Amid coronavirus, Berlin makes way for cyclists | AFP

The city of Berlin is adapting car lanes so they can be used as bicycle lanes as part of a pilot project to reduce the number of COVID-19 contaminations among cyclists and to encourage people to avoid public transport.

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Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate almost empty as Germany tightens measures over coronavirus spread | AFP

The area surrounding Branderburg Gate in Berlin is almost empty, as Germany tightens measures to control the spread of COVID-19, banning gatherings of more than two. IMAGES

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German expert warns against ‘corona parties’ | AFP

The German government’s central scientific institute asks Berliners not to organise “corona party” – private parties at home – to compensate for the closure of clubs in the German capital. “Stay at home and restrict your social life”, says Lars Schaade, the vice-President of the Robert Koch Institute, at a press conference in Berlin.

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Helen Mirren’s unique casting decisions

While Helen Mirren picked up a Lifetime Achievement Award in Berlin, she revealed a unique and interesting take on how to pick a role. (Feb. 28)

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Johnny Depp loves his fans

At the Berlin premiere for his latest movie “Minamata,” actor Johnny Depp paid tribute to his fans, saying “they’re the ones that keep you afloat.” (Feb. 22)

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Berliners form human chain at the Brandenburg Gate after Hanau shooting | AFP

Several hundred people take part in a human chain around the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin to protest against the terrorist attack that killed nine people in bars in Hanau near Frankfurt. from the gatheringN°1P5969

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The art of filmmaking | AFP Animé

Videographic on the art of filmmaking. Diversity, politics and revelations from the Nazi era will dominate the agenda when the Berlin film festival launches its 70th edition in the heart of the German capital on Thursday.VIDEOGRAPHIC

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Berlin Zoo presents twin panda cubs to the public for the first time | AFP

Five-month-old male Meng Xiang (“long-awaited dream”) and Meng Yuan (“dream come true”) panda cubs, make their first public appearance at the Berlin Zoo. The two cuddly cubs were the first pandas to be born in a German zoo, and have been nicknamed “Pit” and “Paule” by their carers.

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China virus: Berliners and tourists not worried | AFP

Passers-by on the streets of Berlin do not seem particularly worried about the novel strain of coronavirus despite a German man being infected by a colleague visiting from China.

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International conference on Libya: Angela Merkel welcomes Macron | AFP

Angela Merkel welcomes the President of France Emmanuel Macron in Berlin for the International conference on Libya. World leaders gather to make a fresh push for peace in Libya, in a desperate bid to stop the conflict-wracked nation from turning into a “second Syria”. Libya has been torn by fighting between rival armed factions since a 2011 NATO-backed uprising killed dictator Moamer Kadhafi. IMAGES

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Farmer fury and environmental anger in protest-hit Germany | AFP

Protestors with tractors descend on Berlin’s annual “Green Week” trade fair, as the farmer’s collective “Land schafft Verbindung” (LSV) rail against tightening regulations. Agricultural reforms include introducing an animal welfare label on food products and restrictions on pesticides to protect insects. of the protest in BerlinN°1NW1KA

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Demonstrations in Berlin over agricultural reform | AFP

Environmentalists and farmers protest Germany’s latest agricultural reform in Berlin. The reforms include introducing an animal welfare label on food products and restrictions on pesticides to protect insects, the protesters claim they are carrying the costs for new environmental protection measures. IMAGES

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Berlin designers develop natural dyes based on algae | AFP

As more and more voices are being raised against certain practices in the fashion industry, one of the major emitters of greenhouse gases, two creators from the Berlin design studio have developed natural clothing dyes made from algae.

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‘Pre-school artist’ shakes up German art world | AFP

The young art prodigy Mikail Akar unveils his new exhibition at a Berlin gallery featuring a collaboration with German football star Manuel Neuer. Akar has become a sensation of the art world selling paintings for prices up to tens of thousands of euros at the tender age of seven. The seven-year-old tells AFP that his idols include Pollock, Michael Jackson and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

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Here’s the latest for Friday, January 3rd: Trump says Soleimani killed to stop a war; Ayatollah Khamenei visits Soleimani family home; McConnell has little interest in hearing witnesses in impeachment trial; Berlin zoo animals feast on organic Xmas trees.

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Christmas tree feast for animals at Berlin Zoo | AFP

Like every year, the caretakers of one of Berlin’s zoos give unsold Christmas trees to Asian elephants, dromedaries and porcupines: a feast for some and an unexpected distraction for the others.

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