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Artist Dismantles Rosa Parks' Old Home, Takes It Overseas

Ryan Mendoza on holding Detroit structure 'hostage' in Berlin: 'America ... it's going to cost you'

(Newser) - What do you do if the blighted home your famous aunt once lived in is on the demolition list and you can't raise the funds to preserve it? In the case of Rosa Parks' former house in Detroit, her niece donated it to artist Ryan Mendoza, who took it... More »

World's 10 Most Livable Cities

Tough break, America

(Newser) - Maybe Donald Trump is … right? Monocle just released its annual list of the 25 most livable cities in the world, and the first American city (Honolulu) doesn't even show up until number 23. Skift reports the rankings are based on things like architecture, safety, and public transportation. American... More »

14K Refugee Life Jackets Now Cover Berlin Landmark

Ai Weiwei makes statement about Europe's response to refugee crisis

(Newser) - Some 14,000 life jackets discarded by refugees entering Europe via the Greek island of Lesbos now adorn the six pillars of Berlin's landmark Konzerthaus concert hall. It's the work of Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei, Quartz reports, who has been a vocal critic of Europe's... More »

Joseph Goebbels' 'Love Nest' a Tough Sell for Berlin

The Nazi propagandist hosted starlets at the lakeside villa

(Newser) - Sure, it's a fixer-upper. But the crumbling façade, failing roof, and seen-better-decades interior aren't the reasons why Berlin has been unable to sell the Haus am Bogensee, a 70-room lakeside villa that the city has been trying to unload for more than 20 years. The real sticking... More »

80 Years Later, Jewish Games to Be Played in Nazi Venue

Berlin is hosting the European Maccabi Games at Olympic Park

(Newser) - Berlin is kicking off the all-Jewish European Maccabi Games tomorrow—a 10-day event where 2,300 athletes from nearly 40 countries will compete in 19 disciplines, from soccer and basketball to chess and bridge, reports the Local . If Berlin seems like an odd venue, well, "these are the games... More »

Jewish Heirs Sue Germany for Art Trove Sold to Nazis

US filing says pressure led to unfair sale of Welfenschatz in 1935

(Newser) - In 1935, not long after Adolf Hitler rose to power, Jewish art dealers sold a major collection of medieval treasure to the state of Prussia in Germany. The collection of gold and jewels known as the Welfenschatz contains pieces that date back some 800 years; it's considered Germany's... More »

Gorbachev: We're Facing 'New Cold War'

Former Soviet leader warns of Western 'triumphalism'

(Newser) - Tensions between the major powers have pushed the world closer to a new Cold War, former Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev said today. The 83-year-old accused the West, particularly the United States, of giving in to "triumphalism" after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the dissolution of the... More »

NBA Player's Selfie: 'lol #Holocaust'

No one's laughing out loud; Danny Green later apologized and rewrote the tweet

(Newser) - San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green visited Berlin's Holocaust Memorial yesterday, snapped a selfie, and provoked no small amount of outrage with this caption: "You know I had to do it one time lol #Holocaust." Green is in Berlin for an exhibition game against Alba Berlin, but... More »

Man Has Now Run a Marathon Under 2:03

Kenya's Kimetto shaves 26 seconds off world record

(Newser) - Six years to the day after Haile Gebrselassie became the first runner to finish a marathon in under 2 hours, 4 minutes , another Berlin Marathon runner has cracked the 2 hours, 3 minutes mark. Dennis Kimetto of Kenya won the race and knocked a full 26 seconds off the world... More »

Lenin's Giant Head Is Missing

Nearly 4-ton object was buried in a forest, now can't be found

(Newser) - Where's the 3.86-ton head of former Russian leader Vladimir Lenin? Um, lost in a forest, apparently. The giant head, made of Ukrainian red granite, was part of a statue that stood some 62 feet tall in East Berlin's Lenin Square before it was broken into 129 pieces... More »

