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Shot rapper reproaches police

A rapper who was shot in the Berlin district of Neukölln in mid-January has accused the police of sloppy work. He said that the police arrived late and let two suspects get away.

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State demands Nokia return €41 million

Nokia has been given one week to return €41 million of the subsidies it received from the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia and NRW bank. The reasoning behind this demand is that Nokia created fewer jobs since 2002 than it promised.

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Obama wins Berlin on Super Tuesday

Barack Obama won a landslide victory with 80 percent of the votes on Tuesday night in the Berlin leg of the Democratic primaries. The vote at the Max and Moritz bar in the Kreuzberg district of Berlin attracted 200 of the 10,000 living in Berlin. Americans who are registered to vote in a state can vote directly in their state elections via an absentee ballot.

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Berlinale opens with Rolling Stones

The Berlinale international film festival opened on Thursday with the film Shine a Light, a Martin Scorsese documentary movie about the Rolling Stones. Scorsese was joined by band members at the star-studded opening at the Berlinale Palast.

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Germans rebel against smoking ban

On New Years Eve, Germany, a country where about one third of the population smokes, ended an era of being a smokers' paradise. Germans, who otherwise have a reputation for being sticklers for rules, are showing a rebellious streak.