature, Pippi Longstocking, according to a new biopic at the Berlin film festival.

Germany's Bild under pressure over 'fake news'

Berlin - Germany's biggest-selling daily Bild came under pressure on Wednesday after a satirical magazine claimed it made up emails published by the newspaper that suggested Russian meddling in German politics.

Transparency International sees graft fight at global standstill

Berlin - Governments are not doing enough in the global fight against graft, anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International (TI) said Wednesday as it presented its annual corruption perceptions index.

German court jails Sweden's racist 'laser man' killer for life

Frankfurt Am Main - A German court Wednesday handed a life prison term to a Swedish convicted killer -- dubbed "the laser man" for using a laser-scoped rifle to target immigrants -- for the murder of a Jewish woman.

Berlin filmfest offers dark vision of E. European 'drift'

Berlin - This week's Berlin film festival is turning a wary eye eastward with a series of new movies spotlighting the rise of violent extremism and anti-migrant sentiment in the ex-communist bloc.

Swedish racist 'laser man' faces Germany murder verdict

Frankfurt Am Main - A German court is on Wednesday due to sentence a Swedish convicted killer -- dubbed "the laser man" for using a laser-scoped rifle to target immigrants -- for the murder a Jewish woman.

German army facing 'big gaps' as spending cuts bite

Berlin - Germany's armed forces are being pushed beyond their limits as Berlin makes greater international commitments while failing to invest in and reform the military, according to a report published Tuesday.

Germany's crisis-hit SPD starts ballot on Merkel coalition

Berlin - Germany's Social Democrats Tuesday started a membership ballot on whether to again govern under Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives after an opinion poll showed them trailing the far-right AfD party for the first time.

Germany seeks to fine scientists over monkey experiments

Berlin - German prosecutors said Tuesday they have asked judges to fine three scientists at the prestigious Max Planck Institutes for animal cruelty over experiments on monkeys' brains.

German court could open way to bans on diesel cars

Frankfurt Am Main - One of Germany's top courts will decide Thursday whether some diesel vehicles can be banned from parts of cities like Stuttgart and Duesseldorf to reduce air pollution, a possible landmark judgement for the "car nation".
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