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Merkel wants migrant return deals with N.African states

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Tuesday on the EU and North African countries to do deals modelled on a controversial agreement with Turkey to stem migrant flows to Europe.

'Big Three' leaders insist EU not finished after Brexit

Ventotene - The leaders of Italy, France and Germany insisted Monday that Britain's shock decision to quit the European Union would not kill the bloc.

German reality TV star fined for 'false' rape accusation

Berlin - A German court Monday convicted a reality TV star of falsely accusing two men of rape, capping a case that spurred a national campaign for tougher laws against sex crimes.

Lithuania buys German combat vehicles in major arms deal

Vilnius - Lithuania on Monday signed a deal for German-made armoured vehicles intended to boost its defence capabilities, as it seeks to allay concerns of a military resurgence of Russia on its doorstep.

Big three tackle EU future on symbolic island

Naples - The leaders of Italy, France and Germany meet Monday to lay the groundwork for a summit aimed at salvaging the European project in the wake of Britain's shock vote to leave.

Germany to chart first civil defence plan since Cold War: report

Berlin - Germany will introduce its first civil defence strategy since the end of the Cold War, calling on the population to stockpile enough food and water for several days, according to a report Sunday.

Sri Lanka airline suspends drunk pilot in Frankfurt

Colombo - Sri Lanka's national carrier has suspended a captain who failed a breathalyser test just before he was due to fly 274 passengers and crew from Frankfurt to Colombo, the airline said Sunday.

Germany proposes burqa ban in public places

Berlin - Germany's interior minister on Friday proposed partially banning the full-face burqa Islamic veil, as a debate on integration rages after two jihadist attacks and ahead of key state elections.

German police arrest Muslim convert over bomb plot scare

Berlin - German police on Wednesday arrested a 27-year-old convert to Islam on fears he was planning a bomb attack, but later said they found no evidence to back the suspicion."The suspicion has not been confirmed," a police spokesman said.

Organs from tragic canoe coach saves Rio lives

Rio De Janeiro - The organs from a German canoe slalom coach, who died on Monday from injuries suffered in a taxi accident at the Rio Olympics, have helped save four lives, it emerged on Wednesday.

German vice-chancellor gives neo-Nazi protesters the finger

Berlin - Germany's Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel raised eyebrows Wednesday over a video of him showing the middle finger to a group of far-right protesters.

Warsaw seeks jail time for 'Polish' death camps term

Varsovia - Poland's rightwing government on Tuesday said it would seek fines or jail terms of up to three years against anyone who refers to Nazi German death camps as Polish.

Hollande warns against 'escalation' of Ukraine conflict

Paris - French President Francois Hollande warned Tuesday against any "escalation" of the Ukraine conflict after telephone talks with his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

German police arrest Munich gunman's 'weapons supplier'

Berlin - German police Tuesday arrested a man believed to have supplied a gun and bullets used by a teenage gunman to kill nine people in a rampage at a Munich shopping centre, prosecutors said.

Tsipras vows to keep up pressure for German war payments

Atenas - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras vowed Tuesday to do "whatever is necessary" -- including taking legal action -- to get Germany to pay damages for the wartime atrocities of Nazi troops.

EU watchdog finetunes cockpit safety recommendations

Berlin - Europe's aviation watchdog issued new recommendations Tuesday to keep better tabs on crews following a deliberate crash in the French Alps last year caused by a depressed co-pilot.

Lavrov urges calm after Ukraine flare-up over Crimea

Moscow - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday appealed for calm after a flare-up with Ukraine over the annexed Crimea peninsula but warned Moscow was ready to stamp out any attempts to destabilise the region.

Convicted Turkish editor steps down after coup

Istanbul - The editor-in-chief of Turkey's top opposition daily Cumhuriyet announced on Monday he was stepping down, saying he no longer had faith in the judiciary after the failed coup.

German held in Turkey's post-coup crackdown released

Berlin - A German woman detained in Turkey as part of Ankara's crackdown in the wake of last month's failed coup has been freed, Berlin confirmed Friday.

