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Merkel urges Erdogan to immediately end Syria offensive

Oct 13, 2019 - 9:27 PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the operation threatens to drive large parts of the population from their homes, noting that it would also risk 'destabilization of the region and lead to a resurgence of the ISIS'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers a keynote speech during a debate on the federal budget at the Bundestag, the lower house of Parliament, on September 11, 2019 in Berlin. (Photo by John MACDOUGALL / AFP)

Germany bans weapons sales to Turkey over Syria offensive

Oct 12, 2019 - 10:49 PM

Germany is one of the world's biggest arms exporters along with the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France

German leaders pay respects at scene of deadly anti-Semitic attack

Oct 10, 2019 - 7:23 PM

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, joined by Israeli ambassador Jeremy Issacharoff and local officials, lay flowers outside the synagogue before meeting with Jewish community leaders inside

PAYING RESPECTS. German leaders arrive at the synagogue in Halle, eastern Germany, on October 10, 2019, one day after the attack where two people were shot dead. Photo by Axel Schmidt/AFP

German shooter video stays online despite crackdown

Oct 10, 2019 - 5:41 PM

The full video of the shooter's attack is still available on multiple sites promoting violent and sexual content

REMEMBERING THE DEAD. Flowers and candles are seen on October 10, 2019 at a door of the synagogue in Berlin, one day after the attack in Halle, eastern Germany, where two people were shot dead. Photo by Anton Roland Laub/AFP

German gunman published 'manifesto' before anti-Semitic attack – SITE

Oct 10, 2019 - 2:09 PM

The gunman also films the attack and posts a video online in which he launches a diatribe against Jews

VIGIL. People leave candles and flowers at a vigil at the Marktplatz in Halle an der Saale, eastern Germany, on October 9, 2019, after a heavily-armed man shot two people dead. Photo by Swen Pfortner/dpa/AFP

2 dead as German synagogue targeted in Yom Kippur attack

Oct 09, 2019 - 8:02 PM

(UPDATED) One suspect was captured but with a manhunt ongoing for other perpetrators, security has been tightened in synagogues in other eastern German cities while Halle itself is in lockdown

DEADLY SHOOTING. Picture taken on May 5, 2013 shows a Star of David on the synagogue of the Jewish community in Halle an der Saale, eastern Germany. At least two people were killed on October 9, 2019 in a shooting on a street in the German city of Halle, police say, adding that the perpetrators are on the run. File photo by Jan Woitas/DPA/AFP

Stolen truck slams into cars in Germany, several injured

Oct 08, 2019 - 3:12 PM

Police say it is too soon to speculate about a motive for the incident, which began when a man seized a truck on Monday afternoon

STOLEN AND CRASHED. A police cordon stops people from getting close to where a stolen truck crashed in to cars stopped at a red light in Limburg, western Germany, on October 7, 2019. Photo by Sascha Ditscher/dpa/AFP

EU hopes more will join 4-country migration pact

Sep 24, 2019 - 11:14 PM

The pact is meant to determine which countries would take in migrants arriving in Europe – usually Italy or Malta – via the Mediterranean

MIGRATION PACT. Italy's Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese, European Commissioner for Migration, Dimitris Avramopoulos, Malta's Interior Minister Michael Farrugia, Finland’s Interior Minister, Maria Ohisalo and Germany's Interior Minister Horst Seehofer address a press conference following a meeting of Interior ministers from 4 EU countries, France, Germany, Italy and Malta on September 23, 2019 at Fort St. Angelo in Birgu, Malta. Photo by Matthew Mirabelli/AFP

Merkel says she still sees 'every chance' for Brexit deal

Sep 11, 2019 - 5:01 PM

'I am firmly convinced that we still have every chance to do it in an orderly way and the German government will work toward making this possible until the very last day,' Angela Merkel says

MERKEL ON BREXIT. German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers a keynote speech during a debate on the federal budget at the Bundestag, the lower house of Parliament, on September 11, 2019 in Berlin. Photo by John Macdougall/AFP

Merkel in Beijing says Hong Kong freedoms must be 'guaranteed'

