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How cities around the globe fight rising rents

Berlin - Berlin has become the latest anti-gentrification battleground, with authorities poised Tuesday to freeze rents for five years in a bid to halt skyrocketing costs.Other capitals have taken different approaches. Here is an overview of some of them.

Berlin opts for five-year freeze on rents to curb rocketing rates

Berlin - Berlin's government on Tuesday moved to freeze rents in the booming German capital for five years from 2020 in their latest bid to halt runaway gentrification.

US 'candy bomber' back in Berlin after 70 years

Berlin - When in 1948 US bombers started dropping tiny, improvised parachutes loaded with sweets into Berlin during the Soviet blockade, one little German girl wrote to complain.

Google abandons plans for Berlin campus after protests

Berlin - Internet giant Google confirmed Thursday morning it is abandoning plans to establish a campus for tech startups in Berlin after protests from residents worried about gentrification.

Review: New marathon world record set in Berlin by Eliud Kipchoge Special

Kenyan long-distance runner Eliud Kipchoge has a major reason to celebrate. He smashed the marathon world record in Berlin, Germany.

70 years on, Berlin remembers Airlift 'Candy Bombers'

Berlin - Germany marks 70 years Tuesday since the start of the Berlin Airlift, a spectacular humanitarian rescue mission amid the first major Cold War crisis between the West and Soviet Union.

Chaos-plagued Berlin airport won't open before 2020: planners

Berlin - German authorities said Friday that Berlin's new international airport would not open before 2020, eight years behind schedule for a project that has become an enduring political scandal and national laughing stock.

Berliners vote to keep Tegel airport open

Berlin - Berliners have voted to keep open the Cold War-era city airport Tegel, threatening political turbulence in the German capital and more trouble for Chancellor Angela Merkel after a bruising election victory.

Berlin in political dog fight over airport chaos

Berlin - Berlin's scandal-plagued BER airport project, now delayed five years with no opening date in sight, has become the laughing stock of Germany, but things are about to get more complicated.As the six-billion-euro ($7.

Review: Sam Kendricks wins first place at IAAF World Challenge in Berlin Special

On August 27, American pole vaulter Sam Kendricks continued his winning streak at the IAAF World Challenge meeting that took place at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin.

Digital Concert Hall brings Berlin Philharmonic directly to you

For lovers of classical music, the Berlin Philharmonic is a name that denotes excellence matched by few other orchestras the world over.

Will it ever open? Berliners laugh, cry over long delayed airport

Berlin - Lufthansa had its planes ready and German Chancellor Angela Merkel was lined up for the ribbon-cutting ceremony -- all was in place for the opening of Berlin's state-of-the-art airport on June 3, 2012.Except the airport itself.

Merkel party routed in Berlin polls as right-wing AfD gains

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party suffered a historic loss in Berlin state elections Sunday while the right-wing populist AfD gained fresh support, riding a wave of popular anger over her open-door refugee policy.

Four things to know about German capital Berlin

Berlin - Internationally lauded for startups and nightlife, the German capital Berlin struggles to this day to escape the "poor but sexy" motto bestowed on it by former mayor Klaus Wowereit in 2003.

Merkel braces for populist gains in Berlin elections

Berlin - German voters went to the polls Sunday in Berlin regional elections with the anti-immigration AfD party hoping to capitalise on anger against Chancellor Angela Merkel's welcome to refugees.

Berlin fears AfD win will undo efforts against far right

Berlin - Berlin prides itself on being hip, multicultural and tough on the racist far-right -- but that image could take a beating as an anti-migrant party eyes election gains Sunday.

Berlin's hold-out squat fires up gentrification battle

Berlin - Branded a hotbed of lawless left-wing extremists after street clashes in July left over 100 police injured, one of Berlin's last squats has become the symbol of a raging battle over gentrification.

Twitter takes stake in music service it passed on last year

San Francisco - San Francisco-based micro-blogging giant Twitter confirmed Tuesday that it had taken a major stake in music streaming service SoundCloud Ltd.

Berlin bans entire apartment rentals on Airbnb

Berlin - As of May, people in Berlin can face up to a fine of $115,000 if they rent out their full apartments on Airbnb under a new law.

Berlin under fire for chaotic handling of refugee influx

Berlin - As Germany faces a record influx of one million asylum-seekers this year, its capital Berlin has come under attack for allowing chaos to reign in overwhelmed refugee offices and shelters.

Photo essay: Berlin is made for art lovers Special

Berlin - Berlin is an artistic paradise. From the unique architecture of Daniel Libeskind's Jewish Museum to the outdoor East Side Gallery, Berlin showcases memorable art you won't see anywhere else.

EU should prepare for Greece default, German official says

Berlin - European Union nations should prepare for Greece's expected default and departure from the common currency, a German official said Monday.

Berlin Philharmonic votes on new chief conductor

Berlin - The Berlin Philharmonic's members cloistered in an undisclosed location Monday to elect their next chief conductor, one of the most prestigious jobs in the world of classical music.

