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Germany frees female Russian spy early

Berlin - A Russian spy, jailed in Germany with her husband last year, has been freed early and allowed to return home, media reports said Friday, suggesting a possible prisoner swap.

Green Climate Fund pledges reach $9.3 bn

Berlin - Nations meeting in Berlin Thursday pledged $9.3 billion (7.4 bn euros) for a climate fund to help poor countries cut emissions and prepare for global warming, just shy of a $10bn target.

Green Climate Fund pledges 'reach $9.3 bn'

Berlin - Thirty nations meeting in Berlin Thursday pledged $9.3 billion (7.4 bn euros) for a fund to help developing countries cut emissions and prepare for global warming, just shy of a $10bn target.

Op-Ed: The finest wines from France and California have lost to Portugal

Portuguese wines dominate the Top 10 ranking in the latest list of the world's 100 most exciting wines as judged from blind-tasting conducted by Wine Spectator magazine.

A woman shared a bed with her dead mother's corpse for five years

A woman in Germany shared a bed with her mother's corpse for five years. When social workers discovered the body, it had already mummified.

Today is National Unfriend Day on Facebook

A new trend that is now making people take long looks at their friend list and deleting those "extra" friends. With the encouragement of privacy and security, Today is National Unfriend Day. It reminds us all that cleaning your friend list is a good idea.

Town turns neo-Nazi march into tolerance fundraiser

Berlin - Neo-Nazis marching through a German town unwittingly raised thousands of euros for a tolerance project, organisers of the anti-extremist protest action said Monday.Local businesses and residents agreed to donate 10 euros ($12.

New antibiotic found in horse dung fungus

Researchers have isolated a new substance from a fungus that kills bacteria. The substance, known as copsin, has the same effect as traditional antibiotics. The substance was found in the common inky cap mushroom that grows on horse dung.

German far-left set to head first regional state

Erfurt - The German far-left look set to make history this week in a deal that will lead to them taking their first regional state premiership since the Berlin Wall fell a quarter-century ago.

Six banks fined over $4 billion after exchange rate manipulation

Six giant banks have agreed to forfeit $4.33 billion to global regulators to resolve allegations that its traders tried to fiddle foreign exchange rates.

Scientists hope for data after historic but dodgy comet landing

Darmstadt - European scientists were hoping for a stream of data Thursday after a robot lab made the first-ever landing on a comet, a key step in a marathon mission to probe the mysteries of space.

Probe lands on comet in space first: ESA

Darmstadt - The European probe Philae has made the first-ever landing on a comet, a crowning phase in a quest to explore the origins of the Solar System, the European Space Agency (ESA) said on Wednesday.

All systems go for historic comet landing

Darmstadt - The European Space Agency (ESA) ordered a probe to attempt Wednesday the first landing on a comet and investigate one of the great mysteries of the Solar System.

Global financial regulator issues rules to curb 'too big to fail'

A global banking regulator has issued a series of proposals meant to protect taxpayers from ever again having to finance a bailout of large banks considered "too big to fail."

Merkel says EU not planning new sanctions against Russia

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday that the European Union was not planning new sanctions against Russia over a fresh spike in violence in Ukraine.

Thousands of balloons rise to sky to fete Berlin Wall fall

Berlin - Thousands of illuminated balloons sailed into the night sky Sunday from the former route of the Berlin Wall, as German Chancellor Angela Merkel said its fall 25 years ago proved that "dreams can come true".

Germany cheers 25 years since Berlin Wall's fall

Berlin - Germany marks 25 years since the euphoric fall of the Berlin Wall Sunday with more than a million people expected to join tributes, festivities and an open-air party with freedom icons and rock stars.

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

Berlin - Hundreds of thousands descended on the German capital Saturday for festivities to mark the Berlin Wall's fall 25 years ago, stirring emotions and bringing memories flooding back of its joyous toppling.

The Dodo: Science uncovers new insights about an old bird

Berlin - We have all heard of the dodo (Raphus cucullatus, previously Didus ineptus), described as a somewhat overweight, clumsy and tottering bird, seemingly so defenseless that it went extinct because of human predation.

Celebrations mark 25 years since Berlin Wall's fall

Berlin - Germany has kicked off celebrations marking 25 years since the epochal fall of the Berlin Wall, set to culminate in rock stars and freedom icons joining millions at an open-air party.
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