Carefree friendship meets tragic end in ‘Bulbul Can Sing’
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Carefree friendship meets tragic end in ‘Bulbul Can Sing’

The Indian teenagers Bulbul, Bonny and Suman hang a swing in a tree in their village and take it easy. But a sense of apprehension underlies the joy and carefree spirit when Suman tells Bulbul to pull back her…

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Japanese space probe Hayabusa 2: Mission to explore universe’s origins
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Japanese space probe Hayabusa 2: Mission to explore universe’s origins

The big moment has come for Japanese space probe Hayabusa 2. On February 22, the “Falcon 2” is supposed to touch down on asteroid Ryugu. “The landing point is decided and how we’re going to land is confirmed,…

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Are France and the EU helpless against anti-Semitism?
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Are France and the EU helpless against anti-Semitism?

As Mauricette Rouffignat stood before yet another desecrated Jewish site on a recent sunny morning, it seemed like a playback to darker days. “I experienced World War II and all the suffering, the Jews who were deported,” said…

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IN PICTURES: Berlin public transport strike ends but more disruption expected
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IN PICTURES: Berlin public transport strike ends but more disruption expected

The strike by ‘Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe’ (BVG) employees officially ended at 12 noon. Travel information centres announced that buses, the U-Bahn underground system and trams would be up and running again, but that delays and irregular services were to…

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More women soldiers and less equipment: A look at Germany’s army in numbers
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More women soldiers and less equipment: A look at Germany’s army in numbers

Friday marks the first day of the weekend-long Munich Security Conference, in which 500 security experts – and over 4,000 police protecting them – will gather at the Bayerischer Hof hotel in Bavaria’s capital to discuss the state…

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Weekend Wanderlust: Hidden medieval charms in Schwäbisch Hall
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Weekend Wanderlust: Hidden medieval charms in Schwäbisch Hall

Those seeking the picture-postcard fachwerk (half-timbered) vision of Germany usually have to pay a price for the privilege – weaving through hordes of fellow tourists and being overcharged for food and drink. If one knows there to look,…

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Germany’s school system 101: Prepare for the mind-boggling
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Germany’s school system 101: Prepare for the mind-boggling

You’d think signing your child up for a secondary school shouldn’t be that tough. You fill out a few papers, sign them, and turn them in. But nope, in Germany, it’s no walk in the park. My friends…

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Europe’s cybersecurity gap threatens infrastructure, elections
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Europe’s cybersecurity gap threatens infrastructure, elections

Germany is fretting over whether the internet could be used by hostile forces to paralyze its critical infrastructure, and, according to the specialists who gathered at the Munich Cyber Security Conference on Thursday, there are all kinds of…

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Tableau tangos with the enterprise
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Tableau tangos with the enterprise

Tableau’s first quarterly release for this year, 2019.1, fleshes out the directions that it disclosed back at its TC18 conference last fall. Check out Larry Dignan’s account for a blow-by-blow description of the headline of the release, focusing…

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Microsoft just made Windows 10 updates a little easier to understand
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Microsoft just made Windows 10 updates a little easier to understand

Microsoft says that in the upcoming release of Windows 10 version 1903 it will get rid of the ‘Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted)’ SAC-T label, making life a little less confusing for admins. The SAC-T label was part of the…

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