Record-breaking Ethiopians dominate Dubai Marathon

Friday, 26 January 2018

Ethiopia’s Mosinet Geremew set a new Dubai Marathon record when he sprinted clear from a large group of his compatriots to claim victory in the 10th fastest time over the distance on Friday. The 25-year-old crossed the line in two hours and four minutes exactly, two seconds ahead of Leul Gebresilase with last year’s winner Tamirat Tola a further four seconds adrift as Ethiopians filled the first 10 places. Geremew’s personal best mark eclipsed the previous race record of ...

From refugee to chef: Berlin film festival to showcase Syrian cook

Friday, 26 January 2018

A Syrian refugee will be cooking dishes from Damascus and Aleppo for VIP guests at the opening of the Berlinale International Film Festival next month. The choice of Malakeh Jazmati reflects the mission of the festival, which was set up in 1951 to showcase films that address urgent social and political issues in the world. The festival devoted its program to refugees and migration in 2016 after Europe’s politics were convulsed by the arrival of more than a million refugees from the Middle ...

The new Berliners: Wild boars thrive in German capital

Saturday, 16 December 2017

They have coarse bristles, huge heads with tiny eyes and protruding tusks and, occasionally, a really bad temper. Thousands of wild boars call Berlin home, where they dig up gardens, cause road accidents and rampage through neighbourhoods. Especially on the outskirts of the leafy German capital, people have had to learn to live with the massive omnivores. "Many people tell me: wherever I go, I see wild boars," said Derk Ehlert, a Berlin municipal wildlife specialist. The population is ...

Syrian dancers perform show about migration in Berlin

Saturday, 7 October 2017

A group of Syrian dancers is going on tour across Germany with a show that tells of the plight that made them flee their homeland and of the hopes they have for the future. In “Come as You Are” - directed by Berlin-based choreographer Nir de Volff - the three refugees recount how the war in Syria started, their escape and journey through Europe and what it is like finding their dancing feet in a new country. “In 10 years, Syrians will lead some German companies. Syrians will ...

Merkel wants to end Turkey EU membership talks

Monday, 4 September 2017

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday that she would ask the European Union to call off membership talks with Turkey, amid escalating tensions between Berlin and Ankara.“I don’t see them ever joining and I had never believed that it would happen,” she said during a televised debate with Martin Schulz, her Social Democratic rival in elections later this month.She added that she would speak with her EU counterparts to see if “we can end these membership ...

Spray can stunt prompts Twitter to act on hateful tweets

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

An angry artist has managed to get Twitter to remove hateful tweets - after writing them out in spray paint in front of the company’s German headquarters in Hamburg.Shahak Shapira says he reported some 300 tweets containing possible illegal content to Twitter over a period of about six months but the social networking company had ignored him.This occurred at a time when the Twitter was arguing against tough new legislation in Germany, insisting it was already taking sufficient measures ...

Why this Palestinian-Muslim woman works for a Jewish museum

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Dressed in a headscarf and a robe, 24-year-old Palestinian Nesreen Hajjaj, routinely leads people through one of the world’s most significant Jewish sites in Berlin. She sees this as her contribution to peace. Nesreen works as a freelance tour guide at the Anne Frank Center in Berlin – a vacancy recommended by a former coworker, who is also Palestinian. Part of her duty is to provide commentary on the history and struggles of the Jewish people during World War II at the height of ...

Six Saudi buildings - most in Arab world - in running for global 2017 top slot

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Among Arab countries, Saudi Arabia currently leads as the most shortlisted projects in the upcoming World Architecture Festival with six nominations. The World Architecture festival, taking place on the 15th – 17th of November at the Arena Berlin, Germany, will host keynote speeches by the industry’s most influential figures and judge over 400 finalists’ projects, some which will be awarded, in an event where the architecture community celebrates its field. The event will ...

Germany urges Erdogan not to address Turks during G20 Hamburg visit

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

The German government urged Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday to respect its request that he not address Turks living in Germany when he attends this week's Hamburg summit of the world's 20 largest economies. Ties between Berlin and Ankara have soured over the past year due to disagreements on a range of political and security issues, including Turkey's jailing of a German-Turkish journalist and its refusal to let German lawmakers visit German troops at a Turkish air ...

Three UK men questioned after easyJet flight diverted to Cologne

Sunday, 11 June 2017

German authorities are questioning three British men detained after their conversations on board an easyJet flight from Slovenia to London prompted the pilot to divert to Cologne, Germany, a local police spokesman said. No explosives were found in their luggage or on the plane and a spokeswoman for the airport said the remaining passengers were scheduled to fly on to London around 1100 GMT. Nine people received medical treatment after all 151 passengers were evacuated from the Airbus 319 ...

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