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Germany probes cause of deadly train crash

Berlin - German investigators raced Wednesday to determine what caused a train crash that killed 10 people, warning it was too early to draw conclusions as media reports claimed human error was to blame.

France, Germany press Brussels on terror funding crackdown

Paris - France and Germany pressed the European Union on Tuesday to speed up plans designed to crack down on the funding of terrorist groups.

Merkel 'can't recall' angry phone talk with Pope Francis

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's office on Tuesday said she had no memory of an angry phone call she reportedly made to Pope Francis after he compared Europe to a "barren woman".

Varoufakis back in Germany to launch EU grassroots movement

Berlin - Greece's far-left former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis came to Berlin Tuesday to launch a pan-European grassroots political movement, saying its goal was to "democratise" the 28-member bloc.

Kremlin rebukes Merkel over Syria criticism

Moscow - The Kremlin on Tuesday issued a rare rebuke to German Chancellor Angela Merkel a day after she criticised Russian air strikes in Syria.

Germany to put two SS men on trial over Auschwitz killings

Berlin - Two former SS men will go on trial this month for their alleged complicity in the murder of thousands of people at Auschwitz, as Germany accelerates its bid to prosecute ageing Third Reich criminals.

'At least eight dead, 100 injured in German train crash

Bad Aibling - Two commuter trains collided head-on in southern Germany on Tuesday, killing at least eight people and injuring around 100, in one of the country's deadliest rail accidents in years.

'Last survivors must speak out': Auschwitz baby

Berlin - Angela Orosz weighed just a third of what a normal infant does when she was born in Auschwitz, and only escaped death at the Nazi concentration camp because she was so weak she was "unable to cry".

Pope says he angered Merkel with comments on Europe

Vatican City - Pope Francis has revealed that he received an angry phone call from German Chancellor Angela Merkel after he compared Europe to a "barren woman", in an interview published Monday.

Berlin, Ankara seek NATO aid to stop traffickers: Merkel

Ankara - Turkey and Germany will ask NATO to help police the Turkish coast and stop traffickers from sending migrants on dangerous sea journeys, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday.

German police search two homes in anti-terror raids

Frankfurt - German police on Sunday searched the homes of two men suspected of having ties to "a terrorist group" in Syria, federal prosecutors said.The anti-terror raids took place near the western city of Mainz.

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.

France, Germany pile pressure on Turkey to stem migrant tide

Ankara - The massive flow of migrants into Europe must be slowed with the help of Turkey and better screening of asylum applicants on arrival on the continent, the interior ministers of France and Germany said Friday.

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.

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.

Denmark extends ID checks at German border

Copenhagen - Denmark on Tuesday extended random identification checks on its border with Germany until February 23 to curb the tide of migrants into the country and "guarantee public order," the immigration ministry said.

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.
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