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Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei Is Cut From Film; Producer Cites ‘Fear of China’

A segment directed by Mr. Ai, a vocal critic of the Chinese government, was dropped from “Berlin, I Love You,” under what producers described as pressure from investors and distributors.
Tags: News, China, Berlin, Censorship, Ai Weiwei, Berlin International Film Festival, Berlin (Germany


Austrian leader expects US to raise IS fighters during visit

BERLIN (AP) — Austria’s leader says he expects U.S. officials to bring up their desire for European countries to take back captured Islamic State group fighters when he visits Washington this week, but he is “very cautious” on the issue. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz is to meet President Donald Trump Wednesday. The Austria Press Agency reported […]
Tags: News, Washington, Islamic State, Berlin, US, Ap, Austria, Nation, Donald Trump, Sebastian Kurz, Austria Press Agency


German police arrest 2 Bosnian men with hand grenades in car

BERLIN (AP) — German police say they are investigating two Bosnian men suspected of breaking arms control laws after discovering a stash of hand grenades in their car Monday. Federal police said Tuesday that officers first detained the men, who had stopped in a no-parking zone outside Dresden’s main train station, because they suspected them […]
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EU chief: UK voting in European election would be a ‘joke’

BERLIN (AP) — EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says he can’t rule out that a delayed Brexit could mean the United Kingdom would participate in this spring’s European Parliament election. However, Juncker told German daily Stuttgarter Zeitung in an interview published Tuesday that such a scenario was “difficult to imagine,” saying it would be a […]
Tags: UK, News, Berlin, Eu, Ap, Nation, United Kingdom, European Parliament, Brexit, Jean Claude Juncker, EU Commission, Juncker, Stuttgarter Zeitung


Ai Weiwei hits out at film censorship over Berlin I Love You

The artist accuses film-makers of cutting his part because they didn't want to upset China.
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Merkel successor cleans up as Putzfrau Gretel in carnival role

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer reprises role as cleaning lady during festivities in home state of SaarlandAnnegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the leader of Germany’s Christian Democrat party, returned to her home state of Saarland over the weekend to reprise her annual role as Putzfrau Gretel (Gretel the cleaning lady) during carnival celebrations.Dressed in an apron and checkered headscarf, Kramp-Karrenbauer cracked jokes about December’s CDU leadership election, the fight banning diesel vehicles and polit...
Tags: Germany, Berlin, World news, Merkel, Cdu, Saarland, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Kramp Karrenbauer, Putzfrau Gretel, SaarlandAnnegret Kramp Karrenbauer, Putzfrau Gretel Gretel


French court okays screening of film on priest's abuse of boy scouts

A French court Monday approved cinema screenings of an award-winning director's new film about the real-life story of a priest accused of sexually abusing boy scouts, even though the case has yet to come to trial. The 73-year-old priest, Bernard Preynat, had argued that a public release of the film, "By the Grace of God", could prejudice his case. The film by screenwriter and director Francois Ozon won the jury prize at the Berlin film festival this weekend.
Tags: News, Berlin, Francois Ozon, Bernard Preynat, Grace of God


Berlin Awarded ‘Tess’ Sells to Multiple Territories (EXCLUSIVE)

Berlin-based sales agent Picture Tree Intl. has sold Steven Wouterlood’s coming-of-age film “My Extraordinary Summer with Tess,” which received a Special Mention from the jury of Berlin Film Festival’s Generation KPlus section, to distributors in several territories. Among the buyers are Les Films Du Preau in France, Proview Entertainment in Taiwan, Angel Films in Denmark, […]
Tags: News, France, Berlin, Denmark, Berlin Film Festival, Tess, Picture Tree Intl, Picture Tree International, Steven Wouterlood, Les Films Du Preau, Proview Entertainment in Taiwan Angel Films


Berlin to get single travel app for public, private services

BERLIN (AP) — Berlin is unveiling a new app that will let people use public transport, rental bikes, car-sharing and taxis seamlessly to travel through the German capital. The app presented Monday is the work of Lithuanian start-up Trafi and is already in use, under different names, in Vilnius, Rio de Janeiro and Jakarta. Berlin […]
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German market watchdog bans short-selling of Wirecard shares

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s financial market regulator has issued a two-month ban on short-selling shares in Wirecard AG, whose stock has swung sharply in recent months. The regulator said Monday that short-selling in Wirecard’s stock could cause uncertainty over its share price, with potential knock-on effects for the wider market. In short-selling, traders sell shares […]
Tags: Business, News, Germany, Berlin, Ap, Wirecard, Wirecard AG


Former head of Alternative for Germany on trial for perjury

BERLIN (AP) — The former head of far-right Alternative for Germany party has appeared in court on charges of perjury. Frauke Petry appeared Monday before the regional court in Dresden to defend herself against accusations that she made false statements to parliament while under oath. Petry has previously acknowledged making erroneous statements about the nature […]
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Russia's RT attacks Facebook for suspending 4 viral news channels that broadcast Kremlin talking points to millennials

