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Poland Receives Stolen World War Two Painting

Posted July 27th, 2011 at 8:10 am (UTC-5)
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A painting by prominent 19th-century Polish artist Aleksander Gierymski that went missing during World War Two has been returned to Poland. The painting, Jewish Woman Selling Oranges, was taken from the National Museum in Warsaw during the final months of the war. But the oil-on-canvas painting re-surfaced last November when it was among items put […]

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Israeli Orchestra Gives Unprecedented Wagner Performance in Germany

Posted July 26th, 2011 at 3:45 pm (UTC-5)
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An Israeli orchestra visiting Germany has given an unprecedented performance of a piece by Richard Wagner, a 19th-century composer whose music was used in Nazi propaganda before and during World War Two. The Israel Chamber Orchestra performed Wagner’s “Siegfried Idyll” on Tuesday, at the end of a two-hour concert in the southeastern German town of […]

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Israeli Orchestra to Perform Piece by Hitler’s Favorite Composer

Posted July 25th, 2011 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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An Israeli orchestra is preparing to perform a work by Richard Wagner at a festival in Germany, despite a long-standing informal ban on such performances inside the Jewish state. The Israel Chamber Orchestra is due to play Wagner’s “Siegfried Idyll” on Tuesday, during an annual opera festival in the southeastern German town of Bayreuth, the […]

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Rudolph Hess Remains Exhumed In Bavaria

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 7:55 am (UTC-5)
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The remains of Adolf Hitler’s deputy, Rudolf Hess, have been removed from a graveyard in a small Bavarian town, after the site became a shrine for Neo-Nazis. The remains were removed early Wednesday from a cemetery in Wunsiedel. The remains were cremated and the ashes were to be scattered in an unidentified body of water. […]

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Merkel, Medvedev Address Russian-German Forum

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 12:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed a wide range of topics on the second and final day of an annual Russian-German forum in Hanover . The German and Russian leaders spoke Tuesday about their countries’ business ties and international issues, including the ongoing Libya conflict and Europe’s debt crisis. Ties between […]

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Ex-Nazi Guard Demjanjuk Facing New Charges

Posted July 18th, 2011 at 9:40 am (UTC-5)
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Bavarian prosecutors have opened a new probe into ex-Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk after a German attorney filed a complaint accusing him of additional war crimes. The new investigation holds Demjanjuk responsible for the deaths of nearly 5,000 people at Flossenbuerg concentration camp in Germany between October 1943 and December 1944. The 91-year-old Ukrainian-born […]

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German Ruling on Impounded Thai Jet Expected Monday

Posted July 18th, 2011 at 12:45 am (UTC-5)
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A German court is expected to decide Monday whether authorities must release an impounded private jet owned by Thailand’s Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn. German officials seized the Boeing 737 last week in response to a lawsuit by German construction company Walker Bau AG, which is seeking payment of an old debt owed by the government […]

German Group Rescinds Humanitarian Award to Russia’s Putin

Posted July 16th, 2011 at 3:25 pm (UTC-5)
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A private German foundation has rescinded a humanitarian award it planned to give Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin after a widespread furor erupted over his democratic credentials. The Werkstatt Deutschland on Saturday cited “massive criticism” in media and political circles in saying that it had decided not to give its Quadriga award to Putin, a […]

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Chinese Artist Accepts German University Job Offer

Posted July 13th, 2011 at 12:55 pm (UTC-5)
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A German university says acclaimed Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei, recently released from jail in Beijing, has accepted an offer to join its faculty. But administrators of the Berlin University of the Arts said Wednesday it is not clear when or if Ai will be permitted to leave China to take up his new […]

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German Police Seize 1.1 Tons of Cocaine

Posted July 5th, 2011 at 3:35 pm (UTC-5)
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European authorities say they have seized 1.1 tons of cocaine worth $61 million from a yacht as it set sail from the Caribbean to Europe last week. German police said Tuesday the seizure was part of a two-year-old investigation carried out with French and Spanish authorities. French officials intercepted the 13-meter yacht near the island […]

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