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Climate talks told to ease rifts as heat busts record

Bonn - Fresh UN climate talks opened in Bonn on Monday with a plea for nations to overcome rifts as scientists reported record global temperatures for the month of September.

German pilots strike after weekend rail chaos

Berlin - Lufthansa pilots launched a strike Monday, deepening Germany's travel chaos after train drivers stopped work at the weekend just as school holidays began in much of the country.

Franco-German mini-summit to tackle growth, budget

Berlin - French and German ministers are due to meet Monday to discuss ways of boosting growth in Europe's two biggest economies, as Paris called on Berlin to step up investment.

Germany says Ukraine rebels downed MH17 'with seized missiles'

Berlin - German intelligence has accused pro-Russian rebels of shooting down a Malaysian passenger jet over Ukraine using missiles captured from government forces, a media report said Sunday.

World's first Porsche found and renovated by Porsche Museum

Stuttgart - Move over, Elon Musk of Tesla Motors. The world's very first Porsche has been found, languishing away in a warehouse in Austria for 100 years, and has now been fully renovated. Why should Musk move over? Because the first Porsche was an electric car.

Europeans schedule unprecedented soft landing on comet

Trying to unlock part of the mystery of life on Earth, the European Space Agency revealed Wednesday where it will attempt an unprecedented soft landing on a comet.

Balloons, 'Heroes' to mark 25 years since fall of Berlin Wall

Berlin - Germany will throw a giant street party next month to mark 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall with light shows, Beethoven and a rendition of David Bowie's Cold War hit "Heroes".

UN health worker dies of Ebola in Germany: hospital

Berlin - A UN health worker infected with Ebola has died in Germany, the hospital that had been treating him said Tuesday, in the country's first death from the virus.

Review: Boris Rogowski debuts solo project 'The Society Islands'

The Society Islands is a solo project from Germany-based singer-songwriter Boris Rogowski that includes style shifts that can occur mid-song.

Germany regrets 'mistakes' in Afghanistan mission

Berlin - Germany's foreign minister said Sunday that Berlin had made serious mistakes in its military engagement in Afghanistan since 2001 and warned against a hasty withdrawal.

Op-Ed: Free college to foreign students? Germany challenges, leads world

Germany made the news recently for doing away with remaining college tuition fees and returning to a true state of free higher education...and now it is offering this tuition-free higher education to international students as well. Will the world follow?

Youthful passion fuels 'Madama Butterfly' Special

Toronto - Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” has been accused of racism, misogyny, and gross stereotyping. But at its heart, the opera is really about the passion of youth, and the consequences of choice.

Earth's most wondrous cities narrowed to 14 finalists

Barcelona - The modern seven most wondrous cities of the world will be revealed Dec. 7 from a list of 14 finalists scattered throughout Earth's six inhabited continents.

The hottest tech and gadgets: A look back at the IFA 2014

Last month, the world’s largest consumer electronics fair IFA was held in Berlin. It was a great show that gave us a glance at lots of new products and gadgets that will appear on the market soon.

Germany celebrates iconic rally that shook Berlin Wall

Leipzig - Germany on Thursday celebrates 25 years since one of the most dramatic mass protests in the run-up to the Berlin Wall's fall with a reenactment of its iconic candlelight march.

Syria, Iraq conflicts spark street clashes in Germany

Berlin - Street clashes pitting Kurds against radical Muslims left 23 people wounded in Germany, police said Wednesday amid fears that fighting in Syria and Iraq could further inflame passions.

Op-Ed: German singer could summon extraterrestrials with song

She says it’s originally from Mongolia and called Sygyt, but Anna-Maria Hefele’s singing style is out of this world. George Lucas surely would have cast Hefele, who hails from Germany, in the Star Wars bar scene had she been around at the time.

Sharon Van Etten wants you to listen (crying is optional) Special

Toronto - Sharon Van Etten is a musician known for the emotional honesty of her work. With her latest album, the acclaimed “Are We There” she shares a painful, deeply personal part of her past. She just wishes you’d stop talking about her hairdo.

F1: Lewis Hamilton wins in Japan but Bianchi in intensive care

Lewis Hamilton, the British driver who won the Japanese Grand Prix ahead of his team mate Nico Rosberg, described his victory as an "anti-climax" following the horrific crash which saw Marussia driver Jules Bianchi suffer a severe head injury.

Sex, drink, food, and trouble: Verdi's Falstaff lives large Special

Toronto - Canadian opera singer Gerald Finley says the timing’s right to make his debut as one of opera’s biggest and most beloved party boys.
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