Historic German island is nursery for North Sea seals | AFP

The birthplace of Germany’s national anthem and a practice bombing range for British airmen after World War II, Helgoland island in the North Sea turns cuddly at the turn of the year as grey seals arrive to give birth.

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Merkel meets Putin in Moscow for bilateral talks | AFP

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is in Moscow for bilateral talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Confrontation between Washington and Tehran over the US killing of a top general and turmoil in Libya are set to dominate the talks. IMAGES

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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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Dozens of monkeys die in German zoo fire | AFP

Fire ripped through the monkey house at Krefeld zoo in northwestern Germany on New Year’s Eve killing dozens of animals, including orangutans, chimpanzees and marmosets, management said Wednesday. IMAGES

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Firefighters slide on the ice to rescue trapped dog

Several Wisconsin firefighters put their ice rescue training to the test, rescuing a German shepherd that fell through the ice covering a pond near its home. (Dec. 24)

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Berlin Christmas tree rental service aims to cut waste | AFP

Every year, about 25 million Christmas trees are used to decorate German homes. Since 2018, a Berlin landscape gardener has been making trees available for rent, in order to avoid them being discarded after New Year’s Eve.

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Putin, Zelensky in first-ever meeting at Paris summit | AFP

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky have met for the first time ever at a summit in Paris seen as a critical opportunity to take steps to end five years of conflict in eastern Ukraine. Putin and Zelensky sat down at a table with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel for the start of a four-way meeting at the Elysee Palace. IMAGES

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Merkel and Zelensky arrive at Elysee Palace for landmark Paris summit on Ukraine | AFP

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky arrive at the Elysée Palace in Paris for talks with French President Emmanuel Macron and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The summit is being seen as a critical opportunity to take steps to end five years of conflict in the east of Ukraine. No comprehensive peace deal is expected from the afternoon meeting — mediated by Macron and Merkel — but diplomats hope the exercise will help to bolster trust between Zelensky and Putin. IMAGES

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Auschwitz survivor fears rise of anti-Semitism | AFP

As German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Auschwitz for the first time, 96-year-old survivor Frederick Terna will be at home in New York worrying about a resurgence of anti-Semitism.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel pays tribute to Auschwitz victims | AFP

German Chancellor Angela Merkel pays tribute to Holocaust victims at the “Death Wall” in the former German Nazi death camp Auschwitz during her first ever visit as chancellor. IMAGES

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Auschwitz for first time | AFP

Angela Merkel visits the former German Nazi death camp at Auschwitz for the first time in her 14 years as chancellor, as Germany grapples with a resurgence of anti-Semitism and the growth of the far-right. Merkel is only the third German chancellor ever to visit the camp in Poland, with her highly symbolic trip coming ahead of the 75th anniversary of its liberation by Soviet troops on January 27, 1945. IMAGES

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In Germany, art installation angers Jewish groups

An urn, placed by an artist group called the ‘Center for Political Beauty,” is seen in front of the German parliament building, the Reichstag, in Berlin. The artist group says the urn contains human remains of Holocaust victims _ triggering and angry response from Jewish groups.

World leaders arrive at Downing Street ahead of NATO summit | AFP

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron arrive at London’s Downing Street for a meeting hosted by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson ahead of a NATO summit. IMAGES

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Demonstrators gather in Berlin for climate change | AFP

Protesters gather at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin as part of the Fridays for Future climate movement. They are calling on the German government to move faster and further to protect the climate a few days before the opening of the climate conference in Madrid. IMAGES

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Police hunt suspects in German jewellery heist | AFP

Police in Germany are hunting robbers who snatched priceless 18th century jewellery from a state museum in Dresden in what local media have called the biggest art heist of all time.

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Priceless items stolen from Dresden museum

Thieves have raided Dresden’s Green Vault, one of the world’s oldest museums containing priceless treasures and jewels, German officials said on Monday. (Nov. 25)

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The spark behind the electric car | AFP Animé

Videographic showing how electric cars work. More than half the cars produced by Porsche will be electric by 2025, the German manufacturer’s North American chief said Tuesday as he set out plans to overtake market leader Tesla.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Matt View, Marvel Cinema & T:Base – Shining Sea

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German talents Matt View, Marvel Cinema and T:Base team up on ‘Shining Sea’, taken from Soulvent Record’s ‘Winter Soul 2019 EP’.

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Merkel: Brexit will place competitor on EU doorstep

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaking at a conference in Berlin, cautioned that Brexit was a “painful outcome” that would make Britain a third country “basically living on our doorstep as a competitor.” Merkel said she is optimistic that Britain would be able to approve a withdrawal deal.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte greets German Chancellor Angela Merkel | AFP

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte greets German Chancellor Angela Merkel as she arrives in Rome on a state visit. IMAGES

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French President Macron meets German President Steinmeier in Berlin | AFP

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier greets French counterpart Emmanuel Macron at Bellevue Palace in Berlin ahead of Monday’s Armistice Day commemorations of the end of World War One. IMAGES of Macron meeting Steinmeier

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