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'Do not test Israel's resolve', Netanyahu warns Iran in Munich

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Tehran on Sunday over aggressions by Iran and its "proxies" in Syria, saying he would not allow them to "put a noose around our neck".

A movie a day for 60 years: cinema sustains a Berlin love

It's a love that was born in a cinema in 1950s Cold War Berlin and that has been nourished for over six decades by taking in at least a movie a day together.

Russia and US trade barbs in Munich over election meddling claims

Moscow on Saturday dismissed as "blabber" and "fantasies" allegations that it interfered in the election that brought President Donald Trump to power, denials that drew immediate scorn from US officials.

Netanyahu slams 'outrageous' Holocaust remark by Polish PM in Munich

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday lashed out at "outrageous" remarks by his Polish counterpart Mateusz Morawiecki, who said the Holocaust had involved "Jewish perpetrators" as well as Polish.

Freed German-Turkish journalist says Ankara held him 'hostage'

A German-Turkish journalist who was freed in Turkey after spending more than a year in jail without trial said he was held "hostage" by Ankara and that other journalists are still stuck in Turkish prisons just "for doing their job".

May uses Munich speech to plead for 'urgent' post-Brexit EU security deal

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Saturday pleaded for an urgent deal with the European Union on post-Brexit security cooperation, warning that citizens' lives were at stake.

Merkel's fate in SPD hands as members vote on power pact

Germany's Social Democrats start campaigning on Saturday ahead of a party referendum that spells the last threat to Chancellor Angela Merkel's hopes of forming a new government, five months after inconclusive elections.

German and French spy chiefs plead for post-Brexit security cooperation

The heads of key British, French and German spy agencies warned on Friday that intelligence sharing and cooperation must continue even after Britain quits the European Union.

Seven things to know about weed in Germany

There's long been talk of fully legalizing cannabis in Germany, especially in the capital of Berlin. But how close is Deutschland to actually making marijuana mainstream? Here's a look at the basic facts.

Ghanaian king who lives in southern Germany gifts his people a jail

Céphas Bansah rules over 200,000 people in the east of Ghana from a city in southern Germany. On Friday the German Press Agency (DPA) reported on his latest endeavour.

'Innovation and creativity': German army in need of startup founders

Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen addressed the need for startup founders in the German armed forces on Thursday - the eve of the Munich Security Conference (MSC).

Daimler, VW face thousands of further recalls over emissions cheating: report

German transport authorities will next week recall thousands more Daimler and Volkswagen vehicles, Der Spiegel magazine reported on Friday, as the massive emissions cheating scandal that has engulfed the sector for more than two years shows no sign of going away.

Suicide in art: what Goethe can tell us about Netflix series 13 Reasons Why

A number of tragic deaths linked to a German novel sparked discussion about the effects of depicting suicide in the media. 250 years later, the topic is more relevant than ever.

Your reactions to Germany’s ‘free public transport’ idea

Earlier this week Germany made global headlines by announcing plans to trial free public transport in select cities in an effort to fight air pollution. With the initiative still generating lots of discussion, here’s what The Local’s readers had to say about it.

Turkey frees German journalist held for a year without charge

Turkey Friday ordered the release of a German-Turkish journalist held for more than a year without charge, which could remove a major hurdle to repairing ties between Ankara and Berlin.

Clue found in hunt for Scot missing in Hamburg since Saturday

Hamburg police have been able to track the movements of a young Scottish man who went missing during a stag do at the weekend, according to a local newspaper.

Hurdles remain to rebuild damaged relations with Turkey, says Merkel

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday told Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim that hurdles remain on the path to restoring frayed ties while a German-Turkish journalist remains in jail.

AfD leader faces legal action for saying ‘camel driver’ Turks should ‘go back to where they belong’

A Turkish group in Germany said Thursday it was taking legal action against a state leader of the far-right AfD who defamed the ethnic minority as "camel drivers".

Deutsche Bahn ‘exploited climate change’ to duck blame for train delays

Thousands of passengers were left stranded when rail services were cancelled in storms last month. Instead of taking the blame, Deutsche Bahn (DB) used fake climate science to plead helplessness, German media reported on Thursday.

Manhunt underway over alleged 'heinous and brutal' rape of schoolgirls

Police have not yet been able to find an 18-year-old man suspected of involvement in the rape of several schoolgirls in the Ruhr region.