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Ex-communist East Germany a hotbed for racist hate crime

Berlin - Far-right mob violence targeting immigrants in the German city of Chemnitz has again cast an ugly spotlight on the country' ex-communist east as a hotbed of xenophobia.

Mobile connection partially restored in war-torn east Ukraine

Donetsk - Mobile phone access was partially restored in war-torn eastern Ukraine on Friday after it was lost more than a week ago, the last major Ukrainian provider in the area said.

Nearly two million lose mobile access in war-torn east Ukraine

Donetsk - Almost two million people lost mobile phone access in war-torn eastern Ukraine after the last major provider in the devastated region suffered a fibre optic line cut.

Syria army breaks years-long siege of Deir Ezzor airbase

Damascus - Syrian troops broke the Islamic State group's siege of Deir Ezzor military airport Saturday, dealing a fresh blow to the jihadists who also face a new offensive from US-backed fighters elsewhere in the province.

US-backed Syria force launches new anti-IS assault in Deir Ezzor

- US-backed fighters launched a new offensive on Saturday to oust the Islamic State group from swathes of Syria's eastern Deir Ezzor province, a top commander announced.

Afghan suicide bomber 'kills 12' army recruits

Jalalabad - At least 12 people were killed and dozens wounded Monday when a Taliban suicide bomber attacked a bus carrying Afghan army recruits near the eastern city of Jalalabad, officials said.

Between mines and mortars: stranded lives in eastern Ukraine

- Imagine picking your way through a minefield to go to work every day. Or even to go shopping for basic supplies.

Berlin sets up refugee shelter at former Stasi HQ

Berlin - Berlin has opened a shelter at the former headquarters of communist East Germany's feared Stasi secret police to help house a record influx of asylum seekers, weekend media reports said.

Bureaucrat whose blunder brought Berlin Wall down dead at 86

Berlin - Former East German bureaucrat Guenter Schabowski, who died Sunday aged 86, went down in history for a slip of the tongue in 1989 that inadvertently brought down the Berlin Wall.

Eastern Germany a hotspot for attacks against refugees

Berlin - A record influx of refugees to Germany has cast an ugly spotlight on its formerly communist east, which has been rocked by a disproportionate wave of racist protests and hate crimes.

Ukraine's self-rule offer slows rebel independence drive

Kiev - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's push for peace with pro-Russian insurgents appeared to pass its first test Tuesday when most agreed to study his limited self-rule offer while defending their demands for full independence.

Anti-euro party celebrates gains in eastern Germany

Berlin - Germany's fledgling anti-euro party celebrated election gains in two eastern states Sunday, in a show of strength that spells a growing threat for Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives.

Anti-euro party set for gains in German state polls

Berlin - Germany's new anti-euro party is poised to win seats in two eastern state elections Sunday, heightening an emerging threat for Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives.

Donetsk: A ghost town waiting for Ukraine's final battle

Donetsk - Donetsk, one of the last bastions of pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, has become a ghost town as residents clog the roads and railway stations in a desperate scramble to escape advancing government troops.

Shelling ravages east Ukraine, with or without truce

Kramatorsk - Standing on broken glass in her wrecked living room, Valentina Balabai thanked her love of animals for keeping her and her husband alive that morning.

Pro-Russian rebels seize Ukraine state bank in Donetsk

Donetsk - Pro-Russian rebels on Monday seized the Ukrainian government's central bank building in the eastern separatist stronghold city of Donetsk in a bid to win control over its assets, an AFP correspondent said.

Airport in east Ukraine's Donetsk shut after rebel raid

Donetsk - The main airport in Ukraine's eastern city of Donetsk shut down on Monday after being raided by dozens of armed separatists who vowed to keep up their resistance a day after presidential polls."At 3:00 in the morning, a group of armed men came.

Frustration in east Ukraine as rebels block polling

Donetsk - Ukrainian housewife Raissa was visibly distressed on Sunday to find the doors firmly closed at the school in the district of Donetsk where she usually votes.

Ukraine rebels besiege hospital demanding 'prisoner swap'

Donetsk - Armed rebels were besieging a hospital in their eastern Ukraine stronghold on Saturday in an apparent bid to seize wounded foes after a deadly firefight, an AFP correspondent said.

Election divides rebellion-hit east Ukraine

Donetsk - Svetlana Pershenko mops sweat from her forehead as she waits on a bench outside her local election commission to pick up papers for the polling station in her village in strife-torn eastern Ukraine.

One month on, Ukraine military fails to rout rebels

Donetsk - Without even firing a shot, masked rebel gunmen overran a Ukrainian military headquarters in the main eastern city of Donetsk on Friday and swiftly declared they were in control.

In Ukraine rebel republic, residents wonder who is in charge

Lugansk - Leaning against a park fence, Vasily Nikitin looks at the razor wire and armed men protecting the government offices of the fledgling state he says he now represents -- the Lugansk People's Republic.

Two weeks on, Kiev has no answer to separatists in east

Donetsk - On April 6, pro-Russian separatists first attacked public buildings in the east of Ukraine.

Rallies turn violent in Ukraine's tense east as Crimea votes

Donetsk - Pro-Kremlin protesters in Ukraine's Russian-dominated east stormed public buildings on Sunday and defied a demonstration ban as they demanded the right to their own Crimea-style referendum.In the flashpoint city of Donetsk, the site of renewed violence...

Former East Bloc nations remember Communism’s victims

Budapest - Nations in the former East Bloc, now part of the EU, commemorated a day for the victims of Communism, which Hungarian President János Áder described as being ”conceived in crime”, while candlelight vigils are being held in the capital, Budapest.

Death of Al Qaeda East Africa chief hailed

Mogadishu - African and American leaders have welcomed the death of al-Qaeda’s East Africa chief and mastermind of the 1998 US Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.

NBA: All-Star weekend ends with West beating East 148-143

Los Angeles - If you were looking for excitement, dunks and multiple fastbreaks then this was your game. If you were looking for defense, you should have waited until the fourth quarter. The 60th All-Star game was very entertaining and it came down to the wire.

Soldier investigated for video taunting Iraqi kids

Washington - A disturbing video of Iraqi children being harassed with offensive language and questions was filmed by a soldier stationed in Iraq. He then posted it to Facebook and YouTube. It was just discovered and the clip is now being publicly criticized.

UN-Backed force attacks Rwandan Hutu rebels in eastern Congo

Kinshasa - Congo and the UN peacekeeping force, MONUC, have begun an offensive against Rwandan Hutu rebels in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Op-Ed: China, Russia and The Middle East - Still Plaguing the US Economy

What are the other problems that America is facing outside her shores? And how will these problems affect her current financial crisis?
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The DDR Museum of Berlin  located opposite the Berlin Cathedral  is the last place in the world wher...
The DDR Museum of Berlin, located opposite the Berlin Cathedral, is the last place in the world where visitors can find the GDR brands and see how East Germans lived during the former GDR dictatorship.
The DDR Museum of Berlin  located opposite the Berlin Cathedral  is the last place in the world wher...
The DDR Museum of Berlin, located opposite the Berlin Cathedral, is the last place in the world where visitors can find the GDR brands and see how East Germans lived during the former GDR dictatorship.
The DDR Museum of Berlin  located opposite the Berlin Cathedral  is the last place in the world wher...
The DDR Museum of Berlin, located opposite the Berlin Cathedral, is the last place in the world where visitors can find the GDR brands and see how East Germans lived during the former GDR dictatorship.