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Christian Thielemann chosen to succeed Daniel Barenboim as music director of Berlin's Staatsoper

Sep. 27, 2023 07:58 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Christian Thielemann has been chosen as the new general music director of Berlin's Staatsoper, months after Daniel Barenboim ended his three-decade reign, the city government said Wednesday. The 64-year-old German conductor will take the job at the Staatsoper, or...

Tigst Assefa shatters the women's marathon world record by more than 2 minutes in Berlin

Sep. 24, 2023 08:55 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Tigst Assefa broke the women's world record by more than two minutes Sunday at the Berlin Marathon, as Eliud Kipchoge won the men's race for the fifth time but couldn't break his own record. Ethiopian runner Assefa, the winner in Berlin a year ago, ran the race in 2...

Tigst Assefa breaks the women's marathon world record by more than 2 minutes at the Berlin Marathon

Sep. 24, 2023 05:35 AM EDT
BERLIN (AP) — Tigst Assefa breaks the women's marathon world record by more than 2 minutes at the Berlin Marathon.

Climate activists spray Berlin's Brandenburg Gate with orange paint

Sep. 17, 2023 14:55 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German climate activists sprayed orange paint onto Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate on Sunday morning to urge the German government to take more urgent action against climate change. Members of the group the Last Generation used fire extinguishers filled with paint to...

Germany retests its emergency warning system but Berlin's sirens don't sound

Sep. 14, 2023 07:01 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Warning messages sounded on cellphones and alarms blared across Germany as part of a nationwide test of the emergency alert system Thursday, but in Berlin the sirens stayed quiet. The latest “warning day” was conducted after an embarrassing flop in 2020, when the...

A Berlin bus gets lifted with the help of 40 people to free a young man pinned by a rear wheel

Sep. 13, 2023 06:06 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A young man trapped under a bus in Berlin survived with minor injuries after 40 people joined forces to lift the vehicle off him in what police described as a heroic rescue effort. The 18-year-old got pinned by a tire of the rear axle when he fell down while running...

Rail infrastructure in Hamburg is damaged by fires. Police suspect a political motive

Sep. 08, 2023 10:18 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A series of fires hit railway infrastructure in the German city of Hamburg overnight, causing widespread disruption to trains between Hamburg and Berlin and between the port city and the Baltic Sea coast. Police said they suspect that the damage was politically motivated. ...

German lawmakers approve a contentious plan to replace fossil-fuel heating

Sep. 08, 2023 09:42 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German lawmakers on Friday approved contentious legislation for the replacement of fossil-fuel heating systems, passing a major climate policy plan that prompted lengthy infighting in the governing coalition and helped push down its poll ratings. Parliament's lower...

German intelligence employee and acquaintance charged with treason for passing secrets to Russia

Sep. 08, 2023 09:04 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — An employee of Germany's foreign intelligence service and an acquaintance have been charged with treason for allegedly passing secret documents to Russia, prosecutors said Friday. The intelligence officer, who has been identified only as Carsten L. in line with German...

Germany will keep Russian oil giant Rosneft subsidiaries under its control for another 6 months

Sep. 08, 2023 05:29 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government said Friday it will keep two subsidiaries of Russian oil giant Rosneft under the control of German authorities for another six months. The government announced a year ago that it was putting Rosneft Deutschland GmbH and Rosneft Refining and...