Germany to return ancient stone cross to Namibia

Europe 05/17/19, 07:25

Germany's culture minister says the country is returning to Namibia a centuries-old stone cross, even though it was originally of European origin, as a gesture of reconciliation.Monika Gruetters said Friday the decision to return the Stone Cross of Cape Cross at Namibia's request is a sign Germany takes responsibility for ...

Berlin protest highlights plight of migrants in Med.

Europe 05/17/19, 04:49

Activists in Berlin have added a life vest to the German capital's well-known "Molecule Man" statue to raise awareness of the perilous plight of migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean into Europe.Protesters climbed the 100-foot tall artwork, which towers out of the Spree river in downtown Berlin, to adorn the ...

Dortmund hopes for ‘small miracle’ to take title from Bayern

Soccer 05/16/19, 05:23

Despite needing a "small miracle" to win the Bundesliga title on the final day of the season, Borussia Dortmund already has its celebration party planned.Bayern Munich, which leads Dortmund by two points and has a huge advantage on goal difference, is favored to win its record-extending seventh straight title on ...

Germany’s Merkel edges closer to Macron on 2050 climate plan

World 05/14/19, 04:34

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she would like to join other European countries in aiming to eliminate virtually all greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, but the goal needs to be achievable.Merkel initially refused to join the initiative put forward last week by French President Emmanuel Macron and eight other EU ...

Denied graves by Nazis, resistance fighters finally buried

World 05/13/19, 11:38

Executed for standing up against Adolf Hitler's dictatorship and then denied graves so as not to become a rallying point for others, the partial remains of 300 Nazi resistance fighters were laid to rest Monday in a solemn ceremony in a downtown Berlin cemetery.The small wooden box lowered into the ...

Union Berlin fans savouring Bundesliga promotion bid

Soccer 05/13/19, 09:01

Smoke from grilled bratwurst sausages filled the air and the beer taps were kept flowing as Union Berlin fans celebrated taking a step closer to Bundesliga promotion.They lingered long after their team's 3-0 win over Magdeburg on Sunday, sitting at picnic tables among the trees, raising their plastic glasses and ...

Cracks appear in German government over planned climate law

Europe 05/13/19, 03:55

Divisions between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her coalition partners appear to be widening over plans for an ambitious law to curb greenhouse gas emissions.Environment Minister Svenja Schulze of the center-left Social Democrats said Monday it would be "very sensible" for Germany to join other European countries in setting a ...

Berlin Airlift remembered, key moment in Cold War

Europe 05/12/19, 06:02

Berliners on Sunday celebrated the 70th anniversary of the day the Soviets lifted their blockade strangling West Berlin in the post-World War II years with a big party at the former Tempelhof airport in the German capital. Among the invited guests of honor was 98-year-old U.S. pilot Gail Halvorsen, who dropped ...

Berlin park’s drug dealer solution panned by authorities

Amazing 05/09/19, 09:48

A creative attempt by a downtown Berlin park manager to keep drug dealers away from families and joggers has been met with an emphatic "nein" from German officials.Cengiz Demirci demarcated certain areas in the popular Goerlitzer Park with pink spray-painted lines for the dealers to stand behind, with the intention ...

Leipzig keen to spoil Bayern Munich’s 2 title parties

Sports 05/09/19, 06:30

With Borussia Dortmund's Bundesliga challenge fading, Leipzig has emerged as Bayern Munich's biggest threat to a domestic double.Leipzig can stop Bayern clinching a record-extending seventh straight Bundesliga title on Saturday, two weeks before the sides meet again in the German Cup final."We want to show Bayern already on Saturday that ...

Just add water: salt battery could help renewable energy use

Tech 05/09/19, 04:42

Amid the hum and heat of Berlin's Reuter thermal power station stands a shining contraption that looks out of place in the decades-old machine hall.Its silver pipes and vats contain a substance that Vattenfall, the plant's operator, says could become a key ingredient for a fossil fuel-free future.The energy company, ...

Europeans struggle to preserve Iran nuclear accord

Europe 05/08/19, 14:09

The world powers struggling to preserve a nuclear deal with Iran are facing an increasingly uphill battle, with a new deadline from Tehran on finding a solution to make up for last year's unilateral U.S. withdrawal from the accord and the increasing economic hardship that has put on the Islamic ...

UK’s Prince Charles visits Germany on 4-day charm offensive

Entertainment 05/07/19, 07:44

Prince Charles of Britain is visiting Germany on a four-day charm offensive during which he will stress the two European countries' close ties.Charles' arrival Tuesday in Berlin comes a day after his younger son, Prince Harry, announced that he and his wife Meghan have had their first child, a healthy ...

Pompeo meeting with Merkel cancelled over ‘pressing issues’

Politics 05/07/19, 04:12

The U.S. State Department says a planned meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Chancellor Angela Merkel has been canceled.Pompeo was due to meet Merkel and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in Berlin on Tuesday.The State Department said the meetings have had to be rescheduled due to "pressing ...

US museum condemns use of its art by German far-right party

Europe 04/30/19, 02:55

An American art museum has demanded that the German far-right party Alternative for Germany, or AfD, stop using one of its paintings in campaigns for the European elections.The director of the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, Olivier Meslay, told The Associated Press late Monday "we condemn the use of ...

Kosovo: EU “too weak” to steer talks with Serbia

Europe 04/29/19, 11:49

Kosovo's president is ruling out any prospect of an agreement on his country's relations with Serbia without the participation of the United States, saying Monday that the European Union is "too weak and disunited" to steer negotiations between the feuding Balkan neighbors on its own. Hashim Thaci's comments came after a ...

Dortmund on verge of giving up, but Bayern then held to drew

Soccer 04/29/19, 04:47

Just as Borussia Dortmund coach Lucien Favre gave up on his team's title hopes, the Bundesliga race took another twist when Bayern Munich was held to a draw at Nuremberg.With three matches remaining, Bayern leads by two points as it looks for a record-extending seventh consecutive league title.Favre was desolate ...

German Greens won’t back aspiring EU head who woos far right

World 04/25/19, 13:25

A leading candidate for Germany's left-leaning Greens said Thursday that his party won't back any candidate for president of the European Union's executive branch who relies on support from the far right.Populist and far-right parties critical of the EU are expected to make gains in the European parliamentary elections, which ...

Germany: Dry weather raises fears of forest fires, drought

Europe 04/24/19, 11:16

Meteorologists in Germany say rain forecast for the next few days is unlikely to provide much relief to parched fields and forests, raising fears of a repeat of last year's drought and serious wildfires.Udo Busch of the German meteorological agency DWD said if dry conditions prevail, the drought that caused ...

Berlin businesswoman, feted for driving around world, dies

Europe 04/23/19, 09:34

Heidi Hetzer, a Berlin businesswoman whose late-in-life decision to drive around the world in an American vintage car won her many fans back home in Germany, has died. She was 81.Hetzer's family said Tuesday she died at her home in the German capital over the weekend; the cause of death ...

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