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Germany tells Philippine envoy Duterte Hitler remarks 'unacceptable'

Berlin - The German government on Friday told the Philippine ambassador that comments by President Rodrigo Duterte likening his deadly crime war to Hitler's efforts to exterminate Jews were "unacceptable".

Germany revises down 2015 refugee arrivals to 890,000

Berlin - Germany has revised down the number of asylum seekers it took in last year from 1.1 million to 890,000, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said Friday.

Rosetta spacecraft bound for comet tomb

Darmstadt - Europe's Rosetta spacecraft was heading Friday for a mission-ending crash into the comet it has stalked for two years, a dramatic conclusion to a 12-year odyssey to demystify our Solar System's origins.

Kremlin offers Ukraine separatists propaganda tips: German media

Berlin - Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine are being actively advised by people close to the Kremlin on how to conduct a "propaganda campaign" against Kiev and the West, German media reported Thursday.

Russia has 'responsibility' to calm Syria: Merkel, Erdogan

Berlin - Russia has a "special responsibility to calm violence and give a political process a chance" in Syria, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday.

Lion killed after breaking out of German zoo enclosure

Leipzig - German zookeepers shot dead a lion Thursday after two of the animals escaped from their enclosure and a tranquiliser failed to stop one of them, the zoo's director said.

German woman on trial over neo-Nazi murders breaks silence

Munich - The surviving member of a German neo-Nazi trio accused of a string of racist killings broke her silence in court for the first time Thursday, claiming she no longer held far-right views.

YouTube-to-MP3 converter service sued by record labels

YouTube-mp3.org is a popular site that rips audio from YouTube videos and it is being sued by a group of major record labels.

German police shoot dead knife-wielding refugee

Berlin - German police shot dead a knife-wielding Iraqi in a refugee shelter who was attacking a Pakistani he suspected of having sexually abused his young daughter, police said Wednesday.

German mosque bombed ahead of unity celebrations

Dresden - Bomb attacks hit a mosque and an international convention centre in the eastern German city of Dresden, police said Tuesday, adding that they suspected a xenophobic and nationalist motive.

Germany's 'James Bond' goes on trial over tax evasion

Bochum - Germany's former top spy, Werner Mauss, went on trial Monday accused of hiding some 15 million euros from the tax authorities.

Germany sees 'turning point' in birth rate decline

Berlin - Germany has halted a three-decade-long decline in its birth rate, with data showing that the trend has started to reverse, statisticians said Friday.

Gulen says will return to Turkey if US backs extradition

Berlin - US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen is ready to return to Turkey if Washington approves Ankara's request for his extradition over the failed July coup, he told German broadcaster ZDF on Friday.

Symbols of migrant plight to go on display in Germany

Berlin - A people smugglers' car, a dinghy and a life jacket are among items related to Europe's migration crisis due to go on display at a German museum.

Man caught smuggling arms to Paris goes on trial in Germany

Berlin - A Montenegrin went on trial in southern Germany Friday accused of helping to prepare a terror attack after he was found driving to Paris last November with Kalashnikovs and explosives hidden in his car.

German populists in new storm over refugee 'worms' comments

Berlin - German populist party AfD was caught in a new storm Thursday after it emerged that a recently elected Berlin deputy had called refugees "disgusting worms" while another key member sold Nazi paraphernalia.

Berlin mulls border control extension

Berlin - German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said Wednesday he favoured a six-month extension for border controls which Brussels has authorised until November.

Xenophobia 'a threat' to peace in eastern Germany: Berlin

Berlin - Growing xenophobia and rightwing extremism could threaten peace in eastern Germany, the government warned Wednesday, voicing fears over the impact of a series of attacks on refugees in the region.

Essential Science: New pathogen causes anthrax like disease

A new report has detected a species of Bacillus, genetically distinct to the bacterium that causes anthrax, which causes a similar disease in chimpanzees, gorillas and other animals in Africa.

Merkel admits mistakes as anti-migrant party surges

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged Monday that there would be no repeat of last year's "chaotic" border opening to refugees, after a stinging defeat for her party in a Berlin state election.
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