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Plans to accommodate transgender swimmers at a World Cup meet scrapped because of lack of entries

Oct. 03, 2023 12:39 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Plans for the first “open category” swimming races to accommodate transgender competitors at a World Cup this weekend have been scrapped because of a lack of entries. World Aquatics said Tuesday it had received “no entries” for the open category events...

Germany and Israel sign an agreement for Berlin to buy a US-Israeli missile defense system

Sep. 28, 2023 09:44 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany and Israel on Thursday signed an agreement for Berlin to buy the sophisticated Arrow 3 missile defense system, designed to intercept long-range ballistic missiles. The development is the latest step in Berlin's bid to strengthen its air defenses following Russia's invasion...

Shelters for migrants are filling up across Germany as attitudes toward the newcomers harden

Sep. 28, 2023 07:57 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Dozens of people from around the world lined up on a sunny morning this week in front of a former mental health hospital in Berlin to apply for asylum in Germany. There were two older women from Moldova. A young man from Somalia sat next to them on a bench. A group of...

Cleanup of Berlin's Brandenburg Gate after climate protest to be longer and more expensive

Sep. 28, 2023 06:31 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Berlin's Brandenburg Gate will have to be cleaned at greater effort and expense than initially thought after climate activists sprayed orange paint on the German capital's signature landmark earlier this month, a company that manages official buildings in the city said Thursday. ...

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...