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A liver transplant patient turned up to her operation appointment at a German hospital with a bottle of vodka in her bag, a court has heard.

Police search for body parts at the suspect’s house near Reichenau in Germany

Dresden police begin macabre task of discovering if 'cannibal cop' Detlev G ate his victim

At a remote guest house in a forest, police hunt for the body parts of a 59-year-old man

Dresden cannibal: German police worker ‘obsessed’ with cannibalism charged with torturing, butchering and eating man he met on fetish website

Police says victim had been fantasising about being killed and eaten by someone else since his youth

Google Doodle celebrates the birthday of German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche

Today's Google Doodle celebrates the 169th birthday of German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, whom many remember for his declaration "God is dead" and rejection of religion.

Crowds congregate on the 'ugly' bridge

The ugly blot on Dresden’s landscape: Bridge opens after Unesco dispute

Thousands of Dresdeners cocked a collective snook at Unesco today and held a party on the Elbe city’s “ugly” new road bridge, which opens to traffic tomorrow despite furious objections from the UN heritage body, which stripped Dresden of its world heritage status in protest against the structure.

Doctor Werner Lang: Engineer who designed the Trabant car

Doctor Werner Lang: Engineer who designed the Trabant car

On 9 November 1989, when the Berlin Wall was opened, tens of thousands of East Germans introduced the West to the Trabant car as they drove over the frontier. The car rapidly became recognisable as a kind of automotive liberator. The engineer behind its invention, Werner Lang, remained largely unknown.

The Chinese Tianhe 2. Courtesy of top500.org

China overtakes US with world's fastest supercomputer

The Tianhe-2 can perform 33,860 trillion calculations a second

Lothar Schmid

Lothar Schmid: Chess grandmaster who became a respected referee

He forced both Fischer and Spassky down by the shoulders and told them, 'Play chess now!'

Residents struggling to adjust to the watery world created by the floods in Halle

In Halle, the birthplace of Handel, ‘Water Music’ has a new resonance: Horrendous floods have left people fighting for their homes – and their lives

In the narrow streets of the ancient east German town of Halle, students, pensioners and housewives joined rescue workers battling furiously to fill hundreds of blue British Royal Mail sacks with sand, tons of which had been dumped in the city’s main market place.

Sandbags protect a premises against the flood in Dresden, Germany, on 6 June 2013. Today's flood crest is likely to be the biggest test yet of its floodwalls since 2002 when the Elbe River inundated historic palaces

Europe floods latest: Historic city centre of Dresden escapes deluge as Germany mobilises tens of thousands of emergency workers

The surging Elbe River crested today in the eastern German city of Dresden, sparing the historic city centre but engulfing wide areas of the Saxony capital.

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

German army soldiers patrol the flooded historic old town of Passau, Germany, on 4 June 2013

11 dead in central European floods as Germany is hit and Prague remains under water

Historical centre of Prague spared but suburban areas deluged

Richard Wagner (1813 - 1883), German composer, conductor, critic and author, circa 1860.

Germany celebrates bicentennial of Richard Wagner

Germany today celebrated the 200th birthday of Richard Wagner, the 19th-century composer whose music has been hailed as sublime art at the height of Western culture even as he remains tainted by his visceral anti-Semitic views, which later found favour with the Nazis.

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Sword at Sunset, By Rosemary Sutcliff

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