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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.

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.

Berlin plays down security gaps after 'Islamist' agent arrest

Berlin - The German government Wednesday denied security flaws at its domestic spy service after an agent was unmasked as a suspected Islamist and media labelled him a former gay porn actor.

German intelligence agent exposed as 'suspect Islamist'

Berlin - A German working in intelligence has been exposed as "a suspect Islamist", Germany's domestic security agency said on Tuesday, following reports he was planning an attack on the agency's headquarters.

'No progress' at Ukraine peace meeting: Lavrov

Minsk - Russia's foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said the meeting on Tuesday with his Ukrainian, French and German counterparts made "no progress" in ending the war between Kiev and pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine's east.

Carmakers to build Europe network of e-charging stations

Frankfurt Am Main - German carmakers BMW, Daimler, Porsche and Audi and US competitor Ford said on Tuesday they would cooperate on a Europe-wide network of electric charging stations.

Charlie Hebdo in bid to find German funny bone

Paris - There are no prizes for guessing whose face features on the poster for the first German edition of Charlie Hebdo which will appear on newsstands in Berlin and Vienna on Thursday.

Lufthansa pilots' strike forces airline to axe 1,700 flights

Frankfurt Am Main - A renewed pilots' strike will ground around 1,700 flights at European aviation giant Lufthansa on Tuesday and Wednesday, the group said, as a long-running and costly battle over pay drags on.

German court upholds 'Bookkeeper of Auschwitz' conviction

Berlin - A German federal court has upheld the conviction of a former Nazi SS officer known as the "Bookkeeper of Auschwitz", his lawyer said Monday, in a ruling welcomed by victims' representatives.

Germany wary of Fillon's cosy attitude to Russia

Berlin - Francois Fillon, frontrunner to become France's next president, has sparked unease in Germany with his friendly attitude toward Russia, which could make him an uncomfortable ally for Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Turkey detains 'wanted Kurdish female militant' at Istanbul airport

Istanbul - Turkish police on Sunday detained a woman accused of being a wanted Kurdish militant at Istanbul's main airport, state media said.

Lufthansa pilots plan new strikes Tuesday and Wednesday

Berlin - Pilots at German flag carrier Lufthansa will resume their strike on Tuesday and Wednesday, their union said, as talks over a dispute concerning wages ended without a resolution.

BBC Turkish says reporter freed in southeast Turkey

Istanbul - The Turkish authorities on Sunday freed a reporter for the BBC's Turkish language service in the southeast of the country after holding her for a day without explanation, the broadcaster said.

Magician Jorgos to have his own television magic show in Germany Special

World renowned magician Jorgos revealed some great news to Digital Journal. He will be having his own magic show on German television.

100,000 passengers hit on third day of Lufthansa strike

Berlin - Germany's flagship airline Lufthansa said 830 domestic and European flights were being scrapped on Friday, affecting more than 100,000 passengers, on the third day of a strike by pilots demanding higher pay.

German state premier invites Trump to visit

Berlin - The leader of the German state of Bavaria has invited Donald Trump to visit, reports said Thursday, after he urged European politicians to keep an open mind about the controversial US President-elect.

EU Parliament chief Schulz returns to German politics 

Brussels - Germany's Martin Schulz said Thursday he would step down as head of the European Parliament and return to national politics, where speculation grew he could emerge as a challenge to Angela Merkel.
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