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Firefighters removing trees which fell on a high-speed train near Lamspringe, northern Germany on Thursday. Photograph:  Outswen Pfortner/AFP/Getty Images

Germany has begun a massive clear-up operation after a storm on Thursday killed at least eight people, damaged more than 200 train lines and caused an(...)

President of Germany’s Federal Office for Migration and Refugees  Jutta Cordt and interior minister Thomas de Maizière: “The federal office for migration and refugees is no longer preoccupied with managing the crisis consequences,” said Mr de Maizière. Photograph:  Michael Kappeler/AFP/Getty

The peak of Germany’s 2015-2016 refugee crisis may have passed, but new figures make clear how much strain remains. Almost 187,000 asylum application(...)

U2 on stage at  Croke Park in July 2017. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/ The Irish Times

U2 have announced they will play Dublin and Belfast as part of the European leg of their eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE 2018 tour. The announcement was made o(...)

Germany’s acting chancellor, Angela Merkel, flanked by CSU leader Horst Seehofer (left) and SDP leader Martin Schulz in Berlin on Friday following overnight coalition negotiations. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

With a Prussian blue blazer offsetting her hooded, cornflower blue eyes, an exhausted Angela Merkel emerged having done it again. Her dozen years in (...)

Malvina and Diaa. Screengrab: kika.de

Most days, German public television children’s channel Kika treats its young viewers to a mix of light dramas about mermaids and koala bears, as well (...)

Grin and bear it: A study, recently reported in the journal ‘Psychology of Sport and Exercise’, found  that compared with frowning, smiling during running improved running economy by 2.8 per cent. Photograph: Getty

In many long-distance races, elite athletes often appear relaxed, with some – remember the legendary Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie? – even smiling. By (...)

Increases in air traffic to Ireland will bring more than 30 new routes to Dublin, Cork, Shannon, Kerry, Ireland West, Belfast City and Belfast In(...)

Trinh Xuan Thanh, a former oil executive, stands trial at the courtroom of Hanoi People’s Court on Monday. Germany says he was kidnapped by Vietnamese agents from a Berlin park last year. Photograph:  Vietnam News Agency/AFP/Getty Images

Vietnam began the trial on Monday of 22 executives charged over losses totalling hundreds of millions of dollars at the state oil firm, PetroVietnam, (...)

 An Iranian woman attends a pro-government demonstration after the Friday prayer ceremony at the Imam Khomeini mosque in Tehran, Iran. Photograph: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

Thousands of government supporters staged rallies in Iran on Saturday, in a backlash against widespread anti-government protests that the clerical es(...)

People will go a long way in the quest for spiritual enlightenment, wellness or simply a better body. And while few can dispute the efficacy(...)

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