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86-year-old woman sets record as world’s oldest gymnast

An 86-year-old woman from Germany recently set a world record after she competed in the 2012 Cottbus World Cup, wowing judges and earning the title of world’s oldest gymnast. It may sound cute, but Johanna Quaas isn’t joking around. After years of competition, she’s won 11 various medals, but says…

World’s oldest choir celebrates 800 years of singing in harmony

The Thomanerchor of Leipzig in Germany, once led by Johann Sebastian Bach, will be the focus of much celebration this year It has survived the Thirty Years War, the plague, and both the Nazi and Communist regimes. This month one of the world’s oldest choirs – Johann Sebastian Bach was…

East German rights activist Gauck elected president

BERLIN — Activist pastor Joachim Gauck became German president by an overwhelming majority Sunday, marking the first time a candidate from the former communist east will serve as head of state. Gauck claimed 991 votes out of 1,232 from a special assembly of MPs and other dignitaries, parliamentary speaker Norbert…

Cloud computing ‘made in Germany’ stirs debate

When it comes to cars or machines, “made in Germany” is seen worldwide as a sign of quality, but some firms are now extending it to “cloud computing”, the buzzword at this year’s CeBIT tech fair. It may seem paradoxical to impose borders on this multi-billion-dollar industry, which allows users…

64-year-old tub of lard found in Germany — still edible

ROSTOCK, Germany — A German pensioner who had kept a tub of lard in his cupboard for 64 years, took it to authorities who pronounced it very much fit for consumption — if a little tasteless. Retired chemist Hans Feldmeier, 87, told AFP he had received the pig fat as…

France, Germany seek support in scramble to save euro

France and Germany drummed up support for their plan to fix the eurozone on Thursday as European leaders geared up for a do-or-die summit to save the debt-laden currency union from collapse. With hours to go before the EU summit in Brussels, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas…

German jobs, retail numbers offer rare eurozone cheer

Germany provided a rare ray of light in the eurozone gloom on Wednesday, with record low unemployment and surprisingly good retail data showing Europe’s top economy is holding up well in the crisis. Germany’s unemployment rate fell to 6.4 percent in November, its lowest level since reunification more than two decades ago, with the number…

Germany 4 – 0 Argentina: Predictable and unexpected

Happy German Fan is happy…and a little scary. Part of me finds Germany’s 4-0 crushing of Argentina rather unsurprising. The European side turning in another strong performance, knocking in multiple goals and keeping a tight defense is no big shock to the system. But it’s not as though Argentina has…

Round of 16 Day 2: Argentina and Germany moving on

No real surprises in today’s results: two strong teams continue to roll on, and the officiating continued to induce head-meets-desk collisions around the world. Probably the best evidence in support of goal-line technology and/or video replays came in the Germany-England match. We’ve seen a few disallowed/non-called goals so far (haven’t…

World Cup All-Group Stage Squad

The field has been cut in half, and everyone’s (rightfully) looking ahead to the elimination games that begin tomorrow. But before we relegate this memorable group stage to the history books, let’s reflect on the players who performed the best over the last two weeks. Goakeeper: Vincent Enyeama, Nigeria It’d…

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