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Over half of Christmas trees carry pesticides
Ordinary people might soon be copying this contestant in last January's Christmas tree-throwing contest in Swabia. Photo: DPA

Over half of Christmas trees carry pesticides

Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND) said that it found poisonous chemicals in more than half of German Christmas trees it had tested. READ  

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What does Dresden have against Muslims?
The baroque skyline of Dresden Photo: DPA

What does Dresden have against Muslims?

The Pegida movement (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West) was unknown three months ago. Now it's making Dresden famous - for all the wrong reasons. READ  

'The Hoff' to star in NYE at Brandenburg Gate
A wax figure of Hasselhoff in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. Photo: DPA

'The Hoff' to star in NYE at Brandenburg Gate

David Hasselhoff will sing to a crowd of hundreds of thousands to see in the New Year at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate - the same spot where he famously sang "Looking for Freedom" after the fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago. READ  

Bird flu scare prompts pre-Xmas turkey cull
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Bird flu scare prompts pre-Xmas turkey cull

Health officials have ordered a mass cull of thousands of poultry after a bird flu outbreak was confirmed as the highly pathogenic H5N8 strain. READ  

Cops fear clashes as anti-Islam demos grow
Demonstrators in Dresden on Monday night. Photo: DPA

Cops fear clashes as anti-Islam demos grow

Federal Security Service chief Hans-Georg Maaßen has warned Germany could see confrontations between Salafists and people drawn to right-wing, xenophobic politics. READ  

Merkel slams 'mud-slinging' anti-Islam demo
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Merkel slams 'mud-slinging' anti-Islam demo

UPDATE: Chancellor Angela Merkel warned people against playing into the hands of xenophobes hours before an 'anti-Islamization' march in Dresden on Monday evening. READ  

Wetten Dass says tschüss with Ben Stiller
Ben Stiller on Wetten dass...? Photo: DPA

Wetten Dass says tschüss with Ben Stiller

Germany's biggest TV show bowed out at the weekend after 33 years with a three-and-a half hour extravaganza featuring Hollywood actor Ben Stiller. READ  

Government in a twist over 'pinstriped Nazis'
Pegida marchers on the move in Dresden in November. Photo: DPA

Government in a twist over 'pinstriped Nazis'

With thousands marching regularly in protest over asylum seekers and perceived Islamisation in Germany, ministers are in a quandary how to separate the neo-Nazi hardcore and participants expressing legitimate concerns. READ  

Salesmen's sex orgies find home in museum
Budapest's Gellert Baths are usually home to much more wholesome activities. Photo: DPA

Salesmen's sex orgies find home in museum

Leipzig's Haus der Geschichte has included evidence from a case in which insurance salesmen were rewarded with an all-expenses paid sex trip to Budapest in an exhibition on changing sexual morals. READ  

Germans love EU but question free movement
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Germans love EU but question free movement

A poll from YouGov released on Thursday showed that while Germans still believe in the European project, they share other nations' worries about free movement of workers. READ  

To Santa, care of Himmelpfort post office
Good luck with those 150,000 letters Santa! Photo: DPA

To Santa, care of Himmelpfort post office

It's last call for seasonal letters to Saint Nick's official German post office if you want to get a reply before you see what's under the tree this year. READ  

Europe's smallest police precinct turns 100
The Davidwache police station in St. Pauli, Hamburg. Photo: DPA

Europe's smallest police precinct turns 100

Where blue lights meet red lights: The Davidwache by Hamburg's Reeperbahn is the country's most famous cop shop, immortalized in TV detective series and films, and is also a popular selfie snap location for visitors to the world-famous red light district. READ  

CIA tortured German it mistook for a terrorist
Khalid al-Masri was abducted and abused for months by the CIA. Photo: DPA

CIA tortured German it mistook for a terrorist

A German citizen abducted and tortured by Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) agents in 2004 should never have been detained, a US Senate report published on Tuesday showed. READ  

Teens put lid on binge drinking, report finds
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Teens put lid on binge drinking, report finds

Fewer teenagers are drinking enough to end up in hospital emergency rooms, figures from health insurers DAK showed on Wednesday. READ  

Bulldozer havoc at concentration camp site
The main entrance to the underground work site. Photo: DPA

Bulldozer havoc at concentration camp site

Police in Saxony were on Tuesday searching for thieves who stole a bulldozer from a building site and crashed through a former concentration camp memorial site, causing thousands of euros worth of damage. READ  

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