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Carnival of Cultures in Berlin: six top picks
The dazzling colour of 2014's festival parade. Photo: Karneval der Kulturen

Carnival of Cultures in Berlin: six top picks

This weekend Berlin will be lit up by the vibrancy and colour of the Carnival of Cultures, an annual four-day urban festival that celebrates the diversity of Germany's capital. Here are six things not to miss. READ  

Police discover Hitler's long-lost bronze horses
One of the lost horses outside Hitler's Reich Chancellery in 1939 and Adolf Hitler. Photos: Bundesarchiv, Bild 146-1985-064-24A / DPA

Police discover Hitler's long-lost bronze horses

German police on Wednesday recovered two life-sized bronze sculptures of horses worth millions that once stood outside Adolf Hitler's chancellery but vanished in the year the Berlin Wall fell. READ  

Govt turns to Dark Side to enforce bike safety
"The tarmac is not as forgiving as I am". Photo: DPA/Federal Transport Ministry

Govt turns to Dark Side to enforce bike safety

Darth Vader may have rattled his last breath more than thirty years ago, but that hasn't stopped the German government from enlisting him to connect with kids on bicycle safety. READ  

This week in history
How 1890s Germany led LGBT rights charge
A commemorative plaque of Magnus Hirschfeld in Berlin. Photo: Wikimedia Comons

How 1890s Germany led LGBT rights charge

On May 14th 1897, German physician and sexologist Magnus Hirschfeld founded the Scientific Humanitarian Committee, the world's first official organization advocating homosexual and transgender rights. READ  

Frankfurt women lift 4th Champs League cup
The Frankfurt ladies with their well-deserved trophy. Photo: DPA

Frankfurt women lift 4th Champs League cup

A late Mandy Islacker winner sealed a 2-1 victory and record fourth Women's Champions League crown for Frankfurt, dashing Paris Saint-Germain's hopes of a first title, in Berlin on Thursday. READ  

Man comes home to thief sleeping on couch
No word on what, exactly, the thief had been drinking. Photo: Shutterstock

Man comes home to thief sleeping on couch

A Berlin man came home on Tuesday evening to find an apparent thief asleep on his couch. READ  

NSA scandal
Wikileaks publishes minutes of NSA inquiry
WIkileaks founder Julian Assange. Photo: DPA

Wikileaks publishes minutes of NSA inquiry

Whistleblowing platform Wikileaks has released 1,380 pages of minutes from the Bundestag (German parliament) inquiry into spying in Germany by the American National Security Agency (NSA), prompting anger from some MPs. READ  

Corpse-filled coffins found in old supermarket
Five coffins were found, each containing a body. Photo:DPA

Corpse-filled coffins found in old supermarket

Several coffins with corpses in them have been found in a disused supermarket outside Berlin. Police removed them to a nearby crematorium on Tuesday. READ  

Germany, Israel celebrate 50 years of friendship
Berlin mayor Michael Müller shows Reuven Rivlin the sights. Photo:DPA

Germany, Israel celebrate 50 years of friendship

On May 12th 1965, almost 20 years to the day after the end of the Second World War, the Israeli and German governments opened diplomatic relations. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin came to Berlin to mark the 50th anniversary. READ  

Police seize weed growing at Berlin station
Indigenous to Kreuzberg? Photo: Berlin Polizei

Police seize weed growing at Berlin station

Police seized 700 cannabis plants which were growing in public view in green space at Kottbusser Tor, one of Berlin's busiest train stations and road junctions. READ  

Berlin Phil fails to elect new chief conductor
The musicians couldn't come to a decision. Phot: DPA

Berlin Phil fails to elect new chief conductor

Musicians from the prestigious Berlin Philharmonic failed to elect their next chief conductor Monday after more than 11 hours of suspense-filled secret voting and discussions but will try again "within a year". READ  

Israel to buy four German warships
A German corvette. Photo: DPA

Israel to buy four German warships

Israel's defence ministry said on Monday that it had a signed a contract worth €430 million to buy four German corvettes. READ  

70 years since the Second World War
VIDEO: What Germans think of the end of WW2
Image: The Local/Matty Edwards

VIDEO: What Germans think of the end of WW2

VIDEO: The Local hit the streets around the iconic Brandenburg Gate to find out whether Germans think the Second World War still has an impact on their country today. READ  

Putin's biker cavalcade reaches Berlin
The "Night Wolves" at the Berlin Karlshorst German-Russian museum. Photo: DPA

Putin's biker cavalcade reaches Berlin

Members of the Night Wolves Russian biker gang, reputed to be close to President Vladimir Putin, commemorated the end of the Second World War in Berlin on Friday. READ  

Berlin Philharmonic to elect new conductor
Simon Rattle is stepping down from his post in 2018. Photo: DPA

Berlin Philharmonic to elect new conductor

It's a bit like the papal election, but without the white smoke. On May 11, the classical music world will learn who is to be new chief conductor of the prestigious Berlin Philharmonic. READ  

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