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Armin Laschet, premier of north Rhine-Westphalia gives a statement after visiting flooded regions in Hagen, Germany on July 15th. Photograph: Friedemann Vogel/EPA

After its once-in-a-century flood, social media in Germany is abuzz with news, appeals and initiatives. Beds for the night, missing person posts and r(...)

Firefighters move sandbags against the rising water level of the Duessel, which has already flooded large parts of Duesseldorf Grafenberg, Germany. Photograph: Sascha Steinbach/EPA

More than 60 people have died and dozens of people are missing in Germany and neighbouring Belgium after heavy flooding turned streams and streets in(...)

A doctor vaccinating a healthcare worker  at her private practice  in the state of Brandenburg, Germany. Photograph: EPA/Sean Gallup

German leaders meeting on Wednesday agreed a slow relaxation of the country’s second, three-month lockdown. Larger private gatherings will be possibl(...)

The aftermath of the bombing of the North Strand by the Luftwaffe, 1941

Irish civilians who were killed during the second World War will be recognised as Commonwealth casualties and included on a roll of honour. Fifty-two(...)

Canada is set to receive up to 249,000 doses this month and 4 million doses of the vaccine by March. Photograph: Kamil Krzaczynski/AFP

Canada’s health regulator has approved Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine. Health Canada posted on its website that the vaccine made by US drug manufacturer P(...)

 Participants wearing  protective face masks watch singer Tim Bendzko perform in the Restart-19 Covid transmission risk assessment study  at an indoor arena in Leipzig, Germany. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

German pop singer Tim Bendzko was trying his best to energise the crowd at Quarterback Immobilien Arena on Saturday morning. Flanked by band members a(...)

Pupils in class at Queen’s Hill Primary School, Norfolk, UK, where  social distancing rules of 2m apply. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

After months out of the classroom, Irish pupils are finally set to return to school in late August. The Department of Education’s plan is to fully reo(...)

New Tesla electric cars.  The US car-maker  is moving into Germany’s heartland to challenge Volkswagen, BMW and Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz as the country targets a massive increase in electric car sales. Photograph: Getty Images

Tesla will rework plans for its factory near Berlin, Germany, to appease environmental critics and ensure its first European outpost can start produci(...)

Bayern are within reach of an eighth successive Bundesliga title. Photograph:  Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images

Bayern Munich Manager: Hans-Dieter Flick Player to watch: Serge Gnabry Titles: 29 Homegrown forward Thomas Müller once explained the club’s “Mia san(...)

People queue in front of the gold trading store, Degussa,  in Berlin, on Monday. Photograph: Annegret Hilse/Reuters

On a leafy side-street in western Berlin, the 26th person joins a queue outside the shop. It’s not a supermarket, nor is it a chemist. It’s a gold sho(...)

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