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Tuesday, November 9, 1999 Published at 17:10 GMT


World: Europe

In pictures: Berlin Wall celebrations



The citizens of Germany are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.


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Peering through a remnant of the wall at Berlin's Bernauer Strasse. The segment pictured is the inner wall on the eastern side. The metal wall in the background is new - part of a memorial that was inaugurated on Tuesday.


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The German parliament, the Bundestag, was packed for a speech by Parliamentary president Wolfgang Thierse, marking the occasion.


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Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich and his ensemble played two classic pieces by Sergei Prokofiev and Johann Sebastian Bach after the session.


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German Reinhard Schamuhn and passers-by celebrate with champagne in front of a table he decorated with souvenirs from the United States, Russia and Germany.


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View through the wall at Bernauer Strasse. The western side is seen in the background. Between the walls is the former death strip.


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Former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl wipes tears from his eyes as he listens to a speech by Rev Joachim Gauck, who administers the former East German secret police (Stasi) files, in the Bundestag.


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An unidentified stroller passes a part of the former Berlin Wall, now known as the "East Side Gallery". An East German Trabant car was painted on the wall by an unknown artist in 1990.


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Former US President George Bush, left, shakes hands with former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in the Bellevue castle in Berlin.


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An unidentified man stands next to the Wall Memorial at Berlin's Bernauer Strasse. The inscription reads: Memorial for the victims of World War II and the divided Germany.





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