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Privacy-mad Germany turns to app to track virus spread

Berlin - Personal data protection is a thorny subject in privacy-loving Germany, but the country is nevertheless considering using a smartphone app to help manage the spread of the new coronavirus.

German plexiglass firm churns out virus shields

Wiesbaden - Touted as a simple but effective shield against coronavirus infections, transparent screens have sprung up at supermarket tills and pharmacies across Germany.

NGO restarts Mediterranean migrant rescues despite virus fears

Berlin - The Alan Kurdi migrant rescue boat is heading back out into the Mediterranean after a two-month break despite the coronavirus pandemic, according to the German organisation that operates it.

Merkel again tests negative for coronavirus

Frankfurt Am Main - Chancellor Angela Merkel's third coronavirus test has come back negative but the German leader will stay in home quarantine for the coming days, her spokesman said Monday.

Germany bets on S. Korean model in virus fightback

Berlin - In the race against the coronavirus, Germany is betting on widespread testing and quarantining to break the infection chain, a strategy borrowed from South Korea whose success in slowing the outbreak has become the envy of the world.

'Merkel is back': virus crisis boosts Germany's centre-right

Berlin - Angela Merkel's long-struggling conservatives have rebounded in the polls thanks to the government's handling of the coronavirus crisis and widespread faith in the outgoing German chancellor's ability to manage the upheaval.

Fears of domestic violence rise as millions confined over virus

Berlin - With families across Europe confined to their homes to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, fears are rising of a surge in domestic violence.

Berlin artists' colony finds creative answer to shutdown

Berlin - In her sun-soaked Berlin living room, Ingrid Ihnen-Haas belted out Edith Piaf songs into a microphone -- part of a collective effort to help entertain a country confined to their homes by the coronavirus pandemic.

Tunisian handed ten years for ricin bomb plot in Germany

Berlin - A German court sentenced a 31-year-old Tunisian to ten years in prison Thursday for planning a foiled biological bomb attack with the deadly poison ricin.Islamic State sympathiser Sief Allah H.

As virus leaves borders shut, European farmers sound alarm

Kanin - Whether it's served with butter and ham, drowned in hollandaise sauce or topped with a fried egg, nothing says spring in Germany like asparagus.

Jail terms for neo-Nazi 'terror group' in Germany

Frankfurt Am Main - Eight members of a neo-Nazi cell were jailed Tuesday after a German court found them guilty of forming a "terrorist organisation" that was planning a campaign of violence.

German state to take in Italian virus patients

Berlin - Hospitals in the German state of Saxony will take on at least six Italian coronavirus patients who are unable to receive treatment in their own country, state premier Michael Kretschmer said Monday.

First virus test negative for quarantined Merkel

Berlin - Angela Merkel is "doing well" in self-imposed quarantine and awaiting further coronavirus testing after a first result came back negative, her spokesman said Monday.

Merkel calls coronavirus 'biggest challenge since WWII'

Berlin - Germany is facing its biggest challenge "since the Second World War" in the fight against the coronavirus, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday, in what observers called a "final warning" for citizens to heed sweeping confinement measures.

'We're in panic': travellers stranded for days as Polish-German border shuts

Briesen - With blank stares or catching a few winks of sleep curled up on uncomfortable chairs, dozens of people have been stranded for four days on a bus locked in gigantic tailbacks at the Polish-German border due to virus restrictions.

Drivers turned back as Germany partially closes borders to fight virus

Bad Reichenhall - Traffic slowed to a crawl at a key crossing on the Bavarian-Austrian border on Monday, as Germany introduced new controls to combat the spread of the new coronavirus.

Germany unleashes biggest post-war aid package against virus

Berlin - The German government on Friday unleashed the biggest economic aid package in the country's post-war history, offering companies "unlimited" credit to keep them afloat during the coronavirus crisis.

German hospital creates drive-through for coronavirus tests

Gro - In the small German town of Gross-Gerau, you don't go to the drive-through for a burger and fries. You go to get tested for the novel coronavirus.

Germany announces economic measures to stall 'corona-crisis'

Berlin - Germany announced measures to boost its sputtering economy in the face of the fast-spreading coronavirus on Monday, while also calling for the cancellation of large events.

EU considers taking in 1,500 child refugees in Greece: German govt

Berlin - The European Union is considering taking in up to 1,500 migrant children who are currently housed in Greek camps, Germany said Monday.

The Muslim running for mayor in Christian Bavaria

Neufahrn Bei Freising - With his neatly trimmed beard, sharp suit and broad smile, Ozan Iyibas looks like a typical politician out to win votes ahead of a municipal election in southern Germany's Bavaria region.

Merkel party sidelined as far-left wins closely watched vote

Erfurt - Lawmakers in eastern German state Thuringia re-elected its state premier Wednesday, with Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling CDU party sitting out the vote after a first try sank it into a deep crisis.

Real-life 'Rio': near-extinct macaws return to Brazil

S - In what could be the next sequel to the hit film series "Rio," a group of near-extinct Spix's macaws arrived in Brazil Tuesday in a bid to return them to their natural habitat.

Germany's embattled Catholic Church elects reformist leader

Mainz - Catholic bishops in Germany on Tuesday chose a reformist as their new leader, with a challenging agenda ahead for a Church discussing controversial reforms and compensation demands from sexual abuse victims.

No handshake for Merkel as Germany coronavirus cases reach 150

Berlin - Germany's interior minister rebuffed Chancellor Angela Merkel's attempt to shake hands with him on Monday as the number of novel coronavirus cases in the country rose to 157 with Berlin reporting its first infection.

Germany's under-fire Catholic Church seeks new leader

Berlin - German bishops began key talks on Monday to choose a new leader to steer the country's Catholic Church through a controversial reforms process and settle compensation demands from sexual abuse victims.

Memory politics haunt Berlinale after scandal over Nazi past

Berlin - As the Berlinale reels from revelations that its founding director Alfred Bauer was a high-ranking Nazi, the issue of memory politics looms large over the film festival's 70th anniversary.

VW strikes 'dieselgate' compensation deal with German consumers

Frankfurt Am Main - German giant Volkswagen has struck a compensation deal with domestic consumer groups representing owners of cars caught up in its "dieselgate" emissions cheating scandal, a court said Friday.

Winter ends on Everest without an ascent

Kathmandu - Incessant snowfall and avalanches have forced teams to abandon their bid to achieve the first winter ascent of Everest in more than quarter of a century.

German court scraps ban on professional assisted suicide

Karlsruhe - Germany's highest court on Wednesday ruled that a 2015 law banning professional assisted suicide was unconstitutional, saying in a landmark decision that people have "the right to a self-determined death".
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