Facebook on Friday suspended four viral news channels that broadcast videos that were critical of US policy or exploited tensions, CNN reported. Those channels are operated by Maffick Media, which is majority-funded by Ruptly, a subsidiary of Russia's state-funded RT broadcaster. Facebook doesn't require pages to disclose who funds them — but the tech giant said it suspended those channels anyway so viewers wouldn't "be misled about who's behind them." RT's editor-in-chief attacked Facebook's ...
Tags: Facebook, Hollywood, Youtube, Germany, Russia, Berlin, US, Trends, Cnn, Nato, State Department, Kremlin, RT, Ruptly, Rania Khalek, Margarita Simonyan


Russia's RT attacks Facebook for suspending 4 viral news channels that broadcasted Kremlin talking points to millennials

Facebook on Friday suspended four viral news channels that broadcasted videos critical of US policy, or which exploit existing tensions, CNN reported. Those channels are operated by Maffick Media, which is majority-funded by Ruptly, a subsidiary of Russia's state-funded RT broadcaster. Facebook doesn't require pages to disclose who funds them — but the tech giant said it suspended those channels anyway so viewers won't "be misled about who's behind them." RT's editor-in-chief attacked Facebook...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Hollywood, Youtube, Russia, Berlin, US, Trends, Cnn, Nato, State Department, Kremlin, Moldova, RT, Ruptly, Fara


Claudio Pizarro still setting Bundesliga records

BERLIN (AP) — At 40 years old and still scoring goals, Claudio Pizarro isn’t ready to retire just yet. The veteran Werder Bremen striker became the oldest player to score in the Bundesliga with the last kick of the game in a 1-1 draw at Hertha Berlin on Saturday, gaining what could be a crucial […]
Tags: News, Berlin, Sports, Ap, Hertha Berlin, Werder Bremen, Claudio Pizarro


Germany: Trump IS fighter demand very hard to fulfill

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s foreign minister says President Donald Trump’s demand that European countries take back Islamic State group militants held in Syria would be “extraordinarily difficult” to fulfill. In a weekend tweet, Trump urged Britain, France and Germany and others to take back and try militants. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told ARD television […]
Tags: News, Germany, Islamic State, Berlin, Syria, Ap, Nation, Donald Trump, Trump, Heiko Maas, Britain France, ARD


Bayern braced for Klopp reunion at Liverpool

BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich knows all too well how tough an opponent Juergen Klopp can be. Now in his fourth season at Anfield, the former Borussia Dortmund coach is facing Bayern for the first time while leading Liverpool. Bayern visits Liverpool for the first leg of their Champions League last-16 game on Tuesday, mindful […]
Tags: News, Berlin, Sports, Ap, Soccer, Liverpool, Bayern Munich, Anfield, Borussia Dortmund, Klopp, Juergen Klopp, Bayern, Liverpool Bayern


Gladbach salvages 1-1 draw with Frankfurt in Bundesliga

BERLIN (AP) — Denis Zakaria scored late to salvage a 1-1 draw for Borussia Moenchengladbach at Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday, a result that keeps both teams’ European hopes intact. Zakaria, who missed the best chance of the first half when he failed to beat Frankfurt ‘keeper Kevin Trapp one-on-one, made up for it in the […]
Tags: News, Berlin, Sports, Ap, Frankfurt, Kevin Trapp, Eintracht Frankfurt, Zakaria, Borussia Moenchengladbach, Denis Zakaria


Austrian leader: Trump foreign policy successful in parts

BERLIN (AP) — Austria’s chancellor has described parts of U.S. President Donald Trump’s foreign policy as “very successful” as he prepares to visit Washington this week. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told Sunday’s edition of Austrian newspaper Die Presse one of the main aims of his visit is to help avert a trade war. On Saturday, German […]
Tags: News, Washington, Berlin, Ap, Austria, Nation, Donald Trump, Trump, Sebastian Kurz, Die Presse


Iran To Europe: Do More To Save The Nuclear Deal!

MUNICH (AP) — Europeans need to do more than talk if they want to preserve a deal meant to keep Tehran from obtaining a nuclear weapon after the unilateral withdrawal of the United States, Iran’s foreign minister said Sunday, slamming Washington as the “biggest source of destabilization” in the Middle East. Mohammad Javad Zarif told a gathering of world leaders, top defense officials and diplomats that a barter-type system known as INSTEX, which was set up last month by France, Germany and Br...
Tags: Europe, News, Washington, China, Germany, Angela Merkel, Berlin, Israel, European Union, Iran, Syria, Ap, Munich, Britain, United States, Gaza


Former coal-fired power plant is demolished in Germany

BERLIN (AP) — A long-shut coal-fired power plant in western Germany has been demolished with the help of more than 200 kilograms (440 pounds) of explosives. The former Knepper power station on the outskirts of Dortmund was brought down in two explosions on Sunday. The first destroyed the main body of the plant and the […]
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Nadav Lapid’s ‘Synonyms’ wins Berlin film fest’s Golden Bear

