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Germany, Saudi Arabia to restore envoys after Lebanon row

New York - Germany and Saudi Arabia on Tuesday agreed to return ambassadors some 10 months after the kingdom fumed over criticism about its role in Lebanon.

Pussy Riot activist conscious after 12 days in 'black hole'

Moscow - An activist with Russian protest group Pussy Riot said on Tuesday he had regained consciousness after a suspected poisoning and spending 12 days in a "black hole.

Weakened Merkel sees ally lose party vote

Berlin - A key ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday lost his post as the centre-right party's parliamentary chief in a vote that underlined strong headwinds faced by Germany's veteran leader.

German court says won't jail doctor from Nazi paedophile sect

Berlin - A German court said Tuesday it could not enforce a Chilean prison sentence for a German former member of a Nazi paedophile sect for complicity in child sex abuse.

Merkel says still unclear what Britain wants in Brexit talks

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday that Britain had still not expressed a clear position on its post-Brexit relations with the EU, warning that only "six to eight weeks" remained to reach an agreement.

German Catholic Church apologises for mass child sex abuse

Fulda - Germany's Catholic Church on Tuesday apologised to the thousands of victims of sexual assault by clergy, with the institution's top cardinal saying perpetrators must be brought to justice.

German supervisor raps Deutsche Bank over money laundering

Berlin - Germany's financial supervisor urged Deutsche Bank Monday to beef up its fight against money laundering, and for the first time used its power to embed an auditor at the country's biggest lender.

Merkel govt finds new post for spy chief to defuse coalition row

Berlin - Chancellor Angela Merkel and her two coalition allies Sunday reached an agreement to resolve a festering row centred on Germany's outgoing domestic spy chief.

Porsche first German carmaker to abandon diesel engines

Berlin - Sports car maker Porsche said Sunday it would become the first German auto giant to abandon the diesel engine, reacting to parent company Volkswagen's emissions cheating scandal and urban driving bans.

Three crises to rock Merkel since her re-election

Berlin - In the year since Angela Merkel won re-election to a fourth and probably final term as German chancellor, her government has stumbled from crisis to crisis.

One year on, far right has transformed German politics

Berlin - A year after surging into parliament, lawmakers from the far-right AfD party have upended the normally staid world of German politics, with provocations and insults now the order of the day in the venerable Bundestag.

Authorities reject art project bid to rebuild Berlin Wall

Berlin - German authorities said Friday they were blocking a plan to rebuild part of the Berlin Wall for a massive film-art project in the German capital.

Merkel govt draws scorn for deal on under-fire spy chief

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government drew widespread criticism Wednesday for a compromise deal that defused a blistering coalition row centred on the head of the domestic intelligence service.

German police suspend anti-coal evictions after journalist dies

Berlin - The German authorities on Wednesday suspended an operation to evict protesters, holed up in forest treehouses to block the expansion of an open-pit coal mine, after the death of a journalist.

Pussy Riot links member's 'poisoning' to African murder probe

Moscow - Russian punk group Pussy Riot on Wednesday linked the suspected poisoning of member Pyotr Verzilov with his attempt to investigate the deaths of three Russian journalists in Africa.

Merkel govt draws scorn for deal on under-fire spy chief

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government drew widespread criticism Wednesday for a compromise deal that defused a blistering coalition row centred on the head of the domestic intelligence service.

Hans-Georg Maassen, the German spymaster who talked too much

Berlin - For a spymaster, Hans-Georg Maassen seemed unusually receptive to the media -- while secret agents typically work in the shadows, the head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency gave more interviews than any of this predecessors.

Germany frees Iraqi suspect in killing that sparked racist attacks

Berlin - A court in the eastern German city of Chemnitz on Tuesday freed an Iraqi man who had been held as the main suspect in a deadly stabbing that sparked xenophobic mob violence there last month.

Merkel removes spy chief to defuse row over far-right

Berlin - Angela Merkel's government on Tuesday removed domestic spy chief Hans-Georg Maassen from office, transferring him to a different post to end an explosive row over immigration and the far right that once more rocked the German chancellor's fragile coali...

Pussy Riot activist out of danger after 'highly plausible' poisoning

Berlin - A member of Russian dissident punk band Pussy Riot, Pyotr Verzilov, was the victim of suspected poisoning but is now out of danger, his German doctors said Tuesday, as his estranged wife called it a likely "assassination attempt".

Pussy Riot activist out of danger after suspected poisoning: doctor

Berlin - A member of Russian dissident punk band Pussy Riot, Pyotr Verzilov, was the victim of suspected poisoning with unknown substances but is now out of danger, his German doctors said Tuesday.

Fate of German spy chief a new stress test for Merkel govt

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government was to decide Tuesday whether to fire the domestic spy chief as an explosive row over immigration and the far-right once more rocks her fragile coalition.

Germany's Kurds criticise 'ban' on Erdogan protest

Berlin - Germany's large Kurdish community said Monday it had been "banned" by Berlin authorities from holding a rally at the Brandenburg Gate during a visit by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan this month.

Germany rolls out world's first hydrogen train

Bremerv - Germany on Monday rolled out the world's first hydrogen-powered train, signalling the start of a push to challenge the might of polluting diesel trains with costlier but more eco-friendly technology.

Pussy Riot activist in Berlin hospital after 'murder bid'

Berlin - A member of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot was flown to a Berlin hospital overnight after a suspected poisoning, with his estranged wife saying Sunday it may have been attempted murder.

German troops face Russian 'hybrid war' in Lithuania: Merkel

Rukla - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday Berlin was boosting military cyber capabilities to respond to Russian hybrid warfare that is targeting its troops deployed on NATO's eastern flank.

EU firm on Russia sanctions over Ukraine: Merkel  

Vilnius - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday that the European Union would maintain sanctions against Russia until Moscow makes progress on fulfilling its commitments under a peace plan for east Ukraine.

Volkswagen to end iconic 'Beetle' cars in 2019

New York - Volkswagen announced Thursday it would end production of its iconic "Beetle" cars in 2019 after adding a pair of final editions of the insect-inspired vehicles.

Merkel to visit Algeria on Monday: state media

Alger - German Chancellor Angela Merkel will pay a visit to Algeria on Monday, her second since 2008, the official APS news agency reported.

Volkswagen to end iconic 'Beetle' cars in 2019

New York - Volkswagen announced Thursday it would end production of its iconic "Beetle" cars in 2019 after adding a pair of final editions of the insect-inspired vehicles.
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Statues depicting Roman or Greek gods can be found in Berlin
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A festival-goer holds the flag of a banned Kurdish organization.
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V8 hotel in Stuttgart has special themed rooms.
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German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich
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An image of cabbie Marcel Klingbiel driving a customer around in his unusual cab.
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A relatively empty central Marienplatz made the street artists all the more prominent.
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