Sep 06, 2019 - 10:41 PM

'In the current situation everything must be done to avoid violence.... And the solutions can only be found in a political process – meaning through dialogue,' says German Chancellor Angela Merkel

MERKEL ON HONG KONG. Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel (L) gives a speech next to Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during the German-Chinese Dialogue Forum at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on September 6, 2019. Photo by Andrea Verdelli/Pool/AFP

Hong Kong protesters appeal to German leader Merkel before China visit

Sep 04, 2019 - 7:22 AM

Hong Kong pro-democracy leader Joshua Wong and the 'Hongkongers in Germany Concern Group' write German Chancellor Angela Merkel a letter asking her to cancel her trip to China

PRO-DEMOCRACY. (From left) Hong Kong lawmaker Eddie Chu, Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong and Luo Wen-jia, Secretary General of Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), attend a press conference at the DPP headquarters in Taipei on September 3, 2019. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Germany asks Polish forgiveness 80 years after WWII outbreak

Sep 01, 2019 - 1:44 PM

'I bow my head before the Polish victims of Germany's tyranny. And I ask forgiveness, says German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier

THE WAR. In this file photo taken on September 06, 1939, Germans tanks cross a river into Polish territory. Nazi forces invade Poland from the west on September 1, 1939, prompting Britain and France to declare war on Berlin two days later. Photo by AFP

UK, France, Germany ‘concerned’ over South China Sea tensions

Sep 01, 2019 - 12:48 PM

The E3 countries seek to 'underline their interest in the universal application' of the UNCLOS

MARITIME DISPUTE. A Chinese militia vessel identified by the Philippine Coast Guard during a patrol in Scarborough Shoal. File photo courtesy of the Philippine Coast Guard

Meng Meng, Berlin Zoo's panda, is pregnant

Aug 27, 2019 - 9:30 PM

'Every birth of an endangered species like pandas is a great gift,' says Berlin Zoo director Andreas Knieriem

PREGNANT. In this file photo taken on July 10, 2017, giant panda Meng Meng enjoys some bamboo in her enclosure at the Zoologischer Garten zoo in Berlin. The zoo announced on August 27, 2019 that Meng Meng is pregnant and will give birth to at least one baby within the upcoming two weeks. File photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Amazon wildfires 'acute emergency,' belongs on G7 agenda – Germany

Aug 23, 2019 - 6:57 PM

French President Emmanuel Macron's bid at rallying world leaders on the issue has been immediately blasted by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who accused the G7 summit host of having a 'colonialist mentality'

PROTEST. A man walks past protestors as they hold posters highlighting environmental hazard, wildfires and deforestation of the Amazon outside the Brazilian embassy in Mumbai on August 23, 2019. Photo by Indranil Mukherjee/AFP

Race to remember Berlin Wall victims, 30 years on

Aug 17, 2019 - 8:40 PM

Around 500 runners start running Saturday, August 17, for the 8th edition of the Berlin Wall Race meant to commemorate those who died trying to cross the wall during the Cold War

BERLIN WALL RACE. Participants of the so-called Friendship-Run run past a remaining section of the Berlin Wall on the eve of the 8th edition of the Berlin Wall Race on August 16, 2019. Photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

U.S. urges Germany to 'help secure' Strait of Hormuz

Jul 31, 2019 - 8:30 AM

'Members of the German government have been clear that freedom of navigation should be protected... Our question is, protected by whom?' says the US Embassy in Berlin

Germany extradites Bosnian linked to Paris attacks to Belgium

Jul 30, 2019 - 12:00 AM

The unnamed 39-year-old is accused 'of abetting a terrorist organization linked to the terror attacks, including on the Bataclan concert hall, on November 13, 2015 in Paris'

PARIS ATTACKS. This file photo taken on November 17, 2015 shows a miniature Eiffel tower, candles, and flowers at a makeshift memorial outside Le Carillon cafe, in tribute to the victims of the terrorist attacks in which 130 people were killed and another 413 injured. File photo by Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

Germany makes measles vaccination compulsory for children

Jul 17, 2019 - 7:06 PM

Children will only be admitted to kindergarten or school if they have had the vaccinations. These vaccinations will also be compulsory for staff in day-care centers, educational institutions, medical facilities and refugee shelters.

