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Merkel vows to convince climate change 'doubters'

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed Tuesday to work to convince climate change "doubters" as the world waits to see whether US President Donald Trump will endorse the Paris agreement.

From rubber ducks to sausages, Luther mania sweeps German town

Wittenberg - Carrying an armful of "Luther Brodt" gingerbread to the cashier, Mikael Byrial Jensen admits sheepishly that Martin Luther would probably not have been impressed by the flood of souvenirs bearing his name.

Hopes for climate pact shift to diplomatic sphere

Bonn - After frustrating talks in Bonn with an American delegation in limbo, UN climate negotiators are pinning their hopes for the Paris Agreement's future on diplomatic arm-twisting at the highest level.

Past isolation a clue to east German xenophobia: study

Berlin - Eastern Germany is a hotspot for far-right attitudes and racist hate crimes in part because it was long a closed-off communist society with few immigrants, a new study said Thursday.

Michael Schumacher's children in blackmail threat

Berlin - A blackmailer threatened to kill the children of stricken Formula One legend Michael Schumacher unless paid 900,000 euros ($1 million).

Berlin truck attacker should have been behind bars: minister

Berlin - The man blamed for Berlin's deadly Christmas market jihadist attack last December should have been arrested months earlier as a drug dealer, the city-state's interior minister charged Wednesday.

Call for climate solidarity in face of Trump threats

Bonn - Countries at high risk of sea-level rise, drought and storms caused by global warming urged world leaders Wednesday to stay the course despite America's threatened exit from a UN climate pact.

German far-right plot rekindles debate on Nazi-era Wehrmacht

Berlin - The scandal surrounding an attack plot hatched by two far-right soldiers has again forced Germany to confront its dark past -- specifically, the role of the Wehrmacht in the Third Reich.

Bach vs burka: Germany in election-year identity debate

Berlin - What does it mean to be German? A minister close to Chancellor Angela Merkel has kicked off a divisive election-year debate about cultural identity -- earning him praise, ridicule and charges of immigrant-bashing.

China pledges $124 billion for new 'Silk Road' trade initiative

Beijing - 30 different countries have just ended a two-day summit in Beijing on China's new Silk Road plan. China plus 29 other countries reaffirmed commitment to build open economies and to develop free and inclusive trade under China's Belt and Road initiative.

Macron wins Merkel backing for bid to shake up Europe

Berlin - France's new President Emmanuel Macron secured backing Monday from key ally Chancellor Angela Merkel for his bid to shake up Europe, despite scepticism in Berlin over his proposed reforms.

Macron, Merkel say ready to change EU treaties if needed

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and France's new President Emmanuel Macron vowed Monday to give a new impetus to Europe, saying they were ready to even change EU treaties if necessary.

Germany warns it could pull its NATO troops out of Turkey base

Berlin - Berlin on Monday slammed Ankara's refusal to allow German lawmakers to visit a NATO base near Syria and warned it could move its troops elsewhere.

Macron, Merkel vow new momentum for Europe

Berlin - France's new President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday vowed to give a new impetus to Europe, even if it requires treaty change, after Macron appointed a prime minister from the conservative camp.

Merkel's party bags key victory in bellwether state vote

D - Chancellor Angela Merkel dealt a devastating blow to her main rival on Sunday, four months before national elections, when early results showed her party securing a strong win in a regional vote in Germany's biggest state.

Berlin backpackers in a bind: To fund Pyongyang or not?

Berlin - It's an unusual dilemma that tourists in Berlin have to grapple with -- will getting into a hostel bunk bed help finance North Korea's nuclear ambitions?

Merkel to host Macron for talks in Berlin on Monday

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel will host Emmanuel Macron for talks in Berlin on Monday, on his first trip abroad as French president.

Merkel's party faces election dry run in bellwether state

Haltern - Germany's most populous state goes to the polls on Sunday, with Chancellor Angela Merkel's party aiming to extend a winning streak that could seriously damage her rival before national elections.One in five German voters -- 13.

Golf: Adidas sells TaylorMade equipment to US fund

Berlin - German sports giant Adidas said Wednesday it had agreed to sell its golfing brands TaylorMade, Adams Golf and Ashworth to US fund KPS Capital Partners for $425 million (390 million euros).

German defence minister vows clear army break with Nazi past

Berlin - Germany's defence minister announced reforms Wednesday to rid the armed forces of links with the Nazi-era Wehrmacht, responding to a scandal around a far-right attack plot within the military.
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