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Germany tells Philippine envoy Duterte Hitler remarks 'unacceptable'

Berlin - The German government on Friday told the Philippine ambassador that comments by President Rodrigo Duterte likening his deadly crime war to Hitler's efforts to exterminate Jews were "unacceptable".

Germany revises down 2015 refugee arrivals to 890,000

Berlin - Germany has revised down the number of asylum seekers it took in last year from 1.1 million to 890,000, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said Friday.

Obama, Merkel condemn 'barbarous' Russian, Syrian strikes on Aleppo

Washington - US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned what they called "barbarous" Russian and Syrian regime airstrikes on Aleppo during a phone call Thursday, the White House said.

Kremlin offers Ukraine separatists propaganda tips: German media

Berlin - Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine are being actively advised by people close to the Kremlin on how to conduct a "propaganda campaign" against Kiev and the West, German media reported Thursday.

Russia has 'responsibility' to calm Syria: Merkel, Erdogan

Berlin - Russia has a "special responsibility to calm violence and give a political process a chance" in Syria, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday.

Lion killed after breaking out of German zoo enclosure

Leipzig - German zookeepers shot dead a lion Thursday after two of the animals escaped from their enclosure and a tranquiliser failed to stop one of them, the zoo's director said.

German woman on trial over neo-Nazi murders breaks silence

Munich - The surviving member of a German neo-Nazi trio accused of a string of racist killings broke her silence in court for the first time Thursday, claiming she no longer held far-right views.

VW working hard to get through 'dieselgate'

Paris - Volkswagen boss Matthias Mueller said Wednesday that the troubled German automaker is using "all available resources" to work its way through the "dieselgate" emissions cheating scandal which has engulfed it.

German police shoot dead knife-wielding refugee

Berlin - German police shot dead a knife-wielding Iraqi in a refugee shelter who was attacking a Pakistani he suspected of having sexually abused his young daughter, police said Wednesday.

German mosque bombed ahead of unity celebrations

Dresden - Bomb attacks hit a mosque and an international convention centre in the eastern German city of Dresden, police said Tuesday, adding that they suspected a xenophobic and nationalist motive.

Germany's 'James Bond' goes on trial over tax evasion

Bochum - Germany's former top spy, Werner Mauss, went on trial Monday accused of hiding some 15 million euros from the tax authorities.

Germany sees 'turning point' in birth rate decline

Berlin - Germany has halted a three-decade-long decline in its birth rate, with data showing that the trend has started to reverse, statisticians said Friday.

Symbols of migrant plight to go on display in Germany

Berlin - A people smugglers' car, a dinghy and a life jacket are among items related to Europe's migration crisis due to go on display at a German museum.

Man caught smuggling arms to Paris goes on trial in Germany

Berlin - A Montenegrin went on trial in southern Germany Friday accused of helping to prepare a terror attack after he was found driving to Paris last November with Kalashnikovs and explosives hidden in his car.

German populists in new storm over refugee 'worms' comments

Berlin - German populist party AfD was caught in a new storm Thursday after it emerged that a recently elected Berlin deputy had called refugees "disgusting worms" while another key member sold Nazi paraphernalia.

Berlin mulls border control extension

Berlin - German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said Wednesday he favoured a six-month extension for border controls which Brussels has authorised until November.

Xenophobia 'a threat' to peace in eastern Germany: Berlin

Berlin - Growing xenophobia and rightwing extremism could threaten peace in eastern Germany, the government warned Wednesday, voicing fears over the impact of a series of attacks on refugees in the region.

Merkel admits mistakes as anti-migrant party surges

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged Monday that there would be no repeat of last year's "chaotic" border opening to refugees, after a stinging defeat for her party in a Berlin state election.

Trial of Auschwitz medic, 95, halted as anger mounts

Neubrandenburg - A German court Monday once again suspended the trial of a 95-year-old former medical orderly at the Auschwitz death camp, in a new setback for a case where a string of delays has sparked anger.

Germany's AfD: voice of fear, anger over refugee influx

Berlin - The right-wing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) has railed against Chancellor Angela Merkel's open-door refugee policy, ending a long-standing taboo against extremist parties in the country's mainstream politics.

Merkel party routed in Berlin polls as right-wing AfD gains

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party suffered a historic loss in Berlin state elections Sunday while the right-wing populist AfD gained fresh support, riding a wave of popular anger over her open-door refugee policy.

Four things to know about German capital Berlin

Berlin - Internationally lauded for startups and nightlife, the German capital Berlin struggles to this day to escape the "poor but sexy" motto bestowed on it by former mayor Klaus Wowereit in 2003.

Merkel braces for populist gains in Berlin elections

Berlin - German voters went to the polls Sunday in Berlin regional elections with the anti-immigration AfD party hoping to capitalise on anger against Chancellor Angela Merkel's welcome to refugees.

Merkel drops 'we can do it' rallying cry on migrants

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday she will no longer use "we can do it" as her rallying cry to welcome and integrate migrants in the belief it has become a mere slogan.

Munich's Oktoberfest opens amid tight security

Munich - The Oktoberfest, Munich's annual beer festival, opened on Saturday with a stronger police presence than usual after a string of attacks in recent months in Germany.

Protesters rally across Germany against TTIP trade deal

Berlin - More than 160,000 demonstrators thronged seven major cities across Germany on Saturday in protest over a massive transatlantic trade deal, dealing a new blow to the disputed accord.

Berlin fears AfD win will undo efforts against far right

Berlin - Berlin prides itself on being hip, multicultural and tough on the racist far-right -- but that image could take a beating as an anti-migrant party eyes election gains Sunday.

German far-right thugs, asylum-seekers in mass brawl

Berlin - Clashes broke out between dozens of asylum-seekers and far-right extremists in an eastern German city, forcing police to call in reinforcements to quell the violence, police said Thursday.

German, French FMs push peace bid in war-torn Ukraine

Slavyansk-na-kubani - The German and French foreign ministers made their first visit to Ukraine's war-torn east on Thursday, saying they wanted to push a new bid for peace after a recent surge in violence.

France tells Ukraine 'no plan B' to ending war

Kiev - The French foreign minister told Ukraine on Wednesday there was "no plan B" to a tattered blueprint for ending a 29-month pro-Russian revolt that has destabilised the European Union's backyard.
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Demonstration against PRISM in Berlin, during US president Barack Obama's visit, organised by the Pirate Party - June 19, 2013.
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The vattenfall Berlin Half Marathon 2010
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International Tourism Bourse 2010 in Berlin
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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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International Tourism Bourse 2010 in Berlin
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Sandstation 2010 in Germany
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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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Some smaller boats on Lake Constance as the evening draw in
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel
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As a natural ecosystem, Lake Constance is a representative and significant natural habitat for plants and animals in Central Europe
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Peter Fitzek, self-styled "King of Germany"
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Hanseatic cog ship in Bremen, Germany
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JETLINER: A Germanwings Airbus jetliner lands in Dusseldorf in 2012.
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