Amazon staff strike in Germany on Prime Day extravaganza

Jul 15, 2019 - 8:02 PM

Workers in Germany walk out in the early hours on Monday morning, July 15, with Orhan Akman, a spokesman for labor union Verdi, saying, 'We expect a good turnout'

AMAZON GERMANY. This file photo taken on December 17, 2018 shows an Amazon fulfillment center in Leipzig, eastern Germany, as members of Verdi are on strike to protest against missing collective labor agreements. Photo by Peter Endig/dpa/AFP

Most Germans say Merkel's health is a personal issue

Jul 13, 2019 - 7:26 PM

A newspaper survey finds 59% of Germans believe the shaking spells of Chancellor Angela Merkel concerns her 'private' life

'PRIVATE' ISSUE. German Chancellor Angela Merkel suffers through her 3rd trembling spell a day before this photo was taken on July 11, 2019. File photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Merkel sits through anthems after shaking spells

Jul 11, 2019 - 8:05 PM

With questions swirling about Merkel's health after she suffered 3 episodes of shaking in public in less than a month, the veteran leader opts to play safe

SITTING DOWN. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen sit as they listen to the national anthems during a welcoming ceremony with military honors on July 11, 2019. Photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Merkel says 'very well' despite third shaking spell

Jul 10, 2019 - 9:49 PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she is simply still in a phase of 'processing' a previous shaking spell, but that 'there has been progress'

THIRD TIME. German Chancellor Angela Merkel suffers her third trembling spell in less than a month. File photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

Iraqi gets life in jail for teen rape-murder in Germany

Jul 10, 2019 - 4:25 PM

(UPDATED) The accused, rejected asylum seeker Ali Bashar, is convicted of the killing and handed the maximum sentence of life in prison by the court in Wiesbaden, the city where the murder took place in May last year

ALI BASHAR. Ali Bashar (R) covers his face in front of the cameras upon entering the courtroom, as his lawyer Martin Reineke looks on, on July 10, 2019 in Wiesbaden, western Germany. Photo by Boris Roessler/AFP

Dismissed Deutsche Bank staff head out as overhaul bites

Jul 09, 2019 - 7:25 PM

The job cuts hit Deutsche's equity trading business, leaving other divisions of investment banking unscathed

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 08: People exit Deutsche Bank's Manhattan headquarters with some of their belongings following news that the global banking giant will be letting go of thousands of employees due to a major restructuring at the German bank on July 08, 2019 in New York City. The bank has announced that it will reduce its workforce by 18,000 people in Asia, Europe and America. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

German-PH commerce group wants German firms to join infra projects

Jul 09, 2019 - 3:45 PM

The German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry also wants more German small and medium enterprises to foray into the Philippine market

EXISTING OPPORTUNITIES. The German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry hopes more German companies would invest in the Philippines, especially in the ongoing Build Build Build program

Deutsche Bank to slash 18,000 jobs by 2022

Jul 08, 2019 - 2:15 AM

Deutsche Bank expects its new round of layoffs to reduce annual costs by 6 billion euros ($6.7 billion) over the same period

RAIDED. In this file photo the logo of German company Deutsche Bank is pictured at it's headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany.  Photo by Daniel Roland/AFP

U.S. calls on Germany to send ground troops to Syria

Jul 07, 2019 - 7:19 PM

The United States expects an answer from Germany this month

CONFLICT. A picture taken with a drone on June 14, 2019, shows damaged and destroyed buildings in the town of Ihsim, in Syria’s Idlib region. Photo by Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

Eva Kor, survivor of Auschwitz doctor Mengele, dies in Poland

Jul 06, 2019 - 11:29 AM

Eva Kor dies at 85 during an annual trip that includes a visit to Auschwitz

(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 21, 2015, Auschwitz survivor, victim of the Nazi German death camp's infamous doctor Josef Mengele and plaintiff Eva Mozes Kor attends the trial of former Nazi death camp officer Oskar Groening in Lueneburg, northern Germany. - Eva Mozes Kor has passed away in Poland while on an annual a visit to the Holocaust site, two independent sources said on July 5, 2019. The Romanian-born Kor, who founded the Candles Museum in Terre Haute, Indiana, devoted her life to Holocaust awareness and reconciliation, died at the age of 85. (Photo by Julian STRATENSCHULTE / POOL / AFP)

DA orders temporary ban on pork from Germany

Jul 04, 2019 - 11:03 AM

Philippine officials impose the temporary ban on pork and pork products from Germany after a shipment from that country was found mixed with pork from Poland, which has an African swine fever epidemic

Butchers carrying a newly slaughter pigs on their back for delivery at the Commonwealth Market in Quezon City on Monday, January 7, 2019. The Philippines has banned the entry of pork and pork-based products form China, Belgium, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Russia and Ukraine, to prevent the spread of African swine fever in piggeries in the country, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol announced. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Police smash Germany's biggest online drug market

Jun 28, 2019 - 7:10 PM

In a statement, police and prosecutors say they worked for more than a year to smash Chemical Revolution, which sold amphetamines, cocaine, heroin, cannabis, ecstasy, LSD, and other synthetic drugs

Concerns as Merkel suffers new trembling spell on eve of G20

Jun 28, 2019 - 12:00 AM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's latest health scare comes just hours before she is due to board the plane for Japan, sparking new questions about her health

MERKEL. In this file photo, German Chancellor Angela Merkel looks on prior to a party leadership meeting at the CDU headquarters in Berlin, on July 2, 2018. File photo by John Macdougall/AFP

Merkel says neo-Nazis must be tackled 'without taboos'

Jun 22, 2019 - 9:50 PM

'This is why the state is called upon (to act) at all levels and the federal government takes this very, very seriously,' says German Chancellor Angela Merkel on neo-Nazis

GERMANY. Chancellor Angela Merkel gives a statement as she arives at the Social Democrats Party (SPD) headquarters on February 4, 2018 in Berlin, as German Conservatives (CDU/CSU) and Social Democrats hope to complete negotiations to form a government. File photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Merkel says she's 'fine' after trembling spell

Jun 19, 2019 - 10:50 AM

The German Chancellor says she was just a bit dehydrated in the heat and dismissed concerns about her health

German Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Angela Merkel gives a speech during a party congress of Germany's conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party on December 7, 2018 at a fair hall in Hamburg, northern Germany. - German Chancellor Angela Merkel will hand off leadership of her party after nearly two decades at the helm, with the race wide open between a loyal deputy and a longtime rival. (Photo by Odd ANDERSEN / AFP)

Women's World Cup: Norway in last 16, France and Germany top groups

Jun 18, 2019 - 2:10 PM

Norway edges out South Korea for a spot in the last 16 of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup

NEXT ROUND. Norway defeats South Korea 2-1 in the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. Photo from Caroline Graham Hansen's Twitter

Germany plans to ban gay, lesbian 'conversion therapy'

Jun 11, 2019 - 11:43 PM

'My position is clear: homosexuality is not an illness, which is why it does not need to be treated,' says German Health Minister Jens Spahn, who is gay and married to a man

JENS SPAHN. German Health Minister Jens Spahn speaks during a press conference on plans to ban sexual reorientation therapies targeting gays in Berlin on June 11, 2019. Photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Germany's Infineon to buy Cypress in 9-billion-euro deal

Jun 03, 2019 - 3:41 PM

'With this transaction, we will be able to offer our customers the most comprehensive portfolio for linking the real with the digital world,' Infineon chief executive Reinhard Ploss says in a statement

EU leaders clash over top Brussels jobs

May 29, 2019 - 10:01 AM

(UPDATED) European leaders begin the work needed to determine the EU's political direction

CLASH OVER JOBS. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) meets with French President Emmanuel Macron prior to a meeting on the sidelines of a European Union summit at EU Commission Headquarters in Brussels on May 28, 2019. Photo by Olivier Matthys/AFP

Merkel's successor sparks freedom of speech uproar

May 28, 2019 - 11:27 PM

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer later tries to downplay her comments, saying it is 'ridiculous to insinuate that I want to regulate expressions of opinion'

SUCCESSOR. In this file photo, German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) walks past her successor, leader of the Germany's conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer during the CDU congress on December 8, 2018 at a fair hall in Hamburg, northern Germany. File photo by John Macdougall/AFP

Israel president says Jews unsafe in Germany after kippah warning

May 26, 2019 - 6:44 PM

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin says 'we will never submit, will never lower our gaze and will never react to anti-Semitism with defeatism – and expect and demand our allies act in the same way'

Sleepless in Berlin: Nightingales flock to scruffy city parks

May 26, 2019 - 7:58 AM

A project by Berlin's Natural History Museum asks city dwellers to go out and record nightingales' song with their smartphone and upload it onto an app

Possible suicide pact in macabre German crossbow murders

May 14, 2019 - 10:24 PM

Police probing the initial triple death say they found the last wills of two of the victims in a hotel room, and no signs of a struggle or involvement of other people

GERMANY CROSSBOW DEATHS. Undertakers carry a body bag on May 13, 2019 out of a cordoned off house in Wittingen, northern Germany, where two bodies were found during investigations into the deaths of 3 people discovered in a Bavarian hotel room and killed by crossbow bolts. Photo by Christophe Gateau/dpa/AFP

Merkel's preferred successor says she won't seek post before 2021

May 12, 2019 - 6:44 PM

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer says she 'rules out the possibility that I will work deliberately to seek a change earlier'

Secretary General of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer delivers a press conference on her candidacy to lead the CDU party in Berlin, on November 7, 2018. German Chancellor Angela Merkel does not stand for a re-election as party leader at the CDU Party conference in Hamburg from 6 to 8 December 2018. Twelve men and women applied for her successor. Opportunities are currently granted only to the prominent candidate - in addition to Kramp-Karrenbauer are the German Health Minister Jens Spahn and ex-Union faction leader Friedrich Merz. John MACDOUGALL / AFP

German police shut down major 'darknet' illegal trading site

May 03, 2019 - 9:10 PM

The illicit 'Wall Street Market' site enabled trade in cocaine, heroin, cannabis and amphetamines as well as stolen data, fake documents and malicious software

European alliance to invest up to 6 billion euros in electric car batteries

May 02, 2019 - 8:59 PM

A pilot factory with around 200 employees will be opened in the coming months in France, with a goal of opening two production sites, in France and Germany, that would generate 1,500 jobs at each

Rescued migrants allowed to disembark in Malta, go on to Europe – PM

Apr 13, 2019 - 7:52 PM

All 62 migrants on the Alan Kurdi ship will be disembarked and redistributed between Germany, France, Portugal, and Luxembourg

Britain's May seeks Brexit delay from Merkel, Macron

Apr 09, 2019 - 6:22 PM

Her huddles with Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin and President Emmanuel Macron in Paris come on the eve of another tension-packed summit in Brussels

BREXIT. File photo of a protester draped in a European Union flag outside the Houses of Parliament in London. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Bayer confirms cyber attack but says no data stolen

Apr 04, 2019 - 6:13 PM

Bayer 'detected indications of (hacker group) Winnti infections at the beginning of 2018,' a spokesman says, but adds there is 'no evidence of data outflow'

China, EU 'advancing together', says Xi, amid U.S. tensions

Mar 26, 2019 - 8:50 PM

(UPDATED) 'Of course there are differences and competition, but it's positive competition,' Xi Jinping tells a press conference in Paris with the leaders of France, Germany, and the European Commission

XI'S FRANCE VISIT. French President Emmanuel Macron and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping hold a press conference with German Chancellor and European Commission President at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris, on March 26, 2019. Photo by Thibault Camus/Pool/AFP

Germany launches 5G auction amid row with U.S. over Huawei

Mar 19, 2019 - 11:35 AM

The German Federal Network Agency will start the auction in Mainz at 0900 GMT on March 19. The process will allocate 41 different frequency blocks.