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German TV boss to leave job early after controversial comments

Berlin - The boss of major German television channel will leave his post earlier than expected, the company said Sunday, after he sparked anger by describing core viewers as "a bit fat and a bit poor".

German coalition talks face immigration stumbling block

Berlin - Immigration policy is emerging as one of the thorniest issues dividing German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) and left-leaning Greens as they seek to forge a coalition government in marathon talks.

Merkel struggles to avert coalition talks collapse

Berlin - Chancellor Angela Merkel was struggling Sunday to prevent a collapse in high stakes coalition talks, which could force new elections and destabilise Germany and Europe.

Crunch time for Merkel to build coalition or face new polls

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel resumed complex coalition talks Saturday in a last-ditch effort to forge a government and avert a political crisis in Europe's biggest economy.

Merkel's fate in balance as German coalition talks drag on

Berlin - Tough talks to form Germany's next government will continue through the weekend, the parties agreed Friday, with Chancellor Angela Merkel's political future in the balance as failure to produce a deal could force snap elections.

The three top hurdles in German coalition talks

Berlin - Thorny issues divide German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) and left-leaning Greens as they seek to forge a coalition government in marathon talks.

The rocky road to possible snap elections in Germany

Berlin - A collapse of exploratory talks on forming a new German government under Chancellor Angela Merkel would likely trigger snap elections, a prospect fraught with risk for Europe's top economic power.

Lebanon minister warns turmoil could spark new refugee wave

Berlin - Lebanon's foreign minister warned Thursday that political turmoil in his country sparked by the crisis involving Saudi Arabia could impact Europe by creating new waves of refugees.

German coalition talks go into overtime

Berlin - Tough talks between the parties hoping to form Germany's next government failed to reach a breakthrough overnight and were expected to resume on Friday as Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that "serious differences" remained between the sides.

Turkey capital bans German gay film festival

Ankara - Turkish authorities have banned a festival of German-language gay films due to kick off in the capital Ankara Thursday on the grounds it could incite hatred and be at risk from a terror attack.

Merkel faces crucial deadline on coalition talks

Berlin - The German parties hoping to form a new government led by Chancellor Angela Merkel face a make-or-break deadline Thursday, when they will either agree to pursue a tricky three-way coalition -- or risk a snap election.

Germany charges ex-Nazi camp guards over hundreds of deaths

Berlin - German prosecutors investigating Nazi-era crimes said Wednesday they had charged two former SS officers in their 90s with complicity in hundreds of murders at the Stutthof concentration camp.

World leaders plead for climate action at UN forum

Bonn - World leaders shared the spotlight with a 12-year-old Pacific islander on Wednesday to drive home a plea for urgent climate action despite the Trump administration's rejection of a planet rescue plan.

Merkel, Macron to front diplomatic push at UN climate talks

Bonn - The leaders of France and Germany will lead a diplomatic charge Wednesday to reinvigorate UN climate talks clouded by Washington's rejection of a planet rescue plan backed by the rest of the world.

Secret Holocaust-era archive on display in Poland

Warsaw - Eight decades ago, Jewish archivists facing death in the Warsaw Ghetto hid a trove of documents they hoped would bear testimony to the sufferings of the Holocaust.

Heat on 'climate chancellor' Merkel over coal and cars

Berlin - Angela Merkel has been dubbed the "climate chancellor" but she now faces the real risk of Germany, a green energy pioneer, missing its emissions reduction target on her watch.

Peruvian farmer scores small win in court over German energy giant

Hamm - A Peruvian farmer won a small but significant legal victory Monday when a German court said his appeal against energy giant RWE, which he accuses of contributing to climate change that is threatening his Andean home, had merit.

German court hears Peruvian farmer's climate change appeal

Hamm - A German court began hearing an appeal Monday by a Peruvian farmer who accuses energy giant RWE of contributing to climate change that is threatening his home and livelihood in the Andes.

BMW loses appeal of $158 mln fine by Swiss competition watchdog

Geneva - BMW will have to pay a $158 million fine that Swiss competition authorities imposed on the German automaker five years ago after Switzerland's top court said Friday that it had rejected its appeal.

Germany charges Palestinian over Hamburg knife attack

Berlin - German prosecutors said Friday they have charged a 26-year-old Palestinian asylum seeker with murder after his deadly knife rampage at a Hamburg supermarket in July.The accused, named as Ahmad A.

'Dope n dreads' stereotypes as Germany mulls 'Jamaica' coalition

Frankfurt - A German news weekly illustrated the outcome of September's election with a picture of Chancellor Angela Merkel wearing a Rastafarian hat and passing a joint to stoned fellow leaders sporting dreadlocks.

German killer nurse's suspected victims pass 100

Berlin - A German nurse who used lethal drugs on patients out of "boredom" is responsible for the deaths of 106 people, investigators said Thursday, noting the toll could rise further as more bodies are studied.

German killer nurse behind over 100 patient deaths: police

Berlin - A nurse jailed for life in Germany two years ago for murdering patients with lethal drugs is responsible for the deaths of more than 100 patients, investigators said Thursday.

German court gives Swiss tax spy suspended sentence, fine

Frankfurt Am Main - A Swiss man who admitted to spying on German tax officials was given a suspended sentence and fined by a German court, in a case that has tested ties between Berlin and Bern.

German court gives Swiss tax spy suspended sentence, fine

Frankfurt Am Main - A Swiss man who admitted to spying on German tax officials was given a suspended sentence and fined by a German court, in a case that has tested ties between Berlin and Bern.

Syrians in Germany file war crime cases against Assad regime

Berlin - Syrian refugees in Germany backed by human rights groups said Wednesday they had filed new criminal complaints accusing President Bashar al-Assad's regime of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Germany's top court requires legal option of 'third gender'

Karlsruhe - Germany's top court Wednesday ordered parliament to recognise a "third gender" from birth, potentially making it the first European country to offer intersex people the option of identifying as something other than male or female.

Berlin theatre scraps Istanbul 'Richard III' over security fears

Istanbul - One of Germany's best known theatre companies has scrapped at the last minute an eagerly-awaited visit to the Istanbul Theatre Festival this month due to "security" fears for the company, it said Tuesday.

Netanyahu confidant named in German submarine graft probe

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's diplomatic envoy was identified Tuesday as one of two men questioned this week in a probe into suspected corruption around the purchase of German submarines.

German minister's resistance remarks unacceptable: Poland

Warsaw - Poland on Monday accused Germany's defence minister of calling on Poles to engage in anti-government activity, labelling it "unacceptable".
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