Germans forced to wear masks on pulic transport amid coronavirus pandemic | AFP

As of this morning, Germans must wear masks on public transportation to protect themselves and other passengers from COVID-19. IMAGES of people wearing masks in Berlin

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Self-employed Germans now entitled to state aid amid pandemic | AFP

Thousands of self-employed people across Germany without work from one day to the next as the government ordered events cancelled and gatherings banned to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus, are now entitled to immediate help.

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Munich streets quiet but not empty after Merkel recommends people stay home | AFP

The city centre is less crowded than usual, but a few Munich residents are still out on Thursday, after German Chancellor Angela Merkel once again called on Germans to stay home to stop the spread of COVID-19. IMAGES

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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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Veteran recalls fighting Germans, discrimination

Johnnie Jones Sr., one of only 2,000 African American troops to come ashore on D-Day, recalls his service in a military still segregated by race and the discrimination he faced in the service and at home. (June 4)

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US paratroopers “brought us freedom”, recalls D-Day witness | AFP

Just after dawn on the morning of 6 June 1944, 20-year-old Charles Levaillant and his brother see the first paratroopers from the 82nd US Airborne division drop into Normandy: “…they were bringing us something precious, freedom, and when you are 20 years-old that’s something important,” recalls Levaillant, whose family even helped hide one of the paratroopers from the Germans.

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It is just after dawn on the morning of June 6, 1944 when 20-year-old Charles Levaillant and his brother see the first paratroopers from the 82nd US Airborne division drop into Normandy to spark the D-Day landings: “… they were bringing us something precious, freedom, and when you are 20 years old that’s something important,” recalls Levaillant, whose family even helped hide one of the paratroopers from the Germans.

Almost 50% of Germans don’t know top national candidates for EU parliament

Just several weeks before the European Parliament elections, almost half of Germans do not really know who the candidates are, a recent poll has shown. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9t9x

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The art of shedding light on gifts with possible Nazi ties

The Museum of Fine Arts in Bern investigates the origins of an important donation by Georges F. Keller, and how certain works came to be in the collection. Last year, the Kunstmuseum’s provenance researcher came across an archival document linking Keller to Etienne Bignou, a Frenchman now considered a “red-flag” dealer because he traded art with Germans in Nazi-occupied Paris.

FIREWORKS 360: New Year’s Eve celebrations in Berlin

An amazing 360-degree video from downtown Berlin captures flashy moments as jubilant crowds celebrate New Year’s Eve – the only time Germans are allowed to set off fireworks in public without a permit.

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Germans turn to ‘medibus’ as doctors desert villages

For years after the last GP left the small German village of Weissenborn, 79-year-old former mayor Arno Maeurer has had to drive eight kilometres (five miles) to see a doctor. But this summer an easier option appeared in the shape of the “Medibus” — a complete doctor’s office in a red-and-yellow bus that sets up shop in the community of around 1,000 people for a few hours each week.

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Experience matters: Jose Mourinho on upcoming match between Germany and Sweden

Jose Mourinho conciders Germany to be competitive while Swedish team ‘has enough attack tactic to creat problems for Germans’. Find out what will be the outcome.

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Namibians Want Reparations From Germany For A Genocide That Killed Thousands (HBO)

Decades before the Holocaust, Germany carried out what many historians consider the first genocide of the 20th century in Namibia. German generals targeted two land-owning ethnic groups, the Herero and Nama, killing 100,000 people; and throwing the survivors into concentration camps.

The killings shrunk the Herero and Nama from among the biggest groups in the country to two of the smallest. Partly as a result, the Herero and Nama are much poorer than Namibians of German descent.

Now, descendants of the survivors are suing Germany for an admittance of genocide, an apology, and reparations.

“We hope to get an apology from the Germans,” Gottlieb Kazombiaze, an Herero activist told VICE News.

They also want to use the money to buy back their land. But they’re facing fierce resistance from the country’s white population. White Namibians comprise 6 percent of the country’s population, but own 60 percent of its private land. They’re not happy with the prospect of giving up property that’s been in their families for decades.

If the Herero and Nama win, the case could set a legal precedent and encourage other indigenous groups to sue former colonial powers.

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German soldier who joined Red Army comes to Moscow for V-day

One German family that celebrated Victory Day in Moscow today has a special story. During the course of the war, their grandfather defected to the Soviet side, and risked his life on multiple occasions, trying to persuade other Germans to join the Russians.

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Trump not Putin is greater threat to world peace – German poll

More than 90 percent of Germans want better relations with Russia, while more than three-quarters think US President Donald Trump represents a greater threat to world peace than Vladimir Putin, a new poll says.

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‘Perception of danger could become reality’: Native Germans feel unsafe in Berlin due to hostility

Ethnically motivated hostility and crime against Germans in Berlin is becoming more commonplace, according to the capital’s security chief.

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Why Groundhogs Supposedly Predict The Weather On Groundhog Day

On Groundhog Day, a bunch of men, wearing suits and top hats, pull a groundhog out of a hole in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. They then read a scroll the groundhog supposedly wrote, that states whether or not it saw its shadow. This determines if winter will last another six weeks, or if spring is coming soon. It’s a bit of an odd tradition, but a similar practice has been taking places for centuries. Following is a transcript of the video.

Groundhog Day Announcer: Our buddy, Punxsutawney Phil!

As the tradition goes, every year on February 2, Phil the groundhog comes out of his hole in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. If he sees his shadow, we’ll supposedly get 6 more weeks of winter. If he doesn’t see his shadow, winter is supposedly over.

Seems bizarre, right? So, how exactly did groundhogs become the go-to animal for predicting the weather?

Bill Murray: That’s not bad for a quadruped. You gotta check your mirrors. Just side of your eye. Side of your eye.

The tradition comes from Germany. On an old religious holiday called “Candlemas Day,” the Germans paid attention to the badger. Candlemas Day was the midpoint between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. If the badger saw its shadow, it meant a “second winter” was coming.

When the practice came to the US in 1887, the groundhog was chosen, because badgers aren’t native to eastern North America. While it may seem random, there is some logic to turning to the groundhog for weather predictions.

Like badgers, groundhogs, also known as woodchucks or whistlepigs, are considered “true hibernators.” When they emerge from hibernation, it means winter is almost over. In winter months, their body temperature drops 62 degrees. Comparatively, if a human body temperature drops just four degrees, it goes into hypothermia.

A groundhog’s hibernating heartbeat is only five beats per minute. In warmer months, its heart beats 80 times per minute. Their breathing slows down in winter too. It can go from 16 breaths per minute to about two during hibernation.

However, the idea that groundhogs are predicting the weather when they come out of hibernation may be a bit of a stretch.

Groundhog Day Announcer: It’s six more weeks of winter, it must be!

The real reason groundhogs come out of their holes in early February is to look for mates. Mating season is in March, so they wake up a little early to scope out potential partners and then return to their burrow to wait out the winter. Whether the groundhog sees its shadow on February 2 has more to do with the weather that day, than the groundhog itself.

After all, Punxsutawney Phil has only been right about 30% of the time.

Groundhog Day Announcer: What? Get it right for a change.

So we’re probably better off listening to meteorologists. Or, just flipping a coin.

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