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Manufacturing of Zeppelins temporarily shut down sausage makers in World War I

Quantity of cow intestines used in manufacturing airships was so enormous that making of sausages was temporarily outlawed in Germany Although Winston Churchill dismissed them as “enormous bladders of combustible and explosive gas” before the first world war began, the leviathans that loomed out of the night skies to drop…

Germany will be first European country to recognize babies as gender ‘undetermined’ come November

From 1 November babies born in Germany without clear gender-determining characteristics will be able to be registered Germany will become the first country in Europe to join a small group of nations which recognise a third or “undetermined” sex when registering births, according to a report in the Sueddeutsche Zeitung.…

German court rules same sex civil unions get same tax benefits as married couples

Germany’s top court ruled Thursday that same-sex partners in civil unions are entitled to the generous tax benefits granted to married couples, in another landmark step for gay rights in Europe. The Federal Constitutional Court in the southwestern city of Karlsruhe said denying gays and lesbians in so-called registered partnerships…

Germany clears genetic testing of embryos after ethics debate

Germany’s upper house of parliament on Friday gave its green light to testing embryos after in vitro fertilisation in certain cases after a passionate ethical debate in the country on the issue. The Bundesrat voted to allow so-called pre-implantation genetic diagnosis of embryos when one of the partners had a…

George Soros calls on Germany to save euro

US billionaire investor George Soros has called on Germany to contribute more to help save the euro, according to an interview published in the weekly newspaper Welt am Sonntag. “The Germans should decide if they want the euro or not. If so, they have to carry out financial transfers. If not, they should leave…

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…

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