Hunt for Nazi 'gold train' resumes in Poland

Walbrzych - Treasure hunters on Friday relaunched their search for a lost Nazi gold train allegedly loaded with loot and buried in southwestern Poland, despite there being no scientific evidence it exists.

Germany mulls taking away citizenship from jihadists

Berlin - Germany unveiled Thursday tough new anti-terror measures after two attacks claimed by the Islamic State group, including a controversial proposal to strip jihadist fighters of their German nationality.

Germany agonises over role of army at home after attacks

Berlin - Heavily-armed soldiers have been a common sight in Paris after France was hit by deadly attacks, but in neighbouring Germany, talk about troops patrolling at home for the first time since World War II has sparked an emotional debate.

Berlin to 'toughen anti-terror measures' after attacks

Berlin - Germany's Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere is preparing to unveil a slew of new anti-terror measures, reports said Wednesday, after two attacks in July claimed by the Islamic State group.

Germany arrests IS suspect, cites Bundesliga threat

Berlin - German special forces have arrested a Syrian suspected of being a member of the Islamic State group, local authorities said Tuesday, citing a threat to the opening game of the upcoming Bundesliga football championships.

Germany urges Turkey to respect rule of law after failed coup

Ankara - A senior German diplomat, making the most high-profile visit to Ankara by a Berlin official since the failed July 15 coup, urged Turkey to respect international law as it deals with those responsible for the attempted putsch.

German Canaries blaze suspect remanded

Madrid - A German man who allegedly sparked a deadly forest fire in the Canary Islands by burning toilet paper has been remanded in custody, a court spokesman said Saturday.

German national held in Turkey coup crackdown

Berlin - A German national has been detained in Turkey as part of the country's crackdown on suspected supporters of Fethullah Gulen in the wake of last month's failed coup, Berlin confirmed Friday.

500-year-old German engraving surfaces at French flea market

Berlin - Long-dead German artist Albrecht Duerer is causing a stir after a collector donated a lost work, bought for a few euros on a French flea market, to a Stuttgart museum.

Perpetrators of Germany attacks 'advised by IS'

Berlin - The perpetrators of two attacks in Germany claimed by the Islamic State group were given advice on the separate assaults by members of the jihadist organisation, Der Spiegel reported Friday.

Asylum applications from Turks on rise in Germany

Berlin - A rising number of Turkish nationals have sought asylum in Germany, official data showed Friday, as tensions rise in Turkey over an intensifying crackdown by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
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A popular meeting spot with its pretty fountains in warmer months, Karlsplatz Stachus gives why to a popular ice rink over the winter period, while parents can enjoy mulled wine in the accompanying wooden bar.
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Lesser spotted eagle.
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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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Berlin leftists clash with police, anti-immigration protesters Nov. 22, 2014.
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Schwäbisch Hall, along the river Kocher. The About this sound Kocher 104 mile-long right tributary of the Neckar in the north-eastern part of Baden-Württemberg, Germany. The name "Kocher" originates from its Celtic name "cochan" and probably means winding, meandering river.
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Guided tours at Odeonsplatz were proving popular.
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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, 2010.
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An image of cabbie Marcel Klingbiel driving a customer around in his unusual cab.
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Seen in a protest against NSA spying in Berlin, Germany.
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Trebbin, Brandenburg, Germany.
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Event data recorder is on the left. Information is being downloaded to a computer.
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Germany - Ghana from Berlin (FIFA World Cup 2010)
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Schwäbisch Hall: the first part of the name, "Schwäbisch", refers to the name of the region, Swabia.
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Police experts inspect the crime scene in Gimmlitztal near the town of Hartmannsdorf-Reichenau, south of Dresden. 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
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Maria Krautzberger, Secretary of Brandeburg State
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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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A piece of art at the Eastside Gallery, a 1.3 km long section of the Berlin Wall located near the centre of Berlin on Mühlenstraße in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg
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Aerial view (from Post Tower) of the former members of parliament building Langer Eugen, now a part of the UN Campus in Bonn.
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 Miteinander Leben   the annual trade dedicated to the disabled and elderly persons has been taking ...
"Miteinander Leben", the annual trade dedicated to the disabled and elderly persons has been taking place in Berlin from 8 to 10 April, 2010.