Coronavirus: Munich deserted asT second week of lockdown begins | AFP

The Marienplatz, in the heart of Munich, and the surrounding streets are almost deserted as Bavaria enters its second week on lockdown. IMAGES

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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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Hundreds of Bavarians dress up as “Chinese” to celebrate Carnival in Germany | AFP

Inhabitants of the small city of Dietfurt an der Altmühl parade in “Chinese” costumes to celebrate Carnival, a tradition that’s taken place in the small German town since the 1950s and is based on a loosely historical anecdote. Despite recent debates on “Blackface” displays at other carnivals in Europe, the Dietfurt carnival is not really controversial in the region. In recent years it has even attracted groups of Chinese tourists and the Chinese consul in Munich has visited it in the past.

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Environmental activists protest outside of Siemens general meeting in Munich | AFP

About a hundred environmental activists demonstrate and preach to shareholders in front of the hall where the general meeting of the Siemens group, which has been highly criticised for its participation in a coal mine project in Australia, is taking place .

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First German novel coronavirus patient receives treatment in Munich | AFP

The first German patient with the new coronavirus is 33 years old and is under observation at the Munich-Schwabing Clinic in the city centre of the Bavarian capital. The man was infected by a colleague visiting from China, officials say, in what appears to be the first human-to-human transmission in Europe.

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Munich’s LGBTQ Christmas market offers ‘something for everyone’ | AFP

‘Pink Christmas’, Munich’s gay Christmas market, was established 15 years ago. Visitors are drawn in by the market’s unique atmosphere and its original take on German Christmas tradition.

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A Hitler top hat and other Nazi items for sale in Munich auction | AFP

Munich auction house Hermann Historica is at the heart of a controversy after offering its customers the opportunity to buy nearly 900 Nazi items, including a top hat that belonged to Adolf Hitler. The sale takes place on Wednesday 20 November and will not be cancelled despite criticism.

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Munich skateboarder wants to represent Lebanon in Tokyo | AFP

Ali Khachab, 28, is German and has lived his whole life in Munich, but this skateboarder wants to represent his second country – Lebanon, where he goes at least once a year to visit his extended family – at the Tokyo Olympics. With his brother Pacel, they are the only Lebanese skateboarders vying for qualification to take part in competitions in all corners of the world. of Ali Khachab

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Hundreds of people form a human chain around the Munich synagogue | AFP

Hundreds of people gather around the synagogue in Munich to form a human chain in a sign of solidarity with Jewish people, who were the target of a shooter in Halle on Wednesday.

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Bavarians parade in their beautiful costumes for Oktoberfest | AFP

Over 9000 people from all corners of Bavaria parade in Munich in traditional suits and medieval outfits. The parade started in the 1950s, and always takes place on the first Sunday of the Oktoberfest. It starts in the centre of the city and finishes on the “Wiesn”, where the beer festival takes place.

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German hounds get exclusive access to a public pool for a day, and love it | AFP

Munich’s dogs are the kings and queens of the Dantebad as a public swimming pool opens for a one day only swimming day for man’s best friends before its closure for winter.

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Crosses are now mandatory in all public buildings in Bavaria

All public buildings in Bavaria must now show a Christian cross on their premises after a law voted by the CSU, the conservative party ruling the German state. Its defenders say they want to recognise the “Christian roots” of the area but in Munich, not everybody agrees.

‘Nightmarish pictures’: Munich Central Station on lockdown for realistic terrorism drills

Special police units and emergency service personnel participated in a series of training drills for potential terror attacks in Munich’s Central Station during the early hours of Wednesday. Among the exercises included pulling citizens to safety, treating injuries at the scene and nullifying terrorist threats.

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Man Utd Munich air crash haunts McGuinness 60 years on

Tuesday February 6th is the 60th anniversary of the Munich air disaster, a plane crash which killed some of Manchester United’s most legendary players. As fans of one of the world’s biggest teams look back, Wilf McGuinness remembers his team-mates who took the fatal flight while he was back home being treated for an injury.

Munich knife attack: Several injured, suspect at large – police

An unidentified knifeman has attacked and wounded several people in downtown Munich, local police reported, adding that the perpetrator is still at large.

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