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Germany expects continued IMF aid for Greece

Berlin - Germany said Sunday that it expects the International Monetary Fund to continue participating in the bailout for debt-stricken Greece, despite the lender's doubts on the issue.

UN envoy De Mistura questions US engagement on Syria

Munich - UN envoy Staffan de Mistura on Sunday questioned US President Donald Trump's engagement in solving the Syrian war, just days ahead of a new round of peace talks in Geneva."Where is the US in all this?

Israel's Lieberman insists land swaps key to two-state solution

Munich - A two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict must include exchanges of people and land to ensure the two sides are completely separated, Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Sunday.

Trump envoys in Europe: Talking points

Munich - US President Donald Trump's envoys have tried to reassure allies that Washington remains committed to its global role and responsibilities.

New US immigrant ban to be better prepared: Kelly

Munich - US Homeland Security chief John Kelly on Saturday said a new presidential immigrant ban will be better prepared and implemented to ensure there is no repeat of the chaos caused by the first.

Russia calls for 'post-West' world order: Lavrov

Munich - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called Saturday for an end to a world order dominated by the West and said Moscow wanted to establish a "pragmatic" relationship with the United States.

Trump 'unwavering' in commitment to NATO alliance: Pence

Munich - US Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday said President Donald Trump would stand by the NATO transatlantic alliance and no one should doubt his commitment after sacrifices made to defend it.

US pledges 'unwavering' commitment, Europe lukewarm

Munich - US Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday led a chorus of reassurance for allies rattled by Donald Trump's policy stance but European leaders gave the pledges a lukewarm welcome.

Refugee comedy, transgender love story tipped at Berlin festival

Berlin - A European refugee comedy and a transgender love story are tipped to clinch prizes Saturday at the Berlin film festival, an event dominated by criticism of US President Donald Trump.

European partners look to Pentagon chief for reassurance

Munich - Jittery European partners looking for reassurance from a member of US President Donald Trump's new administration might have found it Friday in the form of Defense Secretary James Mattis.

Germany bans internet-connected 'spying' doll Cayla

Berlin - German regulators have banned an internet-connected doll called "My Friend Cayla" that can chat with children, warning Friday that it was a de facto "spying device".

Transatlantic bond 'strongest bulwark' against instability: Mattis

Munich - The bond between Europe and America is the "strongest bulwark" against instability and violence, US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday as he tried to calm jittery allies seeking clarity from Donald Trump's White House.

NATO is also important for US too: Merkel

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday that NATO is important not just for Europe but also for the United States, speaking as a major security gathering kicked off in Munich.

Europe warns US against hurting cohesion, favouring Russia

Munich - European leaders Friday fired a salvo of warnings against Washington, cautioning it against hurting EU cohesion, abandoning shared values and seeking a rapprochement with Russia behind the backs of its allies.

Tillerson shuns spotlight at landmark G20 meeting

Bonn - A G20 gathering in Bonn was supposed to herald onto the world stage Washington's new top diplomat, Rex Tillerson, but instead he kept a low profile and even left without the normally de rigueur press conference.

Tillerson, Wang in highest-level US-China meet under Trump

Bonn - US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday used his first meeting with Chinese counterpart Wang Yi to urge Beijing to help rein in North Korea after its series of nuclear and ballistic missile tests.

Allies claim Tillerson backing for political solution in Syria

Bonn - US allies won assurances Friday from new Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that Washington backed a UN-brokered political solution to the Syria conflict, the latest sign the Trump administration will keep to existing policy.

US pledges nuclear defence for Japan, S.Korea after N.Korea missile launch

Bonn - US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday pledged that Washington would use the full range of its arsenal, including nuclear weapons, to defend allies Japan and South Korea against North Korea if needed.

Merkel says didn't know Germany spied on allies

Berlin - Chancellor Angela Merkel testified Thursday that she was surprised to learn almost two years ago that Germany's BND foreign intelligence service was spying on targets in allied nations.

US ready to work with Russia 'if it benefits Americans'

Bonn - US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday said his country will work with Russia if doing so benefits Americans, as Moscow pressed the Trump administration to live up to its promises of improving ties.
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