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Germany 'may revert to typewriters' in wake of NSA spying revelations

German politicians are considering a return to manual typewriters for sensitive documents in the wake of the US surveillance scandal.

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German foreign intelligence officer accused of being double-agent, working for the U.S.

A new surveillance scandal is threatening to unsettle US-German relations after it emerged that an employee of the Germany's intelligence agency has been arrested under suspicion of acting as a double agent for the USA.

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More than 20 firefighters rescue U.S. student trapped inside giant vagina sculpture in Germany

In the space of 24 hours last week, southern Germany witnessed two spectacular rescue operations.

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German beermakers may be winning their battle to stop fracking

ExxonMobil test drilling makes brewers fear for their livelihoods, but others see fracking as alternative to coal and nuclear energy

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Greenpeace loses more than $5 million in currency speculation

Environmental group apologizes for record losses last year after employee lost campaign funds on international currency markets

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Germany opens inquiry into claims NSA tapped Angela Merkel's phone

Germany's federal prosecutor has defied public expectations by opening an investigation into the alleged tapping of Angela Merkel's mobile phone by the US's National Security Agency (NSA).

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Merkel pressed to confront Obama over NSA scandal prior to talks

Angela Merkel should ask Barack Obama to destroy her NSA file when she meets the American president in Washington later this week, a leading German opposition politician has told the Guardian.

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European publishing mogul accuses Google of developing a digital 'superstate'

Mathias Döpfner, head of Europe's largest newspaper publisher, says internet search engine is abusing market dominance

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Martin Heidegger's 'black notebooks' reveal antisemitism at core of his philosophy

New publication shows highly influential philosopher saw 'world Judaism' as driver of dehumanizing modernity

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Nazi scientists planned to use mosquitoes as biological weapon

The Nazis considered using mosquitoes as biological weapons during the second world war, research has revealed.

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Former Stasi officers still employed at archives of East Germany's secret police

It was set up as a unique historical experiment: an agency that would open up the secret service's files to those it had spied upon. But now the commissioner in charge of the East Germany's secret police archive has admitted that his agency still counts 37 former Stasi employees among its staff.

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Germany's President Joachim Gauck becomes first major political figure to boycott Sochi Winter Olympics

The German president has become the first major political figure to boycott the Sochi Winter Olympics in February. According to German weekly Der Spiegel, Joachim Gauck last week informed the Kremlin of his decision, which is understood to be a response to the Russian government's violations of human rights and harrassment of the opposition.

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German police recover 1,500 modernist masterpieces 'looted by Nazis'

German police have confiscated about 1,500 modernist masterpieces thought to have been looted by the Nazis from the flat of an 80-year-old man from Munich, in what is being described as the biggest artistic find of the postwar era.

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Eating popcorn in a movie theater makes people immune to the advertising: study

Study by Cologne University concludes that chewing makes advertising ineffective

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