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Xenophobia mushrooms in shadow of Berlin tower blocks

Berlin - There's little to break the monotony of communist-era apartment blocks stretching across Marzahn-Hellersdorf, an east Berlin satellite district that has gained national notoriety for a spate of anti-foreigner protests.

Coffee delivery to Germany included a sack of cocaine

Berlin - On Thursday, police said a coffee roasting company in Berlin received their shipment of beans from Brazil, but this time around a sack of cocaine was included.

10,000 evacuated after WWII dud bomb found near Berlin

Berlin - About 10,000 people had to be evacuated on Thursday after an unexploded 250-kilogramme (550-pound) World War II bomb was discovered in a city near the German capital.

Merkel says Russia sanctions remain 'unavoidable'

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed Thursday that Europe's goal remains a free and whole Ukraine and that Western sanctions against Russia remain unavoidable until that goal is reached.

Damage payments for Holocaust victims to increase

New York City - Compensation for Jewish survivors of the Holocaust will increase by as much as 20 percent under new agreements announced Monday by the international organization that distributes restitution to victims of Nazi atrocities during World War II.

15,000 join anti-Islam protest in eastern Germany

Dresden - A record 15,000 people marched Monday in eastern Germany against "asylum cheats" and the country's "Islamisation" in the latest show of strength of a growing far-right populist movement.

France, Germany discuss Ukraine crisis with Poroshenko

Paris - The leaders of France and Germany discussed a shaky ceasefire deal and economic reforms for Ukraine in a telephone call with President Petro Poroshenko on Sunday.

Fears rise in Germany as marchers demand tougher immigration law

A rising tide of xenophobia has taken hold in Germany as protesters have taken to the streets by the thousands, demanding a tougher immigration law. The rise in anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic hate crimes has Germany's chancellor in a quandary.

German police see rise in far-right extremism: report

Berlin - German police have noted a significant rise in far-right extremism and attacks targeting foreigners, a news report said Sunday, amid national debate about a new Islamophobic movement.

Germany's new far-right populists rail against Islam

Dresden - They march in their thousands every Monday evening, wave German national flags and angrily protest against "criminal asylum seekers" and the "Islamisation" of their home country.

German killed in Afghan suicide attack: Berlin

Kabul - Germany said Friday one of its nationals was killed in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan targeting a play at a French-financed school.

Triumphant Merkel re-elected party chief with 97 percent

Cologne - German Chancellor Angela Merkel was re-elected unopposed on Tuesday as chief of her conservative party at a triumphant congress that celebrated her role as Europe's most powerful leader.

Case dropped against German over WWII French massacre

Berlin - A German court Tuesday threw out the case against an 89-year-old former soldier over the Nazis' worst atrocity on French soil, the 1944 massacre in the village of Oradour-sur-Glane.

German conservatives to fete Merkel at party congress

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel will rally the conservative faithful this week at their party congress, which is all but certain to jubilantly re-elect her as their unchallenged party chief.

France chided ahead of controversial economic reforms

Paris - Crisis-hit France was urged Sunday by Germany and its own Nobel prize-winning economist to reform, days before Paris prepares to unveil a controversial set of measures to unblock its stagnating economy.

German far-left makes historic debut at state helm

Berlin - Germany's far-left took the helm of a state government Friday for the first time since the Berlin Wall fell 25 years ago, stoking heated debate about its communist roots.

Nazi fugitive Brunner died 20 years ago, says French expert

Bordeaux - Top Nazi fugitive Alois Brunner died in Syria at least two decades ago, a renowned French Nazi hunter said Thursday, disputing recent claims he died four years ago.

Germans mourn young heroine

Berlin - Germans flocked to the funeral Wednesday of a young woman of Turkish origin who has become a symbol of civic courage for giving her life while trying to protect two teenage girls.

Germans mourn young heroine who died helping teens

Berlin - Mourners flocked to the funeral Wednesday of a young German-Turkish woman who has become a symbol of civic courage for giving her life trying to protect two teenage girls.

Germany mourns student killed after defending teens

Berlin - Mourners in Germany stepped up their calls on Monday for the state to honour a young woman who was killed after defending two teenage girls from a group of aggressors at a fast food restaurant.A petition on the website change.

