Horses, bears and Ratz
Published: 15 Feb 2013 11:47 GMT+01:00
Ben Knight brings you the The Local's Weekly News Podcast, featuring a weary pope, horsey lasagne, and the return of one famous polar bear (definitely not stuffed).
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UPDATE: Chancellor Angela Merkel's office Thursday asked the US ambassador to discuss new allegations about NSA spying, a German government source said.
Police searched a villa in a wealthy suburb of Kiel on Wednesday and found a Second World War tank, a torpedo and other weaponry in the cellar. On Thursday they were still working on removing the tank.
Dachau concentration camp. Photo: DPA
News that Google is using the sites of Nazi concentration camps as elements in an "augmented reality" project - an online game linked to the real world - has caused extreme upset to Holocaust survivors' organizations.
A Soviet Cosmonaut mosaic in Potsdam. Photo: Digital Cosmonaut
It took a German who spent much of his early life abroad to document some of the hidden, abandoned, or forgotten-about corners of Berlin in English. The Local meets "Digital Cosmonaut", one of Berlin's best-loved bloggers.
Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos(l) with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. Photo: DPA
Prokopis Pavlopoulos, President of Greece, has cancelled plans to visit Berlin next Tuesday, German media reported on Thursday.
UPDATE: Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola said Thursday that Bastian Schweinsteiger holds his future in his own hands amidst
reports linking the Germany captain to Manchester United.
The accident happened on the Autobahn near Dortmund. Photo: DPA
A truck driver crashed his vehicle into a stationary police car on the Autobahn in North Rhine-Westphalia on Thursday, killing the two officers inside.
A breast augmentation operation in progress. Photo: DPA
A French appeals court on Thursday found German safety standards body the Technische Überwachungsverein (TÜV) had "fulfilled its obligations" in certifying breast implants that were later found to be faulty and sparked a worldwide scare.
The RWE brown coal plant in Niederaussem. Photo: DPA
Germany's governing coalition came to a major new agreement on carbon emissions on Wednesday evening. But the reported deal has left environmentalists feeling betrayed.
A photo used by police to track alleged kidnapper Mario S. Photo: DPA
Thai authorities will deliver a man to Germany later this week to stand trial on accusations of kidnapping the wife of a Bavarian banker to finance his lavish lifestyle abroad.