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Germany's SPD shifts left but gives Merkel coalition 'a chance'

Frankfurt Am Main - The new, leftist leaders of Germany's Social Democrats offered Angela Merkel's struggling coalition a lifeline at a key congress on Friday but vowed to push for more action on climate protection and public investments.

Iran working on nuclear-capable missiles: European powers

Berlin - Britain, France and Germany have accused Iran of developing nuclear-capable ballistic missiles in a letter dismissed by Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on Thursday as "a desperate falsehood".

Auschwitz survivor's 'duty to the dead'

Berlin - Leon Schwarzbaum is one of the last survivors of Auschwitz -- the Nazi death camp that Chancellor Angela Merkel will be visiting for the first time on Friday.At 98, he says his "duty to the dead" is to bear witness about what happened to him.

Stay or go? Four scenarios as Merkel partners debate future

Berlin - Headed by a new leftist leadership duo, Germany's struggling Social Democrats are gearing up for a crunch congress from Friday that could decide the future of Chancellor Angela Merkel's fragile coalition government.

Germany kicks out Russian diplomats over Berlin murder

Berlin - Germany expelled two Russian diplomats on Wednesday after prosecutors said Moscow could be behind the killing of a former Chechen rebel commander in a Berlin park.

Germany kicks out Russian diplomats over Berlin murder

Berlin - Germany expelled two Russian diplomats on Wednesday after prosecutors said Moscow could be behind the killing of a former Chechen rebel commander in a Berlin park.

Russia link to Berlin murder hardens: reports

Berlin - German prosecutors in charge of intelligence cases are due to take over an investigation into the killing of a former Chechen rebel, suspecting that Russia could be behind the murder, German media reported on Tuesday.

Merkel to visit Auschwitz for first time

Berlin - Angela Merkel will visit the Auschwitz death camp in Poland on Friday for the first time in her 14 years as chancellor, as Germany grapples with a resurgence of anti-Semitism.

German rescue ship asks Italy to take in migrants

Berlin - A German charity on Monday said its rescue ship was heading to Italian shores with 69 migrants on board, hoping they will be allowed to disembark.

Expat Hong Kongers rally on 'keyboard frontline'

Berlin - Video messages featuring young Hong Kongers reciting what could be their last words before joining a protest are filling up the inbox of Glacier Kwong, a digital rights activist based in Germany.

The SPD's new leaders: an 'anti-Merkel coalition' duo

Berlin - Relative unknowns just days ago, Nobert Walter-Borjans and Saskia Esken were elected Saturday by their centre-left SPD as leaders of the party, junior partner in German Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition government.

Blow to Merkel coalition as ally loses SPD leadership race

Berlin - Germany's Deputy Chancellor and Finance Minister Olaf Scholz on Saturday lost the leadership race of his centre-left SPD party, throwing the future of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition into question.

Campaigners occupy German coal mines in climate protest

Spremberg - Thousands of activists on Saturday occupied several opencast coal mines in eastern Germany, seeking to put pressure on the government to phase out the fossil fuel -- a divisive issue in the country's rust belt.

Germany's far-right AfD in radical-moderate leadership compromise

Braunschweig - Germany's far-right AfD party on Saturday elected a leadership duo backed by both its increasingly influential radical wing and moderates, at a congress hit by massive protests.

Campaigners to occupy German coal mine in climate protest

Spremberg - Campaigners were preparing to occupy a vast opencast coal mine in eastern Germany on Saturday to put pressure on the government to phase out the fossil fuel -- a divisive issue in the country's rust belt.

Germany's far-right AfD elects new leaders as radicals rise

Braunschweig - Germany's far-right AfD party will elect new leaders on Saturday, with its increasingly influential radical wing seeking to tighten its grip on the group after a series of electoral victories.

Merkel coalition in balance as ally loses SPD leadership race

Berlin - The future of Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition was thrown into question on Saturday as her deputy chancellor and finance minister lost the leadership race of his centre-left party SPD.

German Amazon workers strike on 'Black Friday'

Frankfurt Am Main - More than 2,000 Amazon workers in Germany walked off the job as the US online retailer kicked off its "Black Friday" sales bonanza, escalating a long-simmering battle for better pay and working conditions.

Tens of thousands rally in Europe, Asia before UN climate summit

Berlin - Tens of thousands of protesters, primarily in Europe and Asia, hit the streets on Friday to make a fresh call for action against global warming, hoping to raise pressure on world leaders days before a UN climate summit.

German police offer half a million euro reward for stolen jewels

Berlin - Investigators in Germany on Thursday offered a half-a-million-euro reward for information about the spectacular heist in which robbers snatched priceless diamonds from a state museum in Dresden.
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