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The Fall of the Berlin Wall - 25th Anniversary
The building of the Berlin Wall began on 13 August 1961, when German Democratic Republic (GDR) armed forces started to seal off the eastern part of the city. In 1989, peaceful protests led to the fall of the GDR government and days later the fall of the Berlin Wall.
During a press conference on 09 November 1989, GDR government spokesperson Guenter Schabowski announced the immediate opening of the inner German border. After his statement was made public, tens of thousands of GDR citizens flocked to the border crossing points. The Iron Curtain fell. The Berlin Wall dividing East and West Berlin became a symbol of Germany’s divided past. Residents and tourists chipped away at it, keeping fragments for their own souvenirs. The fall of the wall led to German Reunification in October 1990.
The 25th anniversary of this historic autumn night will be celebrated on 09 November 2014.
Hong Kong Protests
The protests sparked in late September when the Chinese government announced rules limiting who could stand as a candidate in elections for Hong Kong's leader. These elections are scheduled for 2017. The democracy activists Occupy Central then launched a civil disobedience movement. They were joined by students who began a separate class boycott. The original sit-in took place in the Central district. The Chinese government has publicly supported Hong Kong's Chief Executive CY Leung though the protesters in the streets are calling for his resignation.
Formula One Russian Grand Prix
The 2014 Formula One Russian Grand Prix in Sochi is the 16th race of the 65th season of the popular FIA Formula One World Championship, the highest class of motor racing which generates worldwide interest. The race at the Sochi Autodrom, a brand new circuit built on the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics, marks the first time that the Russian Grand Prix has been run as a round of the Formula One World Championship since the championship was formed in 1950.
The 2014 Formula One season started on 16 March in Melbourne and will conclude in Abu Dhabi on 23 November. Eleven teams with 23 drivers compete in 19 Grand Prix races for the drivers' and the constructor's world championship titles. epa offers a complete coverage of every single Formula One Grand Prix including training, qualifying, press conferences, race action and the winner’s celebration.
Rome Film Festival
This year's Rome Film Festival takes place for the 9th time and runs from 16 to 25 October.
The festival's official selection is divided into four categories: Cinema d’Oggi presents films by both young and well-known authors, Gala consists of the season’s "popular but original" films, Mondo Genere sees a collection of films from various genres, while the latest trends in Italian fiction films and documentaries are part of Prospettive Italia. A selection of youth-oriented films is presented under the name of Alice nella città.