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German intelligence agencies open new spy school in Berlin

Nov. 12, 2019 1:09 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A room full of grey suits, strict instructions only to photograph the audience from behind and — of course — a medley of James Bond tunes to lighten the mood. Germany's intelligence agencies on Tuesday inaugurated a joint training center in the heart of Berlin, a city that was...

Grin and bear it: Berlin panda gets CT scan for kidney exam

Nov. 12, 2019 9:08 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A Berlin zoo says a giant panda whose twin cubs have captured international attention has undergone a CT scan after veterinarians discovered one of his kidneys was smaller than the other. The zoo said Tuesday that 9-year-old Jiao Qing was examined last week by experts at the city's Leibniz...

Rights group file Syria torture case in Norway

Nov. 12, 2019 5:46 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A human rights group says it has asked Norwegian prosecutors to open a criminal investigation against senior Syrian officials over allegations of torture and crimes against humanity. The Berlin-based European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights said Tuesday it filed the complaint...

Germany's ruling parties OK pension reform to help women

Nov. 10, 2019 1:07 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's governing parties agreed Sunday to reform the country's pension system, setting aside an ideological dispute that had threatened to unravel the coalition government. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the head of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right Christian Democratic Union,...

Over 100,000 celebrate 30 years since fall of Berlin Wall

Nov. 10, 2019 7:35 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Police and organizers say more than 100,000 people took part in an open-air party celebrating the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Despite the cold and damp, crowds flocked to Berlin's Brandenburg Gate late Saturday for music and fireworks. The boulevard leading up to the...

Climate protesters stage sit-in at Berlin's Tegel airport

Nov. 10, 2019 7:10 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Dozens of people, many dressed in penguin costumes, are staging a sit-in at Berlin's Tegel airport to protest against greenhouse gas emissions from air travel. About 50 members of the group Am Boden Bleiben — German for "stay grounded" — gathered Sunday in the airport's main...

Soccer fans tear down 'Berlin Wall' at Hertha-Leipzig game

Nov. 9, 2019 4:03 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German soccer fans tore down an artificial 'Berlin Wall' erected across the middle of the field at Hertha Berlin's Olympiastadion before the Bundesliga game against Leipzig on Saturday. Leipzig won 4-2 to put a dampener on Hertha's celebration of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin...

Germany, allies mark 30 years since Berlin Wall fell

Nov. 9, 2019 2:51 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany marked the 30th anniversary Saturday of the opening of the Berlin Wall, a pivotal moment in the events that brought down Communism in eastern Europe. Leaders from Germany, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic attended a ceremony at Bernauer Strasse — where one of...

Sweet of taste of freedom: Chocolate Berlin Wall destroyed

Nov. 9, 2019 11:55 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — So this is what freedom tastes like. A French chocolate sculptor celebrated the 30th anniversary Saturday of the opening of the Berlin Wall by taking a hammer to a chocolate replica of the infamous barrier, distributing the sweet chunks to applauding bystanders. Patrick Roger said it felt...

30 years after the Berlin Wall, Cyprus' division endures

Nov. 9, 2019 9:11 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — As the world commemorates 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the bullet-riddled sandstone walls of abandoned, crumbling homes and concrete machine gun nests dotting Cyprus' no man's land serve as a jarring reminder of another divided capital — the world's last...