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Rival rallies in Germany over fate of coal-fired power plants

Frankfurt - Thousands turned out in Germany Saturday for rival rallies for and against the closure of coal-fired power plants, as debate on the issue rages.

Pro-Kremlin bikers ride for Berlin defying bans from Germany, Poland

Moscow - Dozens of bikers from pro-Kremlin gang the Night Wolves on Saturday set off on a ride to Berlin ahead of the anniversary of Soviet victory in World War II, despite Poland and Germany barring the riders.

German foreign minister rejects Armenia 'genocide' label

Berlin - German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said he would not call the mass murder of Armenians that began 100 years ago Friday a "genocide", one day after the German president used the controversial label.

Turkey 'condemns' Putin comments on Armenia genocide

Ankara - Turkey on Friday condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin for referring to genocide during commemorations of the 1915 mass killings of Armenians during World War I.The foreign ministry said "we reject and condemn...

Germany bears a 'responsibility' for Armenia 'genocide': President

Berlin - Germany condemns the massacre a century ago of 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman forces as a "genocide", President Joachim Gauck said Thursday, adding that Germany bore partial blame for the bloodletting.

'Bookkeeper of Auschwitz' describes 'orderly' death camp at trial

Berlin - The trial of German former SS officer Oskar Groening, dubbed the "bookkeeper of Auschwitz", heard horrific descriptions Wednesday of the Nazi death camp, from prisoners' arrivals to grisly "medical" experiments.

Ex-Nazi 'bookkeeper of Auschwitz' asks for 'forgiveness'

Berlin - Former SS officer Oskar Groening, dubbed the "bookkeeper of Auschwitz", asked for "forgiveness" over his role in mass murder at the Nazi death camp, as his German trial began Tuesday.

German court to try 'bookkeeper of Auschwitz', 93

Berlin - A former Nazi death camp officer dubbed the "bookkeeper of Auschwitz" goes on trial in Germany Tuesday, with almost 70 Holocaust survivors and victims' relatives expected in the courtroom.

Germany finds compromise label for Armenians' massacre centenary

Berlin - Germany will condemn the massacre a century ago of 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman forces, linking it to 20th century "genocides" for the first time, according to a draft parliamentary resolution hammered out Monday.

French police end Germanwings debris recovery in Alps

Digne - French military police said Monday they had wrapped up an operation to recover debris from the crash site in the Alps where a Germanwings plane smashed into the mountainside, leaving 150 people dead.

Merkel says 'everything' to be done to avoid migrant disasters

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday that "everything" would be done to prevent more migrants dying in the Mediterranean in the quest for a better life in Europe.

German minister warns against xenophobia

Berlin - Germany's foreign minister warned Sunday against racism and xenophobia, at a ceremony marking 70 years since the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp Sachsenhausen near Berlin.

Moroccan asylum seeker sets himself on fire on German street

Berlin - A Moroccan man who was denied political asylum in Germany suffered severe burns when he doused himself in petrol and set himself on fire in front of shocked passers-by, police said Sunday.

Mourners join memorial service for Germanwings crash victims

Cologne - Grieving relatives joined political and religious leaders Friday at a sombre German memorial service for the victims of last month's Germanwings crash in the French Alps, blamed on a depressed co-pilot.

Germany honours anti-Nazi Warsaw Uprising fighters

Varsovia - Germany on Thursday awarded its highest honour for the first time to Poles who fought the occupying Nazis in the ill-fated Warsaw Uprising of 1944, one of World War II's bloodiest episodes.

Thousands march at Auschwitz in memory of Holocaust dead

Oswiecim - Thousands of young Jews from Israel and across the globe marched alongside Polish teenagers Thursday in memory of Holocaust victims at the former Nazi German Auschwitz-Birkenau WWII death camp in southern Poland.

German government split on surging refugee numbers

Berlin - Divisions surfaced in German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government Wednesday on whether the country which is Europe's top destination for asylum seekers should take in more refugees.

G7 foreign ministers look to progress on Ukraine, Iran

Deutschland - G7 foreign ministers met in Germany on Tuesday looking to build on recent progress on the Ukraine crisis and Iran's nuclear programme, host Frank-Walter Steinmeier said.

Gunter Grass warned of 'sleepwalking' into world war in final interview

Madrid - Germany's Nobel-winning author Günter Grass said he feared humanity was "sleepwalking" into a world war, in the last interview he gave before his death on Monday.

Nazi-hunters praise German efforts to nail war criminals

Jerusalem - Nazi-hunters the Simon Wiesenthal Center on Monday praised Germany's efforts to bring war criminals to justice some seven decades after the atrocities of the Holocaust.

Dutch anti-Islam MP Wilders rallies German PEGIDA protesters

Dresden - Dutch far-right populist lawmaker Geert Wilders rallied thousands of PEGIDA followers in eastern Germany Monday to counter society's "Islamisation" but failed to draw the record crowds organisers had hoped for.

German literary lion Gunter Grass dies at 87

Berlin - Germany's Nobel-winning author, Gunter Grass, who acted as a moral compass for many in the postwar nation but later provoked criticism over his own World War II past, died Monday aged 87, his publishers said.

Germany calls on Russia, Ukraine to move to next phase of peace deal

Frankfurt - German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has called on Russia and Ukraine to set in motion the next phase of the shaky Minsk peace accords aimed at stopping the fighting in east Ukraine, ahead of talks about their implementation in Berlin on Mon...

Bomb alert forces evacuation of Germanwings flight

Frankfurt - Passengers and crew on a Germanwings flight from Cologne to Milan were on Sunday ordered to evacuate the plane as it prepared to take off due to a bomb alert.

German woman pregnant with quadruplets at 65: Report

Berlin - A 65-year-old Berlin woman who already has 13 children is pregnant again with quadruplets, Germany's RTL broadcaster reported Sunday.

Lufthansa doctors recommended continued treatment for crash pilot: Report

Frankfurt - Doctors at Lufthansa had recommended that pilot Andreas Lubitz, who is suspected of deliberately crashing a plane in the French Alps, be given psychological treatment after he suffered a bout of depression, a German newspaper reported.

Buchenwald survivors mark 70th anniversary of liberation

Frankfurt - More than 80 survivors of the Buchenwald concentration camp observed a minute's silence on Saturday, 70 years to the day since it was liberated.

Germany beefing up tank battalions as Ukrainian tensions persist

Berlin - Germany is to beef up its army by bringing back into service 100 tanks that were mothballed following the end of the Cold War. The move comes as tensions remain high in Eastern Europe concerning perceived Russian involvement in Ukraine.

Albanian arrested after Israeli murdered in Berlin: German police

Berlin - An Albanian man was arrested Friday in the Czech Republic on suspicion of beating to death an Israeli tourist in Berlin, German police said.

Dead Israeli was Berlin tourist seeking help home: Embassy

Berlin - An Israeli man who was killed in Berlin at the weekend was a tourist who sought help because he was short of funds for a flight, the embassy said Thursday.
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A view of Löerrach in Southwest germany
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