Jonathan Kluth: Making great music with everyday things (Videos)

Berlin - Jonathan Kluth is an upcoming musician and singer with an excellent and very unusual sound. Hailing from Berlin in Germany, Kluth's great music includes his voice, his guitar, a violin, a piano, his car and everyday items in his own kitchen.

German official says crystal meth makes him work harder

Berlin - German Member of Parliament (MP), Michael Hartmann, has admitted to using crystal meth. The police were notified by a drug dealer.

Ukrainian rebels agree to three-way ceasefire talks

Berlin - Russia and Ukraine agreed Wednesday to hold talks with pro-Moscow rebels to try to reach an agreement on a new ceasefire to replace the one that expired earlier in the week, resulting in hundreds of deaths.

Berlin first city to get its full name as own Internet domain

Berlin - Berlin is about to become the first city in the world with its own Internet domain name. The city's businesses will be able to use ".berlin" from mid-March 2014.

Asian films win big as Chinese thriller takes top Berlin prize

Asian films were big winners at the Berlin International Film Festival on Saturday, led by gritty Chinese thriller "Bai Ri Yan Huo" (Black Coal, Thin Ice) about an overweight detecti...

Scorsese says NY Review film meant as guide to young

Director and producer Martin Scorsese says he hopes his documentary to mark the 50th anniversary of the New York Review of Books will point young people in the right direction for getting reliable inform...

Childhood epic, religious drama vie for Berlin film prize

Films ranging from a coming-of-age docudrama using the same actors over a 12-year span, a feature about radical Catholics and an unflinching look at Northern Ireland's troubles stand out...
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100th Computer pioneer Konrad Zuse s Birthday
100th Computer pioneer Konrad Zuse's Birthday
Germany Vs. Argentina 4-0 from Berlin Kulturbrauerei  Prenzlauer Berg - Fifa World Cup 2010.
Germany Vs. Argentina 4-0 from Berlin Kulturbrauerei, Prenzlauer Berg - Fifa World Cup 2010.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with her Greek counterpart George Papandreou
German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with her Greek counterpart George Papandreou
The  non-toed fur  -coaties  exhibition by Neozoon in Berlin
The "non-toed fur -coaties" exhibition by Neozoon in Berlin
The Long Night of Opera and Theater 2010 in Berlin
The Long Night of Opera and Theater 2010 in Berlin
Berlinale Gala 2010: Semih Kaplanoglu  Golden Bear with Bal (Honey)
Berlinale Gala 2010: Semih Kaplanoglu, Golden Bear with Bal (Honey)
Eberhard Junkersdorf  Klaus Wowereit  Bernd Neumann  Dieter Kosslick and Christina Kim presents the ...
Eberhard Junkersdorf, Klaus Wowereit, Bernd Neumann, Dieter Kosslick and Christina Kim presents the outdoor screening of the original version of the cult movie “Metropolis” at the Brandenburg Tor on Feb. 12
Tempelhof Airport in Berlin
Tempelhof Airport in Berlin
CohIT: the healthcare IT industry in Berlin
CohIT: the healthcare IT industry in Berlin
Olafur Eliasson: Innen Stadt Außen
Olafur Eliasson: Innen Stadt Außen
Martin-Gropius-Bau
The Immergern: Dunckerstrasse 10  Berlin
The Immergern: Dunckerstrasse 10, Berlin
 Miteinander Leben   the annual trade dedicated to the disabled and elderly persons has been taking ...
"Miteinander Leben", the annual trade dedicated to the disabled and elderly persons has been taking place in Berlin from 8 to 10 April, 2010.
Kreuzberg  the underground district of West Berlin
Kreuzberg, the underground district of West Berlin
Five Elements show - Summer 2010  Berlin
Five Elements show - Summer 2010, Berlin
Berlinale Gala 2010: Alexer Popogrebsky (Best Camera)  Grigory Dobrygin (Best Actor) and Sergei Pusk...
Berlinale Gala 2010: Alexer Popogrebsky (Best Camera), Grigory Dobrygin (Best Actor) and Sergei Puskepalis (Best Actor) - "How I ended this summer"
The Deutsches Technikmuseum
The Deutsches Technikmuseum
Antennas of the former National Security Agency (NSA) listening station are seen at the Teufelsberg ...
Antennas of the former National Security Agency (NSA) listening station are seen at the Teufelsberg hill, or Devil's Mountain in Berlin
With permission by Reuters / Fabrizio Bensch
Rery Maldonado  a Bolivian writer  blogger and journalist  sitting at the Ankelklause  a little and ...
Rery Maldonado, a Bolivian writer, blogger and journalist, sitting at the Ankelklause, a little and smoky kneipe - the German word for pub - over the bank of the Spree.
Violence broke out during a demonstration in Berlin on May Day.
Violence broke out during a demonstration in Berlin on May Day.
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Sandstation 2010 in Germany
Sandstation 2010 in Germany

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