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Khodorkovsky to Reunite with Wife, Children

Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky is set to reunite with his wife Inna and their three children in Berlin on Christmas Eve after spending 10 years in a Russian jail, his spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

"The family is coming today," spokeswoman Olga Pispanen told AFP. "They have not been together for 10 years."

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Berlin Wants to Question Snowden in Moscow

The German government will study whether U.S. fugitive leaker Edward Snowden can be questioned in Russia, as it sought Wednesday to calm tensions with London and Washington over spy allegations.

Members of a German parliamentary committee overseeing the secret services agreed to ask the government to examine the possibility of Snowden answering questions in Moscow, provided it does not create "difficulties" for him there, its chairman Thomas Oppermann said.

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Snowden Can Give Testimony to Germans in Russia

U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden is ready to talk with German prosecutors in Russia, his lawyer said on Friday, after the fugitive met a German lawmaker over his evidence that Washington spied on Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor, who was also due Friday to begin work at an undisclosed Russian Internet firm, was granted asylum in Russia in August to the fury of the United States, where he faces trial.

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Berlin Confirms Embassy Security Official Killed in Yemen

Germany's foreign ministry confirmed Monday that a security official at its embassy in Yemen has been killed but denied reports of an attempted kidnapping of its ambassador.

Earlier reports had said the envoy herself had been the target of a failed abduction attempt Sunday, but the foreign ministry then told Agence France Presse that Ambassador Carola Mueller-Holtkemper was outside the country at the time.

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German Court Orders Community Service for 'Forest Boy'

A mysterious "forest boy" who turned up in Berlin in 2011 claiming to have lived in the woods for years was sentenced to perform community service Thursday by a German court.

In a tale that captured the world's imagination, the then teenager appeared at Berlin city hall in September two years ago saying that his first name was Ray and that he had lived in the woods with his father for five years.

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Berlin Rebuilds Palace Destroyed by Allies, Communists

Berlin Wednesday kicks off the reconstruction of its palace, a divisive 590-million-euro ($783 million) project to recreate the baroque architectural jewel whose post-war remnants were razed by communist leaders.

President Joachim Gauck will attend the official laying of the foundation stone for the Berlin Palace, on the city's legendary leafy axis, Unter den Linden, which Prussian princes once called home.

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Berlin's Barbie Dreamhouse a Pink Feminist Nightmare

The opening this month of the first life-sized Barbie Dreamhouse in Europe may be the fantasy of many a little girl, but Berlin feminists are mobilizing against what they call a sexist icon.

With her ironed-straight blond tresses, doe-like baby blue eyes, blinding smile and super-human measurements, the mistress of the giant Barbie mansion has become a lightning rod ahead of the May 16 inauguration.

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WWII Bomb Found near Berlin's Main Train Station

The discovery of an unexploded World War II bomb unearthed near Berlin's main train station snarled rail and road traffic in the German capital Wednesday, authorities said.

"The bomb was found yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon on property belonging to the rail company," a police spokesman told AFP, adding that sappers planned to defuse it Wednesday.

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Thieves Tunnel Way into Berlin Bank

Bank robbers have pulled off a brazen heist in the German capital after digging a 30 meter-long (100-foot) tunnel leading into the bank's vault, police said Monday.

Once inside the Berliner Volksbank branch in the southwestern district of Steglitz they cracked open safety deposit boxes and managed to get away with an undisclosed amount, a police spokeswoman said.

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Berlin Marks 100 Years Since Nefertiti Find with Major Expo

Berlin will open a major new exhibition Thursday celebrating the centenary of the discovery of the 3,400-year-old fabled bust of Egypt's Queen Nefertiti as a feud with Cairo over its ownership rages on.

The show at the city's New Museum showcases its most famous treasure, considered the most priceless depiction of the female visage after the Mona Lisa, and other booty carted home by German archaeologists after the December 6, 1912 find.

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