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Germany charges 93-year-old over Auschwitz murders

Berlin - Germany charged a 93-year-old former member of the Nazi Waffen-SS on Monday with at least 300,000 counts of accessory to murder over his time at the Auschwitz death camp.

First German trial of 'Islamic State jihadist' opens

Frankfurt - An alleged German jihadist went on trial Monday accused of fighting in Syria for the Islamic State group, amid calls for tougher action to prevent attacks in Europe by militants.

Boots on the ground: 40 German soldiers headed to Iraq

Berlin - German officials have announced plans to send 40 soldiers to Iraqi Kurdistan to train Kurdish forces fighting against ISIS.

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.

Merkel to rally fight against anti-Semitism

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Jewish leaders will speak Sunday at a Berlin rally against anti-Semitism after the latest Gaza conflict sparked an upsurge in hate speech against Jews.Under the banner "Stand Up: Jew Hatred - Never Again!

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.

NSA, British spy agency have secret access to Deutsche Telekom

Berlin - The US National Security Agency and British intelligence services are able to secretly access data from telecoms giant Deutsche Telekom and several other German operators, according to Der Spiegel weekly.

Germany, eyeing threat, bans aiding Islamic State

Berlin - Germany on Friday outlawed active support for the Islamic State, warning the "terrorist" group operating in Iraq and Syria also posed a threat to Europe.

Shark-munching Spinosaurus was first-known water dino

Washington - There once was a dinosaur, bigger than a T. rex, that swam with the sharks -- and ate them for dinner.

25 years on, balloons to illuminate 15 km of Berlin Wall

Berlin - Highlighting Berlin's long and painful division, 8,000 illuminated balloons will light the course of the old East-West border to mark 25 years since the fall of the Wall, organisers said Monday.

Monet discovered in suitcase of 'Nazi art' hoarder

Berlin - The reclusive son of a Nazi-era art dealer who amassed a giant secret collection snuck a Monet with him into the German hospital where he died in May, investigators said Friday.

'Miracle' of the Marne: the WWI battle that changed history

Paris - At the start of September 1914, after just one month of war in Europe, the German army were at the gates of Paris. The word on the street was that emperor Wilhelm II had already booked a dinner table on the Champs-Elysees.

Court slaps Uber with temporary nationwide ban in Germany

Frankfurt - Uber, a ride-hailing service that allows people to use their smartphones to book rides, has been temporarily banned from operating anywhere in Germany.

Wild boars in German forests still suffering effects of Chernobyl

It has been almost 30 years since the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, and its effects are still being felt as far away as Germany. Many wild boars roaming the bucolic countryside of Saxony, some 700 miles away from Chernobyl are still radioactive.

Romance blossoms between German, French leaders in TV film

Berlin - Imagine the president of France bringing the German chancellor croissants for breakfast after an all-night summit between the sheets.

Germany opens national memorial to Nazis' disabled victims

Berlin - To the mournful strains of a single cello and tearful remembrances by family members, Germany on Tuesday inaugurated a national memorial to the 300,000 ill and disabled people systematically murdered by the Nazis.

Germany to open memorial to Nazis' disabled victims

Berlin - Germany will inaugurate the first national memorial to the estimated 300,000 ill and disabled people systematically murdered by the Nazis on Tuesday, at a ceremony with victims' relatives.

French journalists held in Papua 'likely to face trial'

Jayapura - Two French journalists arrested in Indonesia's Papua while reporting on the separatist movement are likely to go on trial, their lawyer said Tuesday, with the pair facing up to five years in jail.

Russia has 'severed' partnership with Europe, says Germany

Gdansk - Russia has "effectively severed its partnership" with Europe and wants to establish a new order, German President Joachim Gauck said Monday.

Turkey summons US envoy over Snowden spying claims

Istanbul - Turkey on Monday said it had summoned the US charge d'affaires in Ankara to demand an explanation over a leak by Edward Snowden that Washington has spied intensively on Turkish leaders since 2006.

Poland on edge 75 years after Hitler and Stalin carved it up

Warsaw - Poland marks the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II Monday with one eye on Russia, which invaded it during the war and is now throwing its weight around in neighbouring Ukraine.

Germany's anti-euro party makes breakthrough in state vote

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives retained their grip on power in the eastern state of Saxony on Sunday but now face opposition from a fledgling anti-euro party, which won its first seats in a regional assembly.

EU moves towards tougher sanctions on Russia

Milan - European Union foreign ministers on Friday cleared the way for tougher sanctions against Russia over what many of them described as its invasion of neighbour Ukraine.

'Jihad recruiters' arrested in Netherlands, Germany

The Hague - Police in the Netherlands and Germany have arrested two men for allegedly recruiting jihadi fighters to go to Iraq and Syria, Dutch police said Thursday.

WHO medic with Ebola taken to Germany for treatment

Berlin - A World Health Organization doctor who has contracted Ebola arrived in a German hospital Wednesday, the first patient with the virus to be treated in the country, officials said.

Merkel backs Spain opposition to Catalan independence vote

Madrid - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday backed Madrid's opposition to attempts by Spain's economically powerful Catalonia region to hold an independence referendum in November.

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.

Baltics mark 25 years since anti-Soviet human chain

Riga - The Baltic states on Saturday marked 25 years since two million people joined hands in a landmark human chain linking up their capitals to demand freedom from the Soviet Union.

German cop in dock over cannibalism website killing

Dresden - A German police officer went on trial Friday accused of murdering a willing victim he met on a website for cannibalism fetishists so he could make a grisly pornographic home video.

German cop to go on trial over cannibalism website killing

Berlin - A German police officer will go on trial Friday accused of murdering a willing victim he met on a website for cannibalism fetishists.
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Gesundbrunnen Park in Berlin, Germany.
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A woman of Turkish origin in Germany.
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Operators of GSG9, Germany's national counter-terrorism police tactical unit conduct training.
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Germany - Ghana from Berlin (FIFA World Cup 2010)
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Wild flowers growing in Radolfzell, Germany
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File photo: Demonstration of the neo-Nazis in Berlin
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The Wild Boar (Sus scrofa) is the wild ancestor of the domestic pig. As shown in his natural habitat.
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Five Elements show, Berlin
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Schwäbisch Hall, in the town center.
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Dispersion of chlorine in World War One.
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StudyWorld 2010 at the Russian House of Culture and Science in Berlin
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The Berlin's Olympic Stadium
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The 65th anniversary of the liberation of the woman Nazi camp of Ravensbrück on April 10, 2010
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A flag mounted on a wall is displayed at Oktoberfest event
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A structure showing the Euro currency sign is seen in front of the European Central Bank (ECB) headquarters in Frankfurt
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The vattenfall Berlin Half Marathon 2010. Eshetu Wondimu (Ethiopia), winner in the men category
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The German FOCUS cover says "Crooks in the Euro-family", to which the Greek MY COUNTRY replied with the words "Our debt, you may take it."
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World Cup 2010 in Berlin: Germany Vs. England 4-1
World Cup 2010 in Berlin: Germany Vs. England 4-1
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