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Merkel to Visit UK for Talks with Cameron

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit Britain next week for talks with Prime Minister David Cameron, her office said Friday.

The visit Wednesday will focus on bilateral, European and international issues and on preparations for a G7 summit Germany hosts in Bavaria state on June 7-8, a statement said.

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Xenophobia Mushrooms in Shadow of Berlin Tower Blocks

There's little to break the monotony of communist-era apartment blocks stretching across Marzahn-Hellersdorf, an east Berlin satellite district that has gained national notoriety for a spate of anti-foreigner protests.

Week after week, hundreds of residents here have angrily rallied against plans for a new center to house refugees seeking asylum on a stretch of parkland now ringed by cyclone fence and watched by security guards.

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10,000 Evacuated after WWII Dud Bomb Found near Berlin

About 10,000 people had to be evacuated on Thursday after an unexploded 250-kilogram (550-pound) World War II bomb was discovered in a city near the German capital.

The find during construction work near Potsdam central railway station also halted local bus, tram and train services and led authorities to clear ministry buildings and the parliament of Brandenburg state.

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Report: Salam Plans to Meet with EU Officials over Refugee Crisis

Prime Minister Tammam Salam is planning to visit Brussels in December to discuss with European Union officials the burden of Syrian refugees, An Nahar daily reported on Friday.

Salam is mulling to discuss with the European officials promised assistance to Lebanon, which is hosting around 1.5 million Syrian refugees, said the newspaper.

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Germany Warns Against Giving Up on Ukraine Truce

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, fresh from a tense mission to Ukraine and Russia, said Wednesday he had not given up on a tattered truce agreement between the sides.

Steinmeier warned after talks in Berlin with his Polish counterpart Grzegorz Schetyna against calling the two-month-old ceasefire agreed in Minsk "history".

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Derbas Says Number of Syrian Refugees Dropping

Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas said the number of Syrians seeking refuge in Lebanon has been dropping although a decision on not to accept more refugees hasn't been fully implemented yet.

The UNHCR reports show that the number of refugees in Lebanon began to decline, Derbas told An Nahar newspaper in remarks published on Tuesday.

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Merkel Says Fall of Wall Proves 'Dreams Can Come True'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday that the fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago was a message to a conflict-torn world that "dreams can come true".

She spoke as Germany celebrated the milestone on November 9, 1989, that ended its Cold War division by throwing a huge open-air party at Berlin's iconic Brandenburg Gate.

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Germany Cheers 25 Years since Berlin Wall's Fall

Germany marks 25 years since the euphoric fall of the Berlin Wall Sunday with more than a million people expected to join tributes, festivities and an open-air party with freedom icons and rock stars.

Chancellor Angela Merkel leads commemorations for those killed trying to flee communist East Germany, ahead of a giant festival to celebrate the peaceful revolution that ended Europe's Cold War division on November 9, 1989.

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Obama: We Must Remember Lessons from Berlin Wall

U.S. President Barack Obama told the world Friday to remember lessons from the emotional fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago, particularly in light of "Russia's actions against Ukraine."

Berlin kicked off celebrations Friday of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall, which culminate Sunday with a party to mark the historic event which led to German reunification.

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Germany Launches Celebration Weekend for Berlin Wall's Fall

Germany kicks off celebrations Friday marking the 25th anniversary of the epochal fall of the Berlin Wall, set to culminate with rock stars and veteran freedom activists joining a millions-strong crowd.

Chancellor Angela Merkel, who grew up in communist East Germany, will lead three days of commemorations for those killed trying to flee the repressive state, leading up to a giant festival Sunday marking the joyous breach of Europe's Cold War division on November 9, 1989.

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