Pirates capture German-French family near Somalia

Pirates capture German-French family near Somalia

Somali pirates have attacked a yacht and kidnapped a German-French family that was on board.

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Russian-German Baltic gas pipeline ready by late 2011

The Nord Stream gas pipeline from Russia to Germany via the Baltic Sea should be operational by late 2011, the head of German energy giant EON Ruhrgas said here Tuesday.

German border town mobilizes against student ‘drug trail’

German border town mobilizes against student ‘drug trail’

Officials in the German city of Kaldenkirchen are mobilizing against German students taking "holiday excursions" through the border town to buy marijuana in the Netherlands, police announced on Tuesday.

Donors pledge $242 mln to support Palestine at Berlin talks

Donors pledge $242 mln to support Palestine at Berlin talks

International donors committed $242 million on Tuesday for security infrastructure in the Palestinian territories, a German government source said on the sidelines of a conference in Berlin.

“People want to be reminded of America at its best”

“People want to be reminded of America at its best”

On the 60th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift, Steve Kettmann speaks with Andrei Cherny, author of The Candy Bombers. The former speechwriter for Bill Clinton, Al Gore and John Kerry hopes his new book will force Americans to look at current US foreign policy through the prism of the unique humanitarian effort that began June 26, 1948.

German consumer confidence tanks

German consumer confidence tanks

German consumer confidence has fallen to a 30-month low as climbing energy prices reduce household purchasing power, a study by the GfK research institute showed on Tuesday.

Cheating rumours plague Berlin math exam retake

Cheating rumours plague Berlin math exam retake

Not 24 hours after the Berlin city administration reported that things had gone smoothly, reports on Tuesday surfaced that the mathematics final exam 28,000 Berlin 10th grade students had to retake due to a massive cheating scandal was likely plagued by more dishonesty.

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Berlin’s Komische Oper to get new director

Australian director Barry Kosky is to become the next director of Berlin’s Komische Oper opera house, according to culture radio station RBB on Tuesday.

Germany pledges 1,000 more troops to Afghanistan

Germany pledges 1,000 more troops to Afghanistan

An additional 1,000 German soldiers will be headed to Afghanistan soon, Defense Minister Franz Josef Jung said in Berlin on Tuesday.

Berlin conference to boost Palestinian security

Berlin conference to boost Palestinian security

An international conference opens in Berlin on Tuesday aiming to bolster the rule of law in the Palestinian territories and create the necessary conditions for the creation of a viable state.