In the Rhineland, carnival is called the 'fifth season'. Today thousands of people in Cologne celebrated the beginning of the carnival period, which goes until February, in Germany.
As the carnival season opens in western Germany, tens of thousands of residents take to the streets to party. The season of beer, colorful costumes and silliness is set to last until Ash Wednesday in March next year.
Seven months ago, Turkish-German citizen of Cologne Adil Demirci went on vacation to Turkey. Before he could return he was arrested on terror charges. His trial is set to start.
A German woman has been found guilty of being a member of a terrorist organization by the Turkish government. She is the third German citizen in as many months to be sentenced to prison in Turkey.
The only unbeaten sides in professional German football meet in the second round of the cup as Borussia Dortmund host second-division Union Berlin. Elsewhere, Schalke travel to Cologne while RB Leipzig host Hoffenheim.
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