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Germany latest country to pass the grim 100,000 COVID-19 deaths milestone
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Germany latest country to pass the grim 100,000 COVID-19 deaths milestone

Officials say 68.1 percent of Germany’s 83 million inhabitants are fully vaccinated, far below the minimum level of 75 percent the government has aimed for

'Jabbed, cured or dead', warns Germany as Europe battles surge in COVID cases
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'Jabbed, cured or dead', warns Germany as Europe battles surge in COVID cases

Meanwhile, Belgium and the Netherlands condemned the clashes that rocked weekend protests against new anti-COVID measures

German city of Cologne allows mosques to broadcast call to Friday prayers
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German city of Cologne allows mosques to broadcast call to Friday prayers

Cologne mosques need to apply for a special permit in order to be able to broadcast the call. The initiative will be limited to two years and then be re-evaluated

No expiry date on justice: Germany puts 100-year-old former concentration camp guard on trial
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No expiry date on justice: Germany puts 100-year-old former concentration camp guard on trial

The suspect, Josef Schuetz, stands accused of "knowingly and willingly" assisting in the murder of 3,518 prisoners at the Sachsenhausen camp in Oranienburg, north of Berlin, between 1942 and 1945

Maccabi Haifa fans allegedly suffer anti-semitic insults from Union Berlin supporters
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Maccabi Haifa fans allegedly suffer anti-semitic insults from Union Berlin supporters

Union Berlin beat the Israeli champions 3-0, but according to the Youth Forum of the German-Israeli Society Berlin-Potsdam, there were ugly scenes in the stands

German elections: Angela Merkel’s party headed for ‘worst-ever’ result in a tight race
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German elections: Angela Merkel’s party headed for ‘worst-ever’ result in a tight race

Whoever wins, the Greens and the Free Democrats would provide the likeliest route to power for the leading candidates of the Social Democrats and Christian Democratic Union

German election: Vote split nearly even for Angela Merkel's bloc and Social Democrats, show exit polls
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German election: Vote split nearly even for Angela Merkel's bloc and Social Democrats, show exit polls

Putting together the next coalition government for Europe’s biggest economy could be a lengthy and complicated process

Climate change: Activists stage global rallies urging stronger action by world leaders
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Climate change: Activists stage global rallies urging stronger action by world leaders

The global 'climate strike' was a multi-generational event amid warnings of 'dangerous' temperature rises unless greenhouse gas emissions are cut sharply in the coming years

The Festival of Lights illuminates the Berlin skies
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The Festival of Lights illuminates the Berlin skies

Visitors will be enthralled by the artworks that will feature on 70 locations and buildings, including the Brandenburg Gate, the Berlin TV Tower and the Berlin Cathedral

Acclaimed filmmaker and artist Laura Poitras' new exhibit examines COVID-19, fight for racial justice
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Acclaimed filmmaker and artist Laura Poitras' new exhibit examines COVID-19, fight for racial justice

Together with artist Sean Vegezzi, Poitras puts viewers outside an NYPD outpost in Queens used by the Technical Assistance Response Unit, whose role is to monitor political protests. The unit employs military technology to gather intelligence, including on recent Black Lives Matter rallies, but officers seem unaware that they are being watched as they enter and leave the building.

Germany's Catholic boys choir to establish separate group for girls for first time in its 1,000-year history
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Germany's Catholic boys choir to establish separate group for girls for first time in its 1,000-year history

The Regensburg choir was founded around the year 975 and is thought to be one of the oldest boys’ choirs in the world.

WHO's upcoming lab in Switzerland to study emerging threats from viruses
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WHO's upcoming lab in Switzerland to study emerging threats from viruses

The BioHub lab will allow members to share biological materials to ensure timeliness when responding to potential outbreaks.

Berlin nightclubs slowly reopen post-pandemic; vaccination, negative COVID-19 test a must for entry
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Berlin nightclubs slowly reopen post-pandemic; vaccination, negative COVID-19 test a must for entry

Performers, guests and owners said they were excited to be open again. But standing about outside with a drink isn’t really clubbing, those attending reopened clubs conceded over the weekend.

Berlin Film Festival confirms all-outdoor edition in June, organisers say 'received positive signals' from govt
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Berlin Film Festival confirms all-outdoor edition in June, organisers say 'received positive signals' from govt

The event will comprise of movies shown online at the March edition, including the winners of its Golden and Silver Bear prizes, which will be awarded at a gala ceremony on 13 June.

Despite COVID-19, how major international film festivals delivered robust versions of themselves
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Despite COVID-19, how major international film festivals delivered robust versions of themselves

A touch of foresight — as well as passion, planning and a willingness to scrap just about everything — is what prevented some of the major international film festivals to become casualties of the unpredictable pandemic.

Benin Bronzes: Germany to return hundreds of artefacts looted during colonial era
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Benin Bronzes: Germany to return hundreds of artefacts looted during colonial era

Germany’s minister for culture, Monika Gruetters, said the Benin Bronzes were a key test for the way the country deals with its colonial past.

Holocaust survivors start social media campaign amidst rising cases of anti-Semitism
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Holocaust survivors start social media campaign amidst rising cases of anti-Semitism

The campaign, launched to coincide with Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day, was organized by the New York-based Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, which negotiates compensation for victims.

COVID-19 variants from Brazil and South Africa are less susceptible to antibodies, finds study
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COVID-19 variants from Brazil and South Africa are less susceptible to antibodies, finds study

As per the research, published in the journal Cell, recovery from COVID-19 as well as vaccination may offer only incomplete protection against these mutant forms

Berlin follows Cologne in opening up cultural venues to public, as Germany eases COVID restrictions
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Berlin follows Cologne in opening up cultural venues to public, as Germany eases COVID restrictions

Museums throughout Germany closed at the beginning of November as coronavirus cases increased, but authorities earlier this month eased restrictions to allow some museums, galleries and certain other cultural venues to begin receiving visitors again.

Alligator, rumoured to be Adolf Hitler’s pet, being preserved for posterity
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Alligator, rumoured to be Adolf Hitler’s pet, being preserved for posterity

It was reported that people were initially unsure about the whereabouts of the alligator after Berlin was bombed in November 1943