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Here’s the latest for Saturday, November 9th: Trump to release account of 2nd Ukraine phone call; Germany marks 30 years since Berlin Wall collapse;Former NSC Adviser John Bolton has a book deal; Harley-Davidson’s first production electric motorbike.

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Merkel places a candle at Berlin Wall memorial

German Chancellor Angela Merkel joined people lighting candles at the Berlin Wall memorial on Saturday to honor the courage of the opposition in the GDR in the autumn of 1989. (Nov. 9)

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Chocolate Berlin Wall broken on 30th anniversary

A French chocolate sculptor celebrated the 30th anniversary of the opening of the Berlin Wall by taking a hammer Saturday to a chocolate replica of the infamous barrier, distributing the sweet chunks to applauding bystanders in Paris. (Nov. 9)

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Germany marks 30 years since Berlin Wall collapse

Germany on Saturday marked the 30th anniversary of the opening of the Berlin Wall, a pivotal moment in the events that brought down Communism in eastern Europe. (Nov. 9)

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On 30th Wall anniversary, Merkel urges Europe to defend freedom | AFP

Europe must stand up for democracy and freedom, Chancellor Angela Merkel says as Germany commemorates the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. of Angela Merkel

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Today in History for November 9th

Highlights of this day in history: Germans dance on top of Berlin Wall as communism crumbles in Eastern Europe; Nazis target Jews during ‘Kristallnacht’; A massive blackout hits the Northeast; Poet Dylan Thomas and Actor Art Carney die. (Nov. 9)

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Pompeo warns against Russia on eve of Berlin Wall anniversary | AFP

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issues a warning against Russia on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. SOUNDBITE

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The fall of the Berlin Wall: French chocolatier creates a 7-meter-long replica | AFP

Three decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, chocolatier Patrick Roger is building a replica in his workshop. Once completed, the seven-metre-long chocolate wall will be symbolically destroyed at 10:30am on November 9 in one of the brand’s shop in Paris.

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Cold War escape tunnel opens under Berlin Wall

An escape tunnel underneath the Berlin Wall has been opened to the public for the first time amid celebrations of the 30-year anniversary of the opening of East Germany’s border. (Nov. 7)

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Visitors see the Berlin Wall in augmented reality

An augmented reality app is letting people see the Berlin Wall, 30 years after it was torn down. The app shows how the Berlin Wall changed over time, from a relatively low structure to the towering concrete barrier that divided east and west. (Nov. 4)

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Berlin mayor opens week of commemorations marking fall of Berlin Wall | AFP

Berlin’s Mayor Michael Mueller speaks at an event which opens a week of commemorations marking the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. IMAGES

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Giant wave set at Brandenburger Gate to mark fall of Berlin wall | AFP

To mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, American artist Patrick Shearn is completing a 150-metre-long installation composed of 100,000 streamers, on which residents of Germany have written 30,000 messages. The artwork, like a multicoloured wave, will float in front of the Brandenburg Gate and will be open to the public from Monday.

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Streamers mark Berlin anniversary

A rainbow-colored net with thousands of streamers _ many with messages of love and peace _ has been hoisted into the air in front of Berlin’s iconic Brandenburg Gate as part of commemorations for the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. AP Photos by Markus Schreiber.

Bearing witness to life and death on Berlin Wall

As Germany celebrates the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November, the country also commemorates those who were arrested, injured or died as they tried to escape by tunnelling under the wall, swimming past it, climbing on it or flying over it. A group of now retired Lutheran sisters who ran a hospital next to the Wall were often those who first came to help those who managed to escape to West Berlin.

AP News Flash – Berlin Wall, Nov. 10, 1989

The AP news FLASH announcing that East Germany has begun tearing down the Berlin Wall was sent over the World Wire from Frankfurt to New York at 6:06 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10, 1989. NS and KC in parenthesis refer to Berlin correspondent Nesha Starcevic and Berlin news editor Kevin Costelloe.

30 years since fall of the Berlin Wall, Saxon vineyards flourish | AFP

Following the collapse of the communist regime in East Germany, state-owned farming cooperatives that once produced food for the masses were dissolved, split up and sold off to private owners. Klaus Zimmerling was among those who bought the land and today he produces top-quality vintages.

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Far-right surge expected in east German state elections | AFP

Polling stations open in Germany for regional elections in Brandenburg and Saxony where the far-right AfD party could become the leading political force ahead of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right party. Aside from rallying against Islam and asylum-seekers, the AfD has capitalised on resentment about a lingering east-west wealth gap since the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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Race to remember Berlin Wall victims, 30 years on | AFP

Where guard towers and barbed wire once stood, runners will this weekend pound the 100-mile (160 kilometre) path along the former Berlin Wall in a race with victims of the Cold War relic at its heart. On the eve of the race a group of athletes visit a memorial dedicated to those who died trying to cross the border between East and West Germany.

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Today in History for August 13th

Highlights of this day in history: First steps toward building the Berlin Wall during the Cold War; Cuba’s Fidel Castro born; Spain’s Cortez captures what’s now Mexico City; Director Alfred Hitchcock born; Baseball’s Mickey Mantle dies. (Aug. 13)

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Today in History for June 12th

Highlights of this day in history: President Ronald Reagan demands the tearing down of the Berlin Wall; Civil rights activist Medgar Evers killed; O.J. Simpson’s ex-wife Nicole and Ronald Goldman murdered; Baseball Hall of Fame opens. (June 12)

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