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In Germany, some Muslim refugees convert to Christianity

Berlin - Clad in white at a Berlin church, asylum seekers Saeed, Veronica, Farida and Matin were just about to become Christians on a recent Sunday.

Germany launches 150mn euro aid package for returning migrants

Berlin - Germany has pledged to spend 150 million euros ($189 million) helping migrants return home, the minister of development said in an interview published Friday.

Russia's Lavrov rejects 'myth of a Russian threat' in Europe

Hamburg - Moscow's top diplomat Sergei Lavrov on Thursday denounced the "myth of a Russian threat" and accused Western powers of destabilising Europe, at a meeting in Germany of OSCE nations.

Kerry warns OSCE of rise in 'authoritarian populism'

Hamburg - US Secretary of State John Kerry warned Thursday of "the danger of authoritarian populism" sweeping many Western democracies and cautioned against backsliding on basic freedoms.

No breakthrough in Kerry-Lavrov talks on Aleppo

Hamburg - US Secretary of State John Kerry held fresh talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Germany Wednesday but no breakthrough emerged on efforts to halt the fighting in the devastated Syrian city of Aleppo.

Weakened Merkel embarks on tough election campaign

Essen - Germany's ruling conservatives may have re-elected Angela Merkel as their leader once again, but they have also sent her into next year's election campaign with a stern warning ringing in her ears.

Merkel urges Germans to stick to facts on refugee crime

Essen - Chancellor Angela Merkel insisted Wednesday that Germany's record refugee influx last year had not led to a surge in violent crime, despite a rash of headline-grabbing cases.

Weakened Angela Merkel embarks on tough election campaign

Essen - Angela Merkel's conservatives gave her an 11-minute standing ovation after handing her another term as party chief but also issued a warning in re-electing her with the worst score since she became German chancellor.

Angela Merkel rebuffs populist claim to German identity

Essen - Chancellor Angela Merkel Tuesday attacked the rise of right-wing populists in Germany, hitting out at opponents of her liberal refugee policy staking a claim to define German national identity.

German public TV under fire for silence on rape-murder case

Berlin - Germany's public broadcaster ARD came under fire Tuesday, accused of ignoring a rape-murder case in which an Afghan refugee is the top suspect for fear of fueling anti-migrant sentiment.

Merkel launches election bid with tough line on immigration

Essen - Chancellor Angela Merkel Tuesday lashed populists seeking to exploit Germany's refugee influx, but set down a tough line on integration -- including a ban on the full-face veil -- as she launched into election campaign mode.

Kerry warns of 'anxieties' driving Western politics

Berlin - US Secretary of State John Kerry warned Monday that "anxieties" were sweeping Western democracies and stressed the need for strong transatlantic ties as Europe nervously awaits Donald Trump's start in the White House.

German dispatcher jailed for fatal train crash

Traunstein - A German court Monday sentenced a rail dispatcher to three-and-a-half-years in prison over a train crash that killed 12 people as he was playing a mobile phone game while on duty.

Afghan's murder-rape arrest reignites Germany refugee debate

Berlin - The German government pleaded for calm Monday after the arrest of a teenage Afghan asylum seeker for the alleged rape and murder of a German student triggered fresh criticism of the country's liberal refugee policy.

Afghan teen arrested over German murder-rape

Berlin - A teenage Afghan asylum seeker has been arrested on suspicion of the rape and murder of a 19-year-old female student in Germany, police and prosecutors said Saturday.

Germany arrests marxist militant 'leader'

Berlin - A radical marxist suspected of belonging to a left-wing extremist group accused of terrorism by Turkey has been arrested in Germany, judicial sources said on Saturday.The 55-year-old citizen of the Netherlands, whose name was given as Musa A.

Merkel to chart 2017 election battle at party congress

Berlin - After Donald Trump's shock victory, Francois Hollande's decision not to seek re-election and populism on the rise, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is next up on the campaign podium to set out her strategy for winning in 2017 polls.

Stolen Dachau 'Work will set you free' gate found in Norway

Munich - An iron gate with the infamous slogan "Arbeit macht frei" ("Work will set you free") stolen from the former Nazi concentration camp Dachau in Germany two years ago has been found in Norway, police said Friday.

Syrians in Germany face tough fight fit to be see their families

Berlin - Germany, trying to staunch the flow of Syrian refugees, has placed high hurdles for them to be reunited with their families, creating a Kafkaesque nightmare in the courts.

'Ich bin Charlie': French satire mag hits Germany

Berlin - Some put Chancellor Angela Merkel on a pedestal, but French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo placed her on a toilet seat in seeking to conquer Germany with its provocative brand of humour.
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