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Rare WWI colour photos mark centenary

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WW1A German publisher has gathered hundreds of rare colour photographs of the First World War to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the conflict.

Despite colour photography already existing, the First World War is almost always seen in black and white. Now rare colour photographs taken at the front line have been gathered together by author Peter Walther to mark the anniversary.

The remarkable volume from publisher Taschen brings together 320 pictures of the war, and shows the important developments of the period – from the mobilisation of 1914 to the victory celebrations in Paris and London.

Patients can grow cannabis

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Seriously ill patients will be allowed to grow their own cannabis at home for medicinal purposes, a German court ruled on Tuesday.

Home cultivation can take place when no alternative treatment to cannabis exists and buying the drug in a chemist is too expensive, decided judge Andreas Fleischfresser at the Köln Administrative Court.

The hearing centred on five chronically ill men who were prescribed the drug by doctors when all other treatments failed. The typical monthly outlay is €800-€1,000 for the drug; the state health insurance system refuses to reimburse the cost.

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‘Disney’ castle staff on trial for fraud

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King Ludwig II’s magical castle, Schloss Neuschwanstein, in BavariaGermany’s most famous castle is at the centre of a court case with two former employees of Schloss Neuschwanstein standing trial for fraud.

At the start of the trial last week in the district court in Kaufbeuren, Bavaria, the two men, aged 66 and 42, rejected charges of fraud and breach of trust, while they worked for the tourist attraction.

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