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Merkel defends NSA cooperation before minister flies to U.S.

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel has defended Germany's cooperation with U.S. intelligence, dismissing comparisons of its techniques to those used in communist East Germany in an attempt to ease tensions a day before talks on the thorny issue in Washington.Full story

Prominent East German artist Willi Sitte dies at 92

BERLIN (Reuters) - Willi Sitte, one of the most prominent painters of former Communist East Germany, whose talent also brought him recognition in the West, has died at the age of 92 after a long illness, German media reported on Saturday. Full story

IKEA expresses 'regret' over forced German labor

Swedish furniture giant Ikea expressed regret Friday that it benefited from the use of forced prison labor by some of its suppliers in communist East Germany more than two decades ago. Full story

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  Retirees' battle over ex-Cold War site heats up

Plans to close seniors' center that was used by East Germany's Stasi spies during the Cold War have prompted its elderly patrons to to take action: They've occupied the building. NBC News' Carlo Angerer reports from Berlin.

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