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Hidden story of 2,000 African-Caribbean PoWs in a medieval castle

The remarkable overlooked story of more than 2,000 African-Caribbean soldiers imprisoned in a medieval castle in the 18th century is to be told in a new exhibition by English Heritage.<p>It comes after more than five years of painstaking research into the men – and 99 women and children – who were …

Archaeology

Donald Trump Is Already Taking Credit for Fixing the Economy

Apparently it was a total mess until November 8.<p>Over the past eight years, whenever anything terrible happened over which President <b>Barack Obama</b> had little control or, in many cases, was put into motion by his predecessor, Republicans have had a ready two-word response: “Thanks, Obama.” Whether it …

Germany blocks Aixtron sale to China's FGC

The German government has withdrawn its approval for a Chinese takeover of chip equipment maker Aixtron, as concerns rise in Berlin about the sale of …

The 38 Essential Berlin Restaurants

Since the Berlin Wall came down 25 years ago, the city's restaurant scene has progressed tremendously, and it now stands on the verge of a true culinary explosion. With its eclectic mix of immigrant and classic German food cultures at relatively low prices, Berlin is on course to become one of the …

The Berlin Wall Is Long Gone. Now a New Divide Threatens Europe

The wall that divided Berlin’s Sonnenallee partitioned the world between east and west for three decades. Today, the danger is posed by a barrier …

How Hummus Brought a Palestinian and an Israeli Together to Help Refugees in Berlin

When Jalil Dabit, a Palestinian restaurateur and chef, and Oz Ben David, an Israeli marketing guru, decided to launch Kanaan in Berlin, it was natural for the chickpea purée to feature prominently on the short menu.<p>In a region marred by conflict, hummus serves as a common culinary ground. Named for …

An Insider’s Travel Guide to the Best Culture and Curiosities in Berlin

Berlin’s southern neighborhood of Schöneberg is home to many outstanding galleries, many of which have popped up in the burgeoning area only in the last couple of years. One of the spaces—located inside of an old building that was once the <i>Tagesspiegel</i> newspaper printing and packaging facility—is a …

Berlin Wall falls

A man hammers a section of the Berlin Wall near the Brandenburg Gate after the opening of the East German border. FAB/Reuters<p><i>In this excerpt from The Berlin Wall: A World Divided, Frederick Taylor, a German historian, describes the moments leading up to the fall of the Berlin Wall by weaving</i> …

Syrian man feeds Berlin's homeless to repay German hospitality

In August, Germany made a tremendous show of hospitality when it defied European Union rules and continued to welcome Syrian asylum seekers …

Homelessness

Book Talk - Berlin's abandoned buildings full of tragic history | Reuters

BERLIN (Reuters) - Even as real estate prices in Berlin rise inexorably and gentrification turns rundown corners into trendy neighbourhoods, the German capital is still filled with eerie pockets of empty spaces and abandoned buildings.<p>A woman walks during a photo shoot at an abandoned freight …

What To Buy In Berlin: Really Cool Souvenirs from Berlin

The second most often asked question by tourists (right after “how do I get into Berghain”) is usually “<i>what souvenirs should I buy in Berlin?</i>” I …

Germans fascinated by life on either side of the Berlin Wall

Welcome to Germany in 1983, a country divided since the end of the second world war.<p>Moritz Stamm is a West German army officer, with a love of music, dancing and hanging out with his friends. Martin Rauch is an East German border guard with a close family and a desire to change the world. The …

Germany

Berlin itinerary

Hit the highlights of Berlin with this three-day itinerary in the German capital.<p>DAY ONE<p>Start your Berlin exploration by seeing the city from above, preferably by booking ahead for an early lift ride up to the dome of the Reichstag. From here, stroll south past the Roma & Sinti Memorial to snap a …

Essential Bali travel tips: what to know before you go

From navigating the crowds to being monkey-savvy, there are a few tricks to getting the best out of a trip to Bali. We’ve rounded up 15 top tips to bank for your next visit to the Island of the Gods.<p>Expect crowds<p>One of the most touristed islands on earth, Bali isn’t exactly an untouched paradise. …

Four days in Ubud: Beyond Eat, Pray, Love

It’s impossible these days to think about Ubud - Bali's cultural heart - without also considering the enormous success of Elizabeth Gilbert’s <i>Eat, Pray, Love</i>. While you’ll find no shortage of local travel companies promoting EPL ‘experiences’, there’s more to Ubud than spirituality, rice paddies and …