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Merkel, Abe differ on how to fix world economy

Meseberg - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday disagreed on how best to kick-start the global economy ahead of a G7 meeting this month.

Europe's air safety agency to study aircraft-drone collision risk

Berlin - Europe's air safety watchdog Wednesday said it would examine the risk of collision between drones and aircraft, as the use of such unmanned flying devices grows.

400,000 refugees could head for Turkey if no Aleppo truce: UN envoy

Berlin - The UN's envoy for Syria on Wednesday made a plea for a halt in fighting in the second city of Aleppo, warning that failure to do so could lead to a "catastrophic" outcome.

U.S. defence chief expects more resources for anti-IS fight

Stuttgart - US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter expressed confidence Wednesday that countries engaged in the fight against Islamic State jihadists in Syria and Iraq will pour more military resources into the battle.

Kerry warns Assad as truce talks shift to Berlin

Berlin - US Secretary of State John Kerry warned Syria's Bashar al-Assad of "repercussions" if his regime flouts a new truce being negotiated, as talks to halt the violence shifted to Berlin Wednesday.

Merkel lends backing to halt rise of France's far-right

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday she would do what she can to help curb the rise of France's National Front (FN), as support surges for far-right parties across Europe.

Germany to legalise medicinal cannabis: Minister

Berlin - Germany is to legalise cannabis for medicinal purposes early next year, the health minister said on Tuesday.

Founder of Germany's far-right Pegida fined for inciting hatred

Berlin - The founder of Germany's xenophobic and anti-Islamic Pegida movement was Tuesday convicted of inciting racial hatred and fined nearly 10,000 euros for branding refugees "cattle" and "scum" on social media.

Germany's 'sharia police' members to face trial: Court

Berlin - A group of German radical Islamists will face trial for forming "sharia police" street patrols that told people to stop drinking, gambling and listening to music, a court said Tuesday.

German 'jihadist' goes on trial accused of Syria war crimes

Frankfurt - A German jihadist suspect went on trial Tuesday for war crimes in Syria after allegedly posing for photographs holding the severed heads of two victims of the conflict.

German 'house of horrors' couple tortured, killed 2 women: Police

Berlin - A German couple lured women to their village home with personal contact ads, then trapped, tortured and killed at least two of them, authorities said Tuesday.

Berlin bans entire apartment rentals on Airbnb

Berlin - As of May, people in Berlin can face up to a fine of $115,000 if they rent out their full apartments on Airbnb under a new law.

U.S. warns Russia it will defend allies as NATO command passes

Stuttgart - US Defence Secretary Ash Carter warned Tuesday that NATO would defend its allies against Russian "aggression" as he presided over the passing of the alliance's European command to a new general.

Perceived corruption worsens in Arab states: Transparency

Berlin - Ordinary people feel that corruption has worsened in nine Arab countries and territories over the last year, especially crisis-hit Lebanon and war-torn Yemen, a study by graft watchdog Transparency International said Tuesday.

World Jewish Congress slams YouTube over neo-Nazi videos

Berlin - The World Jewish Congress on Monday accused the German unit of YouTube of failing to stop neo-Nazis from using the online video channel to distribute thousands of anti-Semitic tracks.

Germany's right-wing AfD adopt anti-Islam manifesto

Stuttgart - Germany's right-wing populist AfD Sunday adopted an anti-Islam policy in a manifesto that also demands curbs to immigration, as a poll showed it is now the country's third strongest party.

Germany says to host fresh Ukraine talks

Berlin - German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier Saturday said he had invited his Russian, Ukrainian and French counterparts to talks in Berlin on May 11 intended to smooth differences between Moscow and Kiev.

Clashes, arrests as protesters seek to disrupt German right-wing congress

Stuttgart - German riot police on Saturday briefly detained some 500 protesters as clashes erupted outside a meeting of the right-wing populist AfD party, which is set to adopt an anti-Islamic manifesto amid a rise in European anti-migrant groups.

German govt, public workers settle wage dispute

Berlin - Germany's federal and local governments reached agreement on Friday with public sector workers on a pay rise, settling a dispute that grounded hundreds of flights during a warning strike two days earlier, sources said.

Ex-SS Auschwitz guard, 94 tells court, 'I am truly sorry'

Berlin - A 94-year-old former SS guard on trial for complicity in 170,000 murders at Auschwitz broke his silence Friday for the first time since the war, telling victims: "I am truly sorry.
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