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Shorten child allowances, plan to stop poverty

In the fight to end child poverty, the centre-left SPD wants to shorten the tax exemption for dependent children. The SPD suggests using the money raised to pay for measures such as school meals.

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Kate Winslet accepts lead role in The Reader

Kate Winslet has accepted the lead role in a film based on best-selling German novel The Reader.

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Huge fire breaks out in Ludwigshafen

Nine people – including five children and a pregnant woman – died after an apartment building in the western city of Ludwigshafen burst into flames on Sunday night. About 60 people were injured.