BERLIN (AP) — Israeli director Nadav Lapid’s “Synonyms,” a film following a young Israeli man who uproots himself to France and tries to immerse himself in his new country, has won the Berlin International Film Festival’s top Golden Bear award. The film was chosen Saturday from a field of 16 movies competing at the first […]
Tags: Movies, News, Entertainment, France, Berlin, Ap, Nation, Nadav Lapid


Merkel Defends Iran Deal, Pence Accuses Europe Of ‘Undermining’ US

MUNICH (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel robustly defended European nations’ decision to stand by the Iran nuclear deal in a spirited backing Saturday of her multilateral approach to global affairs, but U.S. Vice President Mike Pence promptly accused Europe of once again undermining the United States. Merkel’s comments at the Munich Security Conference, an annual gathering of top global defense and foreign policy officials, followed days of tensions between Washington and Europe over Iran. ...
Tags: Europe, News, Washington, China, Germany, Angela Merkel, Russia, Berlin, US, America, European Union, World news, Joe Biden, Iran, Syria, Ukraine


Women filmmakers have record showing at Berlin Film Festival

BERLIN (AP) — The voice of the female filmmaker was louder than ever at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, with seven out of the 16 films in the competition section helmed by women, and female directors from all corners of the globe featured prominently at the festival. Women directors represented 63 percent of the films […]
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Bruno Ganz, actor who played Hitler in Downfall, dies aged 77

Actor was widely praised for 2004 portrayal of dictator’s final days in Berlin bunkerBruno Ganz, the Swiss actor who played Adolf Hitler in the film Downfall, has died at the age of 77, his agent said on Saturday. Related: Bruno Ganz: always poetic and inspired, from Hitler's bunker rant to a Berlin angel Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Film, Germany, Berlin, World news, Culture, Switzerland, Hitler, Adolf Hitler, Ganz, Bruno Ganz, Downfall


Swiss actor Bruno Ganz, star of ‘Downfall,’ dies at 77

BERLIN (AP) — Swiss actor Bruno Ganz, who played Adolf Hitler cooped up in his Berlin bunker in “Downfall” and an angel in Wim Wenders’ “Wings of Desire,” has died. He was 77. German news agency dpa reported that Ganz’s management said Saturday he died in Zurich. Ganz, a prominent figure in the German-language theater […]
Tags: Movies, News, Entertainment, Berlin, Ap, Nation, Adolf Hitler, Zurich, Ganz, Bruno Ganz, Wim Wenders Wings of Desire


German minister calls for ban on conversion therapy

‘Homosexuality is not an illness,’ says gay health minister Jens SpahnThe German health minister, Jens Spahn, has said that he will seek to ban “conversion therapies” that claim to change sexual orientation. “Homosexuality is not an illness, which is why it does not need to be treated,” Spahn, who is gay himself, told the left-leaning Berlin daily Die Tageszeitung. Related: ‘I still have flashbacks’: the ‘global epidemic’ of LGBT conversion therapy Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Europe, Human Rights, Germany, Berlin, World news, LGBT rights, Jens Spahn, Spahn, Jens SpahnThe German


Bayern survives Augsburg scare to close gap in Bundesliga

BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich survived a scare in winning 3-2 at Augsburg on Friday to close the gap on Bundesliga leader Borussia Dortmund to two points. Kingsley Coman twice equalized before setting up Serge Gnabry’s winner early in the second half, taking second-place Bayern up to 48 points before Dortmund’s game at last-place Nuremberg […]
Tags: News, Berlin, Sports, Ap, Bayern Munich, Nuremberg, Borussia Dortmund, Dortmund, Augsburg, Serge Gnabry, Kingsley Coman, Bayern


Makers of Berlin Competition Title ‘Marighella’ Worry About Distribution at Home

Worried that growing political tension in Brazil may hamper the domestic release of “Marighella,” Wagner Moura’s directorial debut about a leftist revolutionary, the movie’s producers may seek to crowd-fund its distribution independently. “We are going to fight for it,” producer Andrea Barata Ribeiro said ahead of the film’s world premiere at the Berlinale on Friday. […]
Tags: News, Berlin, Global, Brazil, Berlin Film Festival, Wagner Moura, Berlinale, Andrea Barata Ribeiro, Marighella


ITV, Talpa Present ‘The Desert’ Survival Format as Buyers Converge on U.K. Screenings

It’s post-Berlin and pre-Cannes and the focus of the international TV business has shifted to London as the major distribution outfits present their new wares to buyers. ITV Studios was up Friday and showed buyers its unscripted lineup. Highlights included “The Desert,” a new desert-based survival format from the Middle East division of “The Voice” […]
Tags: London, News, Berlin, Global, Middle East, The Voice, Cannes, ITV Studios, MIPTV, Talpa


Charlotte Rampling honored in Berlin

Charlotte Rampling was presented with an honorary Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival for her work in movies. (Feb. 15)            [Author: AP]
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