Top wanted Nazi almost certainly died in Syria: Group

Jerusalem - A Nazi war criminal who topped most wanted lists over the Holocaust is "almost certain" to have died in Syria four years ago, a Nazi-hunting group said Monday.

New face at helm of Germany's Jewish community

Berlin - An Israeli-born German doctor on Sunday took over as leader of Germany's Jewish community, saying it was part of German society and aimed to help shape life in the country.

Mother of German MH17 victim takes Ukraine to human rights court

Berlin - The mother of a victim of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 has begun legal proceedings against Ukraine at the European Court of Human Rights, accusing Kiev of failing to close the country's airspace, a German daily reported Sunday.

Swiss museum accepts Gurlitt art hoard, to return Nazi loot

Berlin - A Swiss museum on Monday accepted a German recluse's bequest of a spectacular trove of more than 1,000 artworks hoarded during the Nazi era, but pledged to restitute any looted pieces.

Anti-foreigner protesters rally in German capital

Berlin - About 500 protesters, among them neo-Nazis and angry local residents, protested in the German capital on Saturday against the construction of a centre for refugees seeking political asylum.

Germany to drop probe into U.. spying on Merkel: Report

Berlin - Germany is dropping a probe into the alleged tapping of Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone by U.S. spies, due to a lack of evidence, magazine Focus said Saturday.

Germany frees female Russian spy early

Berlin - A Russian spy, jailed in Germany with her husband last year, has been freed early and allowed to return home, media reports said Friday, suggesting a possible prisoner swap.

Green Climate Fund pledges reach $9.3 bn

Berlin - Nations meeting in Berlin Thursday pledged $9.3 billion (7.4 bn euros) for a climate fund to help poor countries cut emissions and prepare for global warming, just shy of a $10bn target.

Green Climate Fund pledges 'reach $9.3 bn'

Berlin - Thirty nations meeting in Berlin Thursday pledged $9.3 billion (7.4 bn euros) for a fund to help developing countries cut emissions and prepare for global warming, just shy of a $10bn target.

Town turns neo-Nazi march into tolerance fundraiser

Berlin - Neo-Nazis marching through a German town unwittingly raised thousands of euros for a tolerance project, organisers of the anti-extremist protest action said Monday.Local businesses and residents agreed to donate 10 euros ($12.
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Scranton store. c. 1880-1882. This was the second successful store for the Woolworth Brothers. Photo taken 30 November 1880.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with her Greek counterpart George Papandreou
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The Berlin's Olympic Stadium
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Schnute and Maxi, the official Berliner bears.
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RESPECTS: Former President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush tour the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., in April 2001.
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Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives at the European Union (EU) council headquarters for an EU leaders summit discussing the EU's long-term budget in Brussels
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Members of the vanquished Brazilian team hold the shirt of injured star Neymar prior to the kick off of the semifinal match at Minnerao Stadium, Belo Horizonte.
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Schwäbisch Hall, in the town center.
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Some smaller boats on Lake Constance as the evening draw in
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Germany Vs. Argentina 4-0 from Berlin Kulturbrauerei, Prenzlauer Berg - Fifa World Cup 2010.
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Antennas of the former National Security Agency (NSA) listening station are seen at the Teufelsberg hill, or Devil's Mountain in Berlin
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A festival-goer holds the flag of a banned Kurdish organization.
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Police experts inspect the crime scene in Gimmlitztal near the town of Hartmannsdorf-Reichenau, south of Dresden, November 29, 2013. A German policeman has been arrested after the chopped-up body of a man he met on a fetishist website for cannibalism was found buried in his garden, police in the eastern city of Dresden said on Friday.
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A 13-year-old girl and her Shetland pony had to be rescued from a swamp in Cloppenburg, Germany.
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Germany manager Loew caught picking his nose during a World Cup match
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The vattenfall Berlin Half Marathon 2010. Eshetu Wondimu (Ethiopia), winner in the men category
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"Miteinander Leben", the annual trade dedicated to the disabled and elderly persons has been taking place in Berlin from 8 to 10 April.
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A flag mounted on a wall is displayed at Oktoberfest event