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One of the most brutal battles of the Second World War was the Nazi offensive against Stalingrad where atrocities were committed on both sides and the soldiers also had to contend with starvation and freezing conditions during a lengthy siege.

Green piece: the Tiergarten in the centre of the German capital

My life in travel: Kele Okereke

'Berlin was the first time I travelled alone – it was completely eye-opening'

WeareData: Live-map of London shows public feeds from Twitter, Instagram and Flickr

Created by Ubisoft to publicise their upcoming title Watch Dogs, the map also includes publicly available data from public transport and council statistics

Snapcat helps your cat take a selfie

Snapcat: The Android app that lets your cat get the purrfect angle for a selfie

When a moving dot on-screen is swiped at it triggers the camera

Portugal's economy in crisis as two ministers resign from coalition government

The junior People's Party prompts political and economic crisis over austerity split

Album: Nicky Haslam, Midnight Matinée, SFA

A curio curated by Haslam – the septuagenarian interior designer – and producer David Ogilvy, MM is a strangely wonderful thing.

Lahav Shani has become a protégé of Daniel Barenboim

Young maestro Lahav Shani takes top honour

It was a tense evening in the ancient Franconian city of Bamberg: behind closed doors, the Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition's jury was deciding which of three gifted young musicians would be awarded the chance to become the next Gustavo Dudamel. The Venezuelan superstar maestro's career began here, in front of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, when he won the 2004 contest. Who might follow in his footsteps?

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Barack Obama waves to crowds at the Brandenburg Gate yesterday, watched by Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit

'Climate change is the threat of our time': President Obama pledges to cut nuclear weapons and a greener world in Berlin speech

US President’s address at historic Berlin landmark fails to impress Republicans and some in his audience

Pat McQuaid has failed to secure the nomination of his own national cycling organisation

Sport In Brief: Irish say they don’t want Pat McQuaid to be cycling chief

Pat McQuaid has failed to secure the nomination of his own national cycling organisation in his bid for a third term as president of the International Cycling Union.

Central Berlin bombed to rubble in 1945

Diary of Second World War German teenager reveals young lives untroubled by Nazi Holocaust in wartime Berlin

Newly published diary hailed as remarkable documentary evidence of how millions of Germans relied on collective indifference to endure the horrors of war

Love struck: Photographs of JFK's visit to Berlin 50 years ago reveal a nation instantly smitten

Photographer Ulrich Mack accompanied Kennedy on the entire trip. The results, published this month as Kennedy in Berlin, have mostly never been seen before and are an astonishing record of a watershed moment, says John Walsh.

Life is a cabaret in Berlin

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Jessica Ennis-Hill

Injury forces Jessica Ennis-Hill out of Diamond League meeting in Oslo

The Olympic gold winner is thinking long term

Flooded streeets in Dresden's Gohlis district

Thousands of Germans, Hungarians and Czechs evacuated as floods hit central Europe

19,000 people have been evacuated from the flooding in the Czech Republic

William Hague argued that the move would boost the democratic accountability of the national parliaments in the EU’s 27 member states

Britain unsure whether to arm Syrian rebels, says William Hague

Britain is unsure about whether to arm the rebel groups in Syria and will only decide after a peace conference, which the international community is hoping to host in Geneva in the coming weeks.

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