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5 reasons Hamburg is one of the best cities to live globally
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Hamburg was just picked as one of the top most 'liveable' cities in the world, so here's a look at what makes the Hanseatic City so great.

9-year-old saves his newborn brother from kidnapping
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The young boy confronted the 34-year-old woman, who had snatched the newborn away from his sleeping mother.

Hundreds protest in Hamburg against police violence
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Several hundred people gathered spontaneously in Hamburg’s red light district on Tuesday evening to protest against racism and police violence.

2,000 men were involved in NYE sex crimes: police
Cologne Cathedral on New Year. Photo: DPA

But investigations have only been opened against 120 men.

Bomb threat on Hamburg flight puts police on high alert
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Police in Munich received an anonymous email on Sunday afternoon warning them there was a bomb on a flight between Munich and Hamburg.

Second deadly shooting on Hamburg streets in a week
The victim in Harburg. Photo: DPA

A driver was shot dead on the streets of Hamburg on Thursday morning - only days after a cyclist was killed by gunfire in a nearby neighbourhood.

Cyclist gunned down in Hamburg in broad daylight
Police forensics officers at the scene of the shooting. Photo: DPA

A gunman shot and killed a cyclist in Hamburg on Sunday afternoon and is now on the run.

The German streets that honour murderers and racists
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Despite Germany's reputation for being self-critical with its past, some German street names still pay homage to historical figures who left cruel and racist legacies.

Islam-critical French play is huge hit in Hamburg
Edgar Selge in Submission at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg. Photo: DPA

A stage adaptation of French novel "Submission", in which a Muslim president takes power in 2022 France, sold out at its Hamburg premier last weekend.

Police warn punters over prostitute card scam
The Reeperbahn in St Pauli. Photo: DPA

Police are warning punters in Hamburg's red light district to beware of prostitutes asking them to pay for sexual services with credit cards.

Hamburg plans Helmut Schmidt Airport for 2016
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Hamburg's airport is set to be renamed Helmut Schmidt Airport next year, in honour of the former German chancellor who died in November aged 96.

Athletes devastated by Olympics rejection
A protest against Hamburg's Olypmic bid. Photo: DPA

Germany's Olympic sports stars have reacted with widespread dismay and disappointment in the wake of Hamburg residents' decision to vote 'No' to a bid to host the 2024 Summer Games.

Hamburg voters throw out Olympic bid plan
Anti-Olympics graffiti on the ground outside a Hamburg U-Bahn station. Photo: DPA

Hamburg's bid to host the 2024 Olympics fell at the first hurdle on Sunday when residents voted 'No' in a crunch referendum as the German public again torpedoed plans to host a Games.

Final days of Hamburg Olympic vote battle
Demonstrators against the Olympic bid. Photo: DPA

The finishing line is in sight. On Sunday Hamburgers vote on whether they want the 2022 Olympics to come to town and the result could be tight.

Leading Hamburg academics have blasted city authorities for misleading the public about the true costs of the Olympic Games they intend to host in 2024.

Holding the 2024 Olympics in Hamburg would cost taxpayers €7.4 billion, according to the results of financial estimates announced on Thursday.

Refugee crisis

A mass brawl involving around 200 refugees from Afghanistan and Syria broke out on Wednesday night at an asylum centre in Hamburg which has been beset by problems.

Hamburg police are hot on the heels of an unusual band of suspected burglars - a gang of three young women who have been spotted near the sites of break-ins in the south of the city.

A 55-year-old man from Ghana died from multiple organ failure in Hamburg earlier this month after five different hospitals refused him surgery.

Police were called to Hamburg airport on Sunday evening after a drone almost collided with a passenger plane. They are still hunting the pilot of the miniature aircraft.

Olympics 2024

The race is on. The shortlist of cities to host the 2024 Olympics Games was officially announced on Wednesday, but can Hamburg see off competition from Los Angeles, Rome and Paris, not to mention Budapest?

Ex-Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, 96, has given up his legendary habit of smoking, after an operation for what is popularly known as "smoker's leg" left him in intensive care.

Helmut Schmidt, German Chancellor in the 1970s and early 1980s, has been taken into intensive care at a Hamburg hospital after suffering from a vascular obstruction in his right leg.

UPDATE: A fire and explosion in a World War II-era bunker injured at least 38 people in Hamburg on Tuesday morning.

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