Church, Synagogue, Mosque to Share One 'House'

Berlin project will cater to Christians, Jews, and Muslims

(Newser) - A pastor, a rabbi, and an imam walk onto an empty lot, and ... bury their shoes. Why? Because they plan to build what may be the world's first interfaith facility with separate houses of worship for Christians, Jews, and Muslims, the BBC reports. Dubbed the "House of One,... More »

Coming to Berlin: Lesbian-Only Cemetery

It will be a space for lesbians to 'live together in the afterlife'

(Newser) - A new burial area for lesbians only is being inaugurated in a two-century-old cemetery in the German capital this weekend. A 400-square-yard area of the Lutheran Georgen Parochial cemetery, established in 1814 in central Berlin, will be reserved as a graveyard for up to 80 lesbians, says Safia association spokeswoman... More »

Guy Crashes Berlin Marathon at Last Second, Breaks Tape

Actual winner Wilson Kipsang sets new world record

(Newser) - At yesterday's Berlin Marathon, Kenya's Wilson Kipsang broke a world record—but he didn't break the tape. That honor went to a guy who jumped in from the crowd in running gear; he was wearing a number as well as a T-shirt advertising an escort service, the... More »

Holocaust Survivor Finally Returns to Germany

Margot Friedlander, 92, once swore she never would

(Newser) - The Nazis found Margot Friedlander hiding in Germany in 1944 and shipped her off to a concentration camp. She not only survived, she met her future husband at the camp, and they immigrated to New York City after the war. Now, as NBC News reports, Friedlander has done something she... More »

Obama in Berlin: We Only Need 1K Nuclear Warheads

In Berlin speech, says he wants to see US, Russian arsenals cut by a third

(Newser) - Five years after he addressed a huge crowd in Berlin as a presidential candidate—and 50 years after John F. Kennedy proclaimed "Ich bin ein Berliner"—President Obama gave an address at the iconic Brandenburg Gate today, calling for a major reduction in nuclear warheads. "We may... More »

Hasselhoff's New Mission: Save the Berlin Wall

He's back in Germany, singing 'Looking for Freedom' again

(Newser) - David Hasselhoff became a hero to many Germans when he performed his song, "Looking for Freedom," on top of the Berlin Wall in 1989; it became an anthem of the German reunification. But now the Hoff wants to save, not topple, the last standing portion of the wall:... More »

Berlin Wall to Be Razed for ... Luxe Housing

Petitions spring up to protect East Side Gallery

(Newser) - Once again, the Berlin Wall is coming down—but this time, it's so swanky apartments can rise up in its place. And Berliners aren't happy about it, the Local reports. Thousands have signed online petitions against the move, confirmed by an eastern Berlin mayor, who argues that razing... More »

Wild Boar Goes on Rampage in Berlin

Attacks, injures 4 people

(Newser) - Berlin authorities say they shot and killed a 265-pound wild boar after it attacked and injured four people including a police officer in a residential neighborhood. The boar bit a 74-year-old man on the back and leg, and knocked a 74-year-old woman to the ground and injured her hip yesterday... More »

When Arrested, Magnotta Was Reading About Himself

'Attention whore' killer brought down by narcissism, says expert

(Newser) - Luka Rocco Magnotta once published an online guide to disappearing, but he wasn't such a cunning fugitive in real life. The Canadian, who is accused of murdering a man and sending his body parts to political offices, was arrested at an Internet cafe in Berlin yesterday , and police say... More »

Alleged Body-Parts Killer Caught in Berlin

Porn actor Luka Rocco Magnotta nabbed in German cafe

(Newser) - The international manhunt for Luka Rocco Magnotta ended today at an Internet café in Berlin, where police nabbed the porn actor/alleged killer, sources tell German newspaper Bild . Magnotta, who is accused of killing and dismembering a man on camera and then mailing the body parts to Canadian political parties, was... More »

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