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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...

Horror of Ethiopian bride abduction shown at Berlin festival

"Angelina Jolie presents" is the first thing on screen in the Ethiopian movie "Difret", but the true story of a 14-year-old girl's abduction, rape and trial for killing her abductor speaks for itself.

Director Loach says small jabs at society got better results

British film director Ken Loach, receiving a lifetime achievement award at the Berlin film festival on Friday, said the more ambitious his films were in trying to push a social or political agenda, the l...

Chinese directors master Nordic noir, shoot-'em-up Western

An overweight detective with a drinking problem and a fresh divorce stumbles through the snow to catch a killer armed with ice-skates, showing China has no need to envy the Nordics when it comes to crime...

Lukewarm Berlin film market generates buzz nevertheless

Berlin's international film festival ends this weekend with some film buyers and sellers having made significant deals and others complaining of slack sales activity with no significant driver.

Modern take on Abraham's sacrifice dissects Turkish village life

After years focusing on his visual arts career, Turkey's Kutlug Ataman has returned to feature filmmaking with a touching portrait of the pressures and hypocrisy of village life in his northeastern An...

Latin American cinema shows global ambition at Berlin fest

A "New Age" healer whose estranged son is a falconer are the odd couple at the heart of an English-language movie by Peruvian director Claudia Llosa that marked a coming-of-age moment fo...

Gay-themed films in Berlin reflect societal divide

Gay characters and themes have become so common in film that it came as a shock when director Adam Csaszi said he changed his movie based on a true story about a gay footballer and his lover in rural Hun...

Monster or god? Nick Cave explores rock performance in new film

Australian singer-songwriter Nick Cave - who has conjured up so much horror, lust and murder as well as haunting love songs in three decades fronting "The Bad Seeds" - worries that technology could destr...

Afghan war movie probes German historical angst, self-image

Frustration with a lack of open discussion in Germany over its involvement in Afghanistan and over Berlin's treatment of Afghans helping its troops there spurred the making of the film "Inbetween Worlds" ...

Alain Resnais fuses art forms in new comedy at Berlin festival

At 91-years-old, veteran French filmmaker Alain Resnais shows no sign of letting up his experimentation, drawing on theatre, graphic illustration and cinema in his whimsical comedy "Life of Riley" that pre...

Filmed version of novel can 'feel insane': Author Hornby

Seeing a filmed version of one of your novels can "feel insane", British author Nick Hornby said on Monday at the Berlin film festival where the movie based on his anti-suicide-pact book "A Long Way Down" had a special screening.
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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
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A live performance of jazz music by the Tristan Honsinger quartet at Miss Hecke club, Berlin, Germany
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Vietnamese Cultural Festival 2010 in Berlin
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The Sasaya: Lychener str. 50, Berlin
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Berlin: "We are the Champions"
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Vigil in Berlin, Germany in support of Tommy Robinson.
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Berlinale Gala 2010: Grigory Dobrygin (Best Actor) and Sergei Puskepalis (Best Actor) - "How I ended this summer"
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Berlinale Gala 2010: Semih Kaplanoglu, Golden Bear with Bal (Honey)
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StudyWorld 2010 at the Russian House of Culture and Science in Berlin
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The Berliner fernsehturm: Panoramastr. 1 A, Berlin
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Berlinale Gala 2010: Semih Kaplanoglu, Golden Bear with Bal (Honey)
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The Berlin's Olympic Stadium
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Berlianle Gala 2010: Babak Najafi, Best First Feature Award with "Sebbe"
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"We are the Champions": Zukunftskongress Gesundheitswirtschaft des Bundesministeriums für Gesundheit in Berlin
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A demonstrator on a lamp post waves the Palestinian flag during a rally for Al-Quds Day, an event intended to express solidarity with the Palestinian people, on July 25, 2014 in Berlin, Germany
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Street art in Berlin, along an apartment building
German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with her Greek counterpart George Papandreou
German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with her Greek counterpart George Papandreou
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Skoda Velothon Berlin 2010
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On June 24, the Dysfashional opened in the Berlin Haus der Kulturen der Welt (House of World Cultures).
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Demonstration against military advices at school in Berlin

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