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Brad Pitt 'Keeper of the German Language'

ImageWe may know him best as the devilishly handsome provocateur of films such as "Ocean's Eleven" but Brad Pitt may be about to receive a somewhat more salubrious title - the "Keeper of the German Language" for 2014.

Security

US mulls putting North Korea back on terror list

President Barack Obama has said the US is reviewing N. Korea's status following an alleged cyber-attack by the communist nation on Sony Pictures. Obama has pledged a "proportional and appropriate" response to the attack.

Architecture

Overlooked Russian Bauhaus in limelight in Berlin

Russia's art and architecture school of the 1920s has long been overshadowed by its famous German counterpart, Bauhaus. A new exhibition in Berlin's Martin-Gropius-Bau brings overdue recognition.

Film

EU film prize goes to Polish coming-of-age drama

The Lux Film Prize, awarded each year by the European Parliament, goes to "Ida" by Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski. The prize recognizes films that reflect Europe's cultural identity and diversity.

Literature

The 10 must-read German books of 2014

German authors are by no means bestsellers in English-speaking literature markets. Only a few dozen writers are currently translated for readers in London, New York or San Francisco. Some discoveries await readers.

Awards

German photographers win UNICEF's 'Photo of the Year,' highlighting sex tourism

UNICEF-Germany has awarded its "Photo of the Year" prize to two young Germans who were travelling in the Philippines. Their image addresses the subject of fatherless children of sex tourism.

Film

Century of film history to go on auction

A US collector has spent half a century acquiring nearly 200,000 film posters, including a valuable one from German silent film "Metropolis." Now the whole collection is going under the hammer.

Archeology

Germany to crack down on antiquity theft

Looters are destroying historic ancient sites in the Middle East, funneling profits in some cases to terror militias. Berlin is proposing new laws for those dealing in antiquities aiming to quell such looting.