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Thousands join demo welcoming refugees to Germany's Dresden

Dresden - Thousands of people took to the streets of the German city of Dresden on Saturday to welcome refugees, an AFP journalist at the scene said, following a string of violent anti-migrant protests in the region.

Polish 'gold train' city basks in Loch Ness Monster effect

Walbrzych - Polish tour guide and ex-treasure-hunter Andrzej Gaik cannot contain his excitement as he points to the train track slope that has left the world spellbound: hidden in its depths may very well be a Nazi gold train.

European states to create anti-trafficking taskforce

Ginebra - Switzerland, Germany and Italy are preparing to launch a joint taskforce to detect and dismantle networks smuggling refugees and migrants into Europe, Swiss authorities said on Friday.

Polish official '99% sure' Nazi train exists

Varsovia - Poland's deputy culture minister said Friday he saw a ground-penetrating radar image of the alleged Nazi train that has set off a gold rush, adding that he is 99 percent sure it exists.

German court reinstates ban on demos in flashpoint refugee town

Heidenau - The German government said Friday it was sending police reinforcements to the eastern state of Saxony, following violent anti-migrant protests which prompted a ban on rallies in the flashpoint town of Heidenau.

Berlin pledges police backup to refugee flashpoint town

Heidenau - Berlin pledged Friday to send police reinforcements to the eastern German town hit by violent anti-migrant protests, as a court ruled that a ban imposed on rallies there over fears of new clashes was "clearly illegal".

British Library rejects Taliban trove fearing terror laws

Paris - Academics have criticised the British government for creating a "climate of fear" after the national library declined to store the world's biggest collection of Taliban-related documents over concerns it could be prosecuted under terrorism laws.

German town scraps refugee party as police unable to ensure safety

Berlin - German authorities cancelled Friday a party to welcome refugees in the town of Heidenau, recently the scene of violent far-right protests, saying the public's safety could not be guaranteed due to a shortage of police.

Rumoured discovery of Nazi train sets off Polish gold rush

Varsovia - The alleged discovery of a Nazi "gold train" in western Poland has perked up the ears of treasure-hunters to such a degree that the government felt the need Thursday to warn them it could be booby-trapped.

Merkel says migrant crisis a 'huge challenge' for Balkans

Vienna - Western Balkan countries are facing "huge challenges" due to the tide of migrants trying to reach the EU, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday.

Hungary considers using military to stem tide of migrants

Hungry, desperate and tired, migrants keep coming, forcing their way over the razor-wire fence that runs 100 miles along Hungary's southern border with Serbia. The migrants don't plan on staying, because Hungary is just a stopover on the way to freedom.

Merkel booed by German protesters at refugee centre

Heidenau - German demonstrators booed Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday as she arrived at a refugee centre hit by violent far-right protests, according to an AFP reporter.

Migrant crisis set to hijack western Balkans summit

Vienna - Europe's raging migrant crisis is set to hijack a summit in Vienna of leaders from the western Balkans region on Thursday that will also be attended by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Germany battles anti-refugee violence as new attack hits shelter

Berlin - Germany scrambled Tuesday to quell a wave of anti-migrant violence, as a suspected arson attack hit a planned refugee shelter just hours after Chancellor Angela Merkel denounced xenophobic protests as "vile".

Hollande, Merkel 'to discuss EU migrant crisis on Monday'

Paris - The French and German leaders will meet in Berlin on Monday to give a new push to European efforts to tackle the biggest migrant crisis in 50 years, a source in the French presidency said.

German vice chancellor calls refugee crisis 'biggest challenge'

Berlin - The record influx of refugees into Germany is the biggest challenge the country has faced since reunification 25 years ago, Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said on Sunday.

Review: RAF Museum — Battle of Britain experience in London Special

London - The Battle of Britain experience is part of the Royal Air Force Museum in London. The museum features many of the aircraft used during the Second World War. This summer Digital Journal paid a visit.

German police clash with far-right outside refugee centre

Heidenau - New clashes erupted in east Germany between police and far-right activists protesting the opening of a new centre for refugees, German news agency DPA said, a day after similar standoffs left dozens wounded.

Putin to be notable absentee at Ukraine crisis talks in Berlin

Kiev - The heads of Germany and France will meet Kiev's pro-Western leader in Berlin on Monday for Ukrainian crisis talks most notable for their diplomatically-charged exclusion of Russia's Vladimir Putin.

German births hit 12-year high

Frankfurt - The number of births in ageing Germany rose to around 715,000 in 2014, the highest level since 2002, the Federal Statistics Office, Destatis, said on Friday. A total 714,966 babies were born in Europe's biggest economy last year, an increase of 4.

Polish media abuzz with rumoured discovery of Nazi 'gold train'

Varsovia - Local media are abuzz over the rumoured discovery of an armoured train car in southwestern Poland, which has revived old lore of trains full of gold and jewels stolen by the Nazis that vanished after World War II. "Has Hitler's gold train been located?...

Merkel urges Brazil to protect Amazon rainforest

Matupa - Brazil and Germany threw their weight Thursday behind the push for a global climate agreement later this year and stressed the vital importance of defending the Amazon jungle from deforestation.

Germany lays treason charges against 'triple agent'

Berlin - German federal prosecutors on Thursday charged a suspected triple agent with treason and corruption, in a case that emerged during a furore over revelations of widespread US spying.The 32-year-old identified as Markus R.

17 injured in German refugee shelter riot over 'torn Koran'

Berlin - Seventeen people were injured in a riot at a refugee shelter in central Germany over a torn Koran, police said Thursday, in fresh tensions as the country braces to host 800,000 asylum seekers this year.

Germany expects record 'up to 800,000' asylum-seekers this year

Berlin - Germany expects to receive up to 800,000 asylum-seekers in 2015, a new record, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said on Wednesday, as he urged action from Europe on the crisis.

Merkel averts major revolt as MPs approve Greek bailout

Berlin - The German parliament voted by an overwhelming majority Wednesday to back a massive new bailout for Greece, with Chancellor Angela Merkel spared a major rebellion of deputies opposing the aid.

Schaeuble fights sceptics for German approval of Greek bailout

Berlin - Germany's powerful finance minister, Wolfgang Schaeuble, told MPs it would be "irresponsible" not to approve a third bailout for Greece in a crucial vote Wednesday amid mounting dissent against further aid for the debt-mired country.

Racist crimes surge in eastern Germany: Data

Berlin - Racist crimes surged by almost 40 percent in eastern Germany last year, official data showed Tuesday, as the country prepared to host a record number of refugees.

Germany may receive 750,000 asylum-seekers this year: report

Berlin - The number of people seeking asylum in Germany could surge to 750,000 this year, media reported Tuesday, as the UN's refugee chief warned that Europe's biggest economy and Sweden were bearing too much of the burden.

Germany's Steinmeier urges EU-Swiss talks on immigration limits

Ginebra - German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Monday urged the European Union to negotiate with Switzerland on Bern's plans for new quotas on immigration from the bloc.
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