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Surging German Greens name Annalena Baerbock for Merkel's crown

Berlin - Germany's Green party on Monday named its co-chair Annalena Baerbock as their candidate to succeed Angela Merkel, throwing down the gauntlet to the chancellor’s conservatives who were locked in increasingly vicious infighting for her crown.

Surging German Greens to name candidate for Merkel's crown

Berlin - Germany's opposition Greens will name Monday their candidate to succeed Angela Merkel at September's general election, challenging the chancellor's conservatives who are locked in increasingly vicious infighting for her crown.

Deal elusive in conservatives' battle for Merkel's crown

Berlin - Two conservative leaders locked in battle for Angela Merkel's crown failed to reach a deal by their self-imposed deadline, pushing the chancellor's CDU-CSU alliance deeper into crisis Monday months before elections.

Germany calls for unity as it mourns Covid dead

Berlin - Germany held a national memorial service on Sunday for its nearly 80,000 victims of the coronavirus pandemic, with the president urging the country to put aside deep divisions over Covid restrictions to share the pain of grieving families.

Conservatives in disarray as scrum for Merkel job opens wounds

Berlin - A bruising internal struggle to succeed Chancellor Angela Merkel has left Germany's once stable ruling conservatives in disarray and on the brink of implosion less than six months ahead of elections in September.

Germany probes Russian over plot to murder Chechen dissident

Berlin - German prosecutors said Friday they are investigating a Russian man suspected of helping to plan the murder of a Chechen dissident living in Germany on orders of the Chechen regime.

Meet the two men in tug-of-war for Merkel mantle

Berlin - Germany's ruling conservatives are locked in a bitter dispute over who they want to succeed Angela Merkel as chancellor when Germany goes to the polls in September.

Germany to give different second jab to AstraZeneca recipients under 60

Berlin - People aged under 60 who have been given a first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine in Germany will receive a different jab for their second dose, federal and regional health ministers agreed Tuesday.

US affirms Germany ties with troop level boost

Berlin - US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Tuesday underlined the Biden administration's commitment to closer ties with Germany by announcing an increase in troop levels in the country on his first official trip to Europe.

Merkel's govt agrees 'overdue' law on curfews, tougher virus curbs

Berlin - The German government agreed Tuesday on controversial changes to a national infections control law, handing Berlin more power to impose tougher measures such as night-time curfews to halt the raging coronavirus pandemic.

'Seize opportunity' for peace in Yemen, UN urges

Berlin - The United Nations calledMonday on all parties involved in the conflict in Yemen to "seize the opportunity" for a diplomatic solution as world powers held virtual talks.

Merkel party chief swings ahead in race to be next chancellor

Berlin - The head of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU secured the backing of the party's top brass on Monday in a key boost for his campaign to succeed the veteran leader at elections in September.

Merkel party chief confident as leadership contest heats up

Berlin - The head of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU voiced confidence ahead of a key meeting Monday that the party's top brass will back him as their chancellor candidate despite a challenge from his Bavarian counterpart.

Two conservatives declare bids in race to succeed Merkel

Berlin - The head of Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU party and its smaller Bavarian sister party both declared themselves willing to run for chancellor on Sunday, with the bloc poised to decide who will represent it in the race to succeed the veteran leader in S...

Germany's divided far-right AfD to launch election bid

Dresden - The far-right AfD will firm up its election manifesto this weekend as Germany prepares for the post-Merkel era, with the party seeking to reverse a lag in support amid infighting and an ailing effort to capitalise on the pandemic.

Op-Ed: COVID — New spike and ‘endemic’ status is a serious threat

Sydney - It’s not over yet, or anything like over. Statistics are showing returning spikes worldwide. Worse, the dangerous situation of COVID becoming “endemic” is now credible for the foreseeable future.

New phase of light holds the key to quantum encryption

A new phase of light has been discovered. This has been named a "super photon". It is formed of thousands of individual light particles (photons). This could help unlock quantum encryption.

BioNTech-Pfizer say Covid vaccine 100% effective on 12-15 year olds

Berlin - BioNTech-Pfizer said Wednesday their vaccine showed 100 percent efficacy against the coronavirus in 12 to 15 year olds, as they eye approval for adolescents to get the jabs before the next school year.

Merkel and party chief at odds over virus measures

Berlin - The leader of Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union party pushed back Monday against the chancellor's criticism that some of Germany's 16 states are straying from agreed Covid-19 measures, insisting they are taking the pandemic seriously.

Berlin toughens MP rules as graft scandal sees Merkel party slump

Berlin - Germany's ruling coalition parties agreed Friday to tougher transparency rules for MPs in the wake of a damaging corruption scandal which has seen Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives slump to record lows in opinion polls.
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