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Thousands march across Europe in anti-Islam Pegida rallies

Dresden - A march by Germany's anti-Islamic organisation Pegida drew thousands to the eastern city of Dresden on Saturday with rallies in support of the movement also held in a string of other European cities.

Germany's Catholic Church calls for 'reduction' in refugees

Frankfurt - The German Catholic Church called for a reduction in the influx of refugees arriving in Germany, saying the country cannot take in "all the world's needy," according to an interview published Saturday. Germany has been struggling to cope with 1.

Cologne police record 22 cases of sexual assault at carnival

Berlin - Cologne police said Friday they recorded 22 complaints of sexual assault on the first day of the city's giant carnival, after security was beefed up to prevent a repeat of the New Year's Eve crime spree that shocked Germany.

Ex-Auschwitz SS guard, 93, faces trial in April

Berlin - A 93-year-old former SS guard at the Auschwitz death camp will stand trial in April on a charge of accessory to murder, a German court said Friday.

Rare find: Only known U.S. jaguar caught on video in AZ mountains

Tucson - He's the only known wild jaguar in the U.S., and he's finally been caught — on video. The big cat, known as "El Jefe," (the boss), is seen prowling around a creek in the Santa Rita mountains of southern Arizona.

Cologne opens carnival on edge after sex attacks

Cologne - Cologne opened its annual carnival Thursday with ramped-up security to prevent a repeat of the sex assaults that marred New Year and triggered a debate about Germany's ability to integrate asylum seekers.

Germany urges strict budget policy to cope with refugees

Frankfurt - Germany's top priority at the moment is taking in and integrating the huge influx of refugees, but that will require a very strict handling of the country's public finances, finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said in a newspaper interview Thursday.

German police arrest Algerian suspects over 'Berlin IS plot'

Berlin - German police Thursday arrested three Algerians suspected of links to the Islamic State group after raids targeting several sites, including refugee shelters where some of the suspects lived.

German police arrest two Algerians 'linked to IS'

Berlin - German police have arrested two Algerians they suspect of links to the Islamic State group and are hunting for two others in operations in Berlin and other regions, they said Thursday.

German populist party eyes gains despite 'shoot the migrants' uproar

Berlin - Germany's AfD began life as an anti-euro party, but it has morphed into a right-wing populist outfit suggesting that police should be allowed to shoot migrants seeking to enter the country.

Man convicted in Germany for backing Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers

Hamburg - A Sri Lankan-born man received an 18-month suspended sentence in Germany Tuesday for membership of the rebel group the Tamil Tigers which Germany considers a terrorist organisation.The 53-year-old German national, identified only as Yogendran G.

Merkel tells Putin to 'use influence' to rein in Ukraine rebels

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to use his influence to rein in pro-Kremlin rebels in eastern Ukraine, a day after she warned a year-old peace deal was not being fully implemented.

Russia still sending troops, weapons to east Ukraine: Poroshenko

Berlin - Ukraine's president Monday accused Russia of sending troops and weapons into the ex-Soviet state's conflict-torn east, and warned that a fragile peace deal was not being fully implemented."It's terrible that after the Minsk agreement ...

Germany opens first shelter for gay refugees

Berlin - Germany opened Monday its first shelter for gay and lesbian refugees, as fears grew over threats to sexual minorities in overcrowded accommodations.

Cologne, on edge since sex assaults, beefs up carnival security

Berlin - Cologne is on high alert ahead of its giant carnival festivities since a shocking spate of sexual assaults, with German authorities anxious to prevent a repeat of the rampage and ward off potential jihadist attacks.

Support for Merkel dips to 2012 low as populists gain traction: Survey

Berlin - Support for German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative alliance has slumped to its lowest since July 2012 as opposition over her liberal refugee policy grows, a survey showed Sunday, while a right-wing populist party polled a record high.

Merkel says expects most refugees to go home once safe to do so

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday she expected most of the refugees from Syria and Iraq to return home once peace has returned to their countries, as she faces strong pressure over her welcoming stance towards asylum seekers.

German populists in 'shoot migrants' storm

Berlin - Germany's eurosceptic right-wing populist AfD party created a storm Saturday by suggesting police "if need be" should threaten to shoot migrants seeking to enter the country.

Clashes in German town targeted by anti-refugee violence

Berlin - Far-right protesters clashed Saturday with rival, anti-fascist activists in a southwest German village where assailants had hurled a hand grenade Friday as anti-refugee violence in the country escalates, police said.

EU voices support for German migrant fuel tax idea

Berlin - A German proposal for a continent-wide fuel tax to help finance the absorption of migrants has won backing from the European commissioner for the euro, news magazine Spiegel reported Saturday.
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