The panda bears Jiao Qing and Meng Meng are settling into their new home in Berlin after a long journey from China. China has loaned pandas to zoos around the world for many years. But is panda diplomacy a distraction from human rights abuses?
Mother Tonja has given birth to two polar bear cubs, but only one survived. The zoo's polar curator has warned of the cub's vulnerability months after Tonja's firstborn died.
Berliners may be gruff, but as Tamsin Walker found out at one of the oldest zoos in the world, the city's affection for its bears, be they polar or panda, is as real as it is historic. And that is not all she discovered.
Panda fever has gripped Berlin. The locals can't get enough of the two new zoo residents, "Sweet Dream" and "Darling." Yet animal-lovers can simply walk through the city to get their kicks, says columnist Gero Schliess.
U2 frontman Bono and guitarist The Edge were in Berlin on Wednesday, treating fans on the city’s subway system to an impromptu mini-concert. The musicians were promoting their first album in three years.
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