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Salvage op delayed for Dutch cargo ship adrift in Norwegian Sea

Oslo - A Dutch cargo ship which has been adrift in rough seas off Norway for two days following a dramatic rescue of its crew cannot be towed to calmer waters until Thursday due to continuing poor weather, maritime authorities said.

BMG and KKR team up to purchase music rights

New York - German music management group BGM announced a partnership with US investment company KKR Wednesday in a move to acquire streaming rights -- a new potentially lucrative frontier for investors.

Aegean Sea a 'lawless space' for migrants as abuses soar: NGO

Athens - There was an "unprecedented escalation" of human rights violations against migrants in the Aegean Sea last year, a campaign group said Friday, accusing Greece and the EU's border patrol agency Frontex of being behind a soaring number of illegal returns...

Chip shortage puts the brakes on automakers

Paris - A shortage of silicon chips is forcing automakers to cut back on production across the globe and may encourage efforts to cut reliance on Asian suppliers.

US court rejects claim against Germany over Nazi treasure

Washington - The US Supreme Court rejected Wednesday a suit by the heirs of Nazi-era Jewish art dealers for compensation from Germany for a storied collection of medieval art treasures.

US Supreme Court hears case on art trove bought by Nazi Germany

Washington - The US Supreme Court will hear Monday a case involving an important medieval art collection that Nazi Germany acquired from Jewish dealers.

Arrest warrants issued for founders of Panama Papers firm: report

Berlin - Germany has issued international arrest warrants for the two founders of the firm at the centre of the tax haven scandal exposed by the Panama Papers data leak, German media reported.

Germany presses Russia to release UN report on Libya arms

New York - Germany on Friday pressed Russia and China in vain to allow the release of an interim UN report on violations of the arms embargo on Libya that faulted Moscow-linked fighters.

13,000 chairs outside German parliament in Greek migrant camps protest

Berlin - Campaigners placed 13,000 chairs outside the German parliament building in Berlin on Monday, in a symbolic protest calling for the overcrowded migrants camps in Greek islands to be shut down.

BioNTech, Pfizer report progress in coronavirus vaccine trial

Washington - BioNTech of Germany and the US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer reported positive preliminary results on Wednesday from a joint project to develop a coronavirus vaccine.

Critics' ire turns on auditor EY after Wirecard collapse

Frankfurt Am Main - Global audit giant EY is facing growing questions and threats of legal action over its role in the bankruptcy of German payments processor Wirecard after signing off on the accounts for years.

Poles mark century since birth of Pope John Paul II

Warsaw - Poles on Monday set aside deep political divisions to mark a century since the birth of the late Pope John Paul II, the first and only pontiff from Poland whose election changed the course of history.

Belarus holds Victory Day parade despite coronavirus threat

Minsk - Thousands of troops paraded before crowds of spectators in Minsk Saturday to mark 75 years since the defeat of Nazi Germany as Belarus held a celebration of Victory Day despite the coronavirus pandemic.

US court orders deportation of ex-Nazi camp guard

Washington - A US court has ordered the deportation of a former Nazi prison guard who had been living in the United States since 1959, the Department of Justice said Thursday.

Emboldened by 'heroes' and hate music, white extremists on the rise

Paris - They may lack centralised organisation or even a common goal, but white supremacists encouraged by the exploits of extremist "heroes" canonised on social media pose an ever-growing security threat, analysts say.

Russian sisters separated during WWII reunited after 78 years

Moscow - Two Russian sisters have been reunited 78 years after they were separated by the turmoil of World War II, thanks to a television show and a police search.

A photographer's search for his mother in Nazi concentration camps

Paris - Piles of skeletal bodies, the doors to a crematorium, emaciated faces -- an AFP photographer documents the full horror of the Nazi extermination camps in the spring of 1945, as he searches for his deported mother.

Germany, EU hit out at US over sanctions on Russian gas pipeline

Berlin - Germany on Saturday accused the United States of interfering in its internal affairs, in an increasingly angry spat over Washington's decision to impose sanctions on companies involved with a major project to supply western Europe with Russian gas.

Auschwitz survivor fears rise of anti-Semitism

New York - As German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Auschwitz for the first time on Friday, 96-year-old survivor Frederick Terna will be at home in New York worrying about a resurgence of anti-Semitism.

Lebanese businessman to give Hitler hat to Israeli foundation

Geneva - A Lebanese businessman will donate Adolf Hitler's top hat and other objects linked to the Nazi leader to an Israeli foundation in order to keep the items out of the hands of neo-fascists.

Build that wall! Barriers back 30 years after Berlin Wall

Paris - When the Berlin Wall came tumbling down 30 years ago, many hoped its demise portended an end to barriers between borders and isolationism.

German suspect in anti-Semitic attack isolated, unknown in hometown

Benndorf - With well-kept houses boasting renovated facades, solar-panelled roofs and neat gardens, Benndorf appears to be a peaceful and friendly German village of just over 2,000 residents.

German media, lawmakers point finger at Moscow over executed Georgian

Berlin - Despite Russian denials, German politicians and media are blaming Moscow for the Berlin assassination of a Georgian who once fought Russian forces in Chechnya, an affair that could spark a diplomatic crisis.

Bolsonaro takes on Norway for whaling, but bungles it

Oslo - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Monday responded to Norway's decision to halt its forest protection subsidies, taking to Twitter to criticise the Scandinavian country for its whaling practice and post spectacular -- albeit misleading -- images.

Ex-Nazi testimony casts fresh doubt on 1933 Reichstag blaze: media

Berlin - Newly found German testimony from 60 years ago has cast fresh doubt on Nazi-era claims a Dutch communist was responsible for the 1933 fire that gutted the Reichstag building, German media reported on Friday.

Macron seeks lead EU role in Iran crisis

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron is seeking to lead European diplomatic efforts to find a face-saving solution to the latest crisis between Tehran and Washington, with the EU looking to buy time and soothe tensions, diplomats and experts say.

Sea Watch captain Rackete's court hearing postponed in Italy

Rome - The latest court hearing for the captain of migrant rescue ship Sea Watch, Carola Rackete, on charges of people smuggling and resisting the authorities has been postponed until July 18 because of a strike by Italian defence lawyers.

Sea-Watch captain defends 'disobedience' as backers raise 1mn euros

Rome - Sea-Watch 3 skipper Carola Rackete, who risks jail time for forcing her way into Italy's Lampedusa port with 40 rescued migrants, has defended her act of "disobedience", saying she was compelled to avert a human tragedy.

Sea-Watch captain defends 'disobedience' as backers raise 350,000 euros

Rome - Sea-Watch 3 skipper Carola Rackete, who risks jail time after forcing her way into Italy's Lampedusa port with 40 rescued migrants, has defended her act of "disobedience", saying it was necessary to avert a human tragedy.

Europe takes new step toward future combat jet

Le Bourget - France, Germany and Spain on Monday unveiled a next-generation combat jet for European air forces, an ambitious project aimed at bringing together the continent's disparate military forces while offering an alternative to American planes.
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