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Demonstrators Dig Migrant 'Graves' in Berlin

Around 5,000 people joined a Berlin demonstration on Sunday by a controversial protest group which dug mock graves in front of parliament to highlight Europe's deadly migration crisis, police said.

The political art group calling itself "Center for Political Beauty" had planned to march to Chancellor Angela Merkel's offices with what it said were the corpses of dead migrants and bury them outside.

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'Refugees Welcome Here,' Say Berlin Demonstrators

Some 1,800 people took to the streets of Berlin on Saturday to express their solidarity with migrants seeking refuge in Europe and against austerity measures in debt-ridden Greece, local police told Agence France Presse.

In a demonstration held on World Refugee Day by German opposition parties Die Linke (The Left) and Gruenen (The Greens), as well as several other leftist groups, protesters chanted: "No frontiers, no nations, stop deportation!"

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Greek Crisis Talks End Without Breakthrough

Greece and its creditors failed to reach a breakthrough at crunch talks in Brussels Thursday despite saying they had made progress towards a deal that could save Athens from a possible euro exit.

Anti-austerity Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras met European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker in a bid to hammer out a reform plan that could unlock the final 7.2-billion-euro ($8.0-billion) tranche of Greece's bailout.

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Lithuania Denies Entry to Eight Russian Bikers

Lithuanian border guards said Tuesday they had denied entry to eight Russian bikers including at least one member of a pro-Kremlin group attempting that had planned a controversial WWII victory ride through Europe.

The border guard service said it turned away eight Russian citizens at the Baltic state's borders with Belarus and the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad on Monday and Tuesday.

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Israeli Man Found Beaten to Death in Berlin

A dead man found beaten beyond recognition in the ruins of a Gothic church in Berlin was an Israeli citizen, the Israeli embassy said on Wednesday.

Passersby reported finding the body early Sunday at the site near Berlin's City Hall and the embassy said in a brief statement that it had received confirmation that the victim was one of its nationals.

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3 Lebanese Fined in Germany for Trying to Force Gay Boy into Marriage

A Berlin court has fined three Lebanese men on allegations they seized a 15-year-old relative against his will in what he says was an attempt to force him into marriage because he's gay.

State Court spokesman Tobias Kaehne said Thursday the boy's father and two uncles were each fined 1,350 euros ($1,430), or 90 days in jail, if they don't pay.

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Merkel Calls Threats, Attacks against Jews in Germany 'Disgrace'

Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday it was a "disgrace" that Jews in Germany faced insults, threats or violence, as she marked 70 years since the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp.

Merkel joined survivors of the former camp, created by Nazi Germany in southern Poland, for a somber event in the German capital ahead of Tuesday's anniversary.

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German Police in Fresh Raids on Suspect Islamist Sites

German police searched more than a dozen suspected Islamist sites early on Tuesday, seeking associates of two men who have been detained for allegedly planning an attack in Syria, police said.

No one was detained in the raids, which saw more than 200 officers search 13 apartments in Berlin, a neighboring region and in the east, said a police statement.

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2 Arrested in Berlin over Syria Terror Links

Scores of German police raided alleged Islamist sites in Berlin early on Friday, arresting two men suspected of being part of a group planning to carry out an attack in Syria, police said.

Around 250 police officers carried out the raids on 11 sites in the German capital, arresting the two men of Turkish origin aged 41 and 43, police said in a statement.

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German Police Arrest Islamic State Suspect

Police on Thursday arrested a German-Tunisian man suspected of having joined the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group in Syria, the federal prosecutor's office said.

The 26-year-old suspect, named as Ayub B., is thought to have entered Syria via Turkey last year to be trained in IS combat and recruiting, before returning to Germany in August, the German prosecutor said in a statement.

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