Jeb Bush in Berlin: Remember my dad's role in the Cold War, not my brother's in Iraq

Jeb Bush evoked the symbolic power of his father’s cold war ties with Germany during a speech in Berlin on Tuesday aimed at bolstering his foreign policy credentials ahead of the probable declaration of his presidential candidacy in Miami next week.

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Romanian ex-spy chief acknowledges CIA had ‘black prisons’ in country

Ioan Talpes, who led SIE agency, says Bucharest cooperated but ‘took no interest’ in sites as country was trying to join Nato

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German police remove 40 children during raid on Christian sect accused of abuse

Forty children have been taken from a Christian sect in Bavaria, southern Germany, following police raids at a monastery and a farm after accusations of child abuse.

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Richard Wagner's 200th anniversary reignites debate over controversial composer

To some he will never be more than a narcissist, an antisemite and a misogynist. To others he is an undisputed musical genius and towering intellect.

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Germany's Helmut Kohl is kept 'like a prisoner' by his new wife, sons claim

Former German chancellor's sons go public with bitter family feud, claiming father's new wife will not allow them to visit

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Mass donor organ fraud shakes Germany

German medical authorities are calling for an extensive overhaul of the country's organ transplant programme after transplant centres across Germany were placed under criminal investigation over allegations that they had systematically manipulated donor waiting lists.

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Germany 'exporting' elderly to foreign retirement homes

Pensioners are being sent to care homes in eastern Europe and Asia in an austerity move dismissed as 'inhumane deportation'

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200th anniversary of Grimm's Fairy Tales triggers a year of celebration and cultural examination

Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and roots of Nazism on agenda at Kassel congress for 200th anniversary of brothers' classic tales

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Catholic theologian: Unseat pope and push 'authoritarian' church to radical reform

Hans Küng urges confrontation from the grassroots to unseat pope and force radical reform at Vatican

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'Age Man Suit' allows medical students to experience what it's like to be elderly

It's nothing if not depressing. I drop a coin on the floor and bend down to pick it up. The bending is laborious and with it comes the risk of toppling over. My head is heavy and moving it causes dizziness. And there's still that coin to pick up – a five-cent piece, which, with my clumsy hands whose fingers are not very flexible and lacking a proper sense of touch – seems to defy my attempts to grab it, five, six times. Those around me joke: "Hurry up, grandma, we haven't got all day."

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'Inspector Bear' finds missing man in Europe

A wild bear on the prowl in the forests of Tyrol is being feted by locals after inadvertently helping unravel the mystery of a missing man.

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German far-right extremists tap into green movement for support

Support for ecological movement and conservation used to try to recruit a new generation of supporters

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East German dictator's widow calls the regime's victims 'criminals'

Widow of GDR leader Erich Honecker gives unapologetic interview in documentary showing her at home in Chile

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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

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