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Merkel calls threats, attacks against Jews in Germany 'disgrace'

Berlin - Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday it was a "disgrace" that Jews in Germany faced insults, threats or violence, as she marked 70 years since the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp.

Thousands join anti-Islam rally as Germany worries about image

Berlin - Thousands of people joined a march by the German anti-Islamisation PEGIDA movement on Sunday, the group's first rally since threats surfaced against the group and its leader resigned over "Hitler" photos.

Germany halts arms exports to Saudi Arabia

Berlin - Germany has decided to stop arms exports to Saudi Arabia because of "instability in the region," German daily Bild reported on Sunday.

Poland uncovers new names of former Auschwitz staff

Warsaw - Polish officials said Friday they had drawn up a list of 9,500 staff members at the Nazi German death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, thousands more than previous estimates.

Auschwitz survivors relive atrocities, 70 years on

Krak - The piercing screams of a woman electrocuted on a barbed wire fence, children sent to the gas chambers and the constant threat of death: Auschwitz survivors recall life in the world's most notorious death camp with remarkable clarity.

German police arrest two suspected IS members

Berlin - German police Thursday arrested and searched the homes of two suspected members of the extremist Islamic State group who had returned from Syria, authorities said. The two German nationals, identified as Mustafa C., 26, and 27-year-old Sebastian B.

Germany's PEGIDA leader steps down after 'Hitler selfie'

Berlin - The leader of Germany's "anti-Islamisation" movement PEGIDA stepped down after a picture emerged of him sporting a Hitler-style haircut and moustache, along with racist slurs he posted on Facebook.

Cameroon raid frees German hostage held by Boko Haram

Cameroon said Wednesday its forces have freed a German hostage kidnapped six months ago in Nigeria by Boko Haram, as African leaders appealed to the United Nations for support in fighting the Islamist militants.

Photo of German anti-Islam leader in Hitler pose surfaces

Berlin - A photo of the founder of Germany's new anti-"Islamisation" movement showing him wearing an Adolf Hitler-like moustache and hair style surfaced in German media Wednesday.

New Ukraine talks to dampen flare-up in fighting

Berlin - The foreign ministers of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France are set to meet Wednesday in Berlin in a bid to stem fresh fighting in Ukraine, Germany said.

German police in fresh raids on suspect Islamist sites

Berlin - German police searched more than a dozen suspected Islamist sites early on Tuesday, seeking associates of two men who have been detained for allegedly planning an attack in Syria, police said.

Thousands march against PEGIDA in Germany

Berlin - More than 17,000 anti-racism demonstrators took to the streets in several German cities to voice opposition to the PEGIDA anti-Islamic movement, whose own weekly rally was cancelled over a terrorism threat.

Germany's PEGIDA vows to rally again after attack threat

Dresden - Germany's "anti-Islamisation" movement PEGIDA vowed at its first press conference Monday to take to the streets again next week after a march was cancelled over a terrorism threat.

German police ban anti-Islamic rally citing terror threat

Dresden - German police banned a planned rally by the anti-Islamic PEGIDA movement and other public open-air gatherings in the eastern city of Dresden Monday, citing a terrorist threat.

Interview with Munich Tourist Board Director Geraldine Knudson Special

Munich - Tourism in Munich is booming. Digital Journal meets Munich Tourist Board director Geraldine Knudson to find out more about tourism initiatives in the Bavarian capital.

London and Berlin urge Bosnia to get back on EU path

Sarajevo - The British and German foreign ministers on Friday urged Bosnia's leaders to get back on the path towards European Union membership before the opportunity disappears.

European police arrest dozens after Belgium foils 'terrorist' plot

Brussels - European nations arrested dozens of Islamist suspects Friday as Belgium said it had smashed a "terrorist" cell planning to kill police officers and France pursued fresh leads on last week's Paris attacks.

Two arrested as German police raid Islamists in Berlin

Berlin - Scores of German police raided alleged Islamist sites in Berlin early on Friday, arresting two men suspected of being part of a group planning to carry out an attack in Syria, police said.

Belgium foils plot to kill police as terror arrests sweep Europe

Brussels - Belgian security forces raided an Islamist cell planning attacks against police on Friday as dozens of people were arrested in sweeps across Europe, keeping the continent on alert one week after the Paris attacks.

One arrested as German police raid Islamists in Berlin

Berlin - More than 200 German police officers raided suspected Islamist cells in and around Berlin early on Friday, arresting an alleged leader of a group planning to carry out an attack in Syria, police said.

Iran nuclear talks 'in decisive phase': Germany

Berlin - Germany's foreign minister said Thursday no more deadlines must be missed in the Iran nuclear negotiations which had entered "a decisive phase.

German MP files complaint after Eritrean refugee killed

Berlin - A German lawmaker said Thursday he had lodged a legal complaint over a probe into the killing of an Eritrean refugee in a city that has seen large anti-foreigner protests.

Merkel 'understands' concerns of PEGIDA backers

Berlin - Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday she understood many of the concerns that drove people to join populist protests, even though she opposes Germany's new anti-Islamic movement.

Germany grapples with rise of anti-foreigner movement

Dresden - Germany's Nazi past has so far prevented the far-right gaining a lasting political foothold but the country now faces an emergent populist movement akin to those in other European countries, analysts say.

Ex-dictator Hoxha's nephew held in Albania drug bust

Tirana - The nephew of Albania's former dictator Enver Hoxha was on Thursday arrested on suspicion of running a cocaine laboratory.

Merkel vows to fight Islamist militants, 'hate preachers'

Berlin - Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged Thursday to heighten security measures against Islamist militants following the Paris attacks, while vowing that Germany would not be divided by extremism of any kind.

'We are all Germany', president tells Muslim rally

Berlin - German President Joachim Gauck told the country's Muslim community Tuesday that "we are all Germany" at a rally to condemn the Paris jihadist attacks and take a stand against rising Islamophobia.

Merkel to join Muslim rally against terror, for tolerance

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel was set to join a Muslim community rally Tuesday to condemn the Paris jihadist attacks, promote tolerance and send a rebuke to a growing anti-Islamic movement.

25,000 attend German anti-Islam march, but counter-protests bigger

Dresden - A record 25,000 people joined an anti-Islamic march in Germany on Monday, claiming their stance was vindicated by last week's Paris jihadist attacks.

The man behind Germany's anti-Islam street protests

Dresden - Unknown just three months ago, Lutz Bachmann is a cook by training with a criminal record who has managed to mobilise thousands of Germans out onto the streets against Islam.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with her Greek counterpart